|What happened here?!
RVs get a lot of flack. It’s not really camping, says the 20-something with a couple cliff bars and a tent strapped to his back. Okay, but who is going to get their camping knowledge from that guy?
If you go RV camping
and sit inside all day, you’re doing it wrong. If an RV camper and our 20-something friend both set up camp at a state park, who has a more access to nature? You both do! Just because your housing came on wheels and not in a pack doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the outdoors.
Here is the difference. After a long day of hiking, swimming, exploring and observing you come back to your campsite for dinner. The campfire is roaring, the sun is setting and the smell of chili is wafting through the air. After the s’mores are made and fingers are sticky, darkness is surrounding you. Now what?
Well, in tent world, our 20-something is zipped up in his tent starring at the glowing screen of his iPhone. Meanwhile, you’re snuggled up with a bowl of popcorn and a good movie. Just as you settle down, thunder cracks through the air and moments later, rain is tearing across the camp grounds.
Water is pooling in our 20-something’s tent. The ground is quickly turning into a river. The air is starting to chill. You are still watching a movie, nearly done with your popcorn when you hear a knock at the door. It’s our 20-something looking for a dry place to stay.
Okay, maybe that was dramatic, but RV camping during Florida summers
means lots of rain. For most people, rain isn’t a big deal. Campers are accustomed to getting wet now and then. But during Florida summers it rains every day. This is not good when you’re camping in vinyl with a zipper.
When you decide to buy an RV
, you’re not deciding you don’t love nature, or that you don’t want to enjoy camping. You are deciding that nature is great, but not ALL the time. You are deciding you’d like to have a bed at night, and a place to store the things you need. Because honestly, you’re a person, not a pack mule.
Modern RVs allow you to bring along bikes, canoes, kayaks or any assortment of outdoor toys. Beyond that, they have a lot more storage space that makes extended vacations much easier. Not to mention the fact that you can easily make meals at home. Oh, and a private bathroom.
Birds are chirping, the days are getting longer and Florida is heating up fast. That means our northern visitors are preparing to head home for the summer. Everyone at Newby Fun Resorts wants to wish you safe travels. Before you go, here are some things to get your home ready:
- Let the office manager at your community know your plans, including when you are leaving and returning. They can help keep an eye on your home while you’re away.
- If you have year-round neighbors, let them know of your plans as well. Our communities are known for having neighbors where people care for one another.
- Contact USPS about forwarding mail to your northern address. Also let the front office know your address so they can keep in touch with you during the summer.
- Leave your air conditioner set at about 85 degrees to help ward off the humidity that causes mildew.
- Make sure to lock exterior doors, but leave interior doors open so air can flow freely through the house.
- If you leave clothes, shoes or linens in the home make sure to space them out so air can flow around the items. Florida’s hot summers create a lot of humidity.
- Unplug the water heater and other appliances before you leave to help save money.
- Store your valuables in a save place, and make sure they are out of sight.
- Remove all the food from your kitchen so you can avoid a bug infestation.
- If you leave staples such as flour and sugar, make sure they are stored in air-tight containers.
- Many people choose to empty their fridge, unplug it and prop open the doors.
- Turn off your ice maker and leave a box of baking soda in the refrigerator to help absorb odors.
- Place 2-3 tbsp. of vegetable oil in the dishwasher and garbage disposal to help keep them working properly.
- Leave the doors on the clothes washer open.
- Turn the telephone ringers off so it can’t be heard when no one answers the phone. Don’t leave a message saying you’re out of town. Instead, leave a message saying you’re away from the phone and will get back to them.
- Wrap toilet bowls with cling wrap to help keep the water from evaporating. Don’t put bleach tablets in the tank.
- Turn off the main water valve.
- If you have a fireplace, make sure to shut off the damper.
- Take pictures of all your valuables.
- Lock all the doors and windows, placing wood dowels in the tracks of sliders.
- Make sure all your outdoor tools are put away.
- Head home!
We are going to miss you while you’re gone! Stay in touch with us on Facebook to see what’s going on in your community. We can’t wait to see you next year for all the fun an excitement that takes place every day at Newby Management communities.