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3 years 3 months ago #14895 by floridakamper
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We're staying at Patrick AFB for a few days. Not a bad place and they have a bunch of new FHU sites ready to open. I was talking to my neighbor today, a recent AF retiree. He said that because of the new sites, they are changing the length of stay policy. The new policy is you can stay for 180 days. If I see Kathy in the office I'll ask but that's the scuttlebutt.

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3 years 3 months ago #14896 by larryf
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Thanks - let me know.

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3 years 3 months ago #14897 by floridakamper
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I will Larry. I was also told you can leave for two days and come back for another 180 days. Sounds like the perfect recipe for "homesteading." Scuttlebutt also says riverfront sites are going up to $900+ per month. I'll try to confirm with the office. I can see some relaxed length of stay rules during the summer, especially with all the newly constructed sites. I don't think they can build enough spots to take care of the snowbird invasion.

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3 years 3 months ago - 3 years 3 months ago #14898 by floridakamper
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Confirmed with the host that the length of stay permitted is 180 days, at least 2 days out and can start another 180 day stay if space is available. The host said there will be no rotation this winter season. I can see where the dry camping area used to be is now FHU sites. Riverfront sites are $30 a day year round and $810 per month. Everything else is a standard site. $22 a day May - Oct and $595 a month May - Oct. $24 a day Nov - April and $650 a month Nov - April.
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3 years 3 months ago #14931 by LamSan
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Not happy to read this as it looks like another FamCamp is doing the Private Campground thing! Some PPA RV parks in the area cost less than this, so not sure what they are thinking.

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3 years 3 months ago #14932 by Teeshot1
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What is "PPA" RV park?

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3 years 3 months ago #14933 by floridakamper
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PPA=Passport America An inexpensive campground membership that has participating campgrounds offering half price camping, most have various restriction, such as length of stay, season or off season, cash only, etc. Generally not the best places but many on good for an overnight FHU spot when traveling.

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3 years 3 months ago #14934 by LamSan
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Passport America has over 1800 campgrounds and there are various restrictions as floridakamper mentioned and this is because they offer half price camping. The campgrounds in the Titusville area that I was using as an example are rated by Good Sam having ratings in each category between 8 and 9 so they are excellent places to stay. We have a 45' class A and are very selective about all campgrounds we stay in so checking Good Sam ratings and online info will go a long way in choosing a Passport America campground. We always do our research before we book at a PPA campground and we have used them a lot over the last 16 years as one or two nighters and sometimes a week and I would not say they are generally not the best places to stay, just my humble opinion in case anyone is thinking about joining PPA I feel it is worth it.
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3 years 3 months ago #14935 by floridakamper
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LamSam, your right. My description of PPA parks came across too harsh. PPA for the money is a true bargain. I have also been a member for lots of years and the parks vary greatly in GS ratings. I use rvparkreviews.com to research any campground before we stay.

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3 years 3 months ago #14958 by stanbnv
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We have been a member of PPA since 2005 and we saved the cost of it, $44.00 at the time, the first three times we used it. Some of the parks are not always the best but overall they have been satisfactory. The biggest problem is the restrictions some put on it, such as only Oct 31 to May 1st, in colder winter areas.

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3 years 3 months ago #14962 by LamSan
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Is the truck entrance on School/Anvil Ave. the gate we should use to enter with our 45'motorhome and tow vehicle or has something changed? We would be arriving early afternoon not after hours so any feedback would be appreciated. We hope to head over there in a few weeks.

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2 years 7 months ago - 2 years 7 months ago #16025 by maxjr758
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Hi
Not sure about your 45' er , but we were there twice last September. and used the Main Gate both times with our 37' 5th wheel & F - 350 King Ranch.
Loved it there !
Stayed there on the way FROM NC to the US Coast Guard Station Marathon Key, then stayed there on the way back.
Have fun enjoy !

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1 year 11 months ago #16412 by GiJoeJane
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We are new to the camping life, as I just retired myself a year ago March, and we aren't looking to go for 4-6 months at a time. We live in central Wisconsin and need to get our travel trailer out of here before the harsh weather starts, and we are looking for 3 or 4 weeks in a warm climate. How does someone like us get a spot reserved for a short time like that when folks who are going for 4-6 months have the jump on the reservations, and be able to store/stage our camper for a couple months before and after to get it back up here.. . .

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1 year 11 months ago #16455 by Swim-bike-run-1
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GiJoeJane wrote: We are new to the camping life, as I just retired myself a year ago March, and we aren't looking to go for 4-6 months at a time. We live in central Wisconsin and need to get our travel trailer out of here before the harsh weather starts, and we are looking for 3 or 4 weeks in a warm climate. How does someone like us get a spot reserved for a short time like that when folks who are going for 4-6 months have the jump on the reservations, and be able to store/stage our camper for a couple months before and after to get it back up here.. . .


Simple, need to relocate/spot/transfer the trailer down to Florida, Macdill long term storage nice option, good look getting into the grove there...you'll prolly have to pay year round as Macdill long term storage for RVs is like scoring a rent control apartment in San fransico...like hitting the lottery...

kinda sad DoD MWR IMO, gold mine of $$$ could be made proving RV storage and seasonal camping to retired veterans...

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