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 Duquette'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 (at this time), 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 extra 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 available cabins
that looked a lot nicer, that their family should
have been assigned during this time of tragedy.
As 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 Duquette was very unhappy that Lee Duquette booked
this campground in 2014 (just because she does not want to be in Clermont
or Orlando ever again, because of the loss of her son). 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. Things change and this is one 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.