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RE: thinking about Arizona next year

Gee Ron, maybe Snowbirding isn't your thing. Glad to know you will never age. When staying for long term, we don't want a rickety picnic table, we have our own table and chairs for entertaining where everyone is comfortable. Our motor home isn't for camping, we RV. You don't like it, ok go do your thing, just don't cast dispersions on a style you don't understand. SMH
BarbaraOK 02/15/17 07:53pm Snowbirds
RE: thinking about Arizona next year

Gold Canyon is not Apache Junction - further out, parks are more expensive. Apache Junction is the on more inexpensive side of things. As for restaurants - lets just say they are also on the inexpensive side. Barb I think that is what I said earlier, AJ is rustic! Chris :W:W:W I've seen rustic be VERY expensive. ;)
BarbaraOK 02/14/17 03:28pm Snowbirds
RE: Getting medicine while FT

Eat healthy and cut out the meds! I was in a similar situation. In stead of making your body tolerate your current diet, and eating meds that "maintain" your body, change it all! Eat more raw veggies, less meat, less bread, and get juicing! Youll feel 25 again. Promise. Went through tons of health problems till i realized it was my diet. You got your Ph.D. in biochemistry from what school?
BarbaraOK 02/12/17 08:29am Full-time RVing
RE: Controlling electric costs monthly

The 'back of the envelop' is use 20x the cost of kwh < gallon of propane, go with electric. That figure includes the inefficiency of propane, but not the hassle of getting propane, which for a motorhome can be a real hassle in some areas. Barb
BarbaraOK 02/09/17 09:16pm Snowbirds
RE: Turn up the heat, would ya.

Sheryl Crow: "Its not having what you want, It's wanting what you got" LOL, exactly what do you think Sheryl Crow is doing right now. Living in a RV, while watching a 32" flat screen, and drinking cheap beer. I'm glad you're enjoying your FT lifestyle. Just don't romanticize it to someone who knows better. "Knows better?" Just because it doesn't work for one person, doesn't mean it isn't a great lifestyle of others.
BarbaraOK 02/09/17 11:12am Snowbirds
RE: Happy Trails RV park in Arizona - any feedback?

Bell Road in Surprise is a Zoo of traffic and Grand Ave is no better. Come over to the East Valley. Better Air quality also. Chris Must agree with Chris - we like the East Valley, lots of active arts centers for concerts, great shopping, and the storms seem to go up the west side of Phoenix.
BarbaraOK 02/07/17 05:03pm Snowbirds
RE: Buy or Rent

Agree - don't buy anything until you have bounced around for a couple of years trying different places. Do 2-week stints the first year, then if you find an area you like, do monthly, then pick one for a 3 month stay. THEN you can think about finding your 'permanent' spot. Took us 8 yrs to decide on a particular one in Arizona. 3 yrs just to figure out which area we liked, then a few more visiting/staying in different parks to see what we liked. Barb
BarbaraOK 02/05/17 02:04pm Snowbirds
RE: Happy Trails RV park in Arizona - any feedback?

It is in Surprise, for those wondering where in AZ it is located. Yes, it is huge, but 1K isn't a lot of sites in the Valley Of The Sun. Our park has 1800 sites and Mesa Regal has 2500, as do some others. Barb
BarbaraOK 02/05/17 02:01pm Snowbirds
RE: Getting medicine while FT

Actually it is pretty easy with mail order - they remind you about 30 days before your refill runs out, so you have plenty of time to get it in. We do 90 days at a time and over the years we have accumulated enough so that we have an extra 3 months on hand for almost all of our scripts.
BarbaraOK 02/04/17 04:09pm Full-time RVing
RE: Fruit and California border??

Kansas what do you mean "risk". The most that can happen is they take it away from you right? And fine you. Only if you have lied to them. Last time across. O question asked just waved on through. Time before they asked about firewood. A few yrs ago I had grapefruit and just juiced them before leaving.
BarbaraOK 01/30/17 10:46am Snowbirds
RE: Arizona Winter 2017

OMG!! Where are they getting these numbers from or am I reading it wrong? It shows being in the teens or low 20's for months!!! I can assure you that isn't the case. http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/green-valley-az/85614/january-weather/2141944?monyr=1/1/2017 I will let the numbers do the talking. Was 23 degrees this morning and I am just a short 18 miles from you on the Santa Cruz River. rocmoc n AZ Elevation. Tucson is always cooler than Phoenix or Yuma, etc. And the further away from a metro area you are, the cooler the temperature as the 'heat sink' nightly radiation is much, much smaller.
BarbaraOK 01/26/17 06:00pm Snowbirds
RE: Arizona Winter 2017

Yes,everyone should stay away. Too cold, wet, awful. It will be so much better to go somewhere else. SMH
BarbaraOK 01/25/17 10:35pm Snowbirds
RE: Arizona Winter 2017

So we are doing our first snowbird adventure and we are in Arizona. Honest to gosh, the weather back home in the DC area isn't much worse than here, and on some days it has actually been warmer. Everyone is telling me this is an unusual year. Lucky us. Sorry, just had to rant a bit. This has not turned out to be what we had in mind. We are learning a lot of lessons for next year though. This isn't the coldest winter we've been in. Remember a few years ago when one of the golf tournaments had a snow day in Tucson? But it only lasts for a day or two. It is a wet winter - but really can't hold that against them. The Southern Ca/Ar/Nv area NEEDS RAIN/SNOW desperately. They have had 5+ yrs of drought and really, really need the water. This is a good thing, and the cold weather (it you want to call it that) is short lived. The sun is shining and it will be in the 60s during day/40s at night by the weekend.
BarbaraOK 01/25/17 08:18am Snowbirds
RE: Interstate 10

The bad part if I-10 is in Louisiana. But from Rockport, I'd go FM 44 to 83 to Uuvalde and take US 90 across. A few towns, but easy, pleasant drive.
BarbaraOK 01/24/17 11:49am Snowbirds
RE: Does your driver's license match your vehicle registration?

Phyllig, I think that you will find that not every state uses the same words their codes. To get back to the original question. Vehicles are registered in the state where they are garaged. Just as you can own property in several states, you can own cars in several states and have them registered in those states where they spend most of their time. Lots of people have cars that stay at their winter homes, whether that is in CA, AZ, TX, of FL, and they fly back and forth. Their drivers licenses match where they vote, do jury duty, etc. Barb
BarbaraOK 01/19/17 09:16am Full-time RVing
RE: Thinking of Full Time would love some advice

We've never had a problem getting into parks - except for a couple in New England where the sites where 25' long. Fulltiming is whatever you want it to be. There is no right or wrong way to fulltime, no right or wrong amount to budget for it, and no right or wrong to decide what one needs to be comfortable doing it. We don't camp, we RV - we have a mobile, comfortable 1 bed apartment for traveling the country in comfort, enabling us to enjoy our retirement. This works for US - including having room to store the bottles of neat wines we find along our way each year. Barb
BarbaraOK 01/13/17 07:11pm Full-time RVing
RE: Cooler in Arizona this year?

Has been a little rainier than last winter so far, but I don't think any colder. When it is damp, you notice the cooler weather more.
BarbaraOK 01/12/17 04:15pm Snowbirds
RE: Does your driver's license match your vehicle registration?

Your vehicle needs to be licensed in the state where it is 'garaged' or spends most of the time. We know a lot of people that have cars that they leave in AZ over the summer when they return northward. Their DLs are from whatever state they 'reside' in, the cars used mainly in AZ are licensed in AZ. Like property, you can have vehicles licensed in different states where they are used. DL should match where you vote, do jury duty, etc. Barb
BarbaraOK 01/12/17 04:13pm Full-time RVing
RE: Does your driver's license match your vehicle registration?

Do not confuse " domicile state " with " residence state" ! And what is the difference? This gets real tricky because there is no accepted legal definition all across the country. Barb
BarbaraOK 01/12/17 04:10pm Full-time RVing
RE: Hitting the road this summer...where to go first

We plan to retire in May and hit the road for, at least, a month or so. We live in Ohio. Just looking for suggestions where to go first. We have thought about New England or Nova Scotia. Good for you! I can't speak of availability in Nova Scotia beyond the possibility that you'll need to make a reservation on the ferry but as far as NE is concerned start making your reservations NOW. Many prime spots are prolly already booked for June and at least some weeks of July. Have fun out there and start gathering your free state and province tourist info:). Don't need to go to Nova Scotia by ferry - - just a leisurely drive up through New Brunswick, making sure to stop and watch the Bay of Fundy 'retreat' one day and walk on the bottom of the bay. NB is easy to drive through on the way to Nova Scotia. Then spend a few weeks in NS, maybe some time on PEI, or if feeling really adventurous, take the ferry to Newfoundland or Labrador. Barb
BarbaraOK 01/10/17 10:28pm Full-time RVing
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