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Old 04-11-2016, 05:57 PM   #1
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Snow bird trip II HELP!

Michigan to Florida to be warm this winter (Jan-Mar 2015) was to say the lease, disappointing. 64 day stay at this camp site will not be repeated. So lets go some where else for a long term winter stay with no shuffling around. I am thinking about the Zona, yep Arizona. Haven't been there for 40 plus years.

I would enjoy 60 deg or better in January early February and continuing to get warmer each week. The less the population and more of the view would be nice. Full hook up would be nice but not required. So tell me and add your links to show me, where did you go for long term camping?

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Old 04-11-2016, 06:01 PM   #2
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May I ask, what was disappointing? Was it the weather, the people, or the place you chose?
It was an unusually cool winter in FL this year, because of El Niņo.
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Old 04-12-2016, 06:20 PM   #3
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my opinion would be misconstrued here and it would require more text than i want to type. sorry.
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Old 04-12-2016, 07:45 PM   #4
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Voyager Rv Resort just south of Tucson Jan-Feb-Mar. Older well kept park with a very well established community life, great amenities. Join "Thousand Trails" travel group and get a great price for those three months, plus other very low cost camping rates.
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Old 04-12-2016, 08:46 PM   #5
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Google...Thousand trails by R.V.Love and save a bundle. Yes it's a timeshare.
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Google...Thousand trails by R.V.Love and save a bundle. Yes it's a timeshare.
Hmmmm . . . is timeshare good or bad? I just know about the save a bundle part.
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:53 PM   #7
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Hmmmm . . . is timeshare good or bad? I just know about the save a bundle part.
Sounds like a good deal, if you plan to use it alot. Weekenders ...not so much. I'm planning on full timing. so researching it now as a option. They have 80+ locations. It's a good article.
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Old 04-12-2016, 11:05 PM   #8
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Personally would never own any form of timeshare. Costs me money, whether I use it or not, and restricts my choices too much, IMHO.


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Personally would never own any form of timeshare. Costs me money, whether I use it or not, and restricts my choices too much, IMHO.


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Yes, I read recent reports (sorry I forgot the source, but think it was the WSJ) confirmed by 3 friends and family members who own time shares, that they are nearly impossible to unload. One legal strategy recommended was to deed it to someone near to death or very old and have them will it to someone. The recipient is not obligated to accept it. Then, and ususlly only then, will the company accept it back. Timeshares have fees that are charged regardless of use for as long as you own it. Here are some sources:
http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB100014...54851966464240

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I went to the Thousand Trails website to sign up for their Camping Pass but they won't sell to me because I'm in MN. They also won't sell to residents of MS or SD.
What's that all about?
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Snow bird trip II HELP!

There is a bunch of lawyers in Los Angeles making a living at getting people out of timeshares. I suspect, based on the amount of advertising they do, that they are making lots of money doing this.

Most timeshares seem to be heavily oversold and overbooked. I think the maintenance and annual fees is where they make their money.


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Green valley, just south of Tucson, offers some nice RV parks. Parks around Phoenix are more urban. Further north than that gets you into high ground with cooler temperatures in the winter, but nice summer camping.
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We have been going sometimes to Florida sometimes to Arizona for about 7 weeks each winter for the last 18 years or so.

I think my preference is Arizona although once in a while we do Florida (a) because it is a significantly shorter journey and (b) nice to be at the beaches now and then.

As we get up in years we seem to be doing Florida more often - mainly due to the length of the journey to Az.

I don't mind the long drive, in fact I am one of those folk who enjoy the journey as much as the destination, but my wife is not quite as enthusiastic about it!

We have made it one year as far as San Diego in 3 1/2 days from our home near Toronto, stopping each night at Flying J's to save time! But these days I like to take it easy on our driving, get an early start each day and call it quits for a G&T or three at mid to late afternoon!

That is except for the first day out of Canada when we typically drive 15 - 16 hours to get as far from the cold as we can!

When in Arizona we generally spend most of our time in Tucson. We find it a nice size compared to Phoenix and like to take day trips to Tombstone, Bisbee, etc - often we camp a few days at Bisbee as it is one of my favourite spots!

We used to also take day trips to Nogales, Mexico, but in recent years my better half who perhaps has more sense than me, won't go there!

We do like state parks just as much if not more than commercial campsites, but in Tucson we stay at a very large 55+ RV resort with every imaginable amenity. It is called "Rincon Country West. There is also a Rincon Country East although we have not been there - they are owned by the same successful Irish ex pat!

The two resorts are largely populated with park model trailers, with maybe 20% devoted to temporary campers like us.

If we go back again - maybe next year - we'd plan on going to the same place.

Brian.

(PS - last two years, we went to Florida, mid Feb to early April, weather not the greatest either time. )
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What about the Gulf Coast / Eastern Texas? For future reference .
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