Floridays RV Park enjoys tropical Caribbean-like weather year-round. This is because of our unique location on the Atlantic coast of Florida alongside the Gulf Stream. The current moderates the climate, making summers cooler and winters warmer. Gulf breezes are year-round, giving us plenty of sunny summer days with an overall average high temperature of 83 degrees Fahrenheit and an average low of 67 degrees. We see a few 90-degree days, but normally stay close to the comfort range.
The Gulf Steam’s influence on nature is amazing. Its eddies and cross current flush out coastal areas giving us cleaner water. Marine life abounds, carried up from the Caribbean along Florida’s east coast. Corals colonize the reefs, and that brings the fish.
Humidity can be high in the summer, and afternoon rains are frequent. However, the rain clouds are usually “just passing over.” Locals refer to the summer rains as “Florida Car Washes” and they also keep RVs cleaner. Another advantage is our sandy soil that tolerates the extra water without the muddy conditions experienced elsewhere.
Sperling’s Best Places gives Martin County 5 Stars for Best Places. For fishermen, bird watchers, and outdoor adventurers, Hobe Sound is paradise.
Chris Moller is a camping enthusiast born in Switzerland and the founder of Campanda, a web-based company that matches unused RVs with RV renters worldwide. Anyone, from an RV dealer to an RV owner, can apply to list their RV for rent on the Campanda website. Owners that use their RV only part of the year can list it with Campanda, set their own terms and prices, and make money with the RV instead of just parking it. Learn more here.
If renting out your RV is not for you, you may still enjoy Campanda Magazine. The magazine is how we found out about Campanda’s RV rentals in the first place!
One particular Campanda Magazine article is entitled, “The sofa made me do it.” Who could resist reading more? The author, Camille Attell, writes with candor and humor about, after 20 years in the corporate world, leaving everything behind to live, work, and travel in an RV. Enjoy Camille’s article here.
If you liked Camille’s writing style, you’re in luck. Camille has a master’s degree in counseling psychology and change management, so knows something about transformation in life. According to Camille, if you’re anxious, you’re normal. She write to help prepare RVers for the emotional challenges of full-time RV living at More Than A Wheelin’.
The choices to keep the comforts of a brick-and-mortar home and add an RV for long road trips, or to sell your home and go full-time with the RV lifestyle can be daunting.
For some, it comes down to cost. For many, it comes down to the thrill of adventure. For both, there’s the aspect of simply choosing freedom.
Here are some thoughts on going full-time.
Choose the right RV
Whether you are looking for adventure on the road, or parking seasonally in climates that suit your style, you want to choose the right RV at the beginning. There’s money to be saved with a used RV, but if you choose a preowned RV be sure you have inspected by an independent RV inspector. Weight the cost of a new more efficient RV with lower operating costs vs. a pre-owned RV that’s less efficient and likely to need ongoing repairs.
Choose the right RV Park
Boondocking in public spaces like Walmart parking lots or public lands will save money when you are on the road, but when choosing to put down roots in a RV Park, look for one with one-site management, great laundry facilities, convenience to shopping and medical care, and appropriate lots with space for patios and slides.
There are many choices, more than we can mention here. But isn’t that what the lifestyle is about anyway? The choice to keep life simple, affordable, and flexible. We’ve often heard that RVers believe that life is the journey, not the destination.
The Martin County Fair is the single largest event, drawing upwards of 70,000 people of all ages who come to be delighted with the food, entertainment, music, livestock, and history of this annual event. This year, the Fair celebrates it’s 60th year, so plan to be there!
The fair runs from Friday, February 8 to Saturday, February 16 at the Martin County Fairgrounds, 2616 SE Dixie Highway in Stuart. Here’s just a handful of events in store for young and old alike…
Friday. Opening day and Miss Martin County Fair Pageant Saturday: Robot Battles and Poultry Show Sunday: Mini Miss Pageant, Robot Battles, Rabbits and Guinea Pigs, and Music Concert Monday: Market Swine Show Tuesday: $.25 Admission Day. Beef & Dairy Show, Music Concert, and 60th Anniversary Party. Wednesday: 2 Music venues and Swine Showmanship. Thursday: Lambs & Goats, Dairy, and free Concert Friday: 3 Music venues and Beef Showmanship. Saturday: 3 Music venues and Steer & Swine Auction.
The 60th Martin County Fair is all about good, wholesome family fun, great entertainment, friendly competitions, community pride, and educational experiences for the whole family! Take photos and post them on Floridays’ Facebook page!
Floridays RV Park wasn’t always the safe, friendly community it is today. Nine years ago, Mike and Susan Graham purchased the “Angle Inn Mobile Court” in Hobe Sound, a run-down eyesore with only one outstanding feature…the welcoming, industrious mobile park Manager, George Vryhof and his wife Sandi.
Managing Angle Inn had been a nightmare—no budget and an uncaring owner unwilling to make improvements. But things changed under the Grahams’ ownership. Today the park thrives with a new brand, large spacious pads, new bathhouse, new laundry facilities, secure mailroom, and an active social scene during the winter season. For all these reasons, the Vryhofs wanted to show their appreciation to the Grahams.
While boondocking in the Florida Keys, George and Sandi discovered the colorful wooden Adirondack chairs by the Key Largo Adirondack Company and the idea was born to build the world’s largest Adirondack chair as a gift to park owners Mike and Susan.
The chair would be huge—maybe the largest in the world. And George would have help from Canadian residents over-wintering at Floridays—all first class craftsmen:
Harold and Julia Post, Gervais and Suzanne Roy, and Bruno and Claudette Arseneau are friends and neighbors from the small village of Beresford, New Brunswick, Canada. Beresford is a seaside community on Chaleur Bay, one of the most beautiful bays in the world. They winter in Hobe Sound at Floridays RV Park and are often seen rushing over to help George with this or that task, whether it be shoveling dirt or any of the daily tasks needed to maintain the park grounds.
Their plan to build “the largest adirondack chair in the world” was downsized after discovering that honor goes to a 26 foot chair! But the 8-foot-tall chair they did build took only three days to cut, form, prime and paint thanks to other Floridays residents such as Larry Bourgaize from Canada and Greg Lutzen from Connecticut who also pitched in to help.
When the chair was ready, except for the Floridays logo that will added later, residents gathered next to the park office to await the arrival of Mike and Susan who had been surreptitiously called to the park on a sunny Saturday morning on January 12, 2019, to receive “a gift” from George and Sandi in appreciation for their commitment to Floridays.
The following photos commemorate the unveiling of The Big Chair. Video of the unveiling, and Mike and Susan joyfully sliding onto the chair, are on our Facebook page.
To reserve a stay at Floridays, register well in advance on our website or call George at (772) 546-5060.
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