The Captain and I have taken a break from the RV park life and are staying at a friend’s house in Port St. Lucie for a couple of days before taking the travel trailer up to Daytona for all of the festivities leading up to the Daytona 500.
There are so many awesome things about being on the road in warmer (not beach or pool) weather 1,000 miles from home, as I have posted about. However, there is another side to the story, the side that sometimes isn’t always so pleasant about living in an RV:
- The first and foremost annoying issue about RV living is the lack of unlimited INTERNET ACCESS! The RV park offers free wi-fi, however, it is AGONIZINGLY SLOW, and no large downloads or streaming is allowed. So that means no Netflix or Amazon Prime movies unless I want to use my own data, and streaming video uses LOTS of data. I do have my own wi-fi hot spot, which I use to do my online banking and bill paying, but I only have 5GB per month, and it adds up quickly when you are on the road. (I am at McDonald’s in Marathon using their wi-fi to get the post done, which did not happen).
- In privately owned campgrounds campers are most likely going to be packed in very tightly. Many privately owned campgrounds offer tiered pricing, which means if you get more space, it’s going to cost more. We are surrounded by other RVs on all sides. There is no privacy at all. That’s the difference between staying in a privately owned campground versus a state or national park site.c
- It is virtually IMPOSSIBLE to get a campsite at any of the Florida state parks in the Keys or any other beach location within the state of Florida. That also goes for the county parks in Broward (Ft. Lauderdale area) at least. In the county of Broward, RV sites can be rented for up to 6 MONTHS. Reservations for the state campgrounds are released at 8:00 a.m. eleven months in advance. I was told by a park official to have several computers available and ready to press the “reserve now” button at 8:00 a.m. and even then, there are no guarantees. If something comes up and you need to cancel your reservation, good luck at rescheduling.
- Lack of privacy in the bath houses. Enough said.
- Every so often you encounter another camper that is just plain rude and unfriendly. Unfortunately, if they are camping next to your RV, it can create an unpleasant experience all around. That happened at the campground we left this morning. As I said earlier, we are packed in there very tightly. There was a very nice couple camping in a spot near us, and they left, and another couple pulled in and they immediately blocked our view of the water by the way they parked their car, which they could have parked it differently and not done that. The guy played his music on his outdoor speakers, and not all of us enjoy the same type of music. It just created an unpleasant experience all around.
- The weather. Let’s face it, when you are out here camping, whether, in your RV or a tent, you want nice weather. When the weather isn’t nice for several days at a time, it can become challenging to find things to do, and find things to do that don’t cost a lot of money.
However, all things considered, this has been an awesome experience, and one I wouldn’t trade for anything.