Campground Tips

recreational-vehicleRVing and camping in general should be relaxing. In fact, many of the rules that Floridays has posted are intended for just that purpose—to promote harmony and understanding. We’re always happy to enhance your stay, and in that vein we found an article that promotes just that.

As Carrie Todd writes in her article, “Top Campground Tips: What to Do and Not Do”…

Rights and responsibilities, privileges and politeness—it seems more difficult than ever for people to get along with each other. This has even become evident when staying in RV parks, where you can often pick your site, but you can’t always pick your neighbors. Although most campgrounds have posted courtesy signs and a set of easy-to-follow rules, there are many aspects that are left up to “common sense” and interpretation, and oftentimes, people just don’t know what to do.

The article (see the full article here) explores Do’s and Don’ts from both safety and etiquette perspectives. Reviewing these should lead to a more pleasant experience, whether here in South Florida or at your favorite spot.

How RVers Deal With Noisy Neighbors

If there is one single fear that all RVers have, it’s choosing or being assigned a pad or parking space next the RV with a barking dog or a family that keeps the TV volume to a pitch resembling that of a jet plane. While these annoyances are more prevalent at campgrounds than in RV parks, the problem of the consistently inconsiderate, whiner, shouter, curser or partier that cares less about being a good neighbor is real, and it’s annoying.

Confronting an excessively noisy neighbor is not the solution. Moving is an option, but not always possible, and it doesn’t solve the problem, it just hands it off the next RVer taking your vacated spot.

rules & regs 2018The communal aspect of RV camping and travel is usually one of respect. You want peace and quiet in the neighborhood, and so does everyone else. Most RV parks and campgrounds have basic quiet hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Rules aren’t always knowingly broken. The guy with the noisy diesel truck may have no clue that neighbors are irritated with his comings and goings. The woman with the high-shrilling laugh may have never been told how annoying it is.

As our guest, you must also follow certain rules to protect the park and it’s natural environment and to assure everyone’s safety and security. As the times and the trends change, we update our rules. We strive to be fair—to see things from our guests’ perspective. When new RV products hit the market, like fresh ideas for screened rooms, we may amend our rules to accommodate.

We’re fortunate to be located in one of the last true Old Florida towns: small, friendly, and quiet. Our sensible park rules are us, doing our part.

Download Floridays RV Park Rules & Regulations

GoRVing Does it Right

GoRVing is the public face of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association representing almost all RV manufactures and parts suppliers. You probably have a black and gold RVIA sticker on your motorhome, or a silver and black seal if you have a Fifth-Wheel.

These guys keep a good eye on the industry as a whole, help us find answers to even the most complex questions about the RV lifestyle, and even help us decide where to roam.

Their website offers a plethora of information and a little entertainment too. Check out a few of our recent favorites:

Weekend Wanderers

A couple that loves adventure and gets it with their travel trailer.

Campskunk’s Story

A legend in the RV community for his creative modifications on a small RV.

History of Labor Day—RV Style

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, can’t come soon enough for working folks who get an extra paid day-off. Often celebrated with BBQs, picnics, and apple pie, it almost feels like a second 4th of July! But instead of celebrating our independence, we celebrate a day off and the end of summer. Yet what about that labor thing?

Labor Day in New YorkWhen the first Labor Day parade was held on September 5, 1882, few knew that a movement had begun, state by state, to make it a federal holiday and indeed, in 1894 Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday. But to this day, no one is quite sure who first proposed it.

Both possible founders had the same last name, but were unrelated except that they both were union people. Peter McGuire was with the Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners, and Matthew Maguire was a machinist with Local 344 union. What is clear is that when the Central Labor Union proposed Labor Day as a holiday, they held a picnic.

The celebration of Labor Day was to be observed with street parades to demonstrate the strength and brotherhood of the trade and labor organizations. This was to be followed with “recreation and amusements” for the workers and their families. These things were happening while America was creating the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known. It literally celebrates our national strength, freedom and leadership based on traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. In other words—the American Worker!

The RV Capital of the World—Elkhart, Indiana—was never big on labor unions. In the early 2000s, the RV industry was doing so well, and their workers were so well-paid by benevolent company owners, that the unions had a hard time organizing and enlisting laborers. Then came the panic of ’08 that walloped the industry—28% free fall in sales from manufacturers like Jayco, Monaco Coach and others. From Elkhart to Middleburg and from Mishawaka to Wakarusa—areas considered the backbone of the RV industry—families were hurting and unemployment soared. But people love the RV lifestyle, as proven by the steady rebounding of the RV industry. According to the RVIA, RV shipments in 2008 were down 32.9%; yet by 2014 they were up 11.1% for the fifth straight year, with promise for growth.

Whether laborers in the USA are union or non-union, Labor Day is still a time to celebrate our freedom from any labor—be it from an 8–5 job or just not doing laundry on Monday. So get out there and celebrate with a good old-fashioned red-white-and-blue picnic!

Fun Times at Floridays

memorial DayOne of the nice things about Floridays RV Park is our makeup—and I don’t mean lipstick and eye shadow! While all 84 sites are generally occupied during the South Florida season from November to May, our community makeup of full-timers, snowbirds, and drop-ins helps preserve that down-home Old Florida feeling. It also creates delightful opportunities for guests to mix and mingle.

Events Coordinator Diane calls out the Bingo numbers every other Tuesday night, and guests work up a sweat competing in Floridays-sanctioned ping-pong tournaments. There are potlucks, pizza, and Italian nights where everyone brings a side dish, and almost every community dinner is followed with a campfire, guitars, or open-mic night led by Floridays’ own Mr. “T” (just “T”), weather permitting of course—which is often because of our almost perfect location along the coast where the Gulf Stream keeps temperatures moderate a few miles inland year round.

If the guests at Floridays actually needed a reason to party, there’s general consensus that NASCAR Season from late October through November is the #1 reason, quickly followed by the buildup to Super Bowl Sunday in February. The rest of the year takes a bit more imagination, but Diane and her supporters always pull off something fun and relaxing.