Friday, December 10, 2021

A roving life, the Gypsy …

 Memorable car of the day:

 The 1940 Ford Coupe was big for customizing in the 50s also.

But, just the old 40 was great as it was. 

For today:

When we started the RV life, we stayed in State, National, City, County and Corps of Engineers parks.  They were the most reasonable and outdoorsy.  We Never work-camped, i.e. work in the park for a free camp site. Most places required 4 hours a day dedicated to cleaning bath houses, cleaning vacated sites or acting as a host for campers questions and problems. Very seldom did these jobs include collecting fees ($), just minor work and time.

We met many workers, ALL were great folks. Some became lifelong friends. A few we visited during off season at their home places.  I classed them as ‘salt of the earth’ people.

When we started ‘camping’, a site cost $5 to $12 a night. With weekly sites $30. NOW? RV’ing is not cheap! Sites actually go up to $100 a night. Minimum like our last site was $35 a night and did not include sewer hookup.

A few years ago we joined a ‘camping club’, this gave us about 15 parks on the East coast. We could stay free for 2 weeks at a time. Yearly fees were $400. A good deal. That worked great for a while. We had bought another individual’s membership, ‘on the cheap’ thru the internet. Like many of the ‘Infamous Condo/club stories’ it became hard to find ‘available sites’. AHHH.. so then there was another hook dangled before us and the bait looked good, so like good fish we BIT! We ‘UPGRADED’.  Again that worked great for a few years. Presently it is NEAR impossible to find an available site in our now 80 parks.  WE are too old to UPGRADE again. The bait just isn’t good enough to make us bite again. LOL

So since we like to spend the winter in Florida, the next best thing is a permanent site. So now we have bought the trailer in Leesburg.  We have the option of driving a car back and forth or driving the coach and towing the car.

I said all that to say Full time RV’ing is great, but it is getting to the point that it is definitely not as cost effective, as it was once. The life of a Gypsy is only cheap if you spend the night at rest areas or WalMart parking lots. LOL

Yeah we are crazy. WE are parked in the back yard of our 2800 ft home in NC.  We most likely will not sleep in the house while we are here. WE do prefer living in this coach.  Hey at least the car is in a garage. LOL

Nite Shipslog

PS:  AND, the feral cats are glad to have is back for a few days. LOL

PS2:  Yes we do plan to return to Florida for Christmas and the rest of the winter.  This is just a fun trip for Sherry to enjoy a colonoscopy.


Sheila Y said...

Prayers for great results for Sherry! Bring us some snow back when you come to Florida. ;-)
Much love, Sheila.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Praying for Sherry and for you and your family.

God bless.

Mevely317 said...

It's always enjoyable to LEARN something new when I visit. Perspective. And, I can't help but think my father would have loved owning a coach of his own. Yep, he had more than a little 'gypsy' in his blood.

Still holding Sherry in our prayers! I hope you've got a special dinner planned for her once she can EAT again. 😃

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

camping sites are expensive here to and good ones hard to find. Honestly I could not afford to do it like I used to. Enjoy your stay even though it doesn't really sound like much fun to me. Hopefully it will have a happy ending anyway !

Glenda said...

Your coach is so cozy, it's understandle that you prefer it, for severals reasons ~ you two are lovebirds. Have fun with the Grands. Love from Chobee, Glenda

Dar said...

The only warmth we feel during winter and Christmas, is from the woodstove. It's really a pleasant heat, more consistant than any other. Once the house is warm and the floors, it stays that way all day. I think the last time we camped with our own motorhome, we paid $20 a night and thought we were being robbed. Today's prices no longer make camping a ' reasonable ' vacation. Prayers everything goes well for Sherry. She's in God's hands.
loven'hugs from up north where we were blessed with over a foot of snow last is beautiful

betty said...

I think you would enjoy the book Nomadland. Talks about people who choose to live in converted campers and the like rather than being homeless and they go out from place to place working odd jobs, including being camp hosts at some campgrounds, etc. Its a nonfiction book. I enjoyed reading it immensely a few months back.

Nowadays it would cost an arm and a leg filling up an RV with fuel in addition to camp site fees. Certainly not a cheap lifestyle anymore!!

I'm blogging here these days :)

Best of luck to Sherry with her upcoming tests!!