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Old 08-16-2015, 12:21 PM   #1
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Winter in Tucson

We are thinking about spending Jan and Feb, 2016 at the Lazy Days/KOA campground in Tucson, AZ. Has anyone stayed there? Is it a safe area? Anything we should know or look out for? All information will be appreciated. This will be our first big trip coming from the NC mountains to AZ will be a big change.
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Well, I'm biased because we stay at Voyager RV Resort. Lazy Days has a lot less activities then Voyager. It's in a busier part of town but you are closer to Camping World, Wal Mart and Costco. It has razor wire all around the park on the top of the fence. I don't know if they have had issues or are trying to prevent them. Did you check www.rvparkreviews.com for all the parks in Tucson?
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Tucson in the Winter is safe and the weather is really good. Your location there is right in the center of a lot of RV stores and shops.
If you are looking for something more rustic it is not a good choice, but you should be fairly safe there.
There aren't many places better than Tucson to spend the winter. Price, weather and location are hard to beat.
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we stayed there the first week of June this year for 5 nights. A lot of concrete and asphalt.. Lemon, Grapefruit and Orange trees.. Don't provide much shade but do supply you with free fruit.. It is a very safe park.. They close the gates after about 10pm but have a guard to open for you.. There was always an empoyee roaming the park in a golf cart.. In the winter we stay at Justins Diamond J, it is out towards Old Tucson and the Desert museum.. This will be our 4th winter there starting Dec1.. We really like this location.. We do a lot of desert hiking and it is a perfect location for that.

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Thanks for the info. One reason we need to be close to town is that our Corgi, Bailey, will be finishing chemo for lymphoma here in NC in mid Dec. Then he will need a monthly check up for awhile. I found a canine oncologist 11 minutes from the KOA campground and will be working with our oncologist to set up a visit schedule in Tuscon. Smartest thing I ever did was get pet medical insurance for Bailey because it is paying about 75% of his chemo treatments. He is only 5 1/2 and since there is no cure for canine lymphoma this trip is kinda a bucket list trip for him. But, thank God he is in remission right now and the hope is that the remission will last for a few years.
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We were there in april and it's a really clean place. as mentioned there are fruit trees all over so you can pick your own each morning. I found no problem with the area and it is close to the Pima Air and Space Museum which I think is a must see.
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There are 2 really good veterinary specialty clinics in Tucson. Veterinary Special Center of Tucson (VSCOT) and Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialists. One is on La Canada and the other on Fort Lowell. Lazy Days is in a rather commercial area of town but fairly central and easy to travel to and from (right off of Interstate 10) You'll have no shortage of things to do in Tucson . Check the dates for the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show and Fiesta de Los Vaqueros, two of the most popular events in the area. The downtown has been newly renovated with a modern trolley and lots of restaurants and shopping opportunities.

Enjoy your stay here and best of luck for a positive outcome for your Corgi
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Personally, between the KOA and the Voyager, we'd choose the Voyager. Both have easy access to I-10 but KOA is right next to it so you'd get interstate noise. The Voyager would be a lot quieter and has so many more activities to offer.

Tucson is not a big city so getting to medical for your dog would not be an issue from the Voyager.

Wherever you stay, enjoy your time in Tucson!
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CorgiMommy, Here are two pic we took while at the Lazy Days/KOA campground in Tucson, AZ , during our stay in 2014. We are looing forward to a stay in 2016,


RVGR8escape: TUCSCON, ARIZONA FEBRUARY 17, 2014

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I've stayed at both Voyager and Lazy Days KOA. Both are nice. Voyager does have more amenities. Lazy Days is closer to most everything. Never felt unsafe there. I never noticed the freeway noise since you have both La Mesa RV and Lazy Days between the campground and the highway.
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If you feel like getting out of an "RV park" setting for a while and to somewhere more peaceful and scenic try Catalina State Park, one of the best state parks in the state. It's very popular in winter so smart to make reservations online (14 day max stay)
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I think it depends on what you are looking for in a campground. Voyager has a lot more to offer. Including a restaurant, surprisingly the food is not bad. Not sure about KOA, but during that time the Voyager winter rates will apply. With the interstate close by getting around town is really easy. I would make sure I had a GPS to use for getting around town.
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Well, I'm biased because we stay at Voyager RV Resort. Lazy Days has a lot less activities then Voyager. It's in a busier part of town but you are closer to Camping World, Wal Mart and Costco. It has razor wire all around the park on the top of the fence. I don't know if they have had issues or are trying to prevent them. Did you check www.rvparkreviews.com for all the parks in Tucson?
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Is that razor wire to keep undesirables out or to keep you in?
The last place I stayed at for 6 months had razor wire on the top of a fence to keep the inmates in.
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We are thinking about spending Jan and Feb, 2016 at the Lazy Days/KOA campground in Tucson, AZ. Has anyone stayed there? Is it a safe area? Anything we should know or look out for? All information will be appreciated. This will be our first big trip coming from the NC mountains to AZ will be a big change.
We had an enjoyable stay in Feb. of 2013 when it was Lazy Days.

No safety problem in our opinion and there was no noise from I-10. The park, and other parks in the area, do get noise from the military planes from the near by air base doing their thing but again not a huge issue.

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Close to many things to tour including the Pima Air Museum which, as a former pilot, was on my bucket list.

The acclaimed Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is held every year on the second full weekend of February (starting with a Thursday). It has set the standard for gem and mineral shows around the world, and is now the largest gem and mineral show in the United States. The Show is open to the public and presents retail Dealers only. Proceeds from the Show remain in the Tucson economy and are used to support mineral knowledge and appreciation.
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