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Old 04-20-2014, 12:55 PM   #1
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Open Pre-trip report for June 2014 (credit to Bama ED's March post)

40 days and counting!


We are arriving no later then June 1st and are requesting for loop 600 even sites 602-614 (water side). We reserved 30 days to have maximum flexibility but will most likely stay around 3 weeks or so. We are driving from Arizona and can only make it to the fort every couple of years so we want to get in the vacation zone so to speak. Let's create a list of dis member arriving in june like Bama Ed did and lots of pictures as well so all the dis members can enjoy like I did during the spring time. It helps pass the time for everyone. I have some jumbled thoughts / lists below

1. Should I stop in Gainesville to grocery shop? looking for quality meats and non tourist pricing
2. Anyone check in late at the fort on a Saturday (10 pm)? Long lines?
3. I am leaving Wednesday at 10 am and shooting for the panhandle of Florida
Thursday night with a 1-2 day layover, Anyone stay in Camp Gulf? Is the beach front site worth the premium? I have a reservation at Destin West RV currently.

4. Still have some maintenance to do on the RV. led lights, cargo door shocks, LOF change and genny service. Plan on doing that Memorial Day weekend. I have a big itch to trade in the rv and get a bigger one as our family of six is getting to big for the current 32. I have put a few low ball offers out to the local rv dealers but no deal yet. I did get a call from one salesman and he asked "what it would take to get the deal done".....I responded with "will get back to you"...

5. I hope we can pack everything in the rv, last trip was 2 years ago and we have added two more bikes ,2 more scooter, bbq smoker... Kids are bigger...

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CONNOR2002 family of 6 Arriving June 1st!
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Old 04-20-2014, 03:59 PM   #2
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Great looking family...can't help with questions much, but wanted to wish a safe and wonderful trip!
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Old 04-20-2014, 05:29 PM   #3
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3. I am leaving Wednesday at 10 am and shooting for the panhandle of Florida
Thursday night with a 1-2 day layover, Anyone stay in Camp Gulf? Is the beach front site worth the premium? I have a reservation at Destin West RV currently.


I have not stayed at Camp Gulf, I drove by a couple of years ago when visiting my parents and sister that live in Destin. It looked like a nice place and a lot of fun to be parked right on the beach with your RV. I would suggest doing a search for reviews. I did and there were a lot of negative reviews. Just a little heads-up. Have a safe trip
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Old 04-20-2014, 05:51 PM   #4
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connor2002,

Nice looking family you have. Understand that since you come so far that you're staying for 3 weeks. Now THAT'S what I call a vacation.

I hope you and the family end up in the 600 loop that you're looking for. I bet if it's not available the day you check in, if you take what you can get and do a minimum setup, you could probably get it the second day if you let the front desk know early that you want to move.

I'm not a good reference for camping in the FL panhandle. We go to the Alabama Gulf Coast at Gulf State Park (The Redneck Riviera we call it). It's across the road from the beach so probably not a good option if you don't have a toad.

So I'm in.



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Old 04-20-2014, 07:34 PM   #5
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I'm booked for Camp Gulf this summer, but not until June 12--so I won't be able to help you much. The negative reviews I saw were purely based on how strict their rules are about 'no wheeled anything (including bikes) after dark. It seems like they're all purely safety based which I'm totally fine with.
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:49 PM   #6
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We have visited friends staying at Camp Gulf 2x. It is a beautiful campground! With sites literally next to the beach, it's awesome. Nice sites, great pools, activities, and friendly people. Visiting them at Camp Gulf and Fort Wilderness has convinced us to buy our own RV soon.
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:52 AM   #7
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I would actually tell you to get online and search the local grocery stores down there. But even shopping at a publix outside the tourist areas, prices where way higher. Having a large fridge and only 2 week stay we can buy and freeze enough meat on special to last the meals we plan.
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:49 AM   #8
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Love the RV. We travel in a Bounder as well. Yours looks like a very similar layout to ours.

We will be leaving, about the time you are coming. We will wave on the way by.
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