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Old 12-31-2013, 10:46 PM   #11
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I have two campers on seasonal sites - one with two slides, one with no slides. There is gravel under each camper and the tires are on wood. I have the stabilizer jacks down and on cinderblocks. the tongue jacks are down and on cinderblocks. I have a few screw jacks in a couple of spots on the big camper.

We leave the slides out all season. We leave the water hooked up and I turn it off at the camper with a water hose shut off valve. I have an elbow installed on both campers as well. I leave the electricity on all season and run electric heaters when needed. At the beginning and end of the season, I leave the heaters on "frost watch" just in case. I turn off the hot water heater and the water each weekend when I leave. I winterize the big camper and just blow out the lines in the little one as I camp in it during the off season - camping tonight as a matter of fact.

You will want to find out about decks, sheds, and other site improvements. Per county ordinance, our decks have to be "moveable" so folks do a lot of sections. Sheds have to be approved by the management and have to be made of resin. The campground will pay 1/2 the cost of gravel.

We have two sewage valves, so I installed some PVC pipe that connects the two lines. This has to be to county code, so I used plenty of purple primer. The health inspector actually comes each year to inspect the campground to make sure everyone is handling their sewer properly - make sure you are capped or connected at all times.
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:53 PM   #12
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Great advise. Drawing up some plans for the portable deck already. Hopefully that will cut down on some dirt making its way into the trailer. Have 3 boys that love the outdoors rain or shine... Catch my drift. Lol
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Old 01-02-2014, 04:07 PM   #13
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We have a portable gazebo set up on a deck and another deck under our awning. We can seat 10 comfortably outside when it is raining as long as the rain isn't blowing and it is not 35ºF. When it is hot and my dad is with us, we set a fan up for him, pulling cool air from the woods.

I work full time and managed to camp over 100 nights this year because of having the seasonal site - I can leave work on Fridays at 5pm and I am unpacked and ready to relax by 8pm. You can't beat that!
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:53 PM   #14
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First of all I leave the factory steps in and made some out of treated lumber. Now we have a nice deck to entertain on. I stabilize my trailer by putting it up on cement blocks or boards. I try to extend the jacks as little as possible they tend to be more stable that way. I also did like the previous poster stated by putting jacks in the middle of the frame to reduce flexing.

We have been seasonal campers for about 6 years now and don't regret it a bit. Our camping costs have gone down significantly. We even pay our own electric but don't have fuel costs towing wear and tear on my truck. We do love the fact that when we get there we don't have to do any set up. Unlock the door and we are camping.

We leave our slides out all summer then retract them in the fall for winter. We leave out trailer right on our lot all winter. We use 100# tanks for propane and have full hookups too. We even don't use a lot of the stuff we needed when traveling and camping. We have made some great bonds with other campers in our campground and now that I am retired we live in our camper from june 1st until august 31st. We'd stay longer but my son still is in school.
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Old 01-04-2014, 12:28 AM   #15
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2014 will also be our first year on a seasonal site. Been reading here all I can for tips. Thank you to everyone that participated in the few threads about seasonal sites.

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Old 01-04-2014, 12:44 AM   #16
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We had a seasonal site for 16 years. Had 2 different trailers on it. I used cement blocks under it with some cedar shims to support it. I would put the slides in if you leave it there over the Winter. Why expose the roof on the slides any more than you need to? We got pretty tired of the cliques and politics after awhile and bought a fiver so we could hit the road. Much happier now..
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:32 AM   #17
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My family and I will be starting our 2nd season of permanent camping. I used cinder blocks and wood under the frame. The Passport we had used power stblzr jacks and I didn't care for how they worked. Blocking under the frame of the camper worked much better then using the jacks. We just purchased a Coachman TBS since I do not have to tow anymore, slides out all season. We had a blast last year and I don't miss the tow.
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:14 PM   #18
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there are also some campers that leave their slides extended year around and we camp in northern Mi. Myself i put mine in all winter. Also do not put any jacks or supports under your slides unless the manufacturer suggests to. My neighbor in the campground did this and had to pay to get his slide realigned after it jumped off of track.
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:26 AM   #19
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We landed in Tucson for the Winter. Our intent wasn't to stay put, but because of a health issue, we are till April 14th. Staying put this long allows us to not have to be in a GO mode - ensuring everything's stowed all the time. Our rig is stable with chocks since we're on a shallow stone site.
So far as getting fuel, we have an aux fuel tank that negates the need for refueling while towing our 36CKTS.
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:45 AM   #20
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Here is a tip on the deck building make the sections 4x8' and they will fit in the bed of a pickup for easy moving. I bolted the sections of mine together with galvanized carriage bolts. I also set the deck up on cement blocks but some folks use posts and the concrete post bases. I also use the cheap .99 patio blocks to set the steps on so they don't sit directly on the ground. They are easier to level and I believe they keep the base of the steps from rotting. To keep the side rails on I also cut a notch half way through them and use carriage bolts to attach them for easy removal. I also use 2x6" lumber for the deck supports. When I built my deck my neighbor was removing his pool from his yard and had a large pool deck so I recycled the lumber into my campground deck. I built it in my driveway here in the spring before the campground opened and had it all ready to assemble when I hauled it up north on a trailer. I even predrilled the holes to attach the carriage bolts before attaching the deck boards. Then when I built it I left the two boards on each side of the frame rails off to attach the bolts when we got up there. Also since I used the used lumber the board were quite brittle and I had to predrill the holes for the deck screws so they wouldn't split. I also used the torx type screws they don't strip as easily as the phillips or square drive ones. I have made additions and removed pieces when i purchased my new camper and the torx screws were easy to remove and reuse.
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