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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
RE: Things you miss from sticks and bricks?

What I miss from our sticks and brinks. The quiet. No barking dogs. No smelly campfires. No loud music. No drunks. No people talking loud. You're staying in the wrong places.
BarbaraOK 07/23/16 03:27pm Full-time RVing
RE: Hard to move from low power rates

For the winter, electric is cheap in the Mesa, AZ area (Salt River Project). Highest bill last winter (all electric with heat pump) was $78 - and that includes standard washer & dryer. Normal is about $40-50 for any given month. Last October, days in the 90s, nights in the 60s, it was $78 Barb
BarbaraOK 07/23/16 03:24pm Snowbirds
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
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