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I am a full timer and generally go south to FL or AZ for the winter season. I am still at my winter location in FL and leaving to head north in a few days. I called a couple of campgrounds today in AZ and FL to inquire about making reservations for next winter season. Both were already full and taking names for a waiting list. I am #20 on one list and #50 on another. I haven't even left my current winter location. Can't return to my current location next season because they decided to not do monthly reservations and will only do annual leases. Is this the new reality of RVing?

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That seems to be the current reality anyway. We have reservations in place for state parks in Georgia and Florida for next winter through March 2023 so far. At sometime, the current COVID induced RV'ing bubble will likely burst, although I expect enough folks will have found RV'ing to their liking to keep up with it, so the "burst" may not be as relieving of the congestion as many of us might like.

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If you look at places other than AZ and FL, you can still find accommodations. When we left our winter place in southern NM this year, they asked if we wanted to come back next year. We have reservations at a military installation in NE MD from June of this year through December of 2023, so we said, "No."

Rob

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There are likely a whopping ton of campgrounds (that aren't your regular spot, sure), that have space and have monthly leases, in those states.   It really boils down to your requirement of amenities.  The wife and I don't really look for those, so we have a lot more options available.  Just our way of looking at it.  But then, we don't have any friends somewhere to try to see or hang out with, expecting us.  That can make a difference.

 

There's also New Mexico.  I know we stayed in a place between Alamagordo and Tularosa (near the giant Pistachio!) that would be a decent tide over.

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1 hour ago, Will B. said:

There are likely a whopping ton of campgrounds (that aren't your regular spot, sure), that have space and have monthly leases, in those states.   It really boils down to your requirement of amenities. 

I agree.  There are plenty of good RV parks that aren't the high class 'resorts'.  I have to smile when folks say "everything is full".

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This will be our first year to winter in Florida so to be sure we researched a lot of places, found what we HOPE we like and fit our needs and booked for 3 months the day they opened for their winter reservations, we figure this way we had a spot and now can explore to see if somewhere else might be better. We hope one year to explore the Texas option as well.

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13 hours ago, Kirk W said:

Have you checked south Texas? 

Yes, but the RGV is having a lot of problems now with illegal immigration and after living 35 years in San Diego where I could see Mexico from my downtown office window, I don't want to be near the border. NM is too cold in the winter. Also I live full time in my RV and am not camping so not really interested in State Parks except for short stays. I need full hook up and 3 to 5 month stay not 14 days.

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1 hour ago, Twotoes said:

Yes, but the RGV is having a lot of problems now with illegal immigration and after living 35 years in San Diego where I could see Mexico from my downtown office window, I don't want to be near the border. NM is too cold in the winter. Also I live full time in my RV and am not camping so not really interested in State Parks except for short stays. I need full hook up and 3 to 5 month stay not 14 days.

One of the great things about RV'ing is the "something for everyone" aspect of it. My wife and I are fulltimers that prefer staying at state and national parks for the most part, only using commercial parks for brief overnights enroute to our next park. We enjoy the usually large sites often with foliage for privacy. Moving to another park every couple of weeks works for us since we enjoy the variety, typically mixing new to us parks in with the ones we enjoy revisiting. We also mix full and partial hookup sites in our travels, and I don't mind using our portable waste tank as needed for the partial hookup sites. Of course our style of RV'ing is not for everyone, but it's what we enjoy.

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I like 2gypsies post. "Everything full", baloney. Since you are from S.D. you wouldn't want to come to Yuma. Shoot, there is vacancies here all winter and it has nothing to do with the border. Big parks, Mom and Pop parks, "resorts' as they like to call themselves, they are all here. 

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I agree with the poster about Yuma. All kinds of parks at different price points and activity agendas. Also a note about the RGV.  Plenty to do and many parks have room. We spent part of the winter again in the RGV and have many friends in this area. I'm not worried about the border and the folks trying to have a better life. I have my political opinions and they may differ from someone else's but this forum is not the place for a discussion.

Dave

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Many snowbird RV parks offer current seasonal renters first option on the following season. Where we stay in Ft. Myers, they have an early reservation "party" in Feb. with a $200 early bird discount. Mar. 1 they open reservations to the general public.

Yes, the RVing world is crazy busy now.

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The Escapees parks in Bushnell and Wachulla are already full. I've been to Yuma,(not the Escapee park) and  didn't like the area.  May go back to Saguaro in Benson AZ. I like State and National Parks but don't want to move every 14 days. Or may just go to TX and try it out, never stayed there except for a short stay in Livingston.

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On 4/27/2022 at 2:05 PM, Twotoes said:

The Escapees parks in Bushnell and Wachulla are already full. I've been to Yuma,(not the Escapee park) and  didn't like the area.  May go back to Saguaro in Benson AZ. I like State and National Parks but don't want to move every 14 days. Or may just go to TX and try it out, never stayed there except for a short stay in Livingston.

Check out the Harlingen TX area. The rates are approx. 1/3 those in FL, yet Harlingen is a big city only a hours drive from S. Padre island.

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