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Old 06-23-2013, 09:29 AM   #1
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Snow Bird suggestions

We are full timers and looking forward to winter (Snow Birding),
Limited income from retirement omits resort living.
Been thinking Arizona or somewhere south. every year our friends disappear south and we sit here in Washington in the rain (24/7) we are starting to rust.
Need some ideas from our friends on irv2.
Name names and places. PLEASE
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:45 AM   #2
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There's Slap citySlab City or The Slabs (located at 3315′32″N 11527′59″W) is a snowbird campsite in the Colorado Desert in southeastern California, used by recreational vehicle owners and squatters from across North America. It takes its name from the concrete slabs that remain from the abandoned World War II Marine barracks of Camp Dunlap.
Several thousand campers, many of them retired, use the site during the winter months. These "snowbirds" stay only for the winter, before migrating north in the spring to cooler climates. The temperatures during the summer are unforgiving (105,110 and as high as 120 degrees F); nonetheless, there is a group of around 150 permanent residents who live in the Slabs all year round. Some of these "Slabbers" derive their living by way of government checks (SSI and Social Security and Social Security Disability) and have been driven to the Slabs through poverty. Others have moved to The Slabs to learn how to live off the grid and to be left alone. Still others have moved there to stretch their retirement income.
The site is both decommissioned and uncontrolled, and there is no charge for parking. The camp has no electricity, no running water, no sewers nor toilets, and no trash pickup service. Many campers use generators or solar panels to generate electricity. Supplies can be purchased in nearby Niland, California, located about four miles (6 km) to the southwest of Slab City.
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I didn't spend this much moneyon this RV to live in those conditions.
We spent a long week at quartsite a couple of years ago, which was plenty for me.
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There are many campgrounds in the Lake Havasu and Parker AZ area, you can look online for monthly costs, many are reasonable. We are volunteers with the AZ State Park system and get a free full hookup campsite in exchange for me working 20 hours a week in the campground office. A fun part time job with great people in a scenic location, life can't get any better. This winter will be our third season. Anywhere beats the winters in Illinois.

Campgrounds, Boat Rentals Lake Havasu and Parker Arizona Watersports
Here is a link to some of the campgrounds. Also just across the Colorado River there are many reasonable campgrounds on the California side.
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Fiesta RV Resort in Bullhead City was $400/mo with all the amenities and electricity included!

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Here is a link to California campgrounds
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RVTrader, I'll have to put that on my list of places to visit for a few days. DW and my self are always looking for interesting places to visit. I bet the people are interesting as well.

So many places to visit, so little time to do it. I want to see it All!
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Visiting a squatter's colony in an expensive motor home Kinda like living in a van down my the river
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There are also some reasonable parks around Yuma.
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Check out the Coachella Valley. Palm Desert area in Southern California. There are several good RV parks there.
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Rincon East RV park in Tucson. We have spent 6 winters there. Friendly people and plenty of activities. There is an article in the latest Motorhome magazine on the park. Message me if you want more info.
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We are full timers and looking forward to winter (Snow Birding),
Limited income from retirement omits resort living.
Been thinking Arizona or somewhere south. every year our friends disappear south and we sit here in Washington in the rain (24/7) we are starting to rust.
Need some ideas from our friends on irv2.
Name names and places. PLEASE
I can appreciate your comment about resort living. We just purchased our first MH and hope to get out of the Florida heat for 3 or 4 months in future years. This year it will probably only be for a couple of months - leaving here on July 10.

Depending on your budget, there are many places here in Florida where you can stay for $400-$500 per month. This park is about a mile from my house. It is very nice. Ocala National Forest - Salt Springs Campground
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Yuma, Arizona is not bad for the budget minded. Lot's of snowbirds there, the place is full of RV parks to suit every taste and budget. We only overnight there occasionally, just because we are heading somewhere else so I have not kept the names of places; an on-line search would produce places and rates.

Yuma is on the Colorado River, just down from Lake Havasu---so there are some fish hiding there.

One days drive to the coast and San Diego etc, and the same East to Tucson.
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You might want to look thru these sites for some places:
http://www.bandofboondockers.com/
http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en.html
http://www.camphalfprice.com/
http://www.escapees.com/
http://www.forestcamping.com/index.htm
http://freecampgrounds.com/
http://freecampsites.net/usa/
http://www.frugal-rv-travel.com/
http://www.fs.fed.us/
http://www.harvesthosts.com/invitation.htm
http://hasbeenthere.com/
http://www.overnightrvparking.com/
http://www.recreation.gov/
http://rvthereyetdirectory.com/
http://www.seeya-downtheroad.com/InformationPage/ThisLand.html
http://www.uscampgrounds.info/
http://rvunfriendly.com/
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