RV Lifestyle is About Choices

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. 

We’d love to hear about the choices you think are important and why. Visit our Facebook page.

The 60th Annual Martin County Fair

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.

Everyday, there are carnival rides galore, from bumper cars to a looping roller coaster. Complete Fair Calendar.

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!

Have a great time at the Fair.

Big Chair—Appreciation of Floridays

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.

adirondack covered
Before the big reveal
Grahams sitting in chair
Susan and Mike try it out
Vryhof, Grahams, and the Canadians
Mike & Susan; Sandi & George

Our Pick for The Best Blog on RV’ing

A recent article on TripSavvy about the five best RV blogs to follow caught our attention. So we dived right in to discover which blogs we thought our fans would enjoy. Hours and many pages later, we found ourselves still on the first listing: Love Your RV hosted by a Canadian named Ray.

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LoveYourRV! site screenshot

Ray and his wife Anne have been a full-timers for seven years and have logged over 60,000 miles from their home base in Nanaimo, BC, Canada. His monthly blog has 6 sections: Tips & Tricks, Mods & Upgrades, Product Reviews, RV Travel, Boondocking, and of course, About Us. 

Ray offers a free eBook, Tips to the RV Life, as a gift when you sign up. We did! The eBook is beautifully done, well written, and packed with great photos and super useful articles, tips, and suggestions. Fifth Wheel owners will want to read the eBook article on 5th wheel maintenance. Every article was well organized, full of great stuff, and worth reading. 

The home page has a link to an Amazon shopping page that could save time if you’re looking to buy outdoor furniture, sanitation supplies, lighting, and a host of RV wants and needs.

The blog has over 400 posts, so you’ll want to bookmark their site for hours and hours of good reading. In fact, they’ve recently launched a sister site to LoveYourRV.com called RVHappyHour.com, a social community where RVers can meet and mingle online. He calls it a “virtual happy hour”—sort of a sit-around-the-campfire-with-new-friends-and-share -experiences-to-help-each-other-out kind of blog.

Ray comments how social the RV lifestyle is and says that he’s made more friends and connections since they began their RV lives than he made in the previous 20 years. He sounds like a great guy. We checked his travelogue at travellerspoint.com and discovered he’s never stayed at Floridays RV Park. Hopefully, the next time they come through Florida they’ll look us up.

Meantime, here’s a link to their best photos taken of places they’ve visited. Enjoy!h

Let’s Go to the Show!

The Tampa Florida RV SuperShow celebrates 34 years of being one of the best RV shows in the country. Last year, over 73,000 attended. The show runs for 6 days beginning on January 15, 2019, at the Florida State Fairground in Tampa. While the first day of the show is reserved for RV businesses and companies only, the public can enjoy everything the show offers for five full days beginning on January 16. 

  • Education Seminars
  • Daily Entertainment
  • New RV Products and Accessories

Brought to you by the Florida RV Trade Association, this show attracts more than 450 vendors in the RV trade. Visitors can stroll through two huge exhibit halls full of parts and accessories and towing supplies or pick up tons of literature and information about campgrounds, RV resorts, and tourism to plan your on-the-road adventures in the coming months or years. Whether you are just dreaming about a spanking new RV, or are in the market for an upgrade to the latest in RV manufacturing and accessories, there will be everything from small travel trailers to bus conversion luxury motorhomes. 

Tampa Florida RV SuperShow

January 16 – 19,  Wednesday – Saturday, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
January 20, Sunday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 US Hwy 301 North, Tampa

Can’t made the Tampa SuperShow? Here’s the 2019 schedule of RV shows in Florida.

Ft. Myers RV Show

January 24 – 27, Thursday – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
January 28, Sunday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Lee Civic Center, 11831 Bayshore Road, Ft. Myers
Details »

Jacksonville RV Mega Show

February 7 – 10, Thursday – Sunday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
13611 Normandy Blvd, Jacksonville, FL
Details »

West Palm Beach RV Show

February 21 – 24, Monday – Thursday (see details for times)
South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL
Details »

Ocala RV Show

February 28 – March 3, Florida Horse Park, 11008 County Road 475, Ocala, FL
Details »