Our summer RV adventures begin in June, when Shannon, Alicia, Gracie, Lawton, Jackson and Oliver come to visit us in Marathon. We can’t all fit on the boat so we need to find a place for the RV. Curry Hammock State Park is the closest and least expensive campground, but its hard to get a site in any of the state parks in the FL keys.
When we booked our site in Bahia Honda, another state park in the keys, we went on-line 11 months in advance. For several weeks we would go on-line to reserveamerica.com to check for sites. At exactly 8:00 we clicked Search Available until we got a site. When people have to make plans that far in advance there are lots of cancellations. That’s what we were counting on.
Reserving a Site at Curry Hammock State Park
The sites at Curry Hammock State Park cost $38.50, plus $1.80 Local Option Tax, plus $2.70 Sales Tax per night, plus a $6.70 Transaction Fee. We need a site for ten days. We check for availability several times a day.
Site 20 is the first site we see. it is available on 6/11 and 6/14 + 15. The three days are not consecutive, so we pay two transaction fees. It’s $49.70 for 6/11 and $92.70 for 6/14 + 15. A few days later site 7 is available on 6/12 + 13 for $92.70. Then site 4 is available on 6/6 – 6/10 for $221.70. Later we reserve site 20 for 6/14 + 15 for $92.70.
We have sites in Curry Hammock for all ten days, but we have to move the RV on 6/11, 6/12 and 6/14. Site 20 becomes available on 6/12 + 6/13. We already have site 7 reserved and it costs $10 to change from site 7 to site 20. Now we only have to move the RV once. It ends up costing $466.80 for ten days. That’s still pretty cheap for the keys.
Preparing the RV
We get to the RV storage lot at 8:00. The cutoff switch for the chassis battery has come apart. We bypass it to start the engine. We take it to have the engine oil and generator oil changed. When they’re done we take it to the marina to wash it and load it up. Then we take it to Curry Hammock.
We have several things to look at before the kids get here. The chassis battery cutoff switch is broken, the door is not closing right and needs adjusting, the electric steps are not coming out, the galley faucet is dripping and the bathroom vent will not open.
We adjust the door, fix the chassis battery cutoff switch and fix the bathroom vent. We spend two days looking at the electric steps. We order some electrical connectors and lubricant from amazon. In the meantime we buy some steps from K-Mart.
We buy a new galley faucet on amazon. We install it in place of the faucet that drips. Now the head faucet is leaking. We replace it with one from Home Depot. Everything is working now, except the electric steps, but we have the steps from K-Mart.
Curry Hammock State Park
The kids arrive on 6/10. We have the RV ready for them. We will stay on the boat while they’re in Marathon.
We have been to Curry Hammock before, but this is the first time we stayed here on the RV. There are 27 sites here. They all have water and 30/50 amp electric service. The bathhouse is being repaired so they have several portable units in one of the campsites. The park is on the Atlantic Ocean and you can walk to the beach from the campground. There is a playground and a kayak launch just outside the campground. There are some great spots to kayak. You can rent kayaks or bring your own.
We had an awesome time with the kids. We see them off at 8:00 on 6/16. Now we have to get the RV ready for our trip. We do laundry, finish packing our stuff and dump the holding tanks by 12:50. We are ready for our next adventure.