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RE: I've had to shovel snow twice, time to go!

Had to shovel the back deck for the second time. It is definitely time to head south. Got a good stretch of weather coming up. Launching for AZ on the 15th. First stop is Tucson, then Yuma for December, Apache Junction for January and then six weeks in Wickenburg. We're in Mesa now. Highs in mid 80s, lows mid 50s this week. Lovely by the pool.
BarbaraOK 11/08/17 06:03pm Snowbirds
RE: Are we almost there yet?

Arrived in Mesa on October 2nd. Starting to see a few more trickle in.
BarbaraOK 10/29/17 09:31pm Snowbirds
RE: Water Heater on or off when Full Timing

I wish more people would realize how loud one of those gas wh's are at 3am. I never noticed waterheater noise at 3am, we're fast asleep. For those of us who are light sleepers, it is quite easy to have a water heater come on and wake you up - - or delay your going to sleep
BarbaraOK 10/25/17 09:54pm Full-time RVing
RE: A Snowbird Packing Challenge

No coffee maker, HORRORS
BarbaraOK 10/24/17 02:49pm Snowbirds
RE: first day of full timing

Tom, if you haven't found Escapees forum yet, go over and introduce yourself there. Probably the largest number of fulltimers are on Escapees, since the company was founded to take care of fulltime RVers by fulltime RVers. Have you figured out what you will do about mail, voting, DL, vehicle registration, etc. I'm assuming you will want to 'move' to a tax friendlier state - SD, FL, & TX all are RV friendly and no state income tax. Follow the 2-2-2 plan - 200 miles per day, in a park by 2:00 pm, stay at least 2 days. That way you are rested when you drive, you are off the road before any 'rush' hour and will be able to relax while everyone else is trying to get into the last few small spots, and you will get a chance to maybe visit some local places of interests. As said, anywhere south of I-10 is good for the winter. We enjoy the desert, so we are here from October to April.
BarbaraOK 10/22/17 11:32am Full-time RVing
RE: Water Heater on or off when Full Timing

stickdog,, we've been out for 11 years and are on 30 amps about 1/2 the time. With the exception of Labor Day weekend in the Sonoma Valley when temperatures reached 115 and we only had 30 amps and a/c running 24/7, we always have the water heater on electric and never, ever have a problem. The only thing I do is make sure that the a/c isn't running when the microwave is, otherwise we don't have a problem. Obviously only 1 a/c at a time, unlike when on 50 amp, but that is the only restriction we work around on 30 amps.
BarbaraOK 10/22/17 11:21am Full-time RVing
RE: Awning Tie Down in AZ snowbird park?

Most in our park tie theirs down with some type of weight (buckets of sand, concrete blocks, etc) but do seem to pay attention to weather forecasts and will untie them and take them up during days forecast for WIND.
BarbaraOK 10/21/17 09:07am Snowbirds
RE: A Snowbird Packing Challenge

One-way trailer seems such as obvious choice.
BarbaraOK 10/21/17 12:34am Snowbirds
RE: Snowbird park recommendations?

No off road toys to bring.... Las Vegas Oasis and the Golden Village in Hemet, CA seem my best options. I thank you all for the suggestions. I didn't know what was out there, but now I am learning more. You might also want to check the RV Parks right on the calif. Arizona border on the Colorado River. Go to Good Sam RV Parks to check them out. I have never stayed in the area but do drive bye every year as i go from Calif. to Ariz. Again, they don't have a car and while the river is there for the kids, no way to walk anywhere for shopping, etc.
BarbaraOK 10/17/17 10:23am Snowbirds
RE: Sunbird to Snowbird seasonal migration

Yes, I run 99 a lot. More stops available. I-5 in central valley is boring and the bumps under the over passes are a problem. I like 58 East from the Orange Grove. I go down thru Palm Dale and take 138 East then 15, 215, 210 to 10 East. Chris The route we did this fall. Also agree on the problem with the I-5 road surface under the overpasses - arghhh!
BarbaraOK 10/13/17 09:10am Snowbirds
RE: Snowbird park recommendations?

Have you read reviews on RV Parks Reviews? That would be a good place to start. We are in Phoenix area and there are some parks that are for families, as well as several county parks (2week stays then move to new park) , plus state parks, but all would require you to have a car.
BarbaraOK 10/12/17 08:10pm Snowbirds
RE: Snowbird park recommendations?

The reason that the parks are geared towards retirees is that most kids are in school during the winter not sitting by the pool in the SW desert. Most people with kids RV during their vacations at places like state/national parks where there are a lot of outdoor things to do. There is a palm tree on our lot here i Mesa, surrounded by typical desert landscape. The southwest has been in a drought for the past few years, the only green areas will be golf courses willing to pay for the water (usually treated waste water) to keep them green. I think you have very unreal expectations of what you will find in terms of children's activies in the winter. BTW - you really think about having a car - would make your life so much easier.
BarbaraOK 10/11/17 08:56pm Snowbirds
RE: Snowbird park recommendations?

Southwest US is a HUGE AREA. You need to be a little more specific. Also, a lot of the RV parks will be 55+ and do not take children. Green and lush are not SOUTHWEST. This is a desert area, from mid-Texas all the way to San Diego. Why not look at state parks or country parks for a week or two at a time and see what is available.
BarbaraOK 10/11/17 05:33pm Snowbirds
RE: Sunbird to Snowbird seasonal migration

Rolled into Mesa, AZ around 1:00 pm. today. Surprised at the number of people already here - - there were quite a few coming in for the 3 months special - $995 for October-December. Barb
BarbaraOK 10/02/17 09:03pm Snowbirds
RE: First winter in Yuma "Water quality"?

As a sidebar note, we've had issues (as have other snowbirds) with pets and changing water qualities. We've learnt to give pets bottled water once we're on the road. Lot cheaper then a vet bill in an unknown area. Yes it is. We learned that the first 6 months out.
BarbaraOK 10/01/17 08:34am Snowbirds
RE: Sunbird to Snowbird seasonal migration

We will arrive in Mesa on Monday, hopefully before noon if I can get Dave going in the morning. It has been a wonderful six months roaming through the PNW, but am looking forward to stretching out a little, breakfast at Wildberry and concerts at the MIM.
BarbaraOK 09/28/17 09:14pm Snowbirds
RE: Wondering about impact of Harvey and Irma

Tucson is ALWAYS cooler than Phoenix area - higher elevation. Casa Grande doesn't have an much of a heat island as all of the ares in the "Valley of the Sun" do, so it is always about 5=10 cooler during Dec-Feb. But we aren't talking about "cold". And different people have different feels about how warm they want their rig during the night. For us, after 13 yrs in Michigan, we don't call anything cold that is above zero. And we turn heat way down at hight and just ad an extra blanket if needed.
BarbaraOK 09/26/17 12:39am Snowbirds
RE: Wondering about impact of Harvey and Irma

Missed the point we also have plenty to do, most parks do but we can do it outside, in AZ night in the desert gets cold fast , real fast, RGV 30 mphg winds are a distraction and in Fl we can use our gazebo for cards, games or just chating at night but as I stated it is winter and you day light ends around 5:30 besides our park offers free beer and pop at all our events and shows plus free ice always. Not in the Mesa area where we stay. We usually talk our last walk at 9 or 9:30 pm - during January that means a jacket, but otherwise it is warm in the evening. Not saying it won't be nippy by morning, but the evening is not the problem. Now if you are up at altitude, then it gets colder quicker.
BarbaraOK 09/25/17 10:16am Snowbirds
RE: COE Campgrounds

I found out Indiana Coe campgrounds are run by the state of Indiana! just our luck! Tara Lots of COE projects In the west the campgrounds were sold for an insignificant amount (like $1) to state and local governments who wanted to operate the parks. We've stayed at many of them - you can always tell a COE park in the layout, the way electrical & water lines are placed, etc. Barb
BarbaraOK 09/21/17 07:44pm Full-time RVing
RE: Internet options for full timers

We use an average of 12-18 GB bandwidth per month. What really upsets me is that much of that bandwidth goes to videos/ advertisements various websites use. Forget about getting news from any source without more bandwidth for their videos than actual news....... You need to use Ad Blocker and a Flash Control extension to block videos from playing. There are a lot of different extensions out there that will accomplish that for you - - just depends upon the browser that you use. Barb
BarbaraOK 09/15/17 09:03pm Full-time RVing
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