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Old 08-06-2017, 08:33 PM   #1
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Winter Beach Time

Ok, need some ideas and recommendations. We're still getting used to this Fulltime thing and looking at options.

Pretty sure we will be in the Hilton Head - Savannah area for most of the winter but Tracy has requested a true "Beach Getaway ". Sooooooo .........

I need suggestions - how far down Florida should I look for a place with a week- 10 days available and warm enough to swim in early January ? We are looking for about the 4th - 13th.
All suggestions are welcome, either Coast is fine as we need to be in Tampa for the RV Show on the 14th.

As usual, thanks in advance. !!
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Old 08-06-2017, 11:17 PM   #2
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I would have made my reservations for the Keys months ago, but you can still find sites now, if you get lucky. Man, do I love that place.
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Old 08-07-2017, 03:32 AM   #3
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We have been in the Gulf in the Tampa area in late December early January, BUT we didn't stay long as it was pretty chilly, then again another year approx same time frame we were over at Daytona and the water bad. Just depends on which way the currents are flowing.
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Old 08-08-2017, 04:17 AM   #4
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Just booked two weeks at Sunshine Key RV Park on big Pine Key. First two weeks of January.
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Vaughn...I just got that pleasantly warm feeling all over imagining being there. You won't be disappointed, unless of course a hurricane comes blowing through. 😁
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Just booked two weeks at Sunshine Key RV Park on big Pine Key. First two weeks of January.
Very nice! I'm jealous
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Now that's a bit farther down then you planned!! I think my new plan is to just follow Vaughan around the country.

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Ok - Brad, Steve, come with us !! There are some sites left for that time frame. Brad, I know you could make it in two days driving that comfortable coach. And Steve thinks nothing of a 12 hour day, you would just need two of them. Lol

In all seriousness, we hadn't planned on the Keys but the more we thought about it, why not. Looks like we will be in New York till end of October and then in Baltimore area for November and part of December to see family and for the holidays (there is a year round park not far from where we lived). After that, headed to the Keys for two weeks and then up to Tampa for about 10 days. After that, it looks like I may be a fill-in Captain on a Ferry out of Hilton Head, SC for a few months till April. Not sure yet where next summer will be, if we don't come back to New York, then we'll be headed west to Montana and Wyoming.

On another note, just ordered a set of H Sailuns from Ron. Think I now have all the Suspension and hitch mods that we can do !! Will post a picture of the rig when we leave here and head south with Fred the Focus in tow. Everything is setup on it for towing.
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Ok - Brad, Steve, come with us !! There are some sites left for that time frame. Brad, I know you could make it in two days driving that comfortable coach. And Steve thinks nothing of a 12 hour day, you would just need two of them. Lol

In all seriousness, we hadn't planned on the Keys but the more we thought about it, why not. Looks like we will be in New York till end of October and then in Baltimore area for November and part of December to see family and for the holidays (there is a year round park not far from where we lived). After that, headed to the Keys for two weeks and then up to Tampa for about 10 days. After that, it looks like I may be a fill-in Captain on a Ferry out of Hilton Head, SC for a few months till April. Not sure yet where next summer will be, if we don't come back to New York, then we'll be headed west to Montana and Wyoming.

On another note, just ordered a set of H Sailuns from Ron. Think I now have all the Suspension and hitch mods that we can do !! Will post a picture of the rig when we leave here and head south with Fred the Focus in tow. Everything is setup on it for towing.
I would love to Vaughan - Key West was an annual trip for Dory and I (fly). However, she just came out of the ICU getting an LVAD heart pump installed to keep her going until a heart becomes available for transplant. She is near the top of the list for transplant now that she is on life support - expecting within the next 9 months. Our travels will consist of 2-4 hours from home, and with winter coming the MH will probably be limited to monthly maintenance runs to keep the batteries charged.


Your trip sounds like a blast! Even the Ferry Captain! Those Sailuns seem like a nice choice! I haven't heard anything negative yet. I did see a recall for tread separation 2 weeks ago, but that was the 22.5 inch tires.
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Brad, praying for you both. If you need anything let me know. We are just down the road at Castle Rock.

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Brad... best wishes and prayers going your way.
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Ok - Brad, Steve, come with us !! There are some sites left for that time frame. Brad, I know you could make it in two days driving that comfortable coach. And Steve thinks nothing of a 12 hour day, you would just need two of them. Lol

In all seriousness, we hadn't planned on the Keys but the more we thought about it, why not. Looks like we will be in New York till end of October and then in Baltimore area for November and part of December to see family and for the holidays (there is a year round park not far from where we lived). After that, headed to the Keys for two weeks and then up to Tampa for about 10 days. After that, it looks like I may be a fill-in Captain on a Ferry out of Hilton Head, SC for a few months till April. Not sure yet where next summer will be, if we don't come back to New York, then we'll be headed west to Montana and Wyoming.

On another note, just ordered a set of H Sailuns from Ron. Think I now have all the Suspension and hitch mods that we can do !! Will post a picture of the rig when we leave here and head south with Fred the Focus in tow. Everything is setup on it for towing.
Piper guy, So happens that we will be at Sunshine Key January 1st-6th.
My wife and me and our daughter. with her 2 puppies (our granddogs).
Hope to meet up with you there!

PS. Brad, best wishes and prayers for Dory.
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Tom ~ small world !! Look forward to meeting you. We will be arriving on 12/31 and staying till the 14th. Will look for you.


Send me a PM and we'll swap emails and cell numbers. Have decided we're going to drop the Focus in Savannah at Tracy's Mom's as I don't really want to try a double tow down the Keys. LOL
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ok, Will do!
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We are leaving Kentucky around 12/27, going to stay a couple of nights on the road to St. Petersburg, then 2 nights at St. Pete. We should get to Sunshine Key on 1/1/18 if all goes as planned.
This is going to be our first real trip in the new Sequoia, doing a couple of quick weekends near home to check things out. Did the first one 2 weeks ago, and all went well.
After Sunshine Key we are going to Ft. DeSoto by St. Pete for 2 weeks, then Disney for a week, then 3 weeks in 4 Fl state parks in the central part of the state, north of Orlando. Can't wait!
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I would love to Vaughan - Key West was an annual trip for Dory and I (fly). However, she just came out of the ICU getting an LVAD heart pump installed to keep her going until a heart becomes available for transplant. She is near the top of the list for transplant now that she is on life support - expecting within the next 9 months. Our travels will consist of 2-4 hours from home, and with winter coming the MH will probably be limited to monthly maintenance runs to keep the batteries charged.


Your trip sounds like a blast! Even the Ferry Captain! Those Sailuns seem like a nice choice! I haven't heard anything negative yet. I did see a recall for tread separation 2 weeks ago, but that was the 22.5 inch tires.
Ahhh Jeez Brad, Godspeed to you and Dory and your family. You got a lot on your plate, and it is a very big plate. You have a lot of friends out here, so if you need to call in reinforcements, just say the word.
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Thank you all for the kind words, prayers, and local offers! We both really appreciate it. She said they may release her Monday to come home, but she will need to stay plugged in or on batteries.
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Brad and Dory, thoughts and prayers for you during this difficult time.
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Brad and Dory, we will be thinking of you both in this time of trouble, and my wife and myself will add your family to our prayer list.
May Gods blessings pour over your family and the doctors to give them the wisdom they need in this delicate matter.
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