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Thousand Trails, Clermont, Florida

These comments are just the experience of the two RV Gypsies and do not make the campground good or bad in general.

The two RV Gypsies joined Thousand Trails as a member in 2008 and Clermont Florida is their home base. They chose this as their home base because it was the closest Thousand Trails campground to their son Brian's house. The two RV Gypsies even put their new RV in storage here before they became full-time RVers in 2008, and found the storage price quite reasonable. They stayed at this Thousand Trails several times in 2008. They really loved the campground. Sites were adequately spaced apart.

As in most Thousand Trails, the two GV Gypsies got to drive around the campground and pick their own site. The campground had an adult-only hot tub, two heated swimming pools - one of which was adult-only. Roads were paved. Some sites were hard gravel and some sites were grass. They even rented canoes and the two RV Gypsies and their grandchildren canoed with the alligators. The canoes were not in the best of condition, but it was still nice. There was a catch and release fishing pond, and a lot of other amenities that the two RV Gypsies did not use.

Two months later, tragedy struck and their son Brian Duquette was murdered in his own home (see the Brian button above for complete details). At that time, the two RV Gypsies returned to Thousand Trails in Clermont to settle Brian's affairs. The people at the office were understanding about extending the time that the two RV Gypsies could stay on their site (at cost of course) and the two RV Gypsies rented a cabin for other family members. But the cabin was not satisfactory to them, although there were other cabins that looked a lot nicer.

unhappy faceAs time passed, and for obvious reasons, the two RV Gypsies did not want to return to the Clermont area anymore, but they did return June 2014 to find a lot of changes in the campground. Their favorite site was now an annual site. They no longer got to choose their own site like they did in 2008. The office assigned a site. The hot tub was no longer for adults only, and there was no longer an adult only pool. THE BIGGEST AND MOST IMPORTANT CHANGE WAS THAT "FAILURE TO DROP OFF YOUR CAR TAG IN THE CHECK-OUT BOX AT THE GATE OR IN THE OFFICE BY 11 A.M. WILL RESULT IN A $32 LATE FEE."

One nice change was that the pool was open until 11 P.M., but the pool will be closed whenever thunder is heard and for safety reasons the pool will not reopen until the thunder has stopped for at least 30 minutes.

Karen was very unhappy that Lee booked this campground in 2014 (just because she does not want to be in Clermont or Orlando ever again). So the two RV Gypsies will not be returning.

Below is a photo taken of the picnic table at the site in 2014 and it was not in good condition. But the two RV Gypsies seldom eat outside and especially not in such hot weather, so they didn't care. And looking around, most other picnic tables didn't seem to be in any better condition. Thing change and this is on reason why the two RV Gypsies say that comments are only of their own experience and do not make campgrounds good or bad in general.

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