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Old 06-04-2018, 12:21 AM   #1
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Full-timer Winter CG's and Why

Hey folks.... Would like a few suggestions as to where some of you full-timers spend the winter and why did you pick that location.....

I've been looking at numerous CG's in AZ and NV as well as a few in FL.....
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Old 06-04-2018, 10:12 AM   #2
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We did Florida one winter - bugs!
We did Rio Grande Valley (Texas) one winter - blowing dirt
We've spent all the rest in Arizona. First few years we moved around trying out different areas of Arizona before settling on Mesa, and then did a couple of years trying out different parks. We settled on Val Vista in Mesa as our winter location. Convenient, has lots of things to do in it, close to shopping, restaurants, light rail will be coming shortly to the area, all in all just suits us.
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Old 06-04-2018, 10:28 AM   #3
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When we FTd we traveled...we didn't hit the road to live in 280 sq.ft parked some where.
We got 'itchy-feet' if in one place too long



So we moved weekly/bi-monthly from place to place
Summer time we migrated north and then worked our way across the USA (either East to West or West to East) then as weather/temps changed we would begin out migration south and then across the USA (again East to West of West to East)


WE used secondary/back roads vs Interstates and stayed in City Parks/County Parks/COEs/Fairgrounds/Private---member only parks/Boondocked etc.
Rarely used the same route twice or stayed at same CG more then twice
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Old 06-04-2018, 10:32 AM   #4
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Full-timer Winter CG's and Why

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We did Florida one winter - bugs!

We did Rio Grande Valley (Texas) one winter - blowing dirt

We've spent all the rest in Arizona. First few years we moved around trying out different areas of Arizona before settling on Mesa, and then did a couple of years trying out different parks. We settled on Val Vista in Mesa as our winter location. Convenient, has lots of things to do in it, close to shopping, restaurants, light rail will be coming shortly to the area, all in all just suits us.


We spent most of last winter working for Cal-Am ,living at Tower Point , I was a delivery driver for food service , so I went to Val Vista daily.
We loved it there
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We travel all over the USA May - December. December - May we spend in Florida. Those are approximate months, but we're flexible. Last winter we moved around a bit in Florida as we wanted to try out different places. Although we really enjoyed Marathon in the Keys it was a tad too expensive for us for the whole winter. We ended up at a KOA on Pine Island and we really enjoyed it. It's away from the hustle and bustle of most of Florida.
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We traveled like Old-Biscuit's description above.

If this is your first winter I'd suggest not reserving for the full season somewhere that you're not familiar with. Everyone has different ideas of what is good. You may not like the immediate area, the traffic, the park.

Stay no more than a month and then move on to a different park or different area.

The three top destinations for winter are Arizona, Texas and Florida. They are all completely different . We like Arizona.
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My folks settled in Apache Junction Az for there winter stays. They rent a pad yearly at Weavers Needle resort. Seemed to be a good price point for them with a ton of activities and such. Dads getting older so pulling the 5th wheel all over is really out of the question so they sold the dodge ram and just leave the 5th on the pad year around. they come back up home to Colorado for the summer.
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Florida (Orlando) in the winter (Nov-Apr). I tend to move around every few weeks as I enjoy variety.
Next to no bugs that time of year.
Plenty of places to stay.
Only a week or so of temps at night below 40.
Next to no rain the entire time.
Plenty to do.
Shopping close by.
Docs are here and get all my annual checkups done.
Love Disney (mainly Epcot) but all the hotels and parks during Christmas is simply amazing.
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Good question! We had our 1st winter as full timers. We ended up spending about 3 weeks at a high end RV park/Casino (even with Passport America it was expensive). This was the end of 2017 and I was waiting for our TT membership to become active (I purchased a contract through a broker, saved $$$).

For another 3 weeks we went to El Centro California and were able to watch the Blue Angels practice almost every day. Wonderful RV park, and while in the area we checked out Yuma Az. As a result we will spend next winter in both El Centro and Yuma/Tuscon. And we will continue to use our TT membership whenever it makes sense.

There's my 2 cents, get out, explore and decide what works best for you!
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We did the traveling around the first year staying a week here and a week there. Did the Quartzsite thing for two years. Now we do December just south of Tucson in Western Way RV Resort. Then 3 months in Fountain of Youth near the Salton Sea California just an hour north of El Centro and 45 minutes south of Coachella. Love the desert climate during the winter months. Both parks have plenty of activities.

We take our time getting there from Niagara Falls as well as driving back.
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We searched every year for a campground in Florida that we felt welcomed in, could afford and liked. Never happened. So last winter we found Silverado Resort in Eloy, AZ and loved it. We were made to feel welcomed on day 1. Made so many good friends, so our search is over. Back to Eloy next winter.
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I don’t use campgrounds, but I do like to park the RV and explore in the toad. Since going FT in 2011 we have wintered at Mom's house near Houston, twice at a friend's place in Florida, a friend's place in Phoenix and the last 2 on BLM land near Quartzsite, AZ.

The bugs and humidity were oppressive in TX and FL. I much prefer the drier AZ winters without bugs.
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We have been staying at Mesa Regal Resort in Mesa AZ for last 3 winters. Yes it can be a bit pricey but you have 5 star resort amenities with tennis, pickle ball , pools galore bar and cafe and lots of friendly people and 15 minutes from the Supestition Mountains. Cheaper in Apache Junction but parks and area a bit older and threadbare.
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For first-timers in Yuma, AZ, this might be of interest.
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