Mr. Camper

Seasonal Camping

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Due to some personal changes we are looking at staying for about 5 months at a seasonal campground.  Other than staying at one place for 3 months, which we paid month by month.  The hiccup here is that we have to pay 1/2 now and the rest in 7 months.  That isn't the problem.  We have only seen a map of the campground so we tried Google Earth but can't get a good view (angle is too sharp).  Anyone have any experience in this and if so...did you just jump in or did you do some checking we didn't think about?   Thanks for any suggestions and/or ideas.

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Did you look it up in RVparkreviews? Did you look at it via Google Maps? If you give us the name and location someone may have stayed there............

I would just schedule a day or 2 there and then go for the long term stay. Unless it is in a snowbird area. Give us some info so we can help you better...............

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They aren't listed in RV Park Reviews.  I know where they are.  They are only open for seasonal campers unless they have an open site that didn't get bought for the season and then they open it for daily or weekly visitors.  The name of the place is Niemeyers Rugged River Resort in the Brainerd Lakes region of Minnesota.  While not a snowbird area they are full most years.  The park may be empty during the week but there are RV's on all sites we are told.  Weekends and holidays must be families and packed activities.

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I did a google search and there were 5 excellent ratings on Google.  Looking at the place from Google Earth it looks like the campsites are well spaced.  At least the ones I can see.  Others may be in the trees. 

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https://roadtrippers.com/us/brainerd-mn/camping-rv/niemeyers-rugged-river-resort

I found this review and 5 Google Reviews, everyone seemed to like it very much, 5 star.

They are not open through the winter though. Their website says they close Oct 10th(?) or so. Are you planning to winter there? Or are you thinking of next summer...............Snowbird generally implies wintering.................

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They have a house that they rent for all seasons, including winter.  We are looking to leave there in early to mid-October.  Their 2018 season is May 4th through Oct. 14th.  From some of the people I've spoken to online many people leave their RV's there all winter if they want to return the following year.  That will not be us.  We are looking at next year since we just came back from this years trip.  The sites I've asked about are open to the southern sky for satellite reception.  I'll have to be inside for several hours each day and reading and TV would be good options.  I'd rather be fishing but hey, the fish need a break too.

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1 hour ago, SWharton said:

https://roadtrippers.com/us/brainerd-mn/camping-rv/niemeyers-rugged-river-resort

I found this review and 5 Google Reviews, everyone seemed to like it very much, 5 star.

They are not open through the winter though. Their website says they close Oct 10th(?) or so. Are you planning to winter there? Or are you thinking of next summer...............Snowbird generally implies wintering.................

Or some of us could be called "Sunbirds" or "Hotbirds".  Those of us who have S&B's in the south or southwest and head north for the summer.

Since 2005, we have only spent one summer in San Antonio. 

We have enjoyed the cool northern weather some of those years. Some anyways.  Some were HOT.

Philidelphia in June, many days in the 90's.  The same summer 4th of July in Baltimore, upper 90's.  This summer in the Portland, OR area.  About a week ago Portland was, 97, 103, 105 & 96 for a 4 day stretch. 

Of course we have had some very nice summers as well.  Maine, Nova Scotia, & Newfoundland.  Alaska last year.  Others as well.

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I have left winter weather to winter in the Northwest.  That would be called a Rain Bird

 

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Still haven't made the decision but we are leaning towards doing it.  Just have to work out a few more details.  Thanks to everyone who offered advice and suggestions.  I'll keep checking for additional comments.

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Well, we made the decision to take a seasonal site.  Thank you to those who provided input.  Fish beware, we are coming next year.

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On 8/8/2017 at 4:21 PM, Mr. Camper said:

The name of the place is Niemeyers Rugged River Resort in the Brainerd Lakes region of Minnesota.  

Dunno if you have been in the Brainerd area in the summer.  Very fishing-oriented.  The bigger lakes often see fast boats and water-skiers.

If you like motorsports, Brainerd International Raceway between Baxter and Nisswa has events all summer. Some of them are motorcycle and drag events which draw large crowds.  

Weather can be coolish or hot in summer.  In midsummer hot in these parts means humid.  You are going to running the AC.  Sometimes in spring they can get hot days with low humidity, which is very nice.  In the fall after the first freeze they can get the so-called Indian Summer which may be my favorite weather anywhere.  Flying bugs are gone, and weather is comfortable.

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