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Old 06-27-2005, 04:25 PM   #1
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what are your favorite wintering locations?

greetings all

i realize summer just began and in much of the country we're cookin' right now in 90+temps.....BUT it's never too early to think about and plan that next winter retreat.

one of my steps in progressing towards full timing is to spend the 2005/6 winter some place much easier (weather wise) than the midwest.

i'd like to camp long term (6-8 weeks) in about 3 regions where i won't need my down parka and snow shovel from mid november to april. i figure RIGHT NOW is the best time to start searching for those 3 spots.

so please take a break from this early summer day and tell me about your favorite place to migrate when the temps drop......where fair weather with easy livin' is your goal.

what's your favorite geographic region and why?
what's your favorite snow bird state? how about internationally?
where within that state?
any particular campground or long term parking spot?
any place you've been to and absolutely will return to?
any place you want to go because you've heard great things?

also, if you could take a minute, describe why you like a given place. what special features or charm do you recall.

i can't wait to read about and try some of these winter destinations.....

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Old 06-27-2005, 08:15 PM   #2
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Not there yet, but...

We're not ready for full-timing, or even half-timing, but here are a couple suggestions from one who travels waaayy too much on business...

1. Mission Bay in San Diego - Several campgrounds and mobile home park on the water, in great climate ( some rain, but no cold or snow..) and lots of things to do.. If you want more warmth, head inland a few miles near Escondido or Rancho Bernardo where golf and sunshine are better...

2. Florida? Depending on preferences, lots of warm weather and fishing and boating down near Key West, with several campgrounds (including one entire KOA island..) in warm shallow water.. Also several interesting campgrounds on west side near Sarasota and St. Petersburg, which has some of best beaches and weather in FL...

3. Palm Springs area in Calif - Dozens of campgrounds catering to snowbirds, with golf, pools, and lots of activities spread across 25 or 30 mile stretch.. Prior manager took his 28' Airstream to same campground every winter for 10 years after he retired in early 1980's, and was looking forward to going back by July.. (Though summer temps after April rise to 110 degrees and up, so summers are pretty deserted.. )

Good luck, and keep us posted on decisions..

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Old 06-27-2005, 10:01 PM   #3
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2air,

This fellow posted some pictures of where he stayed during the winter. Mostly Southern California and Mexico. The places he posted looked beautiful, especially the beach shots in Mexico. I've got no personal knowledge of them but I saved a link to his site just to look at his pic's.

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We wintered last year at Canyon Vistas RV Resort in Gold Canyon, AZ. Enjoyed it so much ... we will be returning this year.

Gold Canyon is at the extreme southeastern outer edge of Phoenix ... next to Apache Junction and the Superstition Mountains. We like it because it is remote enough to be peaceful ... yet close enough to drive in to 'civilization.'

Folks here tend to be in their 50s and 60s ... so it is considered a 'young park' ... very active place ... excercise room, pool, billiard room, computer lab, Wi-Fi, hiking club, golf, baseball team, wood shop, RC car race track, etc.

Quite a few folks from the Midwest and Canada. We had the only Airstream ... so come on down ... your 34 can keep our 34 company!
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Old 07-05-2005, 09:46 PM   #5
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hi john mcg, chester (i mean dennis) and porky



agree mission bay is a fine locale but how affordable/what parks accept our tin tubes? same with the palm springs area....not in-expensive most parks seem geared toward the big bus/deluxe class a's....what campground did your co worker go with the airsteam? i'd consider a 4-6 week layover in florida but not so far south as the keys....really i'm not that fond of florida but i'd like to try a few weeks each of the next 2 winters just to say i have....

dennis
i did look over the travel log of the chap in mexico and the swest.....having a small class c rv has it's advantages.....he's certainly had an interesting trip.....captured by "mr mavica" and his other traveling 'friends'.

porky
i am interested in the canyon vista resort.....although i'm a little younger than their minimum age 55 requirement....my hair is gray, will that count? could you be my foster parents? it'd be great to have another 34 nearby....can you say "spare parts"?

another traveler suggested palm creek golf and rv club have you heard of this spot? their web site is nice.

what were the fees like at canyon vista?

btw i used to live in seattle and purchased my first airstream at the old dealer not far from your summer home campsite.....how are things at the wb park anyway? 25 years ago they won't allow airstream motorhomes to use the wb park.....my how times change.

i'm planning to come out to oregon and washington in august/september this year.....when will you be pulling up stakes?

any other winter suggestions out there in airstream land?

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i am interested in the canyon vista resort.....although i'm a little younger than their minimum age 55 requirement....my hair is gray, will that count? could you be my foster parents? it'd be great to have another 34 nearby....can you say "spare parts"?
I don't remember geting 'carded' when we checked in ... but they did ask for our birthdates when we made the reservation.


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another traveler suggested palm creek golf and rv club have you heard of this spot? their web site is nice.

what were the fees like at canyon vista?
Palm Creek is down in Casa Grande ... nice resort ... but we're not too crazy about Casa Grande. Also, they are being sued by some of the folks who purchased lots.

We paid a bit over $400 per month at Canyon Vistas ... we got a break for 5 months.

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i'm planning to come out to oregon and washington in august/september this year.....when will you be pulling up stakes?
Already pulled ... we're in British Columbia at the moment. Sorry we will mis you.
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Have fun researching 2air. Abita Springs is lovely and just the right distance to/from the Big Easy, stayed there before Jazz fest, French Quarter fest, etc. my folks often winter there, just a drive over the causeway to Nawlins. They have a great microbrew in Abita, food is ok (compared to what you can get in Nawlins) beer is great. Best tasting water...
http://www.whresorts.com/aor/resort_...tasprings.html

Have fun looking for cool places to winter!
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Greetings...

Things seem to be well at the Land Yacht Harbor at Lacey; we spent the 4th of July weekend there.

Our schedule (we're still "working Streamers") has not allowed us to be at a rally there where I'm sure it's crowded...on off-times last last weekend, there were just a few of us, with lots of open space.

A lot of new houses down the hill from the LYH, but the club has a large buffer strip with mature trees and shrubs. We think its a great place to stay. More info on the site is at http://www.waunitwb.com/

The "Tall Ships" from around the world were in the Tacoma harbor last weekend...that was an awesome site.

It's too bad Porky's not going to be at the Oregon Country Fair this weekend - that's another northwest specialty !

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We attended ... last year ... once is enough!
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Steamboat Springs - It's all about the Champagne Powder! Many fellow Airstream owners spending the winter here...
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2air,

If you're Florida bound, you will find some of the best winter weather in SW FL, specifically the Naples to Ft. Meyers stretch (that's what got me here!). Great beaches, awesome golf (some RV 'resorts' even have their own courses) and not super congested (YET!). Shopping....you are close to anything you want or need.

There are probably 50 + RV parks that will have spaces, especially long term. You can go from right on the beach (Red Coconut in Ft. Meyers Beach) to out in the boonies (Paradise Park, an old Airstream park 20 miles from anywhere). Of course, the closer to the beach and the nicer the park, the more it costs. Some of them get $1500 a month for a 3 month stay in 'season', that being Jan, Feb and March, after which the mass exodus starts.

Pricing usually depends on amenities, location and the size of the pads. Some parks really pack them in and others offer up to 50 X 100 ft. fully paved lots with tons of lush tropical landscaping.

If you're interested in this area, let me know and I'll gst a few names and locations for you.
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Not to be a wet blanket, but this is a 2005 thread
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True, it's an old thread, but I suspect there will be new readers who are thinking ahead to snowbirding next winter--'07-'08. I, for one, read each post with interest and dreams of heading out for several months to escape our midwest cold. Just a'wishin'.
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we spent last winter in Mexico at Kino Bay.Travel there was easy and safe for us. we also went to Abita Springs in April ,it was very nice . Next winter we're going to southern Tx in the " Valley".
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