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Old 10-27-2014, 05:59 PM   #1
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Poll on seasonal site

My wife & I are considering doing a seasonal site next yr @ our favorite campground. We've never done it...we usually do 3 trips a month to different campgrounds all season long. My question is has any one done a seasonal & regretted it & why? My only fear is getting bored with the same place all yr long. It's about an hour & 15 away from home so the drive isn't bad....only a short drive to the local drag strip so guy's wknds will be great.... a little pricey ( I think) $4500/yr. But if you add up what we spend on our wknd jaunts with fuel etc & we usually do a non-camping vaca. too maybe it isn't so bad? We also need to get a golf cart.
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I've never done it, but seems to me going to the same place all the time is called "home". Isn't that what we are trying to get away from for a few days?
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We have been on our seasonal site for 11 summers - it is nice to just pull up, unlock the door, put out awning and start a campfire without towing, jacking, leveling, traffic etc !!

We can still pull out whenever we wish too

However your $4500 is pretty steep unless it includes full hookup and a paved site with a deck included and you pay NO utilities !! Should also include lawn care at that price - Ours is less than 1/2 that for seven months, free water, a two level deck on the riverfront in prime Ohio camping area - we pay our own metered electric and honey wagon as needed and we do our own lawn care


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Old 10-27-2014, 06:15 PM   #4
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I know people that have seasonal sites and love them. But most got then do to mobility issues or their kids were in sports and prevented them from going on longer trips si they at least use the trailer on the weekends. We bought a trailer to be mobile and get bored fast. So that probably would not work for us but if it works for you it is no different then having a cabin.
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:16 PM   #5
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I've never done it, but seems to me going to the same place all the time is called "home". Isn't that what we are trying to get away from for a few days?

It is the same as having "a cottage on the lake" or a boat docked somewhere

The whole idea is getaway no matter where you end up 😄


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Old 10-27-2014, 07:10 PM   #6
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Poll on seasonal site

Just my opinion... There many reasons for seasonal sites... Everybody's different... But... I think a seasonal site is best suited for three types. 1. Those who have health issues and are unable to do the hauling, hooking/unhooking etc. 2. Those that have very busy schedules that limits when they can camp. Most people that have a camper but doesn't camp, don't because they never "find the time." Permanent site let you maximize your down time. 3. Those who have a permanent site on a lake (or input your perfect camp setting here), and its a cheaper alternative to buying land and building a camp. For these people, seasonal sites are a great way to camp without too much commitment.
Personally, we love going to different places... And planning trips is about the only thing that gets me through the winters... Lol.


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Old 10-27-2014, 07:16 PM   #7
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It is the same as having "a cottage on the lake" or a boat docked somewhere

The whole idea is getaway no matter where you end up ��


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no, because if you have the same neighbors every day, you are home. If you don't like those neighbors, you still get to see them every day. Just like home
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Old 10-27-2014, 07:18 PM   #8
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We have been on our seasonal site for 11 summers - it is nice to just pull up, unlock the door, put out awning and start a campfire without towing, jacking, leveling, traffic etc !!

We can still pull out whenever we wish too

However your $4500 is pretty steep unless it includes full hookup and a paved site with a deck included and you pay NO utilities !! Should also include lawn care at that price - Ours is less than 1/2 that for seven months, free water, a two level deck on the riverfront in prime Ohio camping area - we pay our own metered electric and honey wagon as needed and we do our own lawn care


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yes the turn key idea is most attractive, it includes full hookup (50a) metered, free water, level wooded site. There are no lawns...all sites are crushed stone. Everyone we've chatted with raves about this campground & rightly so. just returned this wknd from there on our final outing & learned they're in the midst of a $100k renovation of the pool area alone. The fee is for 1 full yr. not just the season...so we can go during the winter mos.
We've mobile camped for 3 seasons now and thought we'd try something different for one season....we will not "lock down" so much so we can make the trip 5 hrs away for a week in another favorite campground.
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Wowza - $100k on pool renovation !!

Guess that is where your $4500 goes ?!?! 🏊


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Old 10-27-2014, 07:29 PM   #10
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We love our seasonal site and plan on having a winter seasonal site in seven years as well when we go full time.


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Old 10-27-2014, 07:44 PM   #11
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Why can't you do both, use the seasonal for everyday and when you want to go someplace for a trip just pack up and go. I can see an advantage of having a seasonal site.
1 seeing if you can spend a lot of time together in your trailer
2 getting more use out of your trailer
3 just having more fun
4 making a new base to shorten other trips in that area
The options are what you make them
For me this is what I want to do next season for a tryout to see if we can be comfortable in our 3wrls V Lite for a long time, retiring in spring.
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Old 10-27-2014, 07:49 PM   #12
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We have had a fifth wheel for quite a few years now.

My thought had always been, if it has wheels it shouldn't be permanently park.

Well we went seasonal, 5 years now, coming on 6. There were two main reasons we went seasonal:
1-For the first 4 years or so with our fifth wheel we averaged about 5 to 6 outings.
2-Have you noticed an increase in RV sales, RV's on the highway, they have to go somewhere.

From mid April to mid Septemeber we are at out trailer every weekend.
It may rain Friday so we would wait untill Saturday and then go, or go Friday and bring a movie(and wine). Without a seasonal spot we wouldn't go at all.
We get a lot more use out of the trailer by going seasonal. Our spot is less than an hour away, from house to sitting down with beer in had, 1 hour and 15 minutes. Thats the best I can do

Probably the biggest reason for going seasonal is too many RV'ers. Longweekends had to be booked by March early April otherwise hope for a cancellation. It was just getting to hard to book spots.

We think seasonal is great, do we get bored? Not a chance, we are outside, golfing, relaxing, barbqueing sitting at the fire. We like tinkering with our site, making it OURS. Sure its the same spot, but we are still camping and out of the rat race.

EXGMTech - I think you enjoy it and you will get more use out of your trailer.

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^^^^ Nailed it !!


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Old 10-27-2014, 07:57 PM   #14
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If DH has to work....long quiet weekend for me sometimes !! You won't do that if you have to haul it

You find more time to just GO


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Old 10-27-2014, 07:59 PM   #15
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Seasonal can be good, like some have said no set up get there and relax. At the price you quoted I am sure I know where you are speaking of and it's a very nice place a little high but nice.
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Seasonal can be good, like some have said no set up get there and relax. At the price you quoted I am sure I know where you are speaking of and it's a very nice place a little high but nice.
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I have an RV lot in the UP of MI, we own it but becsuse the park is only open May 1 thru October 1, it is seasonal. The cost is yearly fee of $365 and taxes of just under $200 per year plus electricity.If u can keep it low cost, it can work out well after you pay for it ($13,000).
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LIW= Lake In Wood? Sorry, but I didn't like that place at all. Nice setting, but more like a trailer park in the woods than a RV park. So many campers covered in moss, leaves and tree branches. Park itself is very clean, but the need to make there tenants keep up their units.
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This is our first year at a seasonal/ permanent site and we have had 42 nights in since we got our new camper May 28th. It is about an hour and 10 minutes from the house (since they are re-decking the dam) and is right at the entrance to a Corp park by our favorite lake, with a boat ramp less than a quarter mile from our camper. Heck we never even back strap the boat. We are allowed one boat, two vehicles and our camper.
It's $130 a month, and that included water, trash and sewer and they keep it mowed, sometimes we have to weedeat alittle. And we have our own electric meter.
We dont have to pay rent year round, but we will loose our spot, and there is a waiting list.

We love it in that we dont have to haul, try to find a site, we get more days or nights in, we have our own little community there, our landlord is awsome, our kids love the lake etc.... plus if im at home im working, if im at the lake, im not, unless it's on our camper or our deck or one of our friends or landlords little project.

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Did it for 2 summers when we lived in Ohio and were still working, it was the easiest camping we have ever done and very enjoyable.
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