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RE: Full Time Address - AZ

Using a campground address might work but if you're moving between campgrounds and not staying year-round, you still need a domicile address that can be used for everything year-round. Would the campground address handle your mail even when you move to another campground? You need an address for vehicle registrations, licenses, voter's record, medical insurance, Medicare, credit cards, etc. It should be one address used all the time for everything. That's where a mail service comes into play. It's your permanent address even if you move around. LOADS of people have their desert address (where they register cars, DL, etc) and then put in a mail forwarding for 4-6 months for the summer to a park up in the mountains, a mail forwarder, their relatives, etc. The park isn't involved at all - because each site has a separate address and is delivered right to the mailbox by the PO worker.
BarbaraOK 10/23/16 10:41am Full-time RVing
RE: South Western Campgrounds

I heard the same thing about the southwest.!!! My best friends sister had a cousins next door neighbor brother tell them that his uncle heard from his sister in-law that her aunt told her is was more dangerous. I would stick with Florida if i was you. Im just saying!!!!! :h I agree. Please stay in Florida. We are in Mesa, AZ for the winter and there really is a rough crowd around here. The men all seem to have white stick legs poking down from shorts that are too big, all have white hair (or no hair) and all wear mysterious caps with different logos and dark glasses. They clog parking lots, routinely drive the speed limits antagonizing the locals, they hold potlucks all over the place, have 'adult' beverages of every kind almost every night. Really just terrible and must be avoided at all costs. :B
BarbaraOK 10/07/16 08:25am Snowbirds
RE: Where you going this Winter?

We have arrived in Mesa for the winter. Temps under 95, nights cool so we can sleep without A/C, no lines or waiting at our favorite restauarants - we love Oct & Nov in the area.
BarbaraOK 10/05/16 10:35pm Snowbirds
RE: Rent a House/Duplex Rather than RV??

IN a neighborhood most people work all day leaving the area deserted except for us. When the young people get home they are busy eating, taking care of children and just trying to work up the impetus to go back to the grind the next day. They do not want old folk bothering them. No dances, card games, Happy hour etc.. Actually in a lot of RV parks I see this same thing as more and more folks move from a SB to an RV. You can pretty much have the RV park to yourself Monday - Friday from 7am - 6pm. Then about 6pm folks start to come home or out of the RV's and then about 9pm it is all over again as they all go to bed. NOW on the weekends there is life at the park once again.... until Sunday night. Not in 55+ snowbird parks in AZ.
BarbaraOK 10/04/16 09:32am Snowbirds
RE: Filling medicine prescriptions while traveling

Our insurance requires us to use mail order for maintenance meds. Get 90 day Rx with 4 refills - takes care of the year. Have them sent either to our mail forwarding address (get an email telling me they are in) or have them sent to a temporary address when we are staying longer in one location. Use Walgreens for short-term meds
BarbaraOK 10/04/16 01:42am Full-time RVing
RE: MA to AZ in early January

Will be heading to AZ this winter right after Xmas and was wondering about the weather along I-10, picking it up at New Orleans. Hoping to take a couple weeks along the route. Any need for concern about snow or ice. Having a hard time determining what the Mts are like in TX, NM, and AZ along I-10. It is a gradually climb un to the continental divide, no mts to worry about on I-10. Sometimes snow & ice. We've spent an extra day in Van Horn, TX, waiting for ice to clear, and same in Demining, NM. Just watch weather forecast and stay an extra day if weather is uncertain. Going west, just one permanent border check west of Las Cruces NM. Temporary checks are on side feeder roads, not interstate.
BarbaraOK 10/03/16 02:11pm Snowbirds
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
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