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RE: Recommedations

Big Bend National Park, if you haven't already. Wouldn't do Palo Duro after Thanksgiving, in fact you want to stay I-10 or south of it. Coast Bend area (Corpus Christi), Goose Island State Park in Rockport. From there, get on US 50 and head west to Marathon, then dip south to Big Bend.
BarbaraOK 11/23/19 08:40am Full-time RVing
RE: Good Campgrounds in west Texas off I-20

Try Hat Creek RV Park in Big Spings. It is a Passport America park and has some pull throughs for overnight PPA members. Lots of speed bumps, but just take your time. Onsite office does pizza and deliver to rig. We stopped there last summer. We also stop on the way across in Van Horn at the KOA, pricey but my hubby likes the little cafe for breakfast in the morning. Also an easy run from there to Deming, NM
BarbaraOK 11/13/19 04:17pm Snowbirds
RE: No one is heading south?

So I guess people are coming south, just no one posts on this forum anymore? No new snowbirds asking questions?
BarbaraOK 11/12/19 10:58pm Snowbirds
RE: No one is heading south?

So it is just that no one posts here anymore?
BarbaraOK 11/08/19 06:02pm Snowbirds
No one is heading south?

Are we the only ones who went south this year? :?
BarbaraOK 11/08/19 07:47am Snowbirds
RE: Full-time in the Arizona heat

All of these come with wheels. At the very least, head up to Payson or Flagstaff for the summer.
BarbaraOK 11/05/19 06:40pm Full-time RVing
RE: Horrible Good Sams/ Bank of the West Financing

Kind of hard to ignore the law when you are paid to enforce it. RV had no tags. No registration. Only a bill of sale, purchase agreement and loan docs as well as insurance coverage. This is not legal in Virginia. As for financing. At 4.5% I make more return on my cash and investments than that. Coupled with the fact that I can deduct the interest I am much better off financing. This is the part that most people don't understand. And if you have some retirement funds that are in pre-Roth IRAs, there is the added cost in income taxes for taking large amounts all at once. Best decision we ever made was to finance part of the cost of our RV. We made more in investments each year, always had the money as a just in case the sky falls, kept our taxes very low after retirement, and still have that money working for us and the RV is all paid off!
BarbaraOK 11/05/19 06:38pm Good Sam Club
RE: Snowbird funny

We talk about Wilbur, the gremlin who borrows things. He almost always brings them back, usually right after you’ve bought a new one. Ah, is he the one that moves it from that great place that I would always remember and then casts a spell so I forget that great place?
BarbaraOK 10/10/19 08:31pm Snowbirds
RE: Snowbird funny

Never fails, as soon as I buy something I find the one I lost. :R Wait - isn't that the proven way to find things? :B Barbara, did you guys get your new ballroom at Val Vista? Chris They are still working on moving electrical services around so I guess it is next fall that the new ballroom will be functioning. Like all of Mesa, we have construction all over the place in the park. All of the roads in Mesa seem to have construction going on - - they are even digging up the Main Street/Greenfield area AGAIN!
BarbaraOK 10/10/19 08:29pm Snowbirds
RE: Snowbird funny

Never fails, as soon as I buy something I find the one I lost. :R Wait - isn't that the proven way to find things? :B
BarbaraOK 10/10/19 10:32am Snowbirds
RE: We've arrived

Were on our way we stopped in vegas for two weeks leave Tuesday for Apache Junction Temperatures are moderating, really a neat time right now!
BarbaraOK 09/28/19 07:22pm Snowbirds
RE: We've arrived

Yes, BarbraOK, we got to Yuma on 9-17. Beautiful weather, Frys has started to raise their grocery prices, a couple of restaurants we have been in, the crowd is definitely picking up. One park here has 61 rigs coming in on 10-1. Yes, there is suppose to be a line outside of our park on October 1st. They run a Sept-Dec special (one price of all, or any part of, the four month) but most people consider September still to hot!
BarbaraOK 09/27/19 03:23pm Snowbirds
We've arrived

Well we got to Mesa, AZ a little early this year so that we can attend a concert and get a couple of medical things attended to. Has anyone else already arrived at their destination? It is so nice and quiet around here - no lines at any restaurant, just walk in and sit down!
BarbaraOK 09/26/19 07:12pm Snowbirds
RE: Help with full timing over the winter

Before giving advice I'd like to know what was wrong with Florida. Humidity, you'll love the SW, check into the Rio Grande valley. RGV isn't in the SW, it is on the Gulf of Mexico. Southwest = New Mexico, Arizona, California. States are the left side of the Rockies!
BarbaraOK 09/06/19 02:31pm Full-time RVing
RE: Help with full timing over the winter

Whose vanishing, I'M RIGHT HERE. You might get a wider variety of ideas by putting your question in the Snowbird Section - - you'll get loads of info from all types of snowbirds in every area of the country.
BarbaraOK 09/06/19 02:30pm Full-time RVing
RE: Help with full timing over the winter

To Barbara and others who stayed in AZ. How do you find places? Maybe not just regular campgrounds, but in Fla. we happened upon a few places that had mostly park models with some rv temp sights mixed in. Do they have those in AZ? Is there a website to use to find these? Sorry, but I know nothing about AZ. We spent about 4 years moving all over Arizona (that is the desert part) staying about 2 weeks in each area to get a feel for what was available and find out what we liked. We found out we liked Mesa and when we first started out, the parks even during the Jan-March time frame would give discounts to C2C and Passport America. Once we found a park that we liked, we started reserving for 3 months (Jan-March) then 4, etc. until we bought our park model at Val Vista Village (we had been going to spend the winter there) in 2014. In a lot of respects, the parks in Arizona operate like the parks in Florida, a mix of RVs and park models, and they cater to snowbirds who come for the season. Several parks in the greater Phoenix area now offer specials for Sept-December to entice more people to come before Christmas. What types of things do you like to do? And what is the time frame you are looking for? One of the things to remember about Arizona is that ALL spring training takes place now in the greater Phoenix Area, so Jan-March are 'prime' season and while parks might have a week or two available in January and the first part of Febraury, from middle of February through end of March a lot will be full, so if baseball isn't your thing, make those the times when you go explore other areas of the state. Barb
BarbaraOK 09/05/19 06:10pm Full-time RVing
RE: Help with full timing over the winter

We spent one winter in Florida, one winter in RGV, and 3 years bobbing about Arizona before we settled on Mesa. We now own a park model in our favorite park in Mesa, and spend the winter there with the coach in storage. Florida was too many bugs and I hate places whose attitude is "yes we need tourists, but we hate you, can't you just leave your money and go away". RGV, Texas - - I don't do well with chewing dust. Plus not much to do besides potlucks and drinking - neither of which we do. Arizona, Phoenix area has arts venues all over, great restaurants, shopping of every kind, Starbucks every mile or so, 15 minutes are you are out in the desert or up in the mountains and the biggest plus. SPRING TRAINING??!
BarbaraOK 09/03/19 07:46pm Full-time RVing
RE: Do we or don't we?

That just means that they are moving all of the time instead of stopping to enjoy an area. We are starting our trek to Mesa, AZ from south of Olympia, WA tomorrow - about 1500 miles and it will take us 5-6 weeks! We get 8.75 mpg (has stayed steady for over 16 years), so less than 200 gallons. Even with high CA prices, that will be less than $800 for the 6 weeks. This summer, we have moved every 2 weeks, (less than 50 miles for most moves) on one tank of fuel (100 gallons) or less than $100/month. The budget of $3500 is what I would consider reasonable. Not over extravagant, but you would be comfortable while you are traveling. We were able to take early retirement because our retiree benefits included FULL medical coverage at no cost to us until we turned 65 and that plan is now our Medicare supplement so the only thing we ever pay for is $20/90 supply of any medication. We couldn't have had such a comfortable retirement without it.
BarbaraOK 08/19/19 10:27am Full-time RVing
RE: Ways to Save on Fuel at Pilot Flying J

I always go in anymore because you can't use Apple Pay at the pump in most of their stations, but can inside. I go in, tell them we are Good Sam Members, hand they the card, they scan it, then ask how much as it will be a prepay - - then use the phone to make the purchase. Go back in and get a receipt after we finished - - gives me a short walk to stretch my legs before next leg of the trip.
BarbaraOK 08/14/19 10:01am Good Sam Club
RE: Gas discount

Easy in and out, 8 cents a gallon off of cash price, RV lanes at Flying J, large volume of fuel dispensed so always fresh, are part of the reason we use them whenever possible. Ease of fin and out worth cost difference with other stations nearby since we pull a car behind our motorhome.
BarbaraOK 08/05/19 09:59pm Good Sam Club
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