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Old 11-07-2014, 07:32 AM   #29
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Someone posted FL State Parks above Tampa are usually ok. I just checked and some of them are still pretty wide open for January, February and March. They do take reservations over the internet or phone for those who plan, we are planners and made reservations at several parks months ago.

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Old 11-07-2014, 07:39 AM   #30
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And planning is good, if you want something specific at a certain time, or have other needs that prohibit the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, take-whatever-comes, approach that some of us prefer.

I already have three reservations for the winter, so, you know, it's all good.



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Old 11-07-2014, 08:34 AM   #31
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Seems there are so many camping options in Arizona for winter season travel.
For those of you whom have wintered there, how is central and southwestern Arizona
weather & crowds in March thru April?
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Old 11-08-2014, 02:41 PM   #32
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At $180 for 7 months you get what you pay for and not much more.
Your right.Quartzsite is for the real boondockers not the faint of hart.
It sure is not a upscale RV resort that take lots of $ to stay.
If you need upscale RV resorts with full hookups then go to Yuma or Palm Springs.
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Old 11-10-2014, 10:58 PM   #33
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Is it too late to plan a snowbird escape for Winter 2015?

Well, I am hopeful if everything goes well here and the stars align....we may be heading for our inaugural snowbird escape late December or early January.

Anyone with experience traveling east coast to southwest ...Winter Roadtrip PA - AZ?

Please offer tips and any experiences for best routes- were thinking I 81 South, then I 40 versus heading due south before Oklahoma City....maybe Arkansas & pick up I 20/I 10.
We prefer to clear the snow belt states and spend a few months in southwest AZ, So-Cal and maybe NM and other states enroute back east. Goal will be to use Airstream 100% unless the dam polar vortex finds us. We had 2000i generator, small electric heater and might buy set of portable solar panels prior to our trip.
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Old 11-11-2014, 02:01 AM   #34
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Death Valley. Furnace Creek takes revs, and is much nicer than the parking lot-style overflow CG across the way. Near Death Valley is a simple no-frills RV park in Shoshone, CA. (Not far from Pahrump, NV.) Gas stations are few and far between in and around Death Valley and really expensive, so a spare gas can is a good idea.

Katherine Landing on Mohave Lake, near Bullhead City AZ. Cool and windy, but no snow.

Zion National Park in March.

Yuma if you want truly warm weather, but the RV parks pack in hundreds of seniors at a pop.
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Old 12-12-2014, 10:54 PM   #35
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So far the much awaited "health reports" came back great. So now the fun begins planning and setting a target date for departure for our first east coast exodus to Southwest chasing 70 and sunshine! I am sure we will have lots of questions as we plan our first ever winter snowbird escapee!
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Has anyone attended Alumanafiesta in Tucson?
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Old 12-13-2014, 12:06 AM   #37
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This has been an interesting read as we plan to leave Canada in mid January heading to AZ. We left our trailer in Vegas when we were down in the fall. So towing it in ice and snow will not be an issue.
Our plan as of now is to get the trailer out of storage and head over to Pahrump and camp for a couple days getting everything in the trailer back to normal. The lake side resort in Pahrump is a wonderful place!
From there our plans are totally open and that is by design... We will travel the SW till the end of March and then start to head back to Canada

We should stay I touch as our paths might very well cross.......
Send me a PM if you want and I will shoot you over our contact info

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Old 12-13-2014, 12:49 AM   #38
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If you decide on Quartszite, holler at Jimmini when you get close. He'll guide you in. There's an area of Airstreamers. Coming & going, but you're never all alone. There are no hook-ups, but you kind of get in a rhythm of conserving. You can't beat the quiet of the desert & the desert animal sounds. They park away from the town hub-bub, but close enough to drive in.

Oh...BLM has a 2 weeks/$40 pass, to let you try it out.


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Don't forget to check out "Airstream Only" parks, you can find them online. Stop well before dark even if its a truck stop or Walmart and if the weather turns bad STAY PUT.
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We just booked a late-winter escape (March is winter up here) for the Furnace Creek CG at Death Valley NP, followed by Shoshone RV Park (not far from Pahrump,) and Joshua Tree NP, all in southeastern California.

As of yesterday, there were still sites available in March for all these places. In 2013 we were at Furnace Creek in mid-February, and the only time it filled up was for President's Day weekend. The hookup sites are all reserved for the week of March 10-17 now, but the CG has water, restrooms, and a dump station. There is an overflow CG (Sunset) across the road, but it looks pretty much like a gravel parking lot. Apparently there is a lot of space at the Furnace Creek CG in January. It's right by the Furnace Creek resort, golf course, heated swimming pool, &c. I think there is also full hook-up RVing at the resort itself. We went horseback riding one afternoon!

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The Shoshone RV Park is super low-key, and close to Death Valley, the Amargosa nature preserve and hiking trails. We stayed there in 2013, as well.

Shoshone RV Park - Shoshone, California

Joshua Tree will be a new adventure for us!

I would love to hear more about the Pahrump site-- as well as suggestions for boondocking in southwestern Arizona, as we plan to give ourselves loads of time to drive down there, and if the weather is good, we should end up with some extra days in early March.
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Don't forget to check out "Airstream Only" parks, you can find them online. Stop well before dark even if its a truck stop or Walmart and if the weather turns bad STAY PUT.
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This RV park & Airstream "hotel" in Escalante, Utah was closed for a while, but seems to have reopened. We stayed there once and really liked it. The landscape is spectacular. We may visit it again on our drive home in April.

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At $180 for 7 months you get what you pay for and not much more.

Cheaper than paying for storage.


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