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RE: Any special way to make a reservation at Desert Trails?

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. Barb
BarbaraOK 09/16/16 09:51pm Snowbirds
RE: Water softener recommendations

Almcc, that is RO water you are getting from the water kiosks all over Arizona. UV treatment is for bacteria only, will do nothing for hard/alkaline water.
BarbaraOK 09/06/16 09:07am Snowbirds
RE: There is a crispness in the morning air.

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?
BarbaraOK 09/04/16 10:12pm Snowbirds
RE: There is a crispness in the morning air.

We're already heading south. Spending this month in California wine country getting our 'supply' for the winter.
BarbaraOK 09/03/16 10:03am Snowbirds
RE: Chance of finding a cheap site in Palm area in November?

November is doable because most snowbirds come after Christmas. But $350+ electric will be hard to find. Have you looked at Desert Hot Springs?
BarbaraOK 08/31/16 12:57pm Snowbirds
RE: Mail Service for RVers that Looks Like a Street Address :::

For a lot of things it doesn't matter what the address is - if it is a mail forwarder, it will come up in a lot of databases as a mail forwarder. You will learn to live with it. There are some financial institutions that will go around the bend with a mail forwarded, others that could care less. Barb
BarbaraOK 08/30/16 08:03pm Full-time RVing
RE: Snow bird RV parks ?

Hello all, My wife and I started our fulltime RV life April. We are coming up on our first winter and looking for advice for great RV parks to stay at that offer low long term rates. I thank you for your advice. Dave If I was you, I wouldn't do anything long term your first year out. as you don't yet know what you want in a long term park. If in Arizona, you might look at doing some time around Phoenix using PPA in Cal-Am parks (or Coast-to-Coast if you are a member) - that way you can spend time in each park, get a feel for the general area. We spent about 3 years moving around Arizona until we figured out that we really liked the Mesa area the best, then spent time finding the park that we wanted to come back to time and again. We also spent a couple of winters in Florida and South Texas and figured out we didn't want to winter in either. But you have to try them out to understand what you want in a park Barb
BarbaraOK 08/12/16 09:14pm Full-time RVing
RE: Ten Year Rule

The couple of times we've been asked, when calling for a reservation for a longer stay, is to send a photo. I do, they say no problem. And like has been said, if they are a strict '10 yr' place, they probably have a rate that we won't pay. There is always some place just down the road. Barb
BarbaraOK 08/09/16 10:06pm Full-time RVing
RE: Finally on the road again

Good for you guys. Winter in the warm AZ sun sounds like the perfect recuperation. We start our long wandering south next week - will take us at least 8 weeks to get to Mesa, AZ for the winter. Every rain my DH's arthritis acts up and he can't wait to get back to the desert.
BarbaraOK 08/09/16 10:01pm Full-time RVing
RE: Storage below the snow belt

If only going for the month of February - just 28 days - why bother? Seriously, just put her to bed for the winter and fly someplace warm for a few weeks. Barb
BarbaraOK 08/09/16 09:56pm Snowbirds
RE: Full timing and repairs

Do all you can to keep your rig in road-worthy condition. Don't run tires until they blow, don't wring every last volt out of your batteries, and do your scheduled maintenance. The hardest part of being laid up is the realization that you yourself could have prevented it. No, we all just run them in to the ground with no thought to making sure all maintenance is done, we have extra fluid/filters on board, we never check batteries or tires, never do walk arounds before pulling out, never do light checks to make sure they are working correctly. :p Sorry for being sarcastic, but REALLY!
BarbaraOK 08/01/16 12:03pm Full-time RVing
RE: Hard to move from low power rates

Break loose and get out of the rut you are in and drag that RV over those mountains and across the Mississippi to the Midwest and East Side! :B There's a whole nuther world out there beside the west coast!! :W hush, we don't want those left coast folks cluttering up our states. bumpy Don't worry - we won't.
BarbaraOK 07/24/16 10:32am Snowbirds
RE: What do you do to your house?

Put RV antifreeze into your drains - that will help with keep moisture in the trap. Then half fill a zip-loc bag and place it over the drain. That's what we do with our park model when we leave it for the summer in the heat in AZ. We also cover the toilet seat with large plastic bag, then close and put the lid down - keeps water from evaporating.
BarbaraOK 07/24/16 12:58am Snowbirds
RE: Hard to move from low power rates

Break loose and get out of the rut you are in and drag that RV over those mountains and across the Mississippi to the Midwest and East Side! :B There's a whole nuther world out there beside the west coast!! :W Bugs and crass Easterners and traffic and bugs and high humidity and bugs and hurricans and bugs - - did I mention bugs? We spent one winter/spring in Florida and up the East Coast. Never, ever again. We may come for the fall, but will visit and then head back west. :B
BarbaraOK 07/24/16 12:55am Snowbirds
RE: Things you miss from sticks and bricks?

What I miss from our sticks and brinks. The quiet. No barking dogs. No smelly campfires. No loud music. No drunks. No people talking loud. You're staying in the wrong places.
BarbaraOK 07/23/16 03:27pm Full-time RVing
RE: Hard to move from low power rates

For the winter, electric is cheap in the Mesa, AZ area (Salt River Project). Highest bill last winter (all electric with heat pump) was $78 - and that includes standard washer & dryer. Normal is about $40-50 for any given month. Last October, days in the 90s, nights in the 60s, it was $78 Barb
BarbaraOK 07/23/16 03:24pm Snowbirds
RE: Casa Grande, Az.

And you don't have to deal with all the traffic that a 'big city' has. Don't miss that one bit! We even bypass Phoenix on the way North in the Spring and coming back in the Fall. Don't get me wrong we take occasional trips to the city but usually it's just to stock up at Total Wine in Gilbert. The traffic we deal with is what you find in Gilbert. Mesa is not in DOWNTOWN PHX, plus we're retired so we don't do rush hour. And like everyone else, we know the routes around to avoid traffic at congested times. It is all what you get use to - and how much you enjoy having the opportunity to have a wide array of things to do rather than just a few things to do.
BarbaraOK 07/20/16 10:15am Snowbirds
RE: Casa Grande, Az.

No real museums (have you been to the Musical Instrument Museum), no Arts Centers (concerts are terrific in Mesa, Scottsdale, & Chandler), no really good restaurants, minimal shopping, no Mesa Marketplace (huge flea market), Superstition mountains just 30 minutes up to the start of the lake system, plus everything you mentioned.
BarbaraOK 07/19/16 07:52pm Snowbirds
RE: Casa Grande, Az.

Casa Grande isn't that much better than Yuma. Not a lot to do. 2 weeks was more than enough for us in Casa Grande, that's why we ended in Mesa, where there are lots to do, close to the desert, but also close to great arts centers, music, museums, restaurants, shopping, SPRING TRAINING, and great medical care if needed.
BarbaraOK 07/18/16 03:26pm Snowbirds
RE: Medicare Supplement Plans, All equally accepted on the road?

For some of us, in academia or other very large employers, we do not have a Medicare supplemental, as such, but rather our former employers continue us on the employee health insurance program as retirees with the caveat that Medicare is first, then they cover what Medicare doesn't. We retired from U of Texas (Tyler) and never, ever see a bill. Since we are on these plans, the caveat is that they have to be comparable to Medicare supplements - same with our prescription coverage; we get a statement every year that the plan is comparable to Part D coverage. Unlike some other organization, we are fortunate in that we don't have any co-pays except for our meds. And we also can get Vision & Dental since those are available to all employees. Also helps that big organizations (like the UT System) are self-insured and just use BCBS to administer the program. Not to say there aren't some problems - like with our prescription plan - the formulary (list of meds they will cover) often change each year because the group doing the review are all at med schools or campuses that have a Pharmacy School. So they do academic studies and each year there will be a new list of drugs (usually combinations) that will no longer be paid for and we have to go with similar and hope they work as well.
BarbaraOK 07/18/16 12:21am Full-time RVing
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