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Old 08-09-2019, 08:51 AM   #1
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We have decided to try out full timing, is it true that in Arizona it's almost impossible to get a RV park spot in the winter? I know everybody makes their reservations a year in advance but we are starting late in the year. Any advice on where to stay?
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I did spend a few winters in AZ, mainly in Apache Junction, a nice little town with all of what you need and close to the fabulous "Superstition mountain " a must to visit all of it. You will find many resorts in Apache Junction.
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I did spend a few winters in AZ, mainly in Apache Junction, a nice little town with all of what you need and close to the fabulous "Superstition mountain " a must to visit all of it. You will find many resorts in Apache Junction.

Use this link to find available cg's for the area you want to visit. Campground Reviews - Trusted Reviews of Campgrounds & RV Parks Click on Arizona and then the list of towns to review cg's in each. Texas also has many towns in the Rio Grande Valley with cg's for snowbirds.
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Hard to find full winter reservations late. You may have to move around, one month here, two weeks there, etc. Better to learn what you like that way anyway. Especially hard once Spring Training starts. Come up to Sedona for March and miss all that baseball excitement.
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You might try NW AZ, there are many RV Parks and no problem finding a full time site.
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Try Butterfield RV resort and VALLEY VISTA RV RESORT in Benson, AZ. They both are nice parks. Benson is off I-10 40 miles east of Tucson.
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Hard to find full winter reservations late. You may have to move around, one month here, two weeks there, etc. Better to learn what you like that way anyway. Especially hard once Spring Training starts. Come up to Sedona for March and miss all that baseball excitement.
That could be the best "staying one month" in different locations and by spring, make a reservation for the following winter at one of your favorites.
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We have decided to try out full timing, is it true that in Arizona it's almost impossible to get a RV park spot in the winter? I know everybody makes their reservations a year in advance but we are starting late in the year. Any advice on where to stay?
Where do you want to be - - it would help if you would let us know so we could give you some suggestions. Reservations for Jan-March are probably all full now - note that is for the FULL three months. If you want shorter stays (which you should do the first year) then you can usually find something just calling around.

If you want to be around Phoenix, Apache Junction will probably have more available than Mesa, which tends to fill up earlier. Again, one or two weeks is easy. And yes, end of February - March is spring training time so parks tend to be full for February and March, but almost always have one or two spots for weekly stays. If you want to be somewhere else in the state, probably easier to get reservations. If you are looking now, also look at state parks and county parks. Usery Park is in Mesa, it is a county park, that you can get two-week reservations (water/electric, dump station on site) and is really pretty and would be an excellent stay for explore the east side of the Valley. Dutchman State Park is also in that area. Again, 2 week stays.

And if you are coming in the fall, all Cal-Am parks have special rates for Sept - Dec.
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I think we probably want to stay in the western part of Arizona
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I think we probably want to stay in the western part of Arizona
Yuma as many Encore Resorts with first time visit monthly specials ! Just stay away from Air Force bases, very noisy training from 7:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Lake Havasu in another great area.
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We're going to Voyager RV Resort in Tucson this year. If you do an overhead map view you will see the entire area is a lot of campgrounds. That may help. We booked through an early spring 2019 promotion from Encore and are paying somewhere near $1600 for 3 months.
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I think we probably want to stay in the western part of Arizona
You won't have a problem finding a park in Yuma or along the Colorado River. EVERY park is NOT full. If you're into dry camping on BLM lands there is lots of space around that area. Google it.

However, I would also recommend that you move around Arizona to find what area you really like for a long-term stay the next winter. Being stuck for a whole season in a place you don't like wouldn't be fun. Each area of Arizona is completely different.

You also stated you want to "try" full-timing. That's not the way to approach it. It's too easy to cop out if you run into a problem. Every issue has been solved by full-timers. Don't give up easy!! Best of luck to you. It's a terrific lifestyle.
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Try Pueblo El Mirage in El Mirage which is on the west side. Very nice.

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I have stayed at the Escapees Co-Op in Benson just east of Tucson. Also at Paradice RV in Sun City and Sunflower RV in Surprise both or the west side of Phoenix. Sunflower is part of Cal-Am and had a special for Sept thru Dec for a little more than $1000 for the entire stay. Jan thru March was over $1000 for EACH month. I like the west side of Phoenix better than Mesa and Apache Junction on the east side. Stayed once in Yuma too but didn’t like Yuma.
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