A Short Move

 Posted by at 12:29 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 082011

Since we only made a short 45 mile move yesterday, from the Orlando Thousand Trails  to the Escapees Sumter Oaks campground, a couple of miles south of Bushnell, Florida, we were in no hurry to get up and go. Our reservation at the Thousand Trails actually wasn’t up until today, so we didn’t have a checkout time to worry about. 

We always enjoy starting and ending our day with a little snuggle time together, when we can talk about whatever’s on our mind, or just enjoy being close, before we get busy. By the time we got up and opened the curtains to greet the day, our neighbors Charles and Nancy Deutschmann had already pulled out, but not before leaving us a goodbye note taped to our door.

We pulled out of the Thousand Trails about 2:30 in the afternoon, and had to deal with some traffic going up U.S. Highway 27 to Clermont, and then on State Route 50 westbound, but once we got out of Clermont it was smooth sailing. Well, smooth RVing. Well, smooth RVing except for the wind, which was pretty gusty. Fortunately, we didn’t have too far to go, and we weren’t running at interstate highway speeds.

At Tarrytown, we turned north on State Route 471 for the four mile run to Webster, where I managed to miss the left turn onto County Road 478. Fortunately, a quarter mile up the road there was a gate to the big Webster Flea Market and a large enough area for me to pull into and make a U-turn to get headed back in the right direction. A few minutes later we arrived at the Escapees campground and went in to register.

We were assigned a nice 50 amp full hookup back-in site on grass, right across from the laundry room, and it only took us a few minutes to get parked and settled in. Of course, no move is complete until I goof up at least once. This time around, once we were all parked, had our HWH leveling jacks down, and our slide rooms extended, I started to hook up the utilities and discovered that I was about three inches too far away from the water spigot for my regular hose to reach. So I had to get out a second 25 foot hose to cover those three inches! As my buddies back in Arizona used to say, Nick Happens.

While we were finishing up with all of that, George and Star Sharrar pulled up in their pickup to say hello and welcome us, before they headed out to dinner with a group of people. Whenever there are RVers around, you know the local restaurants are making a profit! 🙂

Paul and Linda Odom, who were at our Eastern Gypsy Gathering rally in Elkhart, Indiana, are parked near us, and they came over to say hello and welcome us. Paul had a couple of questions about how we set up the Explorer for towing, and I promised to get together with him to explain it while we’re here.

An hour or so after we were all settled in, our pal Al Hesselbart, historian for the RV Museum in Elkhart, Indiana, came by to say hello. Al is spending his first winter as a snowbird at an RV park just a mile or so up the road, and judging by the big grin on his face, he’s really enjoying it. We plan to have dinner with Al while we’re here, and I’m looking forward to it.  

Some people expressed concern when we told them that we didn’t plan to make a lot of reservations in Florida this winter, and worried that we’d be spending a lot of nights parked at WalMart. But we have not had any problems getting into any campgrounds we wanted to. They all seem to have openings, and a lot of them are not much over 50% occupied. I don’t know if this is a slow winter, or if they will get busier later in the month and in February. But at least for now, it’s no problem finding a vacancy. In fact, a couple of different people have told me that some Passport America campgrounds they have been in have extended the Passport rate, even though they usually don’t offer it this time of year. I guess if business is slow enough, half of something is better than all of nothing.

 Thought For The Day – When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I’ve never tried before.

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  3 Responses to “A Short Move”

  1. It has been a slow year here at Paradise Island. Today is the first day we have NO Vacancy sign up. Overflow only.
    Last year in South Florida was bad weather-wise, so I think many folks decided to go to plan B.
    Heading to Tampa RV Supershow next week.

  2. Yes, it’s a slow winter. There are usually some openings where ever you go here in Florida. In Passport parks we usually ask if the rate applies even during the period when they are not supposed to be honoring Passport. As you pointed out when it’s slow, half a camping fee is better than none for the campground owner/manager. When we were south of Halifax in Nova Scotia this summer, the Passport park gave us the Passport rate for several weeks even during their busy season. We have noticed the last two years that eastern Canada seems to have few American RVers enjoying the sights. So some campgrounds are starting to be amenable to lowering their prices.

    We love Bushnell Escapees park. They are truly a caring sharing park. Have fun especially at the flea market!!!!!

  3. What Nick means is that he wants to have dinner ON Al while he’s here. dont tell him but I may just forget my wallet. I also will be at Tampa doing my RV History programs for supershow visitors. I hope to get together with Jim and Chris there even if Jim did beat me out for the Hoosier Honey tiara

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