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Old 11-17-2015, 02:39 PM   #29
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Belize is wonderful and friendly and the cops were incredibly helpful. Belize City is a Crime ridden hell-hole. The rest of the country is quite safe. There are only three or so RV parks in country. Mike and Terri Church's RV guide is 6 years out of date. Most of the places we tried to use 3 years ago in Belize were closed. Inglewood near San Ignacio is great (about two hours from Tikal in Guatemala) and the owner is delightful.

We really like Yucatan which has one of the very lowest murder rates in world, about 2 per 150,000 (we were in Honduras 18 months ago and passed through San Pedro de Suvla by bus, murder rate of 150 per 150,000, yes they are ranked number one - concertina wire around bus station, three armed guards, metal detectors - they took my pocket knife away).

When I say cops in Belize were helpful and friendly. The signage in San Ignacio was terrible and we went down the wrong way on a one-way road (that goes over a narrow Bailey Bridge). Elaine was backing up and two cops showed up, the chief of police showed up. The held up traffic and guided us into another road. The chief of police asked where we were headed and said he understood the problems with signage. We told him Inglewood, and he was friends with owner. He then told the two cops to guide us there.

Cops in Yucatan are quite helpful, the millionaires and billionaires who own the tourism industry want people to return.

The trick to travel in Mexico and Belize is: fairly early start, stay in your lane, not speed, go through cities at other than rush hour, and drive only 4 to 6 hours a day (particularly at age 75). There are only two traffic nightmares going down: Puebla and Villahermosa. There is a bypass 100 km north of Mexico City, the Arco Norte, and it is a delight: divided 4-lane and little traffic; however, no fuel stops for 120 miles. We have 35 gallon main tank with a 45 gallon Transfer-Flow auxilliary (as noted earlier). We get 10 to 13 miles per gallon so we have close to 800-900 mile range.

Not sure of the Emotocon for your VPs wife: I think it might be prissy but googled and it said "...I have taken the high road and wish to be praised accordingly!" Prissy might work
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Old 11-17-2015, 03:59 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by Snowman9000 View Post
Cathy, we are up near Joliet. So it takes us the better part of a day just to get through the state. We got advised by friends who had been going to AZ for the winter in their RV. Their advice was not to plan on going I-40. It might be possible, but you have to watch the forecasts and be ready to drop straight south whenever the next day was going to have snow or ice. In fact we have only used I-40 once, when it was so cold everywhere that we had to stay in motels until we reached Las Cruces NM. The southerly route through TX takes about another day. If possible, on the third stop, we take a day off.

As far as AZ, so far we have stuck to the Phoenix and Tucson areas. We like state parks and the Maricopa county/regional parks, which are just like state parks if not better. The latter book up in advance, so you might not have any luck there on short notice except for their overflow sites. Some of those are nice, some are not. The overflow at Cave Creek is good enough to be worth stopping in a pinch. The park itself is great, which is true of all of them. Sites are huge. You can cancel reservations if need be. You might have some luck getting into Tank Mountain Park on short notice. Prior to last year, they did not have a dump station, which held down the demand. It might take a few years for word to get around.
Here is a website for the regional parks:

We have stayed at Catalina SP by Tucson. Half the sites have electricity and water, half do not. If you are willing to dry camp, you can get in on short notice. Same thing at Lost Dutchman SP by Phoenix.

If you want to be in a commercial RV campground, there are many. One that has had openings when we needed them was The Arizonian RV Resort, which is way out at the end of Gold Canyon, south of Apache Junction. It's beautiful desert out there. You can go walk in the desert right from the park. We would walk our dog in the desert.

There are parks in the Casa Grande area, right between Tucson and Phoenix. We have not tried that area yet. Palm Creek RV Resort is highly regarded. Bottom line, without reservations, you might have to hunt a bit, but spots are out there.

Once you try a little dry camping, you might find it very agreeable, because it opens up a whole world of opportunities out there. There is a huge network of pretty CGs at Roosevelt Lake, all are dry camping. As in the state parks, there are good restroom and shower buildings.

Then there is Lake Havasu, Quartzsite, and Yuma, to name the other big areas. We have not even made it out to them yet. My impression is that you could always find a commercial spot in Yuma. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

Really, the attractions of AZ versus FL are the dry sunny days, the desert experience, and feeling of wide open spaces. South FL is warm when no place else is, is more crowded which also means a more familiar type of civilization. AZ is more about getting away to someplace warm, sunny, outdoorsy, and completely different.
Thank you very much for some good info. Mrsbrain and I will check it out, thx

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We are planning on a Jan 5th arrival Quartzsite.
I'll have the coffee on.
Ok lets c what happens haha lol
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We totally agree on what Snowman9000 recommended for Arizona - EXCEPT Casa Grande. It has no appeal to us - flat and dusty.

We've been to all of the Maricopa County parks in the greater Phoenix area as well as Catalina State Park in Tucson. Actually, we've stayed in all the state parks and volunteered at Lost Dutchman in Apache Junction - a beauty! We also enjoy Roosevelt Lake at Cholla national forest campground - dry camping but fine with us. Quartzsite in January is a must if only for a day or two. Lots of boondocking in the Yuma area, too. There are many neat places in Arizona.

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