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Old 07-13-2015, 08:49 PM   #1
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We are planning for 2-3 months February March April. 2016. We want to look for homes in either Tucson or Phoenix. For those of you that have had positive experiences staying in these areas which campgrounds do you recommend. We have a 25 FB FC. We would like places that we can feel that we can leave the AS throughout the day but be there at night. Your thoughts would be appreciated.


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Old 07-13-2015, 09:27 PM   #2
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Lazy days KOA in Tucson is a good base camp
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Old 07-13-2015, 10:10 PM   #3
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We have spent some months each year at Voyageur RV Resort. Great community, lots of hobby shops and sports, pools, ballroom, and has it's own restaurant. Rvs, park models, prefab and stick built homes. It's the community of friendly and interesting people that we enjoy most. Many come to visit, like it, and buy a home. Located just south of city, conveniently near Interstate 10.
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Old 07-14-2015, 04:39 PM   #4
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Lazy Days is good if you want pool, WiFi, laundry, AS dealer, etc.

Gilbert Ray CG west of Tucson, Tucson Mountain Park, electric only, has dump station, 7 day max stay. Fairly private with about 20 feet between sites. IIRC was $20 per day.

If you are okay with boon docking, Snider Hill is a BLM area west of Tucson on the Ajo (rt 86?) highway about 10-15 miles from I-10 that goes to Nogales. Again two week max if and when they check, fees?

We stayed at GR and SH CG's in Jan/Feb this past winter, no issues.
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Old 07-15-2015, 09:26 AM   #5
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The Phoenix area has the Cal-Am RV resorts and all have security and lots of activities. We like Sunflower and Val Vista, but they have a bunch around AZ including Tucson.
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Old 07-20-2015, 08:50 PM   #6
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We have stayed at Catalina State Park several times and it is beautiful. Shower and restroom facilities are spotless and very nice/updated. There are no sites with sewer but electricity and water are available. There are several very nice trailheads that originate within the park for all levels of physical condition. Several of these are wonderful places to experience the flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert including expansive stands of saguaro cactus. This park is about a 15-20 minute drive north of Tucson. If you are looking for a full service RV park, Lazy Days is very nice and within 5-10 minutes of downtown Tucson.
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Old 07-20-2015, 10:44 PM   #7
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Isn't the Tucson Gem show in February? If it is, they need to make reservations, now.

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Old 07-22-2015, 12:01 PM   #8
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We have stayed at Catalina State Park several times and it is beautiful. Shower and restroom facilities are spotless and very nice/updated. There are no sites with sewer but electricity and water are available. There are several very nice trailheads that originate within the park for all levels of physical condition. Several of these are wonderful places to experience the flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert including expansive stands of saguaro cactus. This park is about a 15-20 minute drive north of Tucson. If you are looking for a full service RV park, Lazy Days is very nice and within 5-10 minutes of downtown Tucson.
X2, Two week maximum stay at Catalina State Park. It is very popular so the sooner you can book online, the better chance you have of getting a spot. There are three dump stations so not having a sewer is a minor inconvenience.
A similar park in the Scottsdale, Fountain Hills area is McDowell Mountain Park. It is a county park with a two week stay limit. It has world class mountain bike riding if you are in to that. Likewise it fills up fast and you have to have reservations.
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I know you said the Tucson, Phoenix area, but if you decide to look further north, the Thousand Trails CG in Cottonwood is a good place. We ended up staying there for 4 months while looking for a house last yr. We are now Prescott residents .
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We've stayed at Lazydays KOA in Tucson many times when we had the 44' Diesel Pusher. It was better when LazyDays owned it, but still good now that KOA took it over. We enjoy Tucson.

This same time of year, two years ago, we decided to house hunt in North Scottsdale (just 15 minutes from McDowell Mountain Park). Having the 44' Class A, we didn't think of staying at McDowell. We stayed at the KOA in Apache Junction for two months until we found our desert-edge house in North Scottsdale. Nice park with a magnificent view of Superstition Mountain, but a bit of a drive to North Scottsdale.

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We pulled the Avalanche behind the motorhome. Superstition Mountains:


Not sure of your house budget or where you might want to be in Phoenix area, but we found that we much prefer the NE Scottsdale area to any other around Phoenix, though there are nice pockets here and there around Phoenix. We were specifically looking for a Santa Fe-style territorial house, over 1 acre, no HOA, desert environment, and able to get our 44' Class A to the house.

View toward the McDowell Mountains, from the back of the house in NE Scottsdale.


For us, Tucson didn't offer quite enough amenities nor as many choices in homes, but we like to visit there.

Depending on where around Phoenix you want to look for a house, there are a variety of RV parks. Pioneer RV park on I-17 is on the NW side of Phoenix. Apache Junction KOA is on the SE side of the metroplex. McDowell Mountain Park is in the NE area, though tucked away in a pretty remote spot.
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Thank you, Gael.
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We are planning for 2-3 months February March April. 2016. We want to look for homes in either Tucson or Phoenix. For those of you that have had positive experiences staying in these areas which campgrounds do you recommend. We have a 25 FB FC. We would like places that we can feel that we can leave the AS throughout the day but be there at night. Your thoughts would be appreciated.


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If you are looking for a home in Tucson, you may want to look at homes in the Sam Hughes historic neighborhood. We currently live here most of the year and absolutely love the location, neighbors, conveniences, etc.
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Enjoyed staying at Rincon Country West RV park in Tucson many times - a large park with every imaginable amenity, very well kept. it is a 55+ park.

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