I spent the last hour+ reading the different forums and trying to decide if this should go here or in the Fulltimers forum or somewhere else. Mods, feel free to move as you see fit.
Our MH is a 2014 Thor Hurricane 34E towing a 2005 Honda Pilot.
My wife and I are planning to sell our house in AR and live in our MH for 6-12 months with our 11- and 8-yo boys. My job allows me to live near any one of 150+ airports in the US, and we plan to take advantage of that freedom to live just about anywhere we want. Our boys are also homeschooled, making travel that much easier for us.
The long term plan is AR-AZ for a month or two where we'll see Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Tombstone and much more. Then we'll make our way to MT for a month to see Yellowstone, followed by Rapid City for Rushmore and the Badlands. After that we don't have any specific plans other than a camping trip with our current church in October back in AR.
The overall trip is too much to consider at once because it's based on when I have to work, when the house sells, etc. I thought I'd start with my specific plans to get to AZ and work from there as time goes by.
The plan is to leave the Little Rock, AR area and drive to Tinker AFB, OK if there's room at the on-base CG. We have friends in Newalla and will spend a day or two visiting them.
Day 2 will be from Oke City to Tucumcari, NM. Since it's just an overnight, we're not looking for much. Cactus RV is a converted motel parking lot that is fairly well rated on rvparkreviews.
Day 3 we'll go from NM to Holbrook, AZ. After reading reviews, I'm leaning towards OK RV park for a few days while we explore the Petrified Forest.
After that I'm looking for recommendations for a good family RV park. You know how most of you look for places without kids because you want quiet? Well, I need places with kids, playgrounds, noise, etc
In Arizona, my choices for airports to live near are either Phoenix or Tucson, and I can change as often as I want. I intend to spend some time at Grand Canyon, but that will have to be during an extended days off period. I want to spend about a month in the PHX area, during which time we'll either bring the MH up to one of the Grand Canyon parks or we'll drive up in the truck and get a hotel.
I also have friends in Tucson I'd like to see, so we might spend a few weeks there, more if we find a great spot.
In summary, I'm looking for the following:
1) recommendation for east OK City if Tinker is full
2) recommendation for Tucumcari (or another spot between OKC and Petrified Forest if you think it's better)
3) Recommendation for family-friendly long-term stay in PHX
4) "" for Tucson
I plan to update this thread with a trip report for the AR-AZ segment. In a few months you'll probably see me start asking for recommendations to get from AZ to the Yellowstone north entrance area.