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RE: DW says we should hav gone south!

It will be 78° in Mesa, AZ today. Fresh grapefruit off the tree this morning.
BarbaraOK 01/14/18 08:31am Snowbirds
RE: State Park Stay Limitations-how to deal?

I would also urge you to look at US Army Corps of Engineers Parks. For those with Disability or Senior passes it is 1/2 off of costs, they are always on a water way, and they are very well built. Most we have been to are w/e (or just electric if far north) with nice dump stations and potable water spots, well designed sites, big enough to move around in, and in general just a great deal. There is a "Camping with the Corps" book out that is good to have. Unlike National Parks, these parks usually don't fill that far ahead. Some are even near large metro areas like Dallas-Fort Worth areas.
BarbaraOK 01/13/18 03:30pm Full-time RVing
RE: State Park Stay Limitations-how to deal?

Hello, we would like to retire with our rv full-time. We plan to stay in state/national parks and on federal lands such as BLM, state forests, etc. and do not plan on using any private campgrounds or rv parks. Our question to all of you is this: How do you deal with the stay limitations of most state and national parks? I can't imagine picking up and moving every 14 days. We would like to stay in a lot of places for more than that time. I know some people "pick up" and go down the street to another location and then come back, but I can't imagine doing that or how unsettling it must be to have to keep moving and hope there's a spot, then come back. That doesn't seem relaxing at all. Please let us know how you full timers handle this particular issue, we would appreciate any and all advice. Thanks! If you don't want to move, then why get an RV? You do realize that state and national parks cost as much, sometimes more, than private parks? That weekly rates at a private park are usually pay for 6, get one day free (sometimes pay for 5, get one day free) and monthly costs are usually 2.5 times the weekly rate. Another thing to consider would be to use membership parks where you can get a lot of 2 week stays at 0-3 per night out of pocket expenses for $500 a year dues (Thousand Trail zone passes). Other systems have different out of pocket expenses and dues, but you can really save money if you know how to work the systems. But all are based on moving every couple of weeks or so. BTW - most state parks are all reserved by January 2nd for days from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
BarbaraOK 01/12/18 09:46pm Full-time RVing
RE: Weather forecast for after Christmas

Just to be fair, at this hour, 1:23 pm CST, it is 71 in Phoenix, 70 in Miami, and 77 in McAllen, Texas. My only point is that it is warm in the Southland today.. You do realize that you are quote temperatures on areas in different time zones? It was warmer than 71 in the afternoon in Phoenix area yesterday.
BarbaraOK 01/08/18 09:07am Snowbirds
RE: Asthma in Arizona

....... The air in Phoenix is, right now,very polluted. Some say worse than Beijing. ..... RichH Some say almost anything to get a reaction. Do you really believe everything that "someone" says? I was in the Valley in the early 70s - when copper mines were running full bore and the sky was brown. No comparison. Does there get some times when an air alert is issued. Sure, but at no time is it anything like Beijing, nor LA of the late 60s, 70s.
BarbaraOK 01/08/18 09:05am Snowbirds
RE: Weather forecast for after Christmas

Now you know why we are in AZ with temps n the mid 70s this week :C
BarbaraOK 01/01/18 12:33pm Snowbirds
RE: Firearms into Canada

No matter what the gun laws are, one must remember illegal search and seizure is still the law. No one can stop you and search your vehicle with out just cause. don't give them one. Except at the border. If they want, they can search each and every vehicle going through as that is part of crossing any border.
BarbaraOK 12/28/17 10:37am Full-time RVing
RE: Preparing to winter SW US

There is a difference between the Mesa Marketplace and the Apache Junction Flea Market
BarbaraOK 12/19/17 10:11am Snowbirds
RE: compressor or tire inflator

Diesels have an air compressor, which has the added benefit of generating air to use for braking (for most DPS), air bag suspension, and most have an air tap that you can use for inflating tires, etc. as long as the engine is running.
BarbaraOK 12/18/17 06:32pm Full-time RVing
RE: Snowbirds' impact on the local economy.

A big part being overlooked by everyone except OP is the decline in numbers, and the increasing age. Maybe this is unique to the Valley? I wonder. After reading the replies to my thread about looking for a younger snowbird park, I concluded that park model parks are approaching a decline in demand. If a park is 70% full of park models, I will bet big that it will NOT sell out. IMO those days are gone and the demand will be a problem going forward. Which probably means the parks will go downhill, or transition to something else. You will never see a park at 100% park models because they would lose their unique zoning classification (at least here in AZ). All sorts of tax implication. So there is ALWAYS a minimum number of RV sites available. As to know demand, ALL of the park models for sale in our park last year, SOLD. In fact, they sent inquiries out if any one else was thinking about selling. In addition, several really old models were bought up by the park and removed to make way for. RV sites to keep park balanced.
BarbaraOK 12/17/17 03:11pm Snowbirds
RE: Activities vs Experiences.

I think that's real good sage advice Tom. Only real reason I brought it up was because I'm getting to that transition point in RV'ing. I had a lot of hours behind the wheel driving down this winter where my mind was working over things for what a next stage could be. We transitioned to a Park Model for 6 months of the year in AZ - time to recharge batteries, get all medical prods/poking done with enough time to adapt to new meds or have that skin abnormality removed, do shopping, museums, arts programs, some desert geocaching, etc. Then in the spring as the temperatures go up, we stock up the motorhome and head out for 6 months of travel.
BarbaraOK 12/17/17 10:46am Snowbirds
RE: Snowbirds' impact on the local economy.

BarbaraOK 12/16/17 09:00am Snowbirds
RE: Activities vs Experiences.

Experiences on nice warm dry sunny days and activities on cold rainy days. FYI - 'cold rainy days' are not allowed in AZ in the winter. Rain would be welcome, but it has been months since any has fallen in Mesa.
BarbaraOK 12/15/17 09:38am Snowbirds
RE: Full-Time with no toad

JimX, we don’t spend time in a park, rather we are out and about exploring an area, geocaching, visiting small boutique wineries, all sorts of things where are small car just fit in. Even 24’ Class C would be too big.
BarbaraOK 12/13/17 11:46am Full-time RVing
RE: Texas domicile info

If you are going to domicile in TX, you should be asking questions on Escapees forum, www,rvnetwork.com
BarbaraOK 12/13/17 11:43am Full-time RVing
RE: Air Quality: Yuma and Q

Santa Ana winds go east to west - not a problem for those east of the fires.
BarbaraOK 12/10/17 12:51pm Snowbirds
RE: Full-Time with no toad

Come back when you have figured out that it really isn't working well and let us know what toad you are thinking about getting. Barb
BarbaraOK 12/08/17 10:52am Full-time RVing
RE: Youthful 55+ parks in Arizona

Responding to the comments by Barbara about Yuma: We are at Fortuna de Oro (Cal-Am) for the second year. We have 2 potlucks in 6 months. In both cases, the turkey & ham are provided, along with live music for dancing after. We have a full service restaurant & bar, multiple newer sports courts, a golf course & happy hours and dances regularly. We have found similar facilities in Yuma at West Wind. I would agree that not all parks are equal... It isn't that the park itself has pot-lucks all of the time, but from what we have seen in Yuma, and talking to friends that spend part of their time in Yuma, the cliques that arise all seem to spend inordinate amounts of time having potlucks. Most of the people we know that spend all or part of the winter in Yuma talk about their friends and all of the things they do with their friends at each other's rigs, never about any cultural activities, concerts, shopping, fine restaurants, etc.
BarbaraOK 12/07/17 12:01am Snowbirds
RE: Youthful 55+ parks in Arizona

Palm Springs is great if you have a LOT of money and like to either golf or play tennis (or both). We have always run out of things to do after 2 weeks. Like the Phoenix area better, especially for the active arts venues. Yuma seems to just be a series of pot-luck dinners. We stayed there a week, once, which was about 4 days to long. YMMV Barb
BarbaraOK 12/05/17 08:10am Snowbirds
RE: Youthful 55+ parks in Arizona

There is always a large turnover of park models each year in the park where we have ours. Often one of a couple will die and the other moves in with kids, etc. Sometimes they sell the units very cheaply (that's how we got ours) or the units are so old they are 'sold' to a removal outfit. Then the park has a new site for RVs for the coming year and that site may become a park model again or may not, just depends. The parks need to have a certain number of RV sites to remain under the taxing area of an RV park not a mobile home park. We don't do a lot in the park because to us the 'reigning clique' is too old and inhospitable. But then we like jazz, not C&W, don't play cards, don't drink to excess and stagger around the park at 7:00 pm, etc. We do visit many of the arts centers in the valley, usually have 2 or 3 concerts at the Musical Instrument Museum, a couple at the Mesa Arts Center, or Scottsdale, or Chandler, etc. We have a lot of things to do during our time here, and then in the evening we come home for the night. This is our recharge time (including medical appointments, etc) before heading out each spring for more adventures. Really look at what you like to do and then find the area where those things will be available. For us it was the Phoenix area and there were many more choices of parks in Mesa than elsewhere in the Valley. We spent a couple of years doing a week or two in many of the parks to find the ones we liked, gradually increasing to 2, 3, 4 months before buying our park model for our winter recharge.
BarbaraOK 12/04/17 07:34pm Snowbirds
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