Lots of places all over the Mesa/Apache Junction area that might have what you want. Several at our park (where we have a Park Model for the winter months) are now available for year long leases and they allow a storage shed to be put on them. Lots of snowbirds leave rigs on the lots if they don't go the Park Model route. Also some places have RV lots for sale and you can put sheds on them then park for the winter. A lot of people start that way and then eventually put a Park Model on.
Thanks for the info folks, I'll be going the extra scrips route. Didn't know pharmacies would fill scrips from out of state Dr's. I'm under the impression that is not the case when it comes to meds for people, at least not in MA.
Out of curiosity, if I were to have one of MY personal scripts filled at a WM, could I then get refills on it at an out of state WM?
It is only Rx of schedule I/II/III drugs that people have problems with when fulltiming. Regular maintenance meds, through WM/Walgreen/CVS - not a problem getting refills as you travel. Just have physician write Rx for 90 days with 4 refills - you're good for the year.
You do know that the vet works for you, right? If they won't, then find a new one. Lots of people we know have found that using the vets associated with Pet Smart works well for them as they travel. Records are electronic, help available where ever you are.
Rule of thumb is 1500# per person. We actually have about 4000# on board, and 1200# below our limit.
Everyone takes to much when starting out and figures out what they really need and gradually lightens the load.
I'm interested in the strong "buy used" sentiment in this thread. I can certainly see the financial/depreciation aspect, but what about other factors?
- did the previous owner get rid of it because of some kind of problem?
- do I want to live with someone else's funk around me?
- What hidden maintenance issues are there?
On the flip side, if you buy new YOU are the quality control and you should expect to spend the first 6 months to a year getting things to work correctly. RVs are notorious for having bugs and only the very high end ones have adequate factory QC done. So if you buy a gently used coach (ie a retired couple with no teenagers around) that has maintence records, etc., you will often be way ahead. Would you never buy a used house? Same thing applies.
We bought a used coach 11 years ago, she's still going strong and has given us years and and 100,000+ miles of service. Sure there will be little things to fix along the way. Just like with a house, there will always be something that needs attention, or that you just live with until you have time/money to fix it.
Having fulltimed for 10 yrs now, I'll share a few items for you to think about.
First - go rent an RV, say a Class C for at least a week. Yes, it will cost money but since you don't have experience, you need to see how you feel being in a small space 24/7.
There are several forums out there - read them and then look at those who post frequently and see if they have a blog (usually in their signature line). Go read as many blogs as possible - - everyone fulltimes differently.
We bought used because we could get more bang for our buck. If we had gone new, we would have had to have settled for a entry level DP, buying used meant we could get a higher end (better fit and finish) coach for the same $$$.
Unless you know that you are going to boondock a GREAT deal of the time, solar is not a good return on investment.
We have Version and a MiFi with 20G/month. Adequate for our needs, but have no idea how much bandwidth you need. Do NOT depend upon park WiFis. Some good, some bad, you just never know.
We've had National Interstate for 10 yrs for insurance. Bought through a broker. There are several out there, Escapees has some insurance brokers who are commerical members you might want to talk to.
Groceries went up for us - when you shop in different stores all of the time, in different regions, you are exposed to new and different items for sale. Part of the fun of fulltiming is trying new things.
Using a campground address might work but if you're moving between campgrounds and not staying year-round, you still need a domicile address that can be used for everything year-round. Would the campground address handle your mail even when you move to another campground? You need an address for vehicle registrations, licenses, voter's record, medical insurance, Medicare, credit cards, etc. It should be one address used all the time for everything. That's where a mail service comes into play. It's your permanent address even if you move around.
LOADS of people have their desert address (where they register cars, DL, etc) and then put in a mail forwarding for 4-6 months for the summer to a park up in the mountains, a mail forwarder, their relatives, etc. The park isn't involved at all - because each site has a separate address and is delivered right to the mailbox by the PO worker.
I heard the same thing about the southwest.!!! My best friends sister had a cousins next door neighbor brother tell them that his uncle heard from his sister in-law that her aunt told her is was more dangerous. I would stick with Florida if i was you. Im just saying!!!!!
I agree. Please stay in Florida. We are in Mesa, AZ for the winter and there really is a rough crowd around here. The men all seem to have white stick legs poking down from shorts that are too big, all have white hair (or no hair) and all wear mysterious caps with different logos and dark glasses. They clog parking lots, routinely drive the speed limits antagonizing the locals, they hold potlucks all over the place, have 'adult' beverages of every kind almost every night. Really just terrible and must be avoided at all costs. :B
IN a neighborhood most people work all day leaving the area deserted except for us. When the young people get home they are busy eating, taking care of children and just trying to work up the impetus to go back to the grind the next day. They do not want old folk bothering them. No dances, card games, Happy hour etc..
Actually in a lot of RV parks I see this same thing as more and more folks move from a SB to an RV. You can pretty much have the RV park to yourself Monday - Friday from 7am - 6pm. Then about 6pm folks start to come home or out of the RV's and then about 9pm it is all over again as they all go to bed. NOW on the weekends there is life at the park once again.... until Sunday night.
Not in 55+ snowbird parks in AZ.
Our insurance requires us to use mail order for maintenance meds. Get 90 day Rx with 4 refills - takes care of the year. Have them sent either to our mail forwarding address (get an email telling me they are in) or have them sent to a temporary address when we are staying longer in one location. Use Walgreens for short-term meds
Will be heading to AZ this winter right after Xmas and was wondering about the weather along I-10, picking it up at New Orleans. Hoping to take a couple weeks along the route. Any need for concern about snow or ice. Having a hard time determining what the Mts are like in TX, NM, and AZ along I-10.
It is a gradually climb un to the continental divide, no mts to worry about on I-10. Sometimes snow & ice. We've spent an extra day in Van Horn, TX, waiting for ice to clear, and same in Demining, NM. Just watch weather forecast and stay an extra day if weather is uncertain. Going west, just one permanent border check west of Las Cruces NM. Temporary checks are on side feeder roads, not interstate.
Well, after much hunting and clicking, I think it might be best for us to go back to 'plan A', which was to take three months to sample the entire area from Big Bend to Vegas, no reservations anywhere, spending a week or two at a few places of particular interest. Then, if we find an area and park we really like, consider spending the winter in 2018 or 19. I'm thinking we should be able to find places 'on the fly', although they might not always be the best available. Life is, after all, an adventure!
Again, thanks for your suggestions. If you happen to see a big fiver and a red truck with Indiana plates, be sure to wave.
We spent 2 years bouncing around Arizona before settling on Mesa for the winter. It takes time to find what you like and MOST IMPORTANT what you don't like. If you want to sample Phoenix area, look at using Passport America for week in several of the different Cal-Am parks. I'd try Apache Wells (a small park), Val Vista (just because that's where we are), Mesa Regal (a BIGGGG park), all in Mesa, and Canyon Vistas in Gold Canyon. Also a week at Usery Park can be wedged in there. It is one of the Maricopa County Parks. And for a week's stay you just need to call a couple of weeks in advance.
Sometimes these ideas of what is the best RV comes down to: the one you already have. :)
Agreed, sometimes simple is good.
We went with buying a Park Model in the park where we were spending the winters and use the motorhome for travel from April to October. We've become 'sunbirds' I guess?