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Old 10-31-2015, 09:30 PM   #15
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We've wintered in the RGV once. Rates are much lower than Florida, and temperatures are almost the same as FL all winter. There is one down-side, wind; the locals and returning snowbirds/winter Texans refer to a 20 MPH wind as a breeze.

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Old 11-01-2015, 06:43 AM   #16
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As you can tell from the variety of responses, there is no right or wrong way to "snowbird". You've got to decide what feels right for you.

To quote one of our favorite Disney movies..."Adventure is out there - go find it"

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Old 11-01-2015, 07:25 AM   #17
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Thanks everyone. Part of the fun of traveling is not having a detailed plan, maybe just a general idea. You have given us many ideas that will help guide us as we start this next adventure.
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SW this year...FL and Texas are both supposed to be wetter and cooler than normal due to the El Nino...unless you can afford to go deep Southern Florida.
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Old 11-02-2015, 11:15 PM   #19
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Going to Quartzite AZ as first timers leaving middle of Dec we have res for Jan 5th. Staying for a few months. I have it pegged @ about 1768 miles. We'll get there when we get there we are retired . Also planning on 2 water tanks a 7 & a 6 to get us south enough. Not sure yet on the toad in tow yetels.
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Old 11-03-2015, 08:19 PM   #20
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Texas our choice

We also live in Wisconsin and we do go to Texas every winter leaving here around the 10th of December. Our first night we spend in the Walmart parking lot in Litchfield IL. We carry water in jugs for flushing the toilet. (our basement area is heated). The next two nights we spend at the Cahokia RV Parque in Cahokia IL (East St. Louis) visiting our son who lives in St. Louis. When we leave there we head SW, going around Little Rock on the east bypass and heading to Texarkana where we turn south and spend the night in the Atlanta TX Walmart parking lot. If that is full, and sometimes it is, we go a bit further to the Marshall TX Walmart. The next day we head SW again, bypassing Victoria and crossing over to Alice where once again we spend the night in the Walmart parking lot. The next morning is a short hop to the RGV, Donna TX in fact where we stay until mid March. Our park is not huge and there are many smaller parks in the RGV. We know everyone in our park and it is reasonably priced. It's not a perfect park by any means but it is centrally located and we are happy there. There are many things to do in the RGV. We like birding and outdoor activities and there are plenty of opportunities for those kinds of things. South Padre Island is an hour away and there are also malls, flea markets and everything in between. HEB is a great grocery store and Mexico is also handy where the dentists do excellent work and are much more reasonably priced than our local Wisconsin dentists. There are also some very good medical facilities in the RGV. I do have to say that the last two winters have been quite cool/cold and lots of rain. Unfortunately, with El Nino the whole south/southwest including Arizona looks to be wet again this winter season. No matter where you go, have fun and watch the weather forecasts on the way down.
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Old 11-05-2015, 12:42 PM   #21
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We go to Wisconsin every year, the last 2 weeks in July. We go for the EAA Convention.
Been staying in the same campground the past 14 years.
The summertime temps are nice in Wisconsin, compared to ours. But when I retire, I'm looking forward to being able to go to South Texas for a couple/few weeks in the winter just to escape the ice storms we have.
South Texas is just about a long day south of Oklahoma City (home).
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Wishing you happy travels. If you are going as far as Tucson and like to move around consider going a little further west to the Parker / Lake Havasu area lots of nice places along the Colorado River, with lots to see. Also you will be right by Quartzsite, which every motor homer should experience, love it or hate it, but a true MH experience.
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If you are in North East Florida and need a place to park for the night, try Osceola National forest Campground. It has no septic hookup but has electric and water.

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