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Old 01-13-2013, 09:24 AM   #1
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Best place to winter for full timers

Getting ready to do full time and would like opinions on favorite rv parks.
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You might need to give us a little more info on your preferences. Do you like resort-type places? Or prefer dry-camping? Water? Desert? Activities? Hiking? Golf? City? Wilderness?

Most people winter in either SW (California, Arizona), Texas or Florida. We've tried all three and prefer the SW, mostly because we enjoy a mix of beach and wide-open desert for boondocking. We spend part of the winter at a park in San Diego (we like Santee Lakes and Mission Bay RV Resort there) and then the rest of winter free-camping in the desert on BLM land
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Like the beaches. We r real rookies.
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Well the beaches are great in San Diego, CA. Just spent a month there playing, surfing, kayaking, beach bumming etc. Mission Bay RV Park is right on the bay and does monthly winter rates of $800 all inclusive. This is what our Dec looked like:
http://wheelingit.wordpress.com/2013...-san-diego-ca/

You can get cheaper inland. For example we paid $520/mo + elec at the spa (Sam's Family Spa) in Desert Hot Springs, CA. This is how that month looked like:
http://wheelingit.wordpress.com/2012...into-the-wild/
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:16 PM   #5
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This may not help but, from a working stiff stuck up north here in Wisconsin anywhere above 60 degrees would be good. The high here today was 15 degrees. Jim
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Well...let's see what we have going on this year. Snow in the Rio Grande and west Texas, coldest morning in Los Angeles in 22 years, heavy rains in the gulf coast region. Meanwhile, I've been down here in south Florida since Thanksgiving...and have not turned off the A/C yet. Temps in the '80s every single day, lows in the '70s, dry as can be. Maybe that is why they have such long waiting lists at the few reasonably-priced campgrounds down here?
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:22 AM   #7
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Best Place to Winterfor full timers

We are in Austin Texas since Jan 3rd and it is COLD we had so far 2Days of nice warm days rest of time rain cloudy and wind it is WARMER back home in NJ .You have to go to Juma AZ or FL. and Calf to get warm.Just remember SPRING is around the corner. Save travel to all.
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Some suggestions of places we know well and could reccomend.

Chula Vista RV and MArina south of San Diego

Rincon Country West RV Tucson Arizona

Santee Lakes Recreation RV East of San Diego

Pechanga RV, Temecula California

We are currently at Sands RV and Golf Resort Desert Hot Springs Ca.

We have stayed at Emerald Desert in Palm Desert but they priced us out of winter long term

Lake Havasu is a nice area on the Colorado River

North of Santa Barbara is Flying Flags in Buellton. Puts you in striking distance of lots to see and do in that area.

Lot's of people like Yuma a wide variety of places in all price ranges. Basically economical, a lot for your money.

But it is Yuma, not San Diego or some of the other places of more variety of lakes, mountains, beaches, deserts. San Diego offers all that within range of a days drive.
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We just started our full time adventure leaving Michigan in November 2012. Here in Bullhead City AZ we are at a park that is only $345 mo. all inclusive its not a fancy park but its nice. Its about 1 hr. from many things to do we are thinking of staying here for 2 to 3 months. You can spend $$$ for other parks it just depends on your budget and what you want in a park.
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AZ, may be out of your travel range, but the DW and I realy like it here, Jan average day time temps in mid 60's although we're in the midst of the longest cold snap, 5 nights of frost in a row, in 25 years.
We're paying $345 + power & cable internet for a site with river view in a park with golf ( 9 hole ) included. 1/2 hour south of Lake Havasu City, 15mins. north of Parker AZ. 3 hrs to Palm Springs, Vegas or Pheonix.
The best place for you will depend on your activities, travel range, price range, and weather expectations.
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Here are two:

Emerald Beach RV Resort. Near Pennsacola.
Beach. Sand. Navy air museum, etc
http://www.emeraldbeachrvpark.com/

Sundance 1 RV Resort. Casa Grande AZ
Much to see and do within an hour in the Phoenix and Tucson areas.
http://www.sundance1rv.com/intro.html
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