Generally speaking, we avoid RV parks. Full-hookups are a nice luxury, but living in such close proximity to neighbors isn’t something we do for any longer than necessary. Before we ever commit to renting RV spaces in our travels, we try to ask good questions. This time we forgot.
I didn’t think of asking good questions at Fountain of Youth RV Resort because we’ve been here twice. We keep coming back because it’s not the typical RV snowbird getaway. There’s a tangible happy, friendly vibe among most people that makes FoY feel more like a community of old friends than just another RV park. And this year we were thrilled to score our best parking spot yet. Or so we thought.
Renting RV Spaces Means Asking Smart Questions, or Else
When we reserved it for two months, management casually mentioned. “They’re putting a park model next door sometime soon.”
“Oh that’s ok, it still looks like a great spot,” I said. Silly me. I forgot to ask:
What exactly happens when they install a park model in a site?
Little did we know that this would mean more than just dropping down a mobile home. We soon found out what happens when a space is prepped for a large “park model.”
First, the ground must be leveled out.
For about three solid days, dump trucks brought dirt to the lot. They plunked it down just 10 feet from our slide out. A dirt cloud hovered over and around us for the entire week. The noise was consistent, loud and obnoxious. And we couldn’t do a damn thing about it. They warned us.
Over and over, the process was repeated until a back hoe came along and started moving it around. Other heavy equipment soon arrived to finish the leveling job.
Yesterday the home arrived in two segments. For over an hour, diesel trucks jockeyed the home’s halves into position. Talk about back-up skills. They made it look easy.
Now the real fun begins. Utilities must be connected, decks must be built and who knows what needs to happen inside this beast. We expect the construction crew to arrive any moment to finish the job.
And in the meantime, we’ll try to keep on working throughout the noise.
Lucky for us, this has been a great season at FoY. The neighbors behind us are the best we’ve ever had, the weather has been great and we’ve met more interesting people than ever before. All of which have helped us look beyond the construction zone outside our window.
No, it’s not the best campsite ever. But do we care? Nope. If we get really sick of the racket before our stay ends on 12/30, we can just hook up and drive away.
Ain’t this lifestyle grand?