Finding the best RV routes, good campgrounds, friendly people, great local "Mom & Pop" restaurants and posting our RV route maps, reviews, tips, prices & photos both here and on our website – snowbirdrvtrails.com
As some of you know – who have been riding with us for awhile – we like to soak up local culture along the various Snowbird routes we take. That includes finding good local restaurants. We explore and eat out a LOT when we are on the road!
We inquire at any campground we stop at to find their recommended, favorite local “Mom & Pop” restaurant. We have found some winners and losers among the many and add a blurb about them all on our website with our strictly unbiased ratings.
Now we are adding small photos of the visited dining spots as well.
If you are preparing for your next Snowbird trip South or any outing on the open road and want to hear about some places you may (or may not) like to stop for a bite – Niki and I invite you to be our guest and have a look at some places we have found a table and often good company.
As Winter grows closer we should mention our listing of where to find off-season camping spots in the Northeast – New York, Vermont and New England.
A number of our Snowbird RV Trails readers have sent us information about their favorite campgrounds that are open to some degree all Winter. These are the places where the hearty souls – hunters, skiers, snowmobilers and other crazy folk that love Winter can find a refuge for their cozy campers, trailers and motorhomes to enjoy part of those brisk months ’til Spring.
They are not so easy to find and we do thank everyone who has shared in building this list. We also ask that you send us any changes or additions as you find them so we might keep the list up-to-date. That said – be sure to phone any campground before you venture out to make sure they are indeed open and have a spot for you.
Florida is really a great place to buy an RV at a good price whether new or used and the shows let you see many different manufacturers and floor plans all in one place. This is a smaller Regional show compared to the ‘2016 Florida RV Super Show’ that will open in January (January 13 – 17, 2016) but if you are in the Tampa area this November then perhaps this show will be a good one to visit.
We will have more in upcoming posts on our Blog about the January show – which we rarely miss – but until then you might consider this one for your “To Do” list and calendar. -Jack & Niki
November 05 – 08, 2015
(Thursday – Sunday)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Thursday – Saturday
11:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday
Florida State Fairgrounds
4800 US Highway 301 North
Tampa, FL 33610
Must enter through the Highway 301 Entrance
Thursday – Seniors
Friday – Military (active/retired), EMT’s, Fire & Police
Any Day – w/ donation of non-perishable food item for Metropolitan Ministries
$100.00 Visa Gift Card (1 drawn/day)
$6.00 per Car
$12.00 per RV
Welcome, as long as they are kept on a leash or in a carrier and you clean up after them.
We’ve just finished putting our “Best Snowbird Route” from Canada to Tampa in a format for “mobile devices” with addresses, mileages, contact information and access to Directions, Reviews and Videos all of our favorite stopovers so anyone can refer to it while they are on the road.
Find it at http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/mobilebestrvroutesouth.htm
All of the campgrounds will route easily on your GPS. Most are very economical, close by the Interstate Exits and all listed are open year round EXCEPT the first one in Oneonta, NY. Of course you can either drive to the second campground (Jonestown, PA) or choose a truck stop at Exit 12 or 15 (see aerial views from the Susquehanna Campground page) – each with space you can pull into and stay free for the night. There are easy to access fuel stations near all of our listed stopovers.
Florida’s Snowbird Season is about to begin and the first migration will soon be heading South. A popular destination area for many on Florida’s West Coast is the Clearwater Beach Area. We decided to do some research and visit some of the RV Parks to see what was available.
There are many Parks to choose from and it’s fairly easy to find the higher priced “Resort” parks but not so easy to ferret out the economical destinations. We’re all about economical for ourselves and other Snowbirds. RV Parks run the gamut from golfing resort quality to what Niki calls “Deliverance” quality.
The area we concentrated on stretches from Clearwater and Dunedin North along U.S.-19 through Tarpon Springs and on up to Hudson. This is an area with many great beaches and most of the RV parks are within 5 miles of those beaches.
It’s important to note that the longer you book – the lower the price per month – and a stay of 6+ months. will save you the 9% Sales Tax.
Most of the Parks we looked at started at $500/month and up. Many offer free Wi-Fi and some also offer cable. All have sewer, water and electric hook-ups.
Where to begin? To find RV Parks and campgrounds in any area we suggest using rvparky.com. Pop in a city you are interested in and a map will appear showing many places of interest to an RVer. From the list you can pare down to what you are specifically looking for – in our case it was “Public and Commercial RV Parks” in and around Hudson, FL.
Click on any park in the listing for more information and you will also be able to find a link to the RV Park’s website in most cases. I would also suggest you look up any selections that interest you on rvparkreviews.com.
You’ll find reviews from campers who have stayed at the Park with their comments pro and con. Often times you have to read between the lines to weed out the “sour grapes” but they can be very useful in your search.
Another step we often take in looking for a new campground is to have a look at the address on Google Maps. The settings allow a 360 degree view at street level as well as enabling you to “travel” up the frontage road in any direction.
The answer to the question of which is the most economical RV Park along or near this stretch of US-19? Our winner would be Lakewood Travel Park at 11517 SR 52 in Hudson, Florida, pictured at the top of this article. The Park is approximately 5 miles East of US-19. which places it also within 5 miles of some great local beaches, restaurants and shopping. On a 6-month stay the monthly price is $385 and includes electric, sewer, water and WiFi. We met with the managers. Deborah and Roby Tate. who are really nice, nice people. The sites are close together but we are told it is a very friendly park with many activities and potlucks during the Winter. This is a rustic campground which they have been working on diligently to restore to its full potential, they still have a ways to go, but judging from the number of beautiful motorhomes in storage waiting for their Snowbird owners to arrive for the Winter, the Park certainly has something to offer.