Depending on how close you NEED to be: Mapleleaf RV park in Morgan Hill is a lovely short stay and residential park. Probably about a half hour to Redwood City,it was 10 minutes from San Jose. My son used it as a basecamp for an extended stay early this year. Nice quiet town, good restaurants, right off the freeway...but traffic toward SF can be rough.
Near San Francisco...We often enjoy staying at Petaluma KOA. Yes it is a KOA but it is a gem in the collection. Paved, shade trees, well maintained, and just across the Golden Gate from the Tourist Pier District. Costco is not far down the road, which is a great place to get fresh crab far less expensive than on the boardwalk.
In the Napa area we often stay in Vacaville at the Vineyard RV Park off Midway Drive. The newer section is paved but back in. The older section, our choice, is earthen and well maintained. Lovely pool, huge dog run, rustic but very nice and friendly. In Vacaville our favorite restaurant is Tahoe Joes.
The Museum of the Atom (or something like that) It is on the campus of UNLV near the corner of Flamingo and Paradise. It is a small museum by big city standard but it has excellent displays of the history of testing the atomic bomb in the Nevada desert. Displays, running video clips from newscasts and TV show, equipment. It was a truly interesting experience.
The Aquarium at the Mandala Bay Hotel is lovely. We enjoy the Dolphin experience at the Mirage. For a day drive head East to the Valley of Fire. Beautiful desert environment, petrographs, and if you want a full day of touring you can take the back road (fully paved highway) all the way back to Las Vegas. Boulder City has many antique stores and museums.
Really, what is your point. You can look up the park on GoodSam or RVParksReview and get opinions, then you can go to the park website and look for pictures, even TripAdvisor lists a bunch of parks as does Yelp. Call ahead for a reservation, we often call while on the road, calling at noon and saying we will be in after 5pm. Last resort, if you get there and don't like the looks, move on...that is call the office, say you can't make it, and find another place. We have only applied this a very few times over the last 30 years. Some people like Resorts, some like National Parks, some like parking lots, and some like residential parks. Some of these shanty towns house traveling workers who must leave their residence while on assignment. Some are families that just don't want or can't afford a more permanent lifestyle.
Probably beats being homeless.
Anyway, to each his/her/its own.
Verizon Hot Spot works well for us. Campground internets are spotty, and often you must walk to the office or laundry room to get the best reception. Early morning and in the evening the band width is full from all the guests on line. Finding a Starbucks or McDonnalds is not a really good business like option. The Verizon Hot Spot is not as fast as the home cable, but it works OK across most of the Western USA (I can't speak for the East, haven't used it there). There are blackout areas, Yellowstone, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, but depending on your work requirement you can usually work around these. My wife tells here clients she will be off line for specific days. We can then check messages when we reach local coverage areas, again the town coffee shop, etc.
Works for us. Enjoy your ability to travel.
I understand you pain, anything under 55 is freezing to these bones. Williams Arizona is a great base and I really like Circle of Pines KOA. Indoor heated pool, very large sites, lots of big trees. We were there when they had an unexpected snow flurry (less than 6 inches) and they opened their Kamping Kabins to all the tenters on the grounds. Really nice people. We were in the MH, but all the same, really nice. Bearazona wild animal drive through park is a must see visit. Really. One fee gets you in, and you can drive through again if you want, we went twice. Really had and enjoyable day. The train to the Grand Canyon is a whole day train ride for a drive that only takes one hour. But if the weather is cold, it makes for a fun day. On a nice day I'd rather drive. In Sedonna the Pink Jeep ride or the Hummer Rides up into the hills makes for a fun afternoon of scenic views and Arizona history. We took the Eagles something-or-other train just south of Sedonna, that was also a fun, and interesting scenic tour of the back country. If you have time go North from Flagstaff to Monument Valley (Gouldings RV park). If you are from my generation and remember all the western movies you can look in any direction and remember the westerns of the past. Really indescribable, moving, natural wonders country. Utah has so many places to see, but if the weather is less than perfect you can head to Salt Lake City, I truly enjoyed my two stays at Salt Lake City KOA, be sure to visit Antelope Island on the Salt Lake...hard to find, only one road in across the lake, but fantastic, go all the way to the end to the old western ranch, well worth the trip. An of course there is the history of Salt Lake City and the Mormon Church. Temple Square is an amazing visit. I'm not Mormon, still a lovely visit.
Season to buy Really! In the spring it is the season because there is a push to start of the camping year. In the Summer it is the season because the new rigs are introduced and the old rigs must be moved off the lot. The Fall is the season to buy because the summer is over and the dealers want to move inventory before the slow winter starts. The Winter is the season to buy because sales are slow, weather is bad, and dealers want to move inventory before the end of the year. Get my drift. Find the floorplan that is right for you. Never fall in love with the rig you are negotiating on, and negotiate, realizing that the dealer in entitled to a fair return on investment, and you are entitled to a fair price. If you are both less than happy, you made a good deal.
You may want to contact an attorney, sooner than later. Yes you have a contract, but any prior knowledge by dealer or manufacturer could void that contract. Did anyone do an inspection? Did the tank leak during inspection? Does the dealer or manufacturer have a policy and procedure for inspection that may not have been followed? At this point in time you are definitely up against a wall and you need professional help.
Personally, I would only purchase something that is listed as towable in the FMCA guide book or the Motorhome Magazine guide, both published around January and very similar in content. Many 2015 Ford cars are towable without modification or effort, most GM cars are towable by pulling a fuse. Ford may have placed restrictions on the 2016 cars (noted in other threads). Again both the FMCA magazine and Motorhome Magazine offer numerous articles on what you need or want for fun towing. Basics are a towbar, baseplate for car, lights or lighting connection, and an auxiliary brake system. Each of these have many choices, and probably every choice is a good one. You will find that most people will post that what they have is best...but you must think of budget, convenience, and preference. Again, personally, I chose the Demco Aluminum tow bar, because it weighs in at about 25lbs, and I can handle it easily. Some tow bar weigh 50lbs, not for me. I had my lights in the car tied into the lights on the motorhome, some people prefer a light bar which can be removed and stored.
All up to you.
There is an article in Nov 2015 Motorhome Magazine.
The very first FMCA Rally we attended was in Oregon, years ago. We went alone, received our first timer ribbon, but we were really disappointed. We are not a gregarious couple, so we found we had a lot of alone time as groups gathered for breakfast and lunch. It was a few years before we attempted another rally, and the second time we knew someone who was going to be at the Rally who we could get together with. Now I'm older, less inhibited about RVing, and I will go out and talk with anyone about just about anything. Indio is not far from Palm Springs or Quartzite, and there is no reason why you could not or would not take a day trip away from it all. Last year we met up with some friends who were also at the Rally who chose to miss the evening entertainment to go Clubbing every night. Everyone has their own idea of fun. If you do decide to go either post or send a private message, we can make a point of meeting up.
Pride Mobility, we have the GoGo Traveler, the three wheeled mobility scooter, purchased 7 years ago has been used by both my wife and myself. We share based on who wears out first. I've replaced the two dry-cell batteries twice during that period, the batteries are available generically on the internet. It folds up and has been transported on planes, in rental cars, in the back of the Saturn Vue toad, and in our minivan. About 100lbs fully assembled, but I usually take out the seat and battery (both lift right off) making the unit about 50lbs so I can lift it myself. Most of the time someone is around and offers to help, even if I don't ask. There is a newer model with a Lithium battery which is 30lbs lighter, but I believe there are airplane restrictions on the Lithium battery. Retail price, then and now about $800
We find it a lot of fun, and we have gone three times. We are not members of a local club but we usually go with one or two other couples. During the day you are mostly on your own. Lots of vendors to visit, quite a few new RVs to walk through. There are craft activities every day, directed to the ladies, but I attend often with my wife as I am an arts and crafty person. There are also seminars all day on many different topics. Many of the seminars are sort of sponsored, that is they are given by people who are not directly selling something, but they have something to push or sell. Then evening entertainment, usually a lot of fun. The entertainment is professional but what I would expect from a Vegas lounge act. Good, not great, but entertaining. Your on your own for meals. There is a small contingent of food trucks (maybe 2) for ribs and BBQ, but food is really on you. Clubs get together, our small group rotates the dinner. Our one hesitation this year is El Nino...if it rains heavy the fairground will be a swamp. So our group will wait till December to make our decision.
I just started towing my 2015 Ford Explorer with push button start. I put it in the "Accessory On" position. When I went back to check after about 12 miles I did not see the "Accessory On" screen lit.
What is your experience?
You (I) have Good Sam for roadside towing...and I truly hope that we never have to use the towing service. Beyond that, AAA, CoachNet, GoodSam (note alphabetical order) only send you a licensed (not necessarily qualified)service technician/mechanic. The charges are on you. When I had CoachNet they sent out a tech and told me the charge would be $50, the tech, who did a wonderful job by the way, said he never agreed to that, he usually gets $75/hr. He was great, got us back on the road and I gladly paid his rate and gave him lunch.
My point, if I need service I will find an appropriate truck/RV service center and hobble there, or call Good Sam and be towed to the service center. Unless I am sent a Truck/RV specialist I'll find my own service.