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Old 08-06-2022, 08:40 AM   #1
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Choosing destinations by the seasons?

Hello all. We'll start our FT adventure in a few more months and thought we'd decide where to by choosing destinations based on the weather conditions/temps throughout the year so we're not buried in snow or baking in 105 degree temps.
How do you choose where to go? Where do you stay regionally if based on the time of year?
We'll be in a Cornerstone RV towing a Jeep wrangler. Your thoughts and advise would be appreciated.
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Yes, having an RV, one of the significant advantages is that YOU, not mother nature can dictate your basic climate.


South in the winter (FL, TX, AZ and Mexico being prime destinations) and north or like us to the mountains for the summer.
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Old 08-06-2022, 11:52 PM   #3
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Winter: Southern California, Arizona, south Texas, south Alabama, Florida (we found New Mexico too cold in Dec-Feb)

Spring - gradually move northward. Spring in the deserts through March are beautiful times but it starts getting hot in April.

Summer: The coastlines, northern Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Maine, etc. elevations above 6,000' in the West; preferably 7-8,000'

Fall: Enjoy the northern color and start heading south in October 15 depending where you are.

Repeat. You'll soon get the hang of it.

Just don't be tempted to head into the higher mountains until mid-May. Although you can find places open to stay, many of the activities or hiking trails won't be open yet.

We ended up in a heavy blizzard in both northern AZ/NM on I-40 and in southern Idaho/northern Utah border the last part of May in two different years. Just keep a watch on weather. Don't try and drive in a snowstorm.

Travel very gradually. Don't rush.
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Old 08-07-2022, 01:01 PM   #4
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You picked a nice rig with the Cornerstone!
We're currently in Newfoundland, CAN travelling with another RV couple (going our separate ways in a couple weeks) where it was in the 80s recently and will head to Brownsville, TX again this winter for a few months. Previous 2 yrs we wintered in Yuma/San Diego then Florida (both coasts including the Keys) prior to Brownsville. Next summer heading north to the Dakotas and Montana. One issue with moving north in the spring is if you have allergies, they seem to hang around more as you head north because the "spring season" is extended.
At this point, thinking Yuma again winter of 23-24 then Idaho and Pacific NW summer of 24.
It's also a great way to see the kids (our are spread out).
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Hello all. We'll start our FT adventure in a few more months and thought we'd decide where to by choosing destinations based on the weather conditions/temps throughout the year so we're not buried in snow or baking in 105 degree temps.
How do you choose where to go? Where do you stay regionally if based on the time of year?
We'll be in a Cornerstone RV towing a Jeep wrangler. Your thoughts and advise would be appreciated.
First thing welcome to the full-time lifestyle. We have been full-timers since June 2019. The last 3 winters we have been in Arizona in Goodyear to watch baseball Spring Training. Decide what you would like to do during your stay in an area and see if there are places with your interest there.

Next winter, we are staying in Texas, after we leave Florida area for 3 months. We are Thousand Trails members, so we will try to our travels using Thousand Trails Parks, if there are any in the area. We also use military bases, since I am a disabled vet, and these bases are really nice.

For example, if you want full hook-ups and are planning on staying in the Phoenix area, start looking for a spot. Places fill up quickly. Generally, some will book their sites before they leave for the summer in allot of places. Do not get discourage from this first year while trying to find a spot. It is late in the year, so it may be difficult to find a place that meets all of your desires for a site.
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I'm almost 100% certain that all full time travelers (not to be confused with folks who just live full time in a parked RV) follow weather patterns. Of course that is part of the draw to live this life style.

We experimented with Texas for the winter but ended up picking Florida and the cold months and our domicile. The rest of the year is devoted to exploring north, east, and west.
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Florida in the winter ... head north or west during the spring ... summer is way north or way high up in the mountains. That has been the plan, but this year with the price of fuel, decided to just do a short trip to the Georgia and NC mountains and the rest of the time I have spent at my home resort in Florida. Yes, it is hot, but the pool is cool and here we get a nice breeze most of the time, so quite tolerable. Look for the good in every place you land and you will really enjoy the lifestyle.
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Hi all. Thanks for the info so far. This follows our thinking as well as we plan to stay in any one area for at least 4-6 weeks (or less if needed) or more and then find a new location within 12hrs of driving and repeat.
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Hi all. Thanks for the info so far. This follows our thinking as well as we plan to stay in any one area for at least 4-6 weeks (or less if needed) or more and then find a new location within 12hrs of driving and repeat.
If you're full-timing why would you want to drive 12 hr?

We sometimes moved 60-100 mi and explored the area. Sometimes even less.

There's so much to see out there other than highways.
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We TRAVELED weekly/bi-monthly
Southern areas during winter slowly working our way north during spring then northern areas for summer and slowly working our way south during fall

We traveled secondary/back roads rarely using Interstates
Travel days were on Mondays....leave by 10AM and setting up in new place around 3pm
Then during the week/2 weeks we would go adventuring/exploring the local areas. Talk with locals about what to see and what NOT to waste time on.

Then move to next area ----250 miles or so.

7 yrs of SLOWLY roaming around the USA coast to coast/border to border

Great Life Style! Take the time to enjoy it
No need for marathon drive days....it was there for years before it will still be there when you get there.
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Hi all. Thanks for the info so far. This follows our thinking as well as we plan to stay in any one area for at least 4-6 weeks (or less if needed) or more and then find a new location within 12hrs of driving and repeat.
We ended up in central Illinois this summer for a couple months (family medical stuff). Monday we will take off and end up in NM for a week and then TX for another week. By the time we slowly make our way across the gulf coast we will get to our winter lot in Florida around the middle of September.

My point is we will end up experiencing some pretty hot temps in August where we are headed, but it just seemed to work out that way this year due to things that were out of our control. We will still end up visiting the places we wanted.
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If you Google "70 degree line", you'll get tons of suggested long trips from one side of the country to the other that will keep you comfortable all times of the year. Some well-thought-out circles from coast to coast to coast to . . . tundra.
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If you Google "70 degree line", you'll get tons of suggested long trips from one side of the country to the other that will keep you comfortable all times of the year. Some well-thought-out circles from coast to coast to coast to . . . tundra.
I Googled and found this info:

"The southwestern United States is home to several locations where you can enjoy comfortable weather year-round.

In Arizona, for example, the average daily temperature in Phoenix is a balmy 70 degrees Fahrenheit."

Average daily means absolutely nothing. Phoenix has had 115 deg for weeks on end. That's not 'balmy'.
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That's not 'balmy'.
Yeah, I think I'll avoid that one!
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