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Dasmoeturhead 11-09-2014 04:58 PM

AZ 30 Day stay?
 
Were looking for a CC to stay in for 30 days or so, in the next couple of weeks. We are currently in Las Cruces for a weeks stay. We have to be in San Diego to be on the Navy pier when our son returns from an 8 month deployment in December.

Here's the deal; were both fairly young for full-timers (57), and the idea of pickle ball, potlucks and what not, aren't the way we like to spend our time yet. Notice I said yet. We also have a large Lab that likes to run a lot, and I know from what I've read, and have witnessed about some 55+ parks kinda frown on large dogs because most folks have little dogs. I'm not being a snob, but would like to find a long term CC in Az to stay awhile that's a little more relaxed in the structured events, and rules . Does such a place exist? I know one day we will be looking for the 55+ parks, but not just yet. we've been in 10 states in just under 3 month's, and were looking to stop for awhile somewhere warm. Is Las Cruces weather much differant than AZ? I really don't know. It seems pretty nice here so far. We also don't have plans to boon dock unless the Zombie Apocalypse happens and we have to make a run for the hills :dance:.

chief02 11-09-2014 05:03 PM

Look at Maricopa County campgrounds. Yes Las Cruces can get cold after thanksgiving but not bad.

Dasmoeturhead 11-09-2014 05:15 PM

Thanks Chief02, We are actually trying to get out of the morning freeze. We've been further north lately ( Utah,Nv, N. Az, Nm), and have seen the temps in the 20 deg range for the past month on and off. Thanks for the info.

Doug Sage 11-09-2014 05:20 PM

We are in a 55+ park, Canyon Vistas RV Resort in Gold Canyon Arizona. You can do a much or as little as you want with the activities. No pressure. Our park allows large dogs too. There are limits on the aggressive breeds however. They have two off leash fenced in dog runs. One issue to consider is the size of the sites. Some parks barely have room for you to put out your awning and the rigs back right up to each other. Others, such as ours, are larger and we like that. Some are in the city with cement block walls around them and others are more out in the country where you can hear the coyotes, etc. Of course you pay for the site size and the amenities. There is a Budget RV Park and an old KOA in Apache Junction that are cheaper and more basic. By the way, the greater Phoenix area does not have any freezes until after Christmas and even then it rarely gets below 30*.

Dasmoeturhead 11-09-2014 05:58 PM

Thanks, yeah the Phoenix area is something to consider. We really like a large site, as I'm sure most do. It's hard to find a nice spot if you've never been there. We have also found out that the 10-10-10 parks are not always that good. We cannot believe half of the reports out of that big book. If I see a railroad track I know were close to a KOA. I even Google Earth the RV Park, but that doesn't always work either. I'm not sure if were all that ready to deal with the desert yet. We got spoiled up in Montana, and Wyoming. Were still trying to figure this full time thing out.

Dennis_K 11-10-2014 09:08 AM

You could look at the parks along the river in Lake Havasu and Parker. I have been here for 14 years and I don't recall the low temp ever getting near 20, rarely below 50.

Dasmoeturhead 11-10-2014 10:12 AM

Parker sounds good. I think I've read some good things about that area. Water is always nice when you have a dog that loves to swim. I'm going to check that out. Thanks for the reminder.

Randyman1 11-10-2014 10:59 AM

DeAnza RV Resort in Amado, AZ, just south of Green Valley and Tucson. Nice place, dog park, used to be a dog track so there is a lot of property to walk your dog on as well. Even have a grooming station where you can give your dog a bath for free. Check out their website De Anza RV Resort :: Amado, Arizona :: Green Valley, Arizona :: Southern Arizona RV Resort We like it there and we are younger than you. JMO Randy

CampDaven 11-10-2014 11:08 AM

AZ 30 Day stay?
 
Yuma is on the way to San Diego, and the weather is great.
The Cocopah RV and Golf Resort is top notch.
Activities in CGs are not mandatory. ;)
We prefer the local sights.
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractio...a_Arizona.html

The Yuma proving grounds is grand!
And a visit to Los Algodones is always yummy and fun!

Redman07 11-10-2014 11:30 AM

First, thanks for your service.

As a USCG retiree you may want to check out U.S. Military Campgrounds and RV Parks - U.S. Military Recreation Facilities. This is a good resource for Military Campgrounds info to include contact numbers, rates, amenities, directions, etc. There are several military campgrounds in AZ. A couple you might want to consider is either the Apache Flats or the Garden Caynon RV resorts on Fort Huachuca in southern AZ. There is also 'remote' camping (no hookups available) on Fort Huachuca. As a military retiree you are eligible to stay there (if space is available). Check them out.

Dasmoeturhead 11-11-2014 04:01 PM

Thanls for all the info. We decided to try Cocopah rv park in Yuma. What the heck.

Dasmoeturhead 11-11-2014 04:02 PM

We havent tried any military famcamps, but it on our list of things to do, and it was my pleasure to serve.
Thanks.

Goin Coastal 11-13-2014 08:42 AM

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Originally Posted by jammer3025 (Post 2303938)
Thanks, yeah the Phoenix area is something to consider. We really like a large site, as I'm sure most do. It's hard to find a nice spot if you've never been there. We have also found out that the 10-10-10 parks are not always that good. We cannot believe half of the reports out of that big book. If I see a railroad track I know were close to a KOA. I even Google Earth the RV Park, but that doesn't always work either. I'm not sure if were all that ready to deal with the desert yet. We got spoiled up in Montana, and Wyoming. Were still trying to figure this full time thing out.



Any favorite places in Montana and Wyoming?

Dasmoeturhead 11-13-2014 06:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Goin Coastal (Post 2308835)
Any favorite places in Montana and Wyoming?


1st off let me say I like your username :thumb:.
we really liked the KOA in Poulson,MT. The surrounding area is stunning. Plenty to do north and south. There's some good restaurants also. We WILL be going back.

Billings KOA was also nice. It's tucked away nice with plenty of shade.

Dasmoeturhead 11-13-2014 06:41 PM

Billings, Mt KOA Has a wonderful access to the Yellowstone river. I didnt go in but our choc lab Diesel approved.

Goin Coastal 11-15-2014 10:10 AM

That sounds appealing. We don't have a rig yet--I'm still working on my husband!--but I know he'd like to see Montana and WY, as I would.

vermilye 11-15-2014 10:23 AM

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Originally Posted by Dennis_K (Post 2304703)
You could look at the parks along the river in Lake Havasu and Parker. I have been here for 14 years and I don't recall the low temp ever getting near 20, rarely below 50.

I stayed along the Colorado River in the Parker area December & January last year, Buckskin State Park for 2 weeks, Cattail Cove State Park for 2 weeks (they have long term camping available) and La Paz County Park for a month. The state parks can get expensive since they don't offer weekly or monthly rates (Buckskin, for example is $30.00 per night). La Paz does - $145.00 per week including electricity, $340.00 per month + $.16 per KWH for electricity. Dry camping is $235.00 per month.

They have a large fenced in dog run at La Paz, and it is fairly close to Parker, where there is a Safeway & Walmart. All were water & electric, plus cable at La Paz. That part of my trip starts here.

mel s 11-15-2014 10:34 AM

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Originally Posted by CampDaven (Post 2304849)
Activities in CGs are not mandatory. ;)

That is true....however you PAY, (often dearly), for them even if you never need/use them.
RV parks with few amenities and/or activities usually have lower prices....(and I am "all about" paying for ONLY what I need/want/use). :laugh:
Mel

sgtjoe 11-15-2014 10:51 AM

In Tucson there is a great Fam Camp on Davis Monthen AFB, good sized fenced dog run. The newer area in the back has larger spaces.

In Yuma our favorite is Arizona Sands rv park. They are really Pet friendly there, no restrictions on breed, quantity or size, only that they are well behaved. No fenced dog run, but right behind the park is the canal that runs through the City with walking paths on each side. A lot of us let our dogs off leash so they can run and play with each other. Only requirement is that you do pick up. As far as price it is one of the most reasonable and it is close to everything.

In San Diego you can stay at Admiral Baker Navy Rv park and golf course at 30 bucks a night. It's off of I-15 right across from the San Diego foot ball stadium. Cheapest place in the area to stay.

CampDaven 11-15-2014 11:42 AM

AZ 30 Day stay?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mel s (Post 2311421)
That is true....however you PAY, (often dearly), for them even if you never need/use them.
RV parks with few amenities and/or activities usually have lower prices....(and I am "all about" paying for ONLY what I need/want/use). :laugh:
Mel


Depends on where you go, how much you want or need, and how much security is provided. The price is often a crap shoot!
The daily value of a monthly rate has varied for us from about $12 to $20, most of them with comparable amenities and good security.
If it is warm, we enjoy the pool and hot tub. And a bit of boce ball or a Saturday dance is a nice break from hiking or sight seeing.
It is well that we all do proper due diligence in our research of where to stay. Wouldn't want any disappointments. :laugh:

Dasmoeturhead 11-17-2014 07:39 AM

Thanks for all your help. It really helps. We chose Cocopah in Yuma because I wasnt sure if we were going to be able to get into any CG or rv park due to the mases of snowbirds on there way dowm in this part of the country. Were fairly new to this movement, and have been fulltiming for 3 months, so were still learning the ropes.

They (Cocopah) has a nice pet area, and we got a site close to that. That makes a differance at 0630 when my Lab has held it long enough. Were in Tucsan for 2 more days, and here at the Koa, its all gravel ( which the dogs dont like), and the pet area is just to far to walk to before the big dog has to go. I think we may try to get a site closer to the pet area. By the way, its a real nice grassy area, fenced and probably over an acre in size.

This Koa is peobably only 15% full right now, with most of the people her permanent fixtures.

Dasmoeturhead 11-19-2014 08:44 AM

Well we made the trip from Tucsan to Yuma yesterday (long day), and arrived at Cocopah Rv and golf resort. We dont golf, but the neighbors are extremly friendly. The weather is perfect. We haven't explored yet, but hope to on the bicycles today. Everybody has a golf cart here, and they use them to get around this rather large park. The pet area is a very large grassy area, and even though it says your dog must be on one, 90% of the folks let their dogs run without one, which is nice. Lots of gravel and no grass at the site, but its clean, and there is a concrete slab next to where you park your rv. It is a bit of a drive to town however for supplies, but not bad.

Dennis_K 11-20-2014 12:37 PM

Other than a golf course you won't see much grass on the "west coast" of Arizona, it's too hot in the summer.

Dasmoeturhead 11-20-2014 02:06 PM

Yep, were pretty spoiled I guess. The weather sure is nice here though, and this is the 1st rv park that we've been to that allow you to wash your vehicle and rv for no additional fee. Im a clean freak when it comes to my pickup, so Im happy.

Dasmoeturhead 11-21-2014 09:56 AM

Its raining in Yuma, Az. We must have brought it with us. Dang!

sgtjoe 11-21-2014 10:01 AM

Relax and enjoy it, you could be in Buffalo NY


You might like to attend the "Welcome Back Snowbirds" party in Los Algadonas, Mexico.

Dasmoeturhead 11-21-2014 11:59 AM

Yeah were just kicking back. Your right, we could be in the snow. Still waiting on our passports, so no travel to Mexico, or Canada yet. Its all good. We've been full-timers for only 3 months so far. Still learning the ropes. So much to see. Were taking it slow.

Gordon Dewald 11-21-2014 12:12 PM

Yuma is a good area to stay at. Head across to Los Al Godones for dentists, eye glasses and prescription drugs.


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