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AdirondackJack

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As you say, it is what it is. We take our time and stay at a lot of campgrounds coming and going each year. We stumbled upon one in Western NY State that my wife calls "Deliverance"! We know of 2 we look forward to stopping at in Northern Florida that are great and also know of one near Stark, Fl where Anthony Perkins might have been scared to stay overnight. You have the same possibilities whether it's Florida, Ohio, or Mississippi. We stay at least 2 nights in a place to try and get a little feel for the campground and the area for next time. Whatever we find it's all part of our RV journey.


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Posted: 04/04/14 07:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

AdirondackJack wrote:

As you say, it is what it is. We take our time and stay at a lot of campgrounds coming and going each year. We stumbled upon one in Western NY State that my wife calls "Deliverance"! ..


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My Deliverance CG was in Southern Illinois! Situation late at night and needed the first CG I could find.

I pulled in to check in and the CG owner was seriously drunk. Thought that wasn't a real big deal I'll be parked with other campers, until.......he got into his golf cart and told me to follow him to my site. We wound for what seemed like forever thru deeply wooded area and then it opened up to a small clearing.

Only thing was there were NO other campers! Just 4 real dilapidated hunting trailers that appeared to be empty or at least I hoped so.

I called some friends in California, told them were I was and in case I woke up dead in the morning!

Yup Full Time and Snowbird RV'ing sure does supply us with some great stories to tell around the campfire! And each time I run into stuff like this I can't stop myself from going right to humming the dueling banjo's song. [emoticon]


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Check out Riversidervresort.com and Riversidesnowbirds.com

This park has an Arcadia address but is only 4 mile from Port Charlotte. We have been there for 13 years. We only go to Arcadia for oranges or for service on our Ford truck.

This park has something for everyone.

Call the office and ask for Karen or Sue. Tell them that "Big John" suggested that you call for more information. This park will be full by August or September.

* This post was edited 04/06/14 07:32am by jeb5 *


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This past winter I won a stay at an upscale resort just north of Arcadia. If I paid for 1 month, I got 2 months free. This would be for next year. We drove over to Arcadia to see what was there and take a look at the park. After seeing the area, we said forget it! The area had zero appeal and limited shopping - it really is in the middle of nowhere. We did not bother driving the 6 miles north to look at the park.

There were lots of c.g.'s in that area; but we could not figure out why anyone would want to stay there.


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rockhillmanor wrote:

AdirondackJack wrote:

As you say, it is what it is. We take our time and stay at a lot of campgrounds coming and going each year. We stumbled upon one in Western NY State that my wife calls "Deliverance"! ..


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My Deliverance CG was in Southern Illinois! Situation late at night and needed the first CG I could find ..snip... Yup Full Time and Snowbird RV'ing sure does supply us with some great stories to tell around the campfire! And each time I run into stuff like this I can't stop myself from going right to humming the dueling banjo's song. [emoticon]


Mine was in Alabama. Had to hide out from a tornado so I went off the beaten path a little. Next morning I went into McDonalds to send out e-mails telling everyone I was OK. When I asked the person at the counter if they had internet there, she said "what's the internet." drove an extra long time north that day.

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I usually don't offer to tell anyone about camping in north central Florida. Why? Cause I want them to go further south - like them seeing those crowded, high priced CG's with hundreds of park models. But since you asked about Florida and where to stay, I'll tell you a secret and the best park in Florida - bar none. Rural but close to big cities for entertainment, sports and best restaurants. Try Williston Crossings- large sites, no bugs, no gators, no red necks - everyone is friendly. On second thought - DON'T come here!


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You had me at "no rednecks". [emoticon]

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You can see from my sig I live in Port Charlotte. Well actually NW Charlotte County about 4 miles or so from the gulf as the crow flies. Arcadia is rural but if you like antiques and antique shops downtown Arcadia will appeal to you. In the winter we have more snowbirds and many of them are well older folks. You have to drive a little more defensively and have patience we will all be older and slower someday. It will take you a little while to drive to Sarasota, Venice, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda etc. But in snowbird season due to the increase of folks it takes us all a little longer to get somewhere. As far as food, if you unit is air conditioned it is no different then anywhere else. Our humidity in the winter is low even lower then up north with all the snow. I RV and I have been a snow bird and I have had ants in my rig in other states. Ant killer works great. If you want buy Triazicide and spray around your rig with a water hose. Last about 6 to 8 weeks and will kill the ants and other insects, Andro is a powder to put on ant hills works fast and is great. Yes we have gators and snakes they hang out by most lakes, canal fresh water etc. Keep you and your pet out of there. Bugs are more of an issue in the summer then winter. No worst then the woods up north. Fla. is a great place to winter enjoy and the folks are nice they want your money.If you find Arcadia is not for you there are many other parks within 50 miles of where you are going to stay.


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Thank you so much for all your responses.You have been very helpful and we appreciate it.Live,Love and Laugh,Trish

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Posted: 04/08/14 09:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I stayed a weekend in Arcadia this winter. The campground had a music concert we wanted to see. We live full time in Venice FL, about an hour away.

The facility was nice. All the rigs were on concrete pads, I guess because of the ant problem. We didn't see ants at the time.

The pool was small.

The people were very nice, most from Canada and the MidWest. They were all of post retirement age, and seemed very conservative.

The area is really boring. I would never want to stay there long. It is at least an hour away from the beaches, and 45 minutes away from everywhere else.

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