Sigsbe in April

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6 years 4 months ago #12469 by Cdr_Cody
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I have made several SCUBA trips to the Keys and am familiar with Key West and Sigsbee, but have never been there with an RV. My wife and I are planning on traveling to there the last two weeks of April and, since I'm a planner, will probably have several questions over the next, month. My first question is "Should we get an exhaust stack (Genturi) for our on-board generator?" We are concerned with disturbing neighbors if the spacing between sites is minimal in the dry camping areas.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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6 years 4 months ago #12471 by Kokomo36
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First, no stack... The dry spots are generous in size and everyone is used to dealing with the noise and fumes. Just be considerate if neighbors are eating out next to exhaust B) .

Second, by the end of April, they will probably be very close to the end of dry rotation and you will be in full hook-up quickly.

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6 years 4 months ago #12488 by Cdr_Cody
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Thanks Kokomo36! Do you think "love bugs" will be e problem driving down the week before Easter? I lived in Orlando for a couple of years and remember having to put a screen over the front of my cars to keep the radiators clean.

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6 years 4 months ago #12489 by surfecho
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While most sites are large there are some that are a little closer. We had a large coach next to us last year that was all electric and ran the generator most of the day. The exhaust was aimed right at us and was terrible. So bad one day we had to close the door and windows on that side. I think for the cost of an exhaust stack it is something to consider.

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6 years 4 months ago #12490 by kschultz
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We've been here a week and probably another week to go before full hookups. We did move a couple of days ago in dry camp to another site because the exhaust on the rig next to us pretty much funneled in through our door. Just a word to the wise. Don't remember reading anywhere before we got here but make sure you are here before dark. You can not enter the park or move your rig after dark for safety reasons. ($100 fine)

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6 years 4 months ago #12491 by Kokomo36
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I can't answer you about the "love Bugs"; sorry...

In Dry Camping, there have been many open spaces and the office has been very good about allowing "approved" moves if you have issues with the site (or neighbors). Again, in April, the rotation time will be short.

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6 years 4 months ago #12492 by floridakamper
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We go to Fort Myers Beach each year at the end of April. Some years we go through "clouds" of Love Bugs and other years not so much.

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6 years 3 months ago #12557 by Cdr_Cody
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I'm planning my actual driving days and it looks as if I'll need a place to stop for an overnight somewhere between Palm Beach and Homestead. I'll be traveling with my wife and 2 dogs and towing a Jeep Liberty. I'm not sure whether I'll be on the turnpike or on I95 at this point but remember them being close together.

I'll appreciate any suggestions you may have.

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6 years 3 months ago #12558 by larryf
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Cdr_Cody wrote: I'm planning my actual driving days and it looks as if I'll need a place to stop for an overnight somewhere between Palm Beach and Homestead. I'll be traveling with my wife and 2 dogs and towing a Jeep Liberty. I'm not sure whether I'll be on the turnpike or on I95 at this point but remember them being close together. Ill appreciate any suggestions you may have.

We spend the night at the Miccosukee Casino . Very nice folks and no problems spending a free night in the far parking lot. We joined their players club and got two free buffets and $60 to play on the slots. We walked away with almost $100 ahead. They also currently have a good $10 steak and lobster dinner. :)

We spent one night there on the way down to the Keys and two nights on the return trip back.

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6 years 3 months ago - 6 years 3 months ago #12559 by johnandmari
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We love Casino camping and always use them when we can. Usually free camping and, of course there is always that buffet :woohoo:
BTW, there is a really great web site that will tell you all about casinos and the ability to stop and "camp", which we use a lot!

www.casinocamper.com/

John
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6 years 2 months ago #12705 by floridakamper
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Like the original poster we're planning our first trip to Key West for the last two weeks in April. I'm hoping that the high occupancy and need to rotate might be over. I've gathered all my info from this site. Anybody there now to give an update on the rotation?

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6 years 2 months ago #12710 by Kokomo36
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Not sure about the numbers in dry; but it is really clearing out! We are looking at 11 days in dry before going full again. That will probably drop for the next round since many people in full depart at the end of their 2 weeks or sooner. I'll get you exact numbers in a day or so...

BTW - there is a SMART Rolling Rally coming here in April which will impact the situation; and, they will close Trumbo sometime in April and make those folks move to Sigsbee to consolidate resources.

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6 years 2 months ago #12711 by floridakamper
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Thanks for the info, especially on the SMART group. The only thing that burns my tail feathers about the SMART folks is that their membership includes Vets that normally would not have access to military campgrounds but because they are members, at least some bases allow them to stay and then authorized retirees are turned away. Hopefully their visit won't impact our stay.

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6 years 2 months ago #12712 by Oweninthekeys
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Enjoy your trip, we will be making the journey in October.

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6 years 2 months ago #12713 by Kokomo36
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55 Rigs on the Dry list as of 3/25...
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6 years 2 months ago #12714 by floridakamper
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Thanks for the update. Starting to do a little research on what to expect. I know we're spoiled with things like FHU's and TV and good internet access and cell service. So I'll plead guilty right now to being a "wus." From what I've read there are almost no OTA TV stations and even in FHU there is no cable. May have to look at only a week instead of two. I hear withdrawal symptoms can be pretty severe.

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6 years 1 month ago #12756 by Carol202
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My husband I stayed at Sigsbee last year and had a wonderful time. We both dive and even enjoyed the easy shore dive right off the waterfront of the RV park (the dry camping area). Just be careful because that is a busy channel--the cruise ship jet skiis are constantly speeding through it along with other small boats so stay near the bottom when crossing it. There are many walls on either side of the channel where we saw lots of small lobsters. There was a fiberglass boat wreck in the deepest part of the channel that had a young goliath grouper and lots of other fish swimming about. In the shallows on the other side of the channel I found a seahorse. My husband managed to find a couple of barely legal lobsters (they were in season then) and we had a nice dinner. We tried to rent a boat at Sigsbee on several occasions, but usually half of them were out of commission and we never got there early enough for their first-come policy. We finally bit the bullet and rented a small boat from a commercial marina, but we had a blast and got a lot more dive time in than we would have from a dive operation. We had several good dive sites loaded on our hand-held GPS. We went on a regular dive boat to see the Vandenburg - ask how much bottom time they are going to give you. The place we reserved with said 20 minutes, what a rip-off. We took our own boat down later and were able to do 40 minutes on nitrox on a single dive. Have fun.

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6 years 1 month ago #12760 by Cdr_Cody
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Our trip has to be delayed for a few months. My wife took swan dive down our steps from the second floor 4 weeks ago. She spent 3 weeks in the hospital between the trauma center and acute rehab but is home now and doing in-home therapy. With luck we will be able to make local trips next month and are targeting Key West for early fall.

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6 years 1 month ago #12762 by floridakamper
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We'll say a prayer for a speedy recovery that will have you both back on the road soon.

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6 years 1 month ago - 6 years 1 month ago #12764 by Carol202
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So sorry to hear about the accident. I hope your wife isn't in a lot of pain.

We took our boat down last October and stayed in a townhouse. The weather was still very warm. We stayed on the water all day and were comfortable going out in the evenings. We did not see any overflow in the campground at thaf time.

I do want to weigh in on the stacks. We camped in a small travel trailer with no capability to run an A/C at night. For a couple of nights, we had to put up with the fumes from a motor home next door until the mandatory shutoff time of 11:00 pm. I would have really appreciated it if they had a stack. I was glad when they pulled out.
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