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Old 10-16-2011, 09:01 PM   #1
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Winter site for my wife.....

Hi all. We've been full timing in our 19ft Flying Cloud for the last six months and winter is coming to southern Idaho. We are new to the AS community but have been impressed with everyones sense of camaraderie and helpfulness. It's that helpfulness that I am appealing to now.

Our reasons for full timing are my wife's mold toxicosis and chemical sensitivity. We've considered trying to winter up here as my work isn't portable like hers is. She is still in the process of healing though and I'm afraid it would be just to hard on her.

So the question is: What would be a good place for her to park in the AZ or NM area for the winter?

A couple of conditions are that she has to have cell service and hookups. Internet's a plus too. Also it needs to be in an area warm enough to regularly spend time outside from December to March. Lisa will have one or two dogs with her (big Chesapeakes) and wants to be able to hike with them regularly. We are new to RV parks; 80% of our camping has been boon docking and the rest in parks or friend's fields.

My hope is that she can be apart of a community that will look after her some as I'll be so far away. She's on the mend but still has some bad days. We are familiar with some areas in Southern AZ: Tombstone, Madera Canyon, Organ Pipes, Patagonia.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions

Tod and Lisa
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Old 10-16-2011, 09:55 PM   #2
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Old 10-16-2011, 11:43 PM   #3
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Somewhere in the Tucson are would be good...access to lots of RV parks of every type, some great hiking within shorts drives, close to a larger town, etc etc...you know the area it appears...it would be a good choice.
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Old 10-20-2011, 06:52 AM   #4
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Mesa,AZ has alot of choices. Nice area in the winter with lots of health services and friendly RV'ers.

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Old 10-20-2011, 09:16 AM   #5
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Lo-Hi Ranch at Deming, NM.

I'm camped here now. Meets all your requirements. This is the home base of the LOWs group (Loners on wheels) so half of the rigs here at the moment are occupied by single women. Park is open to the public so no problem with you wife being married. I'm a memb erof LOW and the monthly camping rate for full hook-up is $170 + electric. Hibher rate for non-member.
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Old 10-22-2011, 07:17 PM   #6
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Thanks for the suggestions! New Mexico is looking pretty good. She'll probably stay out of the Phoenix area unless it's around Queen Creek or Globe. One thing to clarify is that we are in our forties which may be a bit of a liability in some places! Please keep ideas coming as we want to check out several places over the Christmas break before really deciding. What about the Sedona area? Too high and cold in winter?
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Old 10-22-2011, 07:38 PM   #7
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Lot's of northern types in Ajo during the winter, three or four from Idaho at "Shadow Ridge", where we've stayed for years. Full hooks, internet, "older crowd" and friendly. We'll be down for the winter in November, see you then.
Sorry, I don't have a link, but a Google search should work, close to Organ Pipe.
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Old 10-22-2011, 08:09 PM   #8
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Sedona can get snow on occasion. If you are ok with occasional snow there is a great rv park right on the creek.

If you don't want snow you might want to consider the KOA in Black Canyon City. It is north of Phoenix close to loads of hiking. About an hour and 20 mins from Sedona, 45 minutes to Prescott etc. Loads of hiking around there.

Prescott might also be a great place to consider a little colder than Tucson or Phoenix but very beautiful and smaller population. Point of Rocks is in a nice and peaceful setting with lakes and tons of hiking nearby.

Good luck finding the perfect wintering place.
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Lo-Hi Ranch at Deming, NM.

I'm camped here now. Meets all your requirements. This is the home base of the LOWs group (Loners on wheels) so half of the rigs here at the moment are occupied by single women. Park is open to the public so no problem with you wife being married. I'm a memb erof LOW and the monthly camping rate for full hook-up is $170 + electric. Hibher rate for non-member.
I've been to Deming twice in the last year. Once in April and the other in February. Both times they had a dust storm that closed the Interstate.

Maybe I had incredibly bad luck, but I'll need some reassurance before I ever go back.
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Grand Master--I've been towing across Indiana when the flooding waters were almost up to the Interstate Hwy., so I should avoid Indiana at all costs?
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Grand Master--I've been towing across Indiana when the flooding waters were almost up to the Interstate Hwy., so I should avoid Indiana at all costs?
I would, if I were you.
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