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Old 09-27-2007, 10:12 PM   #1
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I am thinking we need a Southern AZ rally. I have noticed the locations of a few of you folks and there are at least a couple from Phoenix and at least a few others from good 'ol Tucson. Now that it is out of the triple digits and you can almost touch the skin on our airstreams, it is time to think about getting out and about.

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1) Roper lake state park, safford.

Pros: Has a stocked lake, Mt. Grahm, Safford has a festival somewhere about this time of year, and the park takes reservations, the only state park that does. Hot springs and dunes nearby. Safford golf course is dirt cheap. 2 people, 9 holes, a cart, 18$.

Cons: Its Safford and let's face it, you can talk it up all day, but that town is not exactly a happenin night spot and it is kind of a drive no matter where you are coming from.


2) Juniper Ridge RV Park ouside Show Low.

Pros: They have a *nice* tennis court. Lot's of room, full hook-ups, tons of stuff in the white mnts. Great golf course in snowflake that is not that far away.

Cons: It is a 55+ park and you have to smoke a half a pack of camels before calling so you sound like you are in your 90s when you make the reservation. Seriously, as long as you were quiet and did not have 20 kids tearing the place up they did not seem to care. Could be restrictive, don't know your circumstances.

3) Suggestions? I think there are some great spots down in the Chiricahuas but need to check with my buddy on the exact spot they went.

4) I'd be good with Mexico, but that is a touchy place with some. My favorite spot is San Carlos.

Pros: The beach, good golf course, the beach, shopping, and did I mention the beach?

Cons: It is a haul. That drive takes us 7 hours down, 9 back because of the border. Would need to be a 4-5 day trip minimum to make it worthwhile which means Thanksgiving or Xmas and that is family time for a lot of people. Not exactly cheap either, the good park is 28$/night and the tolls round trip are 60$.

Just seemed like it would be nice for some of us to attempt a rally down in these parts. Any interest?
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Old 09-27-2007, 10:52 PM   #2
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favorite spot is San Carlos

elolson,

El Mirador RV Park just outside of San Carlos is nice.
Phone: 011-52-622-227-0213 E-mail: mirador@tetakawi.net.mx Full hook up site rate in US dollars: $22/day or $140/week. Ten percent discount for cash.
These were the rates June, 2003.



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I am thinking we need a Southern AZ rally. I have noticed the locations of a few of you folks and there are at least a couple from Phoenix and at least a few others from good 'ol Tucson. Now that it is out of the triple digits and you can almost touch the skin on our airstreams, it is time to think about getting out and about.

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4) I'd be good with Mexico, but that is a touchy place with some. My favorite spot is San Carlos.

Pros: The beach, good golf course, the beach, shopping, and did I mention the beach?

Cons: It is a haul. That drive takes us 7 hours down, 9 back because of the border. Would need to be a 4-5 day trip minimum to make it worthwhile which means Thanksgiving or Xmas and that is family time for a lot of people. Not exactly cheap either, the good park is 28$/night and the tolls round trip are 60$.

Just seemed like it would be nice for some of us to attempt a rally down in these parts. Any interest?
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Old 09-28-2007, 07:22 AM   #3
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If you want to meet some other Airstreamers in the area, go to a 4CU rally. We had one in Tucson earlier this year at Gilbert Ray by Old Tucson. We have the New Years Rally in a couple of months at Picacho Peaks State Park. In February we have Dead Horse 2 which is in Cottonwood which isn't Southern Arizona, but still not that far. We are working on a Rally at Kartchner Caverns State Park, but that one is in still in the planning stages. For more information about the unit, click on the link at the bottom of this post. Guests are always welcome and most become members. We would love to see you at one of our rallies.
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Old 09-28-2007, 08:17 AM   #4
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El Mirador RV Park just outside of San Carlos is nice.
Phone: 011-52-622-227-0213 E-mail: mirador@tetakawi.net.mx Full hook up site rate in US dollars: $22/day or $140/week. Ten percent discount for cash.
These were the rates June, 2003.

This is the place I was talking about, it is now up to 28$ as of April '07. It is still the nicest but the guy is not keeping it maintaind, you can see that it is starting to fall apart around the edges with landscaping and the pool. Still, it is as good as most in the US.
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Old 09-28-2007, 08:31 AM   #5
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If you want to meet some other Airstreamers in the area,.....

Thanks AZFLYCASTER, I saw all the FCU unit rally postings and thought we needed one down here. I keep thinking FCU means Farmington and that is *far*. That is apparently a misnomer. We will definitely check you guys out at an upcoming event.

In the interests of community involvement, I still think it is time to add another outing in the near future in this area. The temp is still kind of high, I am thinking elevation has got to be in the equation.
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This map shows where the 4CU rallies have been or will be for 2007. Not bad for the first year!
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My two cents: Turquoise Valley RV Park in Naco or Patagonia Lake State Park. I have heard excellent reviews of the RV park and I can personally recommend the state park. Richard is right you need to join up with the 4CU then you can host a rally at the destination of your choice.
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Old 09-28-2007, 01:58 PM   #8
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I would be interested... And would like to suggest Fool's Hollow Lake in Show Low. Was just there last weekend, very nice campground, concrete pads, full hook ups, and a very nice lake for fishing, small boats etc...
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I have driven around fools hollow. I did not realize that it had full hook-ups. That is almost a slam dunk. Water, close to town, up in the mountains. Nice weather at night and not that far from either Tucson or Phoenix.

Time to pick a date. The big thing is do they take reservations.

I am thinking Nov 9-12. I checked the rally calendar and it is the same time as the FCU Bosque trip. That's a sure way to make friends, split the community. Another option is October 12-14. But that does not give a whole lot of time for folks to plan.
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My two cents: Turquoise Valley RV Park in Naco or Patagonia Lake State Park. I have heard excellent reviews of the RV park and I can personally recommend the state park. Richard is right you need to join up with the 4CU then you can host a rally at the destination of your choice.
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Patagonia is a great place. The catch is that the rest of Tucson and its 800k residents agree with you and they do not take reservations. So, unless you really lucky or show on say Tuesday, that place is packed with RVs waiting in the parking lot to find a spot. We have tried and ended up driving home at midnight on a Thursday because there was not where to stay in the park.
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I have driven around fools hollow. I did not realize that it had full hook-ups. That is almost a slam dunk. Water, close to town, up in the mountains. Nice weather at night and not that far from either Tucson or Phoenix.

Time to pick a date. The big thing is do they take reservations.

I am thinking Nov 9-12. I checked the rally calendar and it is the same time as the FCU Bosque trip. That's a sure way to make friends, split the community. Another option is October 12-14. But that does not give a whole lot of time for folks to plan.
Fool Hollow Lake State Park is one of our favorite places to go in AZ... We usualy go up for a week in the fall and a week in the spring when it's not so absolutely packed. I posted a review of it at: Airstream Trailer & Motorhome Reviews - Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area - Powered by ReviewPost
The website for the park is included in the review.

They do not take reservations and it is a very popular destination, so it might be iffy to get everyone in, and it would probably not be possible to get everyone near one another. (I do not know if they will make exceptions for organized groups...never hurts to ask!) We have been there when other groups converged...I think it was a "Hi-Low" group...

It is a great park and the weather and ammenities are great.

We were just at Roper Lake State Park last weekend and you can make reservations there... See our travel thread post at: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...ain-36172.html

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That is great info. The fact that Roper takes reservations is the reason we have stayed there in the past. Nothing like driving a couple hundred miles to find out you are staying at the rest area on the interstate and not the nice park you thought you were.

When in the fall do you figure it drops off based on your past experience?
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That is great info. The fact that Roper takes reservations is the reason we have stayed there in the past. Nothing like driving a couple hundred miles to find out you are staying at the rest area on the interstate and not the nice park you thought you were.

When in the fall do you figure it drops off based on your past experience?
Fool Hollow begins to thin out some after Labor Day because school has begun...and I'm not sure when, but they close down a couple of the loops (the upper ones which don't all have sewer hookups) sometime in October...so that limits availability some. We usually try to get back up there at least by mid-October before it gets too cold. Even then are always a little anxious going up because they don't take reservations and it's a 4-hour trip for us (going through Salt River Canyon north of Globe on highway 60)...one time we were not able to get in and ended up staying at a private place...talk about a bummer.

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Im on the far edge of doable in Oklahoma, but depending on the dates and the distance you can bet I will be keeping my eye on potential rallies
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