Where can I park my new RV? – Sentinel of the Sun

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“We bought a motorhome. It’s a trailer that we attach to our van. We want to find places that are scenic and quiet, with mostly adults, and hookups to electricity, water, and sewer. Can you recommend any reasonably priced campgrounds in the Boca Raton area? — Carrie, Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

Then you’ve joined the RV trend! I see RVs on the road more than ever and am amazed at how popular they have become during the pandemic.

It makes sense: RVs allow you to have your own living space, make your own food, and spend time outdoors without having to rely on hotels, restaurants, and other indoor spaces. There are many types of vehicles, including camper vans, pop-up trailers, motorhomes, and minivans. I especially love these cute teardrop campers with their distinctive oval shape.

According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, the typical RV owner is 48 years old and spends three to four weeks vacationing in their RV each year. I was intrigued to see that 22% of owners are between 18 and 34 years old; it shows that the motorhome trend is not just for retirees or future arrivals. Many recent college graduates bought or rented vans during the pandemic and set off to drive around the country, even working remotely from their vehicles to get a taste of the nomadic lifestyle.

You can’t just park these RVs anywhere, and that’s where it gets tricky when you want to be near a certain area – in this case, Boca Raton. If you are visiting friends or relatives, most homeowner associations will not allow you to park overnight in their driveways or parking lots. And you’ll need a place where you can hook up to utilities, stretch your legs, do laundry and meet other travellers.

There aren’t any public sites in Boca Raton to hook up, but there are a few private parks not too far away, including Del-Raton RV Park in Delray Beach, which charges $53 to $57 a night until October, and Breezy Hill RV Resort at Pompano Plage, for $53 to $65 a night this summer, depending on the number of nights. Most sites also offer monthly and seasonal rates.

There are also cheaper public sites, between 30 and 45 dollars a night. In Palm Beach County, discover John Prince Park at Lake Worth Beach, which has bathrooms, a lake and nature trails. In Broward there are several options including CB Smith, Easterlin, Markham and Topeekeegee Yugnee parks. These sites, all operated by the Broward County Parks and Recreation Department, offer picnic tables, charcoal grills, restroom complexes with hot showers, and sanitary dump stations. CB Smith and TY also have laundry rooms.

A little further north there is Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound, which ranked second in the Best State Park for RVers category in a USA Today poll last year. The park charges $35 a night for a campsite and utility hookup. There is also a reservation fee of $6.70, and it costs $6 for a vehicle with two people to pass through the entrance gates.

Here is a list of free sites where you can park. I haven’t seen any in Palm Beach or Broward, although there are a few in Miami-Dade: Visit freecampsites.net.

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