This thread has gotten me interested enough to call Sun-N-Fun and my folks to see what was up.
First the park models; Pop told me that the park model rates vary as to, size of lot, size of trailer, location in the park (lake front lots are higher), etc. but a 9 month average for him is $18.52 a night based on 9 months with 30 days each as an average. That does NOT include elec., sewer, phone, or cable for him (he pays for those directly to the venders).
The RV rates are alot more complicated. They vary between Standard, Delux, Premium, and Pull Thru sites. Gravel, grass, or concrete pads. Time of year, Jan/Feb is there peak season and so on. They do have special rates and packages some of which I think require pre-payment. It takes a while to figure out what is best for your needs/tastes/income.
I think it was best summed up this way; "Sun-N-Fun is not just a camp site but a resort". They have amenities and activities not found in other parks such as, post office, Bar-n-Grill, security, etc. The people who stay there have a tendency to return year after year so a sense of community is developed along with friendships and aquaintanceships. For my parents, in their late 70's, driving a Class A from upstate New York to Florida was begining to be an ordeal not an adventure. Now they just load up their van and off they go.
What am I trying to say? Well, different strokes for different folks and you get what you pay for. I like my Montana and am looking forward to traveling, seeing new places and meeting new people. I hope to do it for many years. But people that spend more than me to enjoy a different type of RVing are not stupid for spending more or better than me (all though some undoubtedly are, I'm far from perfect) and people that spend less for the same reasons are no better or worse they are just doing it their own way and isn't that what it's suppose to be about?
Man, talk about soap boxes, phew, I've got to take a nap now. Honey, where are my meds?