Thanks for all the help everyone!! I also subscribed to the snowbirds. I'll be checking out the parks and areas that you have suggested. We have decided to stay in Il, for a month to get that montly rate. Hope I can stand the mosquitoes. I like to have some idea as to what is going to happen. So far we have 1 month in Il, and probably the next in Ohio, hubby wants to visit Cleveland.
Thanks for the screen tent for sewing idea. I have one! LOL Never thought of that.
If you want to be closer to a metro area, take a look at Skyline RV Resort just south of Queen Creek, which is south of Mesa near Phoenix. Have had friends stay there and they really like it. Big sites, active groups, etc. Our friend is a quilter and said there is a sewing group there that she gets involved with. Right around $400/month with electric INCLUDED.
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We have wintered in the Rio Grande Valley, Alabama Gulf coast, and Arizona. Our preference is Arizona because the weather is fabulous. With some research, you should be able to find something in your price range -- or look for a workamping job. You work a few hours a week in exchange for a site.
If you aren't familiar with workamping, just Google it and you will see it is a huge industry. There are websites that list job openings such as office and registration, maintenance, housekeeping, kitchen work, pool work, camp host, tour guides, nature preserves, visitor's centers, lighthouses, national parks, state parks and on and on... Check out the forum here for workamping information, too.
Most jobs are just an exchange of hours for site, but some jobs pay wages too. Summer jobs are much easier to find than winter jobs because they are more plentiful.
Workamping can allow you to stay at 5 star resorts for "free."
We've been camping for a few years. We started with a tiny 13 ft. TT and moved up to Belle. She is a 2010 Jayflight 22fb. I know she's not the ideal size for full timing but she's what we have to work with and we love her.
No one knows the ideal size for a full time rig, but if it works for you than it works!! You also might want to volunteer/work for site only when hibernating those cold months...saves money and can be fun. We do Florida state parks from Oct to March...
DW and I spent this past winter in the Rio Grande Valley. We workamped at a place Called Sleepy Valley Resort. Its a 55+ resort. We had a great time and the people were nice. We were asked to go back next year and we just might. The weather was great too. The wind is always blowing there. If you workamp then the site is free and you only put in 24 hours a week per couple. You'll have alot of off time.
Steven & Jane
Jo (ridgeback on the road)
1998 Country Coach Intrigue
Tried the Southwest, cold, cold and snow, cold and dust storms, rain and cold dust storms, high winds and cold.
North Floridee is alright if you can find space between all the other RVers and like cold and baaaad water.
In short stay home. It's crowded and baaaad everywhere.
I hear they had eighties in Michigan in March. If you gotta come come to Austin, Texas. Bring rope though. Those hills are steep.
"Tried the Southwest, cold, cold and snow, cold and dust storms, rain and cold dust storms, high winds and cold"...
"The Southwest" covers a huge area, but I can tell by your description, that you weren't in Yuma....we get no snow, only 3" of annual rain, and cold here is 50 degrees with an occasional rare morning frost. We do get some wind, and with it comes dust. Another benefit is low-low humidity and a lack of bugs.