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spud1957

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Decided to head down to Florida the first of January. Somewhat surprised the number of parks are booked. After a couple dozen emails and phone calls we got in a few places.

I didn't want to commit to one place for the whole winter since it's our first winter trip down.

This is what I got.

January - Southern Oaks RV Resort, 5 miles north of The Villages
February - Christmas RV Park, Christmas
March - Orchid Lake RV Resort, New Port Richey

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I would think because of the storms this year, that there are a number of parks closed for repair. That leaves fewer sites and yet the recent boom in rving has the demand at all time highs. also people are booking early to get the best sites. I am glad we have our park model in central fl. to go to for the winter.


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Dog Trainer wrote:

I would think because of the storms this year, that there are a number of parks closed for repair. That leaves fewer sites and yet the recent boom in rving has the demand at all time highs. also people are booking early to get the best sites. I am glad we have our park model in central fl. to go to for the winter.


Its this way every year - you have to book about a year out


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Posted: 10/29/17 06:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Decided to head down to Florida the first of January. Somewhat surprised the number of parks are booked.

No surprise as it has been that way for years.
If you find a place you like. Make a reservation for Jan. 2019 before you leave. That is what many do.


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You just struck the nerve to the reason we don't go to Florida anymore. We had the privilege of knowing old Florida before the sudden boom of retired people coming down along the east coast. For us Florida has been spoiled forever.

Since hurricane Irma hasn't scared the newbie's away, I'm guessing that Florida will just keep getting overrun with people. It's no longer our cup of tea.

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John&Joey wrote:

You just struck the nerve to the reason we don't go to Florida anymore. We had the privilege of knowing old Florida before the sudden boom of retired people coming down along the east coast. For us Florida has been spoiled forever.

Since hurricane Irma hasn't scared the newbie's away, I'm guessing that Florida will just keep getting overrun with people. It's no longer our cup of tea.


"Old Florida" is still there. You just have to know where to go to find it.

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John&Joey wrote:

You just struck the nerve to the reason we don't go to Florida anymore. We had the privilege of knowing old Florida before the sudden boom of retired people coming down along the east coast. For us Florida has been spoiled forever.

Since hurricane Irma hasn't scared the newbie's away, I'm guessing that Florida will just keep getting overrun with people. It's no longer our cup of tea.


To each his own.

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We stayed at Southern Oaks while visiting relatives in The Villages. Nice little place. Camping World right next door has a weekly special on propane. The seasonals always have something going on (poker etc) and welcome the transients.

Really big weekend flea market a few miles north on 441.

If you want to find a taste of what Florida used to be, head out the Panhandle on US98.


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spud1957 wrote:

John&Joey wrote:

You just struck the nerve to the reason we don't go to Florida anymore. We had the privilege of knowing old Florida before the sudden boom of retired people coming down along the east coast. For us Florida has been spoiled forever.

Since hurricane Irma hasn't scared the newbie's away, I'm guessing that Florida will just keep getting overrun with people. It's no longer our cup of tea.


To each his own.

Perhaps I was able to get the sites I did because you no longer come. For that I thank you.[emoticon]


That's only the very first step of the busy. And yes, you're very welcome to have my old spot. Enjoy the new Florida.

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I certainly agree about the busy part. Years go we would visit the in-laws in Sun City Center, just south of Tampa. Our first trip back to the area after a number of years was 2 years ago and the increase in population was evident. New developments going up everywhere.

On that same trip we stayed in the W. Palm area to spend Thanksgiving with my brother. Spent most of the time waiting to turn left. No thanks. All yours Spud.

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