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.
Go north! Come to Canada where your dollar goes further :)
We can't cross the border because my husband carries a handgun (he has a permit) for protection when on the road.
We also heard that the Canadian CGs are very expensive there in the summer. We would need a place for at least 4 months, maybe longer.
I think you are going to have a problem finding many parks that will have reduced rates for monthly stays in those areas, since they do all of their business for the year during the summer. We head north to Seattle in the spring and have to juggle finding spots between membership parks and other parks because monthly rates are non-existent just for the summer. Now annual spots are available, but there is no way I could spend the winter in the PNW now - - can't take the months of rain.
Yes, the cost of Canadian CG seems higher, but with the exchange rate so favorable now, I don't think that would be a problem. Lots of people arrange to store their guns with gun dealers in border states (like Maine) and pick them up on their return to the states. We loved the Maritimes - especially Nova Scotia.
For a monthly stay, you might want to try Pumpkin Patch outside of Bangor, Maine. They did do monthlys when we were there, but that has been several years ago. But it was a great park and we used it as our base to see Bar Harbor, Arcadia National Park, etc.
Just did our registration for the car. We 'live' in Livingston, but have been out of state for the past 4 years. We do the renewal online, I certify that we are out of state and will have the car/motorhome inspected when we return to the state.
In the scheme of things, these are really pretty trivial and easy to work out.
We purchased our park model last fall. Transferred funds from investment account (well over $10K) to checking account electronically. Next week went into a bank branch here in Mesa and said I need a cashier's check in the amount of $X (well over $10K) made out to Y. Took 5 minutes for them to get check typed out, etc., and I walked out with the check, went over and closed on the park model. Not a problem at all. There was an electronic trail that can be followed if needed.
Hastert was convicted of lying to the FBI about his transactions. It is the lying that usually trips them up.
Most of the ones in Mesa that I know about have both rentals from the park as well as private rentals. I know that at ours, the gal that does the sales also has a list of rentals by the park and by owners. You just need to call the parks and see. I know that our park has at least one park model that hasn't sold and is rented out.
The media streaming technology is changing so fast that within a few years you'll be able to get whatever content you want via the internet. More and more cell services are offering unlimited data packages. Unless you need to make the change now, I would wait to see what is coming....
I use my Netflix, Amazon Prime, VUDU and HULU more now than I do the Dish service. I can watch what I want to watch when and where I want to watch it.
You haven't lived until you've watched the Godfather movie on your iPhone.
There are indications the media streaming is the next thing...recently I wanted to buy the new James Bond Movie. I discovered Sam's Club no longer sells DVDs. I found it at Best Buy but even the DVD offerings there have been reduced.
Which is fine if you have unlimited broadband to your S&B. When you fulltime and have an air card, no such luck. What's good for people in S&B often doesn't work for fulltimers.
Depends on who runs the thermostat, most women are kinda colder blooded than most men, so higher the temperature the more you gonna pay. If you are an active person away from your rig temps will be lower, however if you are a stay in the trailer couple the cost will be more.
And a lot of older women have high internal temperature generation!:p
$75 is the highest we've ever paid and that was when it was pretty cold for several nights (into the 20s at night).