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Snowbirding recommendations in central Florida

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We are Fort Wilderness vets and have been extending our stays over the last few years.   This coming  winter season we will be staying in FW for a month and are looking to spend additional months in a campground in central Florida that is not too far from Orlando but is less expensive than FW, ouch!  We have a 43 foot motorhome,  we are over 55 years old and would love to get some recommendations from others.  We have pets so a pet park is a must for us, paved sites and roadways, and proximity to shopping, dining etc.   I have been searching all the websites out there and feel a bit overwhelmed at this point.  I certainly would appreciate any advice I can get for the hubby and I.  Thank you in advance for your responses.

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With our Thousand Trails membership + Trails Collection add-on, we did winter very cheaply this year.

Dec 17-31, Royal Coachman in Nokomis, FL

Dec 31-Jan 15, Breezy Hill in Pompano Beach, FL (we split our stay between free and paid nights to be near friends- wouldn’t recommend this park)

Jan 15-20, Pioneer Village in North Fort Myers, FL

Jan 20-Feb 3, Lake Magic, Clermont, FL (super easy to get onto Disney property)

Feb 3-17, Thousand Trails Orlando, Clermont, FL (just 3-4 miles up 27 from 192 & still convenient to Disney)

Feb 17-20, Winter Garden RV Resort

Feb 20-27, Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake, Orlando, FL (not incredibly convenient to Disney but fantastic for Universal)

Feb 27-Mar 13, Tropical Palms in Kissimmee, FL (convenient to Disney)

Mar 13-20, Thousand Trails Orlando, Clermont, FL

Mar 20-Apr 3, Lake Magic , Clermont, FL

Total cost: right about $1,000 but that was only because we paid to be near friends in southeast Florida ($850) and wanted to try Bill Frederick Park ($150). We could have filled those parks in with others.

And now, TT did change the rules on the Trails Collection parks that I won’t get away with going from one TC park to another like I did before. But, it’s definitely manageable.

If you aren’t adverse to moving and want to explore a little, this is great. I was NOT enthusiastic about some of the
That said, I have friends who have a TT membership and a deed at Fawn Ridge and move every 2 weeks between the 2. They spend about $1,000/year on maintenance/annual fees but winter from Nov-Mar on it.


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