Re Wickenburg, yes, there are pros and cons to it being a small town located 40 minutes from the Phoenix suburbs. That is a hesitation for us.
We would love to have all of the amenities of Phoenix, without the crush of people. And, the PHX metro area is growing by 100K per year!
I'm trying to figure out what "crush". We are in Mesa for the winter. 20 minutes and we are out in the Superstitions. Lots of hiking areas/geocaching is great. Now, we never get out in traffic during rush hour, so maybe that is the 'crush' you are talking about? Everything in the valley is laid out on a grid - really couldn't be easier to get around, at least on the east side.
We spent 2 weeks at North Ranch - which was about 1 week to long for us. We geocached all over the place, that was nice. But lack of restauarants, shopping, no cultural events, would mean it would not be a place we would spend several months each winter. We do at least a concert every month while we are here - Muscial Instrument Museum, Mesa Arts Center, Chandler Center for the Arts, Scottsdale Performance Arts Center, and the downtown Phoenix venues. We do museums (love going to the Heard on the light rail), love a wide variety of shopping/restuarant venues to pick from, and of course, the whole month of March for Spring Training. We do our 'back-to-nature' time from April to the first of October while in the Motorhome. For us, the park model in an RV park (pools,onsight grill, onsite salon, all other sorts of activities) just makes sense.
Swell1, You are paying a lot more than we do. Property tax on the PM is ~$110/yr. Water/sewer/trash is $30/month. Electricity runs us around $4-75/month while we are here ($75 being a cold month) and a flat $20/month while we are gone. Yes, we could have it turned off, but we have the house opened up for us before we get there, plus we have some things done that require them to get to use the utilities, so it is just easier to pay the flat monthly charge. Rent is less than $500/month. But each park will be different and it takes some time to figure out where you want to be and what you consider a reasonable cost. We spend 6 months here, then 6 months with the MH on the road. Best of both worlds for us.
Please do stay at a number of parks you are considering for at least a month or more to see if you want to be there. BTW - you can get a PM for $15K OR LESS in late September, early October when ppl decided they do not want to make the trip again or a spouse has passed away. Lots of models (yes they are older) are between $15K - $25K. We got ours for less than $15K and figure when we are down we will just sign it over to companies that pull the old ones out to use on construction sites, etc.
Flying Flags in Beulton, Vineyard in Vacaville, a few places in Gilroy one being Gilroy RV. Morgan Hill at Mapleleaf RV. Just a few suggestions of places I have visited.
we have tried all those. does gilroy stink ALL the time? (garlic capital of the USA)
it would be for 5 months per year
Only in September when harvest/processing is going on.
You really have some picky notions of what is available. We spend the winter in Mesa, AZ. East side of the valley gets very little dust (almost non-existent this year). Then there are people around, lots of Q-tips who do run their heating units (furnace, heat pump, etc) when it is cool. It might not seem cool to you, but everyone is different. Do you complain in the summer when people also run their air-conditioners?
Instead of listing what you don't like, why don't you give us a clue as to what you do like? Easier then to suggest some place for you to try.
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
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.
I think that is what I said earlier, AJ is rustic! Chris :W:W:W
I've seen rustic be VERY expensive. ;)
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.