Bushnell, FL - Events of Tuesday, December 3 to Wednesday, December 4, 2013
We had previously made an appointment for Wednesday to have one of our dual-pane windows repaired at Suncoast Designers in Hudson, FL before we stopped for the winter in Bushnell. One reason we drove a little farther than we usually do on Monday was because Hudson is about an hour farther south than Bushnell, and we knew we would have a little longer drive on Tuesday than we normally would have had.
Suncoast Designers is a custom window manufacturer that has also developed a niche business repairing fogged, dual-pane RV windows. We have had fogged windows repaired there twice before.
Suncoast has 15 or so RV spaces in their parking lot with electric and water hookups. They told us to take any of the several available spots when we pulled in around 2:30. We took the one on the end we had the first time we were at Suncoast. The sites are narrow, and the one on the end gave us a little more room to open our slides. Unfortunately, there was an electrical transformer outside the bedroom window that hummed loudly all night. It either wasn't there on our first stop, or it wasn't making that much noise back then.
The sites don't have sewer hookups, but there is a dump station. The dump station is hard to get to especially when there are delivery trucks and other vehicles running through the parking lot during the day, so it would be wise to arrive with holding tanks that aren't full. Electric hookups are 50 amp only, but there are 50 to 30-amp adapters for sale in the office in case you need one and don't have one.
The workers knocked on the door at 7:00 on Wednesday morning and removed the fogged window in about 10 minutes. To our surprise, they knocked on the door again around 11:00 with the repair completed. Both previous times we were at Suncoast, we were having several windows repaired, and it took two days to get them all done. This time with only one window, we were out of there before noon on the same day. They told us they were running a little behind when we first arrived on Tuesday, so we kind of expected our repair might take two days again. However, Suncoast didn't seem to be as busy this year as they were in the past, so they must have been able to catch up by Wednesday.
After a stop at Flying J to top off our fuel tank, we pulled into Blueberry Hill around 1:00. Except for a few clouds when we pulled into White Springs, FL a couple of days prior, the weather in Florida has been beautiful. In fact, it felt downright hot as we worked to get set up. A cold front that swept through Texas, the midwest and the northeast several days later bypassed Florida, so we continued to enjoy warm temperatures.
Blueberry Hill has about 100 paved pull-throughs in the front section and about 300 extra-spacious, all-grass back-ins in the rear section. All sites have full-hookups with 30/50-amp electric. There is also free cable with limited channels, and Wi-Fi is available for a fee. Verizon upgraded the area around Bushnell to 4G over the summer, and there is a very strong, 4-bar signal.
We got our usual site, which is located in the rear of the campground. They use the front sites primarily for shorter stays and for rallies.
Blueberry Hill has shuffleboard courts, bocce courts, a pickle ball court, an exercise room, a heated swimming pool, a dog park, a large clubhouse, pool tables, horseshoes and more. Although we usually don't join in the planned activities, there are plenty of things available every day to keep guests busy.
The rate for 3 to 5 months during the winter is $550 a month plus electricity. Daily, weekly, monthly, 6-month and annual rates are also available. In addition, there are park models for sale and rent.
There were more RVs in the campground this year than there were in the past couple of years when we first arrived. Blueberry Hill was purchased from the previous owners last year by Sun RV Resorts, and it seems the new owners and all the improvements they made to the RV park have attracted more business. We heard last winter they were receiving a lot of inquiries about sites for this year. Judging from the fact there are already more people in the campground, and judging by the number of RVs that are here that we don't recognize, we think Blueberry Hill will probably be nearly (if not completely) filled this year.
We'll be spending a couple of days settling in and greeting old friends and neighbors. We are hoping to get out and about before too long, so stay tuned.