Retirees Find New Lifestyle at Fla. RV Parks
More people are are adopting the RV lifestyle during retirement, according to a report in the Ocala (Fla.) Star Banner.
Three retirees with recreational vehicles at the North RV Park in Ocala say they did just that and have found it to be an exciting, enjoyable way to spend their retirement years. James and Linda Stahl began visiting Florida five years ago, with no plans to travel permanently.
“We didn’t plan this at all. We just drove south from our home in Michigan, wanting to travel for a while, and we ended up here. That first year we were here four months, the next year we were here six months, and then it was nine months. So my husband and I asked ourselves, ‘What are we keeping the house for?’ ” Linda Stahl said.
Michigan had high unemployment, cities struggling and many young people, including the Stahls’ two sons, fleeing the area for places with jobs back then, she added.
The Stahls decided to give up their home and rent two campsites at the park, one for a fifth-wheel parked permanently and another to accommodate a vehicle for excursions like a trip to Rainbow Springs State Park for a few days.
The park is wooded, with well-maintained grounds, near Gainesville and Ocala, and close to the historic towns of McIntosh and Micanopy. And, there are plenty of shops, malls, restaurants and Silver Springs State Park nearby, Linda Stahl said.
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