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Old 08-17-2016, 01:18 PM   #11
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Feel sorry for you guys in Texas. I had to drive thru the long star state and I thought I'd never get out of there. It was Christmas time and the freezing rain and snow was the pits. Here in California the camping season is 12 months long.
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Old 08-17-2016, 01:52 PM   #12
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I recently discovered that camping in my home state can be a challenge. I tried to reserve a campsite for next February at a state park near Sarasota only to find that they are already booked up. Guess I'll have to try again for February 2018, and book the site eleven months in advance, per the rules.
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Old 08-17-2016, 02:28 PM   #13
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Yes, but HEAT can change that. Believe me. I like it cool or cold when camping. 100 degrees and relatively high humidity means spending way more time inside the trailer, and that means hookups. Not really my idea of camping.
Something must have gotten "lost in the translation" here, Robert. When I said "Au contraire" I meant that not all of your northern friends would laugh at your statement, me being one of those who didn't laugh. I understand your perspective completely.
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Old 08-17-2016, 02:37 PM   #14
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When would you camp locally in Florida? I think my point was missed.
October through mid-May.

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Yes, but HEAT can change that. Believe me. I like it cool or cold when camping. 100 degrees and relatively high humidity means spending way more time inside the trailer, and that means hookups. Not really my idea of camping.
Nor is it mine. I neither like it too hot or too cold. My preference is T-shirt weather, or at worst, sweatshirt weather.

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I recently discovered that camping in my home state can be a challenge. I tried to reserve a campsite for next February at a state park near Sarasota only to find that they are already booked up. Guess I'll have to try again for February 2018, and book the site eleven months in advance, per the rules.
That's because all the northern retirees seem to think that camping season in Florida starts when the snow and cold arrive wherever they live, and they all book sites in advance for several months. If you can't find a site near Tampa, you can always request Campsite #1 (somewhat of a private joke)! You might try arriving at the state park near Sarasota early in the day when you want to camp. The state parks generally retain a few sites for "drive ins."
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Old 08-17-2016, 02:45 PM   #15
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Something must have gotten "lost in the translation" here, Robert. When I said "Au contraire" I meant that not all of your northern friends would laugh at your statement, me being one of those who didn't laugh. I understand your perspective completely.
I wasn't really laughing. I knew exactly what Robert meant. While he and I agree on a lot of things, we see camping from a different vantage point, because he is not yet retired and has to go camping as his work schedule allows, and that has an affect on distance and time. Being retired, my camping season begins when the summer heat and humidity arrives and hopefully doesn't end until the heat snd humidity ceases.
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Old 08-17-2016, 03:15 PM   #16
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Something must have gotten "lost in the translation" here, Robert. When I said "Au contraire" I meant that not all of your northern friends would laugh at your statement, me being one of those who didn't laugh. I understand your perspective completely.
I ain't too bright.

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I wasn't really laughing. I knew exactly what Robert meant. While he and I agree on a lot of things, we see camping from a different vantage point, because he is not yet retired and has to go camping as his work schedule allows, and that has an affect on distance and time. Being retired, my camping season begins when the summer heat and humidity arrives and hopefully doesn't end until the heat snd humidity ceases.
Well put. Were I retired, I'd be as migratory as a bird.
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Old 08-18-2016, 11:03 PM   #17
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Well shucks! I'm retired and live in Texas. I'm with Robert, RV season starts in September and runs through April or May. I'd rather boondock in the cold than have a full hookup in the southern summer. And since they aren't as many people on the roads, is easier to find get really great camping spots.

To me, three season camping is Fall, Winter, and Spring. I'll sell my Bigfoot in May or June; my Escape will be ready in September. How can it get any better than that? (I turned down an August delivery date.)


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Old 08-18-2016, 11:12 PM   #18
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I hear you Rich. Nothing beats camping in one of our beautiful state parks or similar in December or January when you're the only camper in a 10 spot area, and the daytime high is 60 and the low is 45. Sleeping at night without the roar of the AC is wonderful. Our ideal camping weather is reversed from most of the country - and that was kind of the point of my original post.

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Old 08-18-2016, 11:21 PM   #19
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I am also going to agree with Robert. Here in the Midwest, June through August can get pretty hot and sticky. Our favorite time to head out is after Labor Day. The weather is beautiful and the summer traffic is down. We want to get to the Texas hill country some February or March. Loren
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Old 08-18-2016, 11:31 PM   #20
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Join us in the Pacific NorthWET. Typically our camping season is mid-April (time to de-winterize) to mid-October (time to winterize). Doesn't stop me from camping Nov-Apr, it's just different (and WET).


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