Whether you’re on a great adventure, headed south for the winter or aren’t really sure what you’re doing, booking an extended RV stay can be tricky. We’re going to help you have the best extended stay possible with some tips and tricks you might not know.
Okay, maybe you knew this one, but it’s really important. You should book your extended RV stay at least 6 months in advance to ensure you get the spot you’d like. This is especially true when booking extended stays. In fact, if you’re headed to Florida for the winter, you really want to be on your A game. This is because many other winter guests are looking at the same prime RV resorts you are and they are booking early!
For most Florida RV resorts there are summer rates and winter rates, these usually run from November to April for the winter rates and May to October for the summer rates. Because of the large increase in guests during the winter, these rates are usually higher, although there is often a discount for extended stays. Either way, make sure you know which fee you’ll be responsible for. Also, check out other fees like dump fees, cancellation fees, extra person, extra large vehicle, storage and late fees. You don’t want to be surprised later with costs and fees.
Most RV resorts are included in membership clubs that offer you savings on your RV stays. If you’re a member of camping clubs, see if they are affiliated and offer a discount. Also check to see if they have other discounts for military, teachers or extended stays. Some discount programs include Good Sams, Passport America, Go Camping America, Florida Motor Coach Association (FMCA), Florida ARVC, AAA and FLORC.
LEARN THE RULES
So you’ve found the perfect RV resort and you’re ready to book? Make sure to learn the rules first. You don’t want to find out after you’ve booked your stay that you can only have 1 pet when you have 2. You might also have to observe quiet hours and various other community rules that could affect your stay. Even though you don’t need to memorize them, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with them to be sure you’ll be able to comply or feel comfortable with them so you’ll have the best stay possible.
JOIN THE COMMUNITY
When you book an extended stay at an RV resort, join the community! In our Newby Fun Resorts winter guests are part of our family. We anticipate them coming back and we look forward to their arrival. They have good relationships with the people who live in our communities full-time and they join the events and community when they come. It makes your extended stay so much better when you know you’re coming home!
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.