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Camp Helen State Park is located in Bay County, Florida. The park is situated between Lake Powell and the Gulf of Mexico, making it a great place to picnic, bird-watch, swim, beachcomb or fish.

For more information on Florida State Parks, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org .

Most RV resorts and campgrounds have a listing of rules that Campers are to follow. Unfortunately some parks don’t have posted rules, while others just don’t enforce the rules they have. Good neighbors follow the park rules and respect their fellow RV Neighbors. However, not all folks are mindful. Here’s a brief list from campground “horror” stories I’ve heard… Something for everyone to keep in mind as “Camping Season” begins.

Good Neighbors

Wave, nod or say “Hi” when they see you out

Follow park rules

See you or a neighbor needs help and offers it

Are mindful of your site space

Bad Neighbors

Slams cupboards, drawers, doors – constantly, at all hours

Leaves outside TV or radio on all day (and night) whether they are there or not

Park on your site space or allow their visitors to

Drive a golf cart, scooter or other motorized vehicle around your site

Run their generator for several hours without reason

Intentionally build a large “tower” fire with flames and smoke heading toward your site

“Borrow” your ladder and/or water hose while you are gone for the day

Ugly Neighbors

Have the entire contents of their RV on their site or pad

Throw their garbage outside… and it never seems to make the designated trash bin or curb for pick-up

Erect a series of fencing or cages for their animals to stay outside (not always dogs, as in the case of the pot-bellied pigs…)

Haven’t had their RV washed in several years

Incredible place to see if you journey West… I took over 300 photos during our visit! 🙂

 

 

Somewhere in Oregon... I think... 😉

 

1) Do you live in a RV for 12 months out of the year?

If you answered YES, continue below. If you answered NO… you must live in a house, apartment or condo for a portion of the year. Sorry, but you aren’t a Full-Time RVer. You are just a Seasonal RVer. But don’t worry, there is hope for you yet! 🙂

2) Do you have a rental storage facility or a place where you keep items too large or numerous to store in your RV?

If you answered NO, continue below. If you answered YES… then you are not yet ready to be a Full-Time RVer. You can tell people you are a Full-Timer, but deep down, you really aren’t ready to part with the holiday decorations, extra clothes, “cool” 70s furniture or stuff you bought at yard sales the last 30 years…If you sit down and calculate the current resale value of the items you have in storage and your monthly/annual storage bill, you may find yourself making a trip to the local flea market to sell those “costly” treasures. With the storage gone, you’ll have the money to get those wheels moving and be one step closer to being a real Full-Timer.

3) If you made it this far, CONGRATS! You are a Full-Timer! But let’s see how devoted you are to the lifestyle… Do you periodically find yourself wondering which state you are in?

If you answered YES, continue below. If you answered NO, it sounds like you may be a Full-Timer who is stuck in the same area. Don’t forget that RVs come with wheels!

4) Can you remember the last time you visited an airport (to fly somewhere) or the last time you slept in a hotel?

If you answered NO, you are a real Full-Time RVer! CONGRATS! If you answered YES… don’t let any other Full-Timers know or they’ll tease you! 😉

After a winter storm, the beach was littered with debris and driftwood. (WA)

We have winter camped in the Pacific Northwest and dealt with wind, snow and ice storms… but we never thought we would have to prepare ourselves for winter camping in Florida. With fluctuating  temperatures this season, we have had to watch for signs of excess moisture which can lead to mold and mildew.

Each closet and storage area has a Damp-Rid (http://www.damprid.com) container which is checked (drained and refilled, if needed) every two weeks. We have talked with other RVers who prefer to not have a “spill-able” container (lower half of the container collects water, while the top half or basket contains Damp-Rid flakes) and they prefer other methods, such as placing charcoal briquettes in a shallow pan or bowl.

Some folks prefer to use a dehumidifier. We don’t use one as we have heard so many stories against – from “sweating walls” to the chore of emptying it every day and even finding the space to place one.

If you find yourself with a moisture problem, you should evaluate your storage areas. Boxes draw moisture and eliminating those by placing items in sealed plastic containers or SpaceBags® (https://www.spacebag.com) will help. Also make sure your storage areas are not too crowded to allow some air flow. Inside storage closets that contain clothes or paperwork should be left cracked open while you are settled in an area.

Check around your windows for moisture. And if you have a roll of silver sunshade shoved into each window, you should keep an eye on those for mildew, especially around the edges.

Watch your humidity inside and either run your air condition when you can or crack open a window or vent to keep the humidity low.

If you are prepared for it, you can keep moisture under control before anything develops to “dampen” your winter camping experience.

After the winter "Southern Storm" that went through the SE states. (FL)

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