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Old 05-17-2015, 03:44 PM   #1
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Snowbird Friendly RV Parks

Canadian RV Parks just don't seem to get the snowbird lifestyle. As a Canadian we can NOT spend more than six months in the U.S. I don't want to get into the formula for the exact length of time here. That is for another thread.
My point is when we book a seasonal sight in Florida for six months from November 1st it is to April 30th of the following year. When we book a seasonal site in Canada the parks don't let you in until May 15th or 24th and close on October 15th or the Canadian Thanksgiving. We pay, on average the same as we pay for a seasonal site in Florida, Texas or Arizona.
We understand some of the particularly issues of northern climes such as water lines potentially freezing in October and are willing to work around this by bringing in our own water or whatever is needed.
I think it is a matter of greed. They know they've got Canadian snowbirds right where they want them so they can squeeze them. However, most parks just will not open earlier or close later so money isn't the issue with them.
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Old 05-25-2015, 06:24 PM   #2
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I don't know why people think they can only stay 6 months in the U.S. As a Canadian citizen you may stay as long as you wish. The only problem is, after 6 months (by their formula) you can be classed as a resident alien and be subject to U.S. Income tax on your world wide earnings. You can , however, file a closer ties form which determines which country you have closer ties to. If you own property, bank, have relatives, vehicles registered etc. in Canada, then you can be exempt from the resident alien classification. Your Provincial health coverage may expire after a certain time and each Province is different (Alberta just changed from 6 to 7 months). Check out the Canadian Snowbird Assoc. website for more info.
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Old 06-03-2015, 09:07 AM   #3
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If they stay for more then six months there may be an issue with their medical insurance? I know some who stay in Florida for 8 months but they fly home after about 5 and one half months.
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Old 06-03-2015, 09:16 AM   #4
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Everyone is missing the whole point of the initial post. The post was lamenting the total lack of understanding of the fulltime snowbird lifestyle not to mention the boost it could give to their businesses to accommodate the snowbird needs. They could still offer camping for transient campers and seasonal and 50 week park models but offer a portion of their space to cater to the few additional requirements of fulltime snowbirds such as an extended season May 1 to October 31 give or take a couple of days either end.
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