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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
RE: Medicare Supplement Plans, All equally accepted on the road?

My school also offers regional plans, but we wouldn't be interest in them. The three supplemental plans we'd be interested in all state that they are for people who live anywhere in the country, and will be accepted by any doctor or hospital in the country who accepts Medicare. I'm just wondering if providers out west will balk at Tufts or Harvard Pilgrim which are known in New England. Both of those plans appear to be a bit better bang for the buck than the Blue Cross Blue Shield plan offered. This is what we have and have had no problems using it. We moved to primary care physicians in Arizona since that is where we spend our winters, Medicare pays and then our BCBS is billed and pays the rest. The only problem we have had is that one of our physicians has a group practice and they way they bill causes it to be rejected by the BCBS commupter (Medicare pays it) and we have to call each year and they make a manual correction and pay the bill. So I have one call each year, that's it. Otherwise, everything has been taken care of without question. Ours is through U Texas - so don't worry, and no problems. Barb
BarbaraOK 07/16/16 09:04pm Full-time RVing
RE: Detroit to Tucson...three weeks...?

You'd probably get to the southern Utah parks the second week of October or so. That would be an excellent time to visit them. It would be safe to take I-80 or I-70 from Detroit then drop down south on I-25 and perhaps take Colorado Hwy 50 across and into Utah. Not sure I would advise Highway 50 in October - - we come over the second week in Sept a couple of years ago and there was snow on the sides of the roads. Wouldn't want to do that one in October in a rig. If you have already done the norther route, when not go south out of Detroit, pick up I-40 across to Little Rock and across, maybe a side 2-3 days to Sante Fe, a couple of days in Albuquerque, the divert at Winslow (see if the girl with the flat-bed Ford is around) and head for Mesa, AZ then south to Tucson. Barb Barb
BarbaraOK 07/12/16 11:44pm Snowbirds
RE: Permanent snowbird site questions

For leveling, what does the manufacturer say - - you need to follow their instructions because when to level is a function of how the rig was built and squared up. Some manufactures say level, then extended, some manufacturers extend then level. Follow their instructions. I'd pull the slides in when not there. Just helps extend the longevity of those interior seals, plus streamlines the trailer so that wind/rain flows easier over the rig.
BarbaraOK 07/10/16 11:36am Snowbirds
RE: Your winter destination

We will arrive in Mesa, AZ the first week in October and leave usually by April 15th as it starts to get hot.
BarbaraOK 07/05/16 03:14pm Snowbirds
RE: One month and counting!

We have a park model in Val Vista and spend the winter there and travel in the motorhome for the summer (we're at Thunderbird in Monroe right now). We will probably do this for a few more years, then when it is to much work to handle the DP, we will spend most of the year in Mesa with maybe a couple of car trips to higher elevations during July & August. I love having the PM for the winter - leave all winter clothes there, all of the decorations, etc. After 9 years in the MH 24/7, it is nice to spread out for a few months and recharge the batteries. Hey Barb we tried to say hi while at Val Vista the first week of Feb 2015 and never found you home. We will be living at Lake Connor Park starting Aug 1st not far from Monroe, maybe we can meet up with you guys. Chris We'll be on the Oregon coast by then. But give us a heads up when you get to Mesa and we will arrange somehting.
BarbaraOK 07/04/16 10:47pm Full-time RVing
RE: Camping prices!!!

Groundhogy, You're on the East Coast - not sure what you expected. Just how much research did you do before deciding that fulltime RV would be inexpensive and could be done with no income. BTW - not sure what you mean by no income - do you mean you are retired living off savings or have NOTHING coming in to support you?
BarbaraOK 07/03/16 09:53pm Full-time RVing
RE: Camping prices!!!

Traveltrailer, I think the OP said aboard not abroad, meaning the RV is their only home.
BarbaraOK 07/03/16 09:52pm Full-time RVing
RE: One month and counting!

We have a park model in Val Vista and spend the winter there and travel in the motorhome for the summer (we're at Thunderbird in Monroe right now). We will probably do this for a few more years, then when it is to much work to handle the DP, we will spend most of the year in Mesa with maybe a couple of car trips to higher elevations during July & August. I love having the PM for the winter - leave all winter clothes there, all of the decorations, etc. After 9 years in the MH 24/7, it is nice to spread out for a few months and recharge the batteries.
BarbaraOK 07/02/16 12:04pm Full-time RVing
RE: Need affordability campground suggestions close San Fran CA

I wasn't aware that San Francisco and "affordable" ever fit in the same sentence I agree, I almost snorted my coffee as I read that. :B Seriously where is it that you want to be near? How far a drive do you consider acceptable? Figure a minimum of $50/night for parks if you are lucky.
BarbaraOK 06/25/16 10:30am Full-time RVing
RE: Question to the full Timers Out There Or Soon To Be

No you haven't done everything. You will never know the freedom of not having to go back for X,y, or z. It is so liberating. And fulltiming isn't an extended vacation. It is entirely different. Those who stay in vacation mode never make it as Fulltimers.
BarbaraOK 06/24/16 06:55pm Full-time RVing
RE: Insurance on storage units

Best advice is to get rid of the 'stuff' you have in that unit. Sell it, give it away, etc. It is costing you $$$ to store stuff. Be truly free and get rid of that stuff.
BarbaraOK 06/19/16 10:44pm Full-time RVing
RE: Oh my...they live in a motorhome!

Where's the like button when I need it!
BarbaraOK 06/19/16 12:15am Full-time RVing
RE: Oh my...they live in a motorhome!

You need to change the type of people you are interacting with - never had someone say that to us. Barb
BarbaraOK 06/17/16 11:30pm Full-time RVing
RE: Taxes

rockhillmanor - the person filing a paper return could run into the same problem, their identity stolen and a return filed against their SS number.
BarbaraOK 06/13/16 10:35am Snowbirds
RE: Sales Tax on an used park model in Arizona

Fulltimeer50 there is a bunch of park models in the park we are in and the three sister parks. They pay county taxes since the park model can't be licensed for road use. Park trailers yes, they do tag them. We are in Mesa, AZ and we pay country tax on our park model. It isn't licensed by DMV. There is a difference between park trailers and park model units.
BarbaraOK 06/10/16 01:43pm Snowbirds
RE: Suggestions Wanted for Park in Casa Grande, AZ

Why Casa Grande? There is limited amount of things to do - 2 weeks and we were always bored, which is why we now stay in Mesa because there are just so much more to do and & see in the Phoenix area. Costs are about the same (electricity is usually cheaper) and we never smell the stockyards.
BarbaraOK 06/08/16 10:12am Snowbirds
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