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Old 01-10-2022, 08:33 AM   #1
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We have decided that we want learn the snow bird way of spending the cold months. Later in February this year we are going to spend 2 or 3 weeks in the Apache Junction or Mesa area. We would prefer one of the smaller parks but would need FHU. Looking on line and seems like most parks show no vacancies. Do you think it possible to find a spot and do you have any recommendations? It will be the two os us, both 55+, and my 9 pound blind buddy.
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The snowbird way is to make those reservations months in advance. Even then, it is a challenge. We searched that area to no avail and ended up finding a spot near Tucson.

You may find something in March, as some, ourselves included, begin the northward migration after February. Destiny RV Resort in Goodyear may have availability. Obviously, not Mesa/AJ.
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Not sure about the areas you mention but currently in Yuma there appears to be room in every park I have observed. The one we are in is less than half full.
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Try Lost Dutchman State Park or one of the Maricopa County campgrounds. All are wonderful!
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I am in Gold Canyon Golf and RV resort. There are quite a few empty spots. Not sure they will remain empty, but my guess is that we are pretty well past the prime migration season for arrivals. I am no expert though. This place is not small, but friendly and a lot to do and very quiet.
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We have decided that we want learn the snow bird way of spending the cold months. Later in February this year we are going to spend 2 or 3 weeks in the Apache Junction or Mesa area. We would prefer one of the smaller parks but would need FHU. Looking on line and seems like most parks show no vacancies. Do you think it possible to find a spot and do you have any recommendations? It will be the two os us, both 55+, and my 9 pound blind buddy.
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We will be in Goodyear starting February 1st, we have friends out there and they said there are open spots at the park. We stay at Cotton Lane RV.
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Contact Encore Resorts. They have several in that area and found me a spot when everything was "full" precovid when the parks were actually quite full.
Nice area. A couple nights at Lost Dutchman is recommended but beware that
many sites are very unlevel, at least for my 40'.
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...we want learn the snow bird way...February this year we are going to spend 2 or 3 weeks...prefer one of the smaller parks but would need FHU. Looking on line and seems like most parks show no vacancies...
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a)
If you can learn to boondock for a segment at a time, pretty much all Arizona is available.
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Although you "...need FHU...", you might learn alternatives are available.
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We winter on isolated Baja beaches... boondocking exclusively.
No reservations...
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re -- two-week transients vs six month snow-birds
If I was a resort operator, I think I would give preference to long-term residents.
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January 2022 might be a good time to learn to book your 2023 spot.
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c)
Are caravans to your liking?
The WagonMaster and these experienced travelers usually know all the best spots.
A lot can be learned from willing mentors.
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d)
Get off-line.
Learn to call somebody at the type of park you might consider.
Build a relationship.
Ask if they know somebody with an opening for a short-termer.
The networkers term for this is 'net-working'... work your net.
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Maybe some home-owner has a spare drive-way, and could use a couple hundred bux a week.
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Not sure about the areas you mention but currently in Yuma there appears to be room in every park I have observed. The one we are in is less than half full.
We are thinking about heading to Yuma in March. Can you recommend a decent park?
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We are thinking about heading to Yuma in March. Can you recommend a decent park?
Have friends staying at Bonita Mesa. They like it. Our park became very expensive under new management. Not bad if you were a resident as the old rates were grandfathered but new residents face a large bill.
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