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RE: When do Snow Birds head south??

10/8 Left early to avoid winter weather and campground closures. Currently thinking that a summer cabin in northern Arizona and winter home in the valley might allow us to become full time AZ residents. We are moving into a home in the Mesa area at the end of December and will keep the RV for a couple more years (stored during the winter) and then looking at the cabin up high for the summers.
BarbaraOK 11/09/21 08:03am Snowbirds
RE: When do Snow Birds head south??

We spend the month of September traveling down the West Coast (picking up wines for the winter) and arrive in Mesa, AZ on October 1st. Will be here until the first of April, then off again trying to find somewhere cooler. ??
BarbaraOK 11/02/21 07:50am Snowbirds
RE: Newly Retired

Besides be extremely expensive CA is choked with rules, laws and regs. I'm not sure if most businesses are open. We avoid the place if possible. What rules would affect someone spending 3 months in a rental used for snowbirds would cause problems for them? These people will be tourists, and there are no rules that say one can not be a tourist provided you understand that you will need your masks, and need your vaccination cards for a lot of businesses. Wish we could get more businesses to do that in Arizona. And we spend all of September in California, never had a problem going any place we wanted, but then we always have our masks with us and can show our vaccination cards.
BarbaraOK 10/25/21 09:10pm Snowbirds
RE: Newly Retired

One thing you will notice going into CA on I-10, The eastern lanes are clogged with people leaving and the western lanes are nearly empty. I sneaked in at a length of 70ft+ to Pamona and sneaked back out at 55mph. That place is hard to defend with so many people leaving. There are plenty of condos for short term rent in the South East in the winter especially in the beach areas. Have a good time. The traffic coming across I-10 right now is full of people who are coming east for a wide variety of reasons because I-10 is open ALL YEAR LONG. And if it is full of trucks coming east the speed limit is 55 mph for 3 axles or more, which includes 18 wheelers, RVs towing cars, or trucks/5th wheels or trailers. Of course only people like us will travel at 58 or so, with most truckers doing 60-63 or so. Some will be going faster, but not all. We spent all of September in California, never couldn't go somewhere, but we did wear masks indoors unless eating, and we can gladly show our vaccination cards.
BarbaraOK 10/25/21 09:04pm Snowbirds
RE: Newly Retired

In Arizona, especially the Phoenix and Tucson areas, a lot of the RV parks have PARK MODELS (sitting in one as I type) and several of those are available for rent either from the park itself, or from a private person. You could call several of them to get an idea of what is available. We are in a Cal-Am park, there are several in the Phoenix area, and they have a lot for rent. And some of the Park Models for rent are those owned by Canadians who aren't coming south this year.
BarbaraOK 10/25/21 08:15am Snowbirds
RE: Where is everybody?

Well we made the run across the desert last week, got to Mesa on Friday, Oct. 1st. Temps fall into the 60s at night, having rain right now! A few people starting to trickle in. Have an appointment this morning to get our booster shot plus flu shot! After a month seeing California fuel prices, almost had sticker shock at "low" fuel prices again.
BarbaraOK 10/05/21 08:04am Snowbirds
RE: Land border closed to Canada

I really doubt it has anything to do with handling the tourists at the border. I drive long haul in the summer and our crossings are always slower than a tourist. There is paperwork that has to be examined and sometimes have to use a credit card to pay for the crossing. Rarely do you spend more than 10 minutes at the booth. They read the truck plate and all your data comes up on the computer screen. Tourists entering Canada are not held up as we have an app where all the Covid test data is uploaded before you reach the border. The USA has been working on a similar app. BarbaraOK: Traveling in an airplane is certainly more risky than driving. Crowded airport lines as well as being squeezed into a shuttle van. Besides Canadians would be double vaccinated unlike the millions in the USA who are unprotected. Imagine a plane load of Texans or Floridians visiting your state! I am convinced it is political. Every border state official ( mayors, Governors, Congressmen and senators have been applying pressure on the administration to no avail. The scientists have stated that the Canadians pose no risk. Certainly allowing visitors from India and some almost 3rd world countries pose a much larger risk. Logic does not apply!! I'm not saying the decision on not to admit was based on logic. The problem is that the US is also dealing with two borders and I think there might be some language in NFTA that says what you do for one, you do for the other. The discussion on the driving I saw was the fact that they assumed that those coming across driving would be stopping at restaurants all the way to their destination as well as using motels, etc. The idea of RVers being self-contained does not compute with these people.
BarbaraOK 10/02/21 09:39am Snowbirds
RE: Land border closed to Canada

The original rationale was that if flying, you get to your destination and then quartile for 2 weeks and if you are carrying the virus, the physical area in which you have contact is limited. In contrast, drive across the border, you are stopping every night (and remember, this is originally projected as people in CARS, not RVs) in a different place, going into restaurants along the way, so that you might spread the virus in several states as you wander to your destination. Yes, things are different now, but also Canada only has one border they are having to deal with, we also have 2, so that adds another layer of complexity. Not saying I agree with what they have in place, because I don't, but that is how it came about.
BarbaraOK 10/01/21 08:17am Snowbirds
RE: Snow Birding

We spent several years in Arizona doing a couple of weeks here, a couple of weeks there, trying to find an area that hit all of our must haves for a place to spend several months each winter. That really is the best way to do it since everyone has different likes/dislikes (I can't imagine being in Yuma for the whole winter, others love it) and each area has different advantages/disadvantages. We settled on the Mesa, AZ area and then spent several winters doing longer stays at different parks before we settled on our current one where we bought a Park Model for the winter. Put the motorhome to bed in a storage area, and spread out for the winter. When it starts to get hot, motorhome comes out and we hit the road again!
BarbaraOK 09/10/21 09:22am Snowbirds
RE: Where is everybody?

We're already on the move towards Arizona. We are in the Bay Area today for the next three weeks before making the run across the desert to Mesa on October 1st.
BarbaraOK 09/09/21 10:33am Snowbirds
RE: Down Sizing

Do you have to leave the area right away. I'd suggest seeing if you can get a month's space at a park in the general area. Just move your clothes, dishes, etc. over and start living. Whenever you want something, first see if there is something already in the coach you can use instead, if not go get it. We've been out since 2006 and until we got our park model, in 2015, we got ride of stuff every year. All pans should be multiple use - a larger pan can cook smaller amounts, but not vice-versa. Bet you have 2x or more the number of clothes you really need. Get rid of heavy parkas, etc., and think layers. Remember, that your car can hold some stuff in it. We didn't have the worry because we had over 5000 lbs we could file - never came close to it. Plus, we've got a 10K hitch, so we've never had to worry about how much our car weighed. We tow 4-down, makes life so much easier. Barb
BarbaraOK 08/05/21 04:47pm Full-time RVing
RE: Rio Grande Valley

Don't bet on it. At some point the shear number of infections will necessitate drastic measures again unless people wake up and get vaccinated. And even then, I am not sure that we haven't missed the golden opportunity to shut the virus down and the variants after Delta are going to require development of new vaccines to stop.
BarbaraOK 07/31/21 08:52am Snowbirds
RE: Future Canadian Snowbird questions

Since you aren't a resident of Montana, I take it you are going to form an LLC? How much will that cost - up front and yearly maintenance fees to keep the LLC going. If you aren't going to move the trailer, why not buy a Park Model in whatever park you choose - - thousands of them are bought and sold every year, a lot owned by Canadians.
BarbaraOK 07/22/21 10:35am Full-time RVing
Happy Birthday Canada

To all of our northern neighbors, Happy Birthday and hope we see you this winter!
BarbaraOK 07/01/21 02:02pm Snowbirds
RE: Winterizing & Summerizing for Snowbirds

Summerizing? It's 115 and 115+ outside this week in Arizona. It's hot enough that the label adhesive on the antiseptic bottle melts in the car and the label slips away. The roof shingles would probably slide off the roof if they weren't nailed on. I need to set and leave the air conditioning on in the house before leaving for the summer. I'm thinking 90-degrees. Any suggestions as to what to set the AC temp? Why haven't you left already? We leave the mid to end of April. Since our Park Model is old, we just shut off the water, shut off the power, cover every thing, put blackout curtains in the windows to cut down on sun infiltration and go. We have someone check on it all summer, and they turn on the water and power about 3-4 days before we arrive back, usually the first of October.
BarbaraOK 06/21/21 10:46am Snowbirds
Non-responsiveness of Good Sam

So, I posted about not getting my supposed gift certificate in time to do any good since we are RVing for the summer months. Funny thing to do for RVers to do, I know. This was the last message in the thread that I posted Hello BarbaraOK, Please send us a PM with your membership information so we can assist with getting this issue resolved for you. Venesa Good Sam Care Team I sent the requested information and received a reply saying that they had already started the process and would send me an email. AND NOTHING. We are now in an area with a Camping World about 3 miles down the road from us - but I will NOT be walking into that place before we leave next Monday. Talk about a shame operation!
BarbaraOK 06/16/21 09:16pm Good Sam Club
RE: Renewal Gift Certificate Expires

Hello BarbaraOK, Thank you for your time and post. We apologize you received an expired Merchandise Certificate. Please send us a private message with your Good Sam membership number and your best mailing address, and we can issue a replacement. Please be advised that the certificates are issued by a third party company and can take up to two months for delivery. Regards, Amy Good Sam Care Team Obviously you didn't read closely. WE ARE TRAVELING FOR THE SUMMER. Not sure exactly where I will be in 2 months and it won't be anywhere close our address. We travel from April through September! So people who will be traveling and could use the certificate for needed things are just out of luck. Thanks for nothing!
BarbaraOK 05/25/21 09:36am Good Sam Club
Renewal Gift Certificate Expires

So I renewed and got a Gift Certificate for renewing. EXCEPT, I received it in our package of mail on the 21st and it expired on the 15th of May. Of course, what business do RVers have to be traveling and only get their mail every few weeks! How dare we actually use our RVs and get out there. But it is typical of what I've come to expect from Good Sam and I will not renew again!
BarbaraOK 05/22/21 08:24pm Good Sam Club
RE: voting and driver license issues with full time

I just got my TX driver's license upgraded to a "Real ID" using the TX PMB. Banking good, investments good, credit cards good, taxes good. However, yesterday I was looking at the Capital One CC and it said you could check to see if you are pre-approved. As soon as i hit the address line it kick me out and said I could not use that kind of address. Oh well, it doesn't all work! It's the 77399 zip code - that is a unique zip code for the Escapees Mail Forwarding business. If you are living in any of the houses around the property, I believe you have a 77351 zip code like everyone else in Livingston. I went to buy something online and after putting in the credit card information, it asked for our address, which is often used to verify that it is my card. No, wouldn't take it. I contacted the company and said if BOA has no problem with my address while using the card, what is your problem. Turns out it was the zip code. She said put in another zip code for the town, did that and everything went through as planned. Whatever software they were using wouldn't allow zip codes for some types of businesses, but never really MATCH with the credit card companies. If the zip code was possible for the town and wasn't on their can't use list, it was all good. And of course, what I was buying was sent to a different shipping address. Had the same problem with Wal-Mart when trying to set up getting groceries for curbside pickup. So told Wal-Mart that because of their attitude they wouldn't get my business, plenty of other firms are willing to do business with me.
BarbaraOK 05/11/21 09:21am Full-time RVing
RE: voting and driver license issues with full time

The camel in the tent that you didn't ask about is that financial institutions are unlikely to accept a PMB address. And here we've been using our Livingston address for 16 years without a problem. Hmmmm.
BarbaraOK 05/08/21 09:07am Full-time RVing
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