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We tried the desert last winter I thought I would like it spent 5 weeks between Yuma to Tombstone we had enough and could not get back to Texas fast enough I suppose I will be a Winter Texan the rest of my life


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5 weeks between Yuma and Tombstone - ugh. Lots of better places to be in the desert in Arizona than down there.

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wejust finished our 8th year of camping near Quartzsite. Started out in rv parks, then about 3 years ago, found Rainbow Acres, outside Q. These are lots in a development individually owned. We rent from an owner and have really enjoyed ourselves. Each lot(there are about 500) are approx 100x100'. We rent with another couple from Reno Nevada and we do an annual rental.It figures out to 100.00 a month plus electric and water for the year.for each couple. Best deal we ever made. We are there from Nov 1 to April 2. Each lot is different, most are surrounded by the mexican brick walls and most have a rolling driveway gate. Since it is not an rv park, there is no pool or planned activities. We are 4 miles south west of Q. We do shop the rock and gem vendors in the winter and belong to 2 local metal detecting clubs. Hubby has a claim to prospect for gold on. He gets a little gold in the winter, but its his hobby and not a job. We enjoy the weather, and yes you do need heat at night and early morning, but ever so pleasant during the day. The BLM land is a good deal, but we are way to wimpy to dry camp. Bring our Canadian satellite with us for tv. I know of one owner in our area looking for a tenant to share a lot with friends of ours from Montana.
Bouse is a little too far from Q for us. Nice area, I know Coyote Ridge park, it seems clean and cared for. Closer to Parker for shopping and casino recreation! There are about 70 rv parks in Q and a few in Brenda at exit 31 off I-10. Do your planning and have a great time. Dona


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Alliecaet wrote:


We are on a budget so need to stay under $400.00 a month. But we are traveling with 3 dogs. Many places allow only 2 or charge per pet per day.

Belle is only a 3 season TT so it has to be warm.

Thanks for any help!!


That 3rd dog may be a problem. I would choose FL for the winter. That's where we go for 3 months. Full hookups = $395 a month plus electric.


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It depends on your personal definition of warm. A frequent visitor to Houston, I consider it to be warm in winter, at least as warm as I need it to be.

If Houston is warm enough for you, then any of the coastal counties, and next tier in from the coast, from NW Florida to Corpus Cristi would work, and would be relatively inexpensive in winter. The Gulf of Mexico puts some limits on how cold it can get, how long, in these areas. As you go further inland, frost is more likely.

Most of central and western Florida, north of Tampa, is low risk of frost most of the time, but can have short hard freezes.

The Atlantic coast from Hampton Roads to the south, and almost all of the Pacific Coast, are frost free most of most winters, just not as warm, on the average, as the Gulf Coast.

If Houston's not warm enough, then you will be looking for places on the southern tips of the country. So is everybody else, thus they get expensive. South Florida and California from LA to the south are consistently warm and consistently expensive.

Texas south of San Antonio and Corpus Christi (southernmost place on Gulf Coast with history of snow) are less expensive than south Florida and southern California.

I know a lot of people have moved to the southwestern deserts to escape winter, but my experience has been spring and summer visits only. I know I wouldn't live in the Mojave or Sonora year round for whatever is the winter experience.


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What a helpful post, thanks all.

It's looking likely that I'll be full-timing by this winter and I've been wondering about inexpensive places to stay. Quartzite has always been high on mny radar but I never knew the exact price before, it's hard to beat $185 for the season if I can get my solar in place by then.

I'm working as I travel, so I either need to find a reasonable priced park where I can get work nearby, or save up enough this summer to carry me through BLM boondocking - even though the camping fee may be cheap I still gotta eat.


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BeckyIO wrote:


It's looking likely that I'll be full-timing by this winter and I've been wondering about inexpensive places to stay. Quartzite has always been high on mny radar but I never knew the exact price before, it's hard to beat $185 for the season if I can get my solar in place by then.

This is the BLM fee for boondocking. You are parked in the desert, there is no camp or water or anything. When you go to work, you leave your rig just like that - in the desert. Private parks in these area charge from $180 a month, plus electricity.

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Thanks for the help everyone. We will be in Texas.


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There are many places in the southwest. In Calif., Az, N.M. etc. One of our favorite areas is around Yuma Az. Close to the Mexico border and plenty activities. Prices vary from your price range to the top of the hill properties. Benson, Casa Grande, and St. David Az. are also great in the winter. Search the internet, there are many things you can get by using your fingers on a keyboard. Good luck and happy RV'n.

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Posted: 06/18/12 10:05am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

WE found a nice park Copper Mountain RV, about 30 miles east of Yuma. Clean, and some activities, and super camp hosts! This was great for ATVing but don't know about 3 dogs, that may be a problem. Rates are very reasonable,around $200 plus electric and as Yuma is only 30 minutes away worked great for us.

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