Where are you going that is going to have $2K for admissions?
If going to Disney Land - don't. Save your money for WDW in Florida on another trip. Much, much better.
Put small electric heaters in, you are already paying for electricity with site rental unless you are staying by the month. Only use propane when temps are below freezing to keep tanks warm. After 2 years we filled our propane tank (put in 18.6 gallons) last week - $28 was what we paid.
Could you break your budget into what you think you'll spend each month, that might make it easier for us to understand.
Senior pass age requirement is 62. BEST $10 you'll ever spend. Out west there are so many national parks/monuments that you really don't have to spend much for entrance fees - like 0 most of the time.
Jan-April means Desert areas of AZ and Southern Cal. Many different options, just all depends upon what you want to do.
What will you do about health insurance. This is a real biggy for those not old enough for Medicare and it changes all of the time. It sounds wonderful to just pack up and travel around, but you have to have sufficient funds to do that. For instance, our travel this summer has to be curtailed because we just had to replace a hydraulic pump on the motorhome - which comes from England along with a thermoplug for the cooling system ~$4K when all said and done. So summer travel will be a little more frugal this year.
A 75 year old mother would require some assistance but there are ways to provide it without being on site. Otherwise enjoy life and pursue happiness.
Excuse me. 75 is old? You mean we can only RV a couple more years and must hang up the keys. My mother is still going at 94 - everyone is different.
I have found that often taking a single naproxen sodium (generic aleve) does the trick because it helps with the little aches/pains of arthritis that are just below the surface. Reduce inflammation and the muscles relax and one sleeps better. Also some potassium (maybe a banana) helps with leg cramping. =
Rio Grande Valley, friendly folks and very low cost of living, surprising how many East Coaster's we have here.
I am doing my research .. to go there for the winter 2016-17...
1,700 miles each way... 4 days? maybe 5.
4 month or 5 ??.
my surprise .. limited number of public showers/rest rooms in some of these Parks/Resorts .
Why do you need public showers when sites are full hookups?
Worrying about propane levels and which valves are on and which ones are off is pretty far down near the bottom of the list of things I'm concerned about.
Oh the horror that I should have to put on a poncho and dash out in the rain to turn on a tank valve. I guess we've pretty well forgotten about what it was like when all we had was a tent and sleeping bags.
We have a motorhome, so we have to take the rig to have the tank filled, which means unhooking, driving to where ever there is propane, crawling under low bay door to get to the tank, etc., then back, and relevel, rehook up. Much easier to save the tank for furnace on really cold nights and use electric heat when we don't have to worry about keeping tanks warm. Plus electric is much more efficient than propane furnances. We haven't had to fill propane tank in over 2 years.
A heat pump is much more efficient than either a propane furnace or an electric heater down to around 32 degrees . Below that they usually have an electric strip to heat like an electric heater, again more efficient than a propane furnace. If you fulltime and try to stay in temperate places for the winter, a heat pump is the way to go.
Assuming your talking about going north to escape the heat. I think you will find that most parks in the north only have a few months to make their money, so they are concentrating on summer vacationers, etc., not on things that typical 'snowbirders' look for in the winter.
Really appreciate the reality check I'm getting from this thread. In my mind I want to be on the road forever, my SO wants the question "where will we end up when we come off the road" answered before being willing to give up the condo. I guess it really is magical thinking to believe life on the road wouldn't get tiring at some point.
Your mind may think that you can do all sorts of things, but your body ages and it will let you know that it is time to adjust some of your ideas to reality. :W
We purchased a park model in an RV park located in Mesa, AZ. We found that we really enjoyed Mesa in the winter, so now we 'spread out' alittle for the winter, put the motorhome in storage, and come spring, stock her up and go travel for the summer. And, this is also handy when a major problem with the motorhome rears its head, like it has this spring, we aren't confined to the overnight spaces at a repair facility, but get to stay in our place while the work (and horrendous wait for parts) is done.
My advice is much like some previous posts. I would recommend trying 3 different areas for a month each- and in varying parts of the southwest. If your interests are golf then maybe Phoenix area in Feb and do the Phoenix Open tournament. Rocks and gems? Then do Tucson in Feb for the gem and mineral show and do Phoenix in January and try out the Barrett-Jackson car stuff. Try Palm Springs, CA for a month. By the end of your stay you will have a much better idea of what you are looking for and just how many options you have!
March in Phoenix for all the Spring Training games. :B
My only problem is Gold Canyon is another 30-40 minutes added on to trips to get to all of the good shopping, restuarants, arts centers, performances, museums, concerts. Even a Starbucks is a good drive.
Well what do you like to do? There are a lot of things to think about when looking for a place for the winter. We spent the first winter trying all of the different parts of the state, Benson, Tucson, Casa Grande, Yuma, Quartzite, Havasu, Mesa, Gold Canyon. Sometimes a week, sometimes two, but in general we gave ourselves the opportunity to look around and see what the whole area had to offer. We then started doing longer stays in a couple of areas and eventually landed on Mesa.
We spent several years doing 2-3 month stints, gradually lengthened, and now have a Park Model in Mesa where we spend 6 months and the other 6 months in the motorhome traveling. We love the access to all of the arts centers, concerts, museums (love the Musical Instrument Museum in Northern Phoenix), loads of restuarants, shopping, close to the Superstitions for hiking, geocaching, close to Sedona for day trips, plus SPRING TRAINING during the month of March when all of the Cactus League teams are in the valley. We have also have now found physicians that understand our summer travel and work well with us.
We like Val Vista enough so that we purchased a park model here for our winter stays. You name it, you've got it in the park. Quick access to the Superstitions, lots of restaurants/shopping nearby, local Arts Centers in Mesa, Scottsdale, and Chandler are really very good, plus all of the activities at ASU, you can pick up the lite rail in Mesa to take to downtown Phoenix, and on and on.
an you use the parks for 100 nights or so a year, if so, you will probably save money IF you use them. We do about 100 nights a year, have been doing so for the past 10 years, save about $3000 a year over 'rack' rates.
If there are a number of Thousand Trails in an area you like, you should look into a Zone membership, it is ~ $500 for a year, no contract, 30 nights included in that cost, then $3 a night after that. Easy way to try membership parks to see if they are for you.
Maybe people should learn how to critically read the actual documents before going off half-cocked. Really, the whole issue was discussed on other forums and Escapees did lobbying to make sure the language was cleaned up.
While Casa Grande is ok I think you might be happier with Superstition Views in Gold Canyon, just east of Mesa. We found that 2 weeks in Casa Grande was long enough to see everything, and the wind from the west brought a lot of 'smells' from the feedlots, not to mention much more dust that the east side of the Phoenix area. Once in the 'Valley of the Sun' there are arts centers, museums, shopping, restaurants, flee markets, major medical centers, all within short drives, plus you can literally be up in the Superposition Mountains within a few minutes. We spend the winters in Mesa, and love our location.