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Old 10-25-2015, 03:35 PM   #43
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Kelvin, we sign up at Voyager RV Resort near Tucson for the "early bird" rate in spring and pay it in the fall, runs about $16.50 day for six months, about $3,000. There is no tax. We pay electric ($50 to $75 month) and internet ($39 month). Everything is walking distance, very little truck fuel. We don't use a full six months but the first and last months are cheap, $200 per month, so we do it and that gives us great flexibility to come and go as we want.

We reserve and park our Airstream anywhere there is an open space, right now directly across the post office, library, ballroom, silversmith, woodworking, wood carving and glass hobby shops, pool and card rooms. Tennis, shuffleboard, pickleball, volleyball, horseshoe, water volleyball, two lap pools, two hot tubs, sauna, shower rooms, are within this activity area. Several meeting, game, and activity rooms. Restaurant, bar, and store. Par three golf down the street. Softball field and dog run beyond that. All within easy walk.

And you wonder what we do? Dances and and live entertainment several nights a week in the ballroom, coffee, donuts free and gossip Sat morning and church service Sun morning in the ballroom. Our group has a campfire, singalong with guitars, and small potluck a couple nights a week. The bike trail just outside the park takes you all the way to Downtown Tucson and the college area, or we're at desert's edge for a few organized trail cycle rides and others throughout the city.
Or bike or walk throughout the park, speed limit 5 mph for cars and golf carts. Hiking, biking, photo clubs and more if you want, church, concert and fun choirs and bands, guitar groups, native American flute, annual resident play production. Bored yet? The park manager rides motorcycle, and likes to lead a group of residents on a bike ride now and then.

Gate guard in at entrance, wall all around, we should start locking our door though not sure why. Hwy 10 Interstate 1/4 mile away and we are out of the city, but near if you need anything. Grandkids and family welcome to visit and use facilities with you, but that happens mostly at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Still bored, Arizona has much to see and most of us take several trips during the season. Grand Canyon and Sedona area are favorites, Kirchner Caverns, Tombstone, the mountains. It's a good retirement lifestyle, do as much of it as you want and do your own thing as you want.
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Old 10-25-2015, 03:39 PM   #44
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So if you went an RV spot for 3 or 4 months you have to pay electricity extra. How much is the typical monthly bill? I would imagine you would need to run the AC a lot even in the winter. Looks like the rates at Rincon are a little better than Voyager. 5 month Rincon rate comes out roughly $20/day. Is it easy to get bored down there? I would think you'd be taking off trying to find stuff to do.

Park home rentals are too expensive during the winter months for us and you'd have to store the Airstream.

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Hi Kelvin:

We had the same fear as you have mentioned about getting bored. In the last 4 years we have spent 3-months each winter in the south and have not gotten bored yet.
That said, we don't normally stay in one place more than about 2-4 weeks. Then move on to a different location. We have met many people who stay in the same place for 3-6 months, but for us (with the AS) we want to see the country a bit so moving is more to our liking at this point in time.

As we get older that very well might change and if it does, then I guess we will just move less and stay longer....

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Old 10-25-2015, 03:52 PM   #45
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Voyager has been there 30 years so has well established residential activities and all are encouraged and welcome to join in. It's a great value. There are many such resorts in AZ and other states as well. Rincon at Tucson is mentioned. Gold Canyon near Apache Junction, Palm Creek at Casa Grande is gorgeous, nice golf course.

Park models can be purchased or rented at Voyager, I've seen funished park models sold for $5,000 to $35,000 (don't be afraid to make an offer), you pay annual site rent abut $5,000. New prefab homes $120,000 range, and there is a section within this gated resort of stick built homes where you own home and land, pay city taxes which aren't bad.
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Old 10-25-2015, 03:53 PM   #46
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As Doug pointed out in his post just above where he listed literally just "some" of the activities available.....I would add, if you're bored at these places, it's your own fault ! There's multiple activities for really any interest.
Mostly, I relax, I read a lot, and I ride my bicycle for exercise daily, and take very long walks with my dog.
As to electricity, yes, at Rincon West it is metered, my monthly bill was usually around $40. I don't think I ever ran the air conditioning. Usually the mornings are cool ( upper thirties to lower forties ) so a little bit of electric heat first thing in the AM. Days warm quickly in the desert. By ten AM or so, I was opening up the trailer, and afternoon highs were usually in the 70's, so no real need for A/C. I spend most of the day outside anyway.
I use Verizon cell internet, which is around $60/month, and Dish sat television which is around $70/month.

Fair warning though about Rincon West, it is situated roughly between Davis-Monthan AFB and TIA. VERY common is to have formations of F-16 fighters coming overhead. That's an active wing out of D-M, and the guys and gals spend a fair bit of time doing formation touch-and-goes on the parallel runways of TIA. Some folks don't like the noise. For me, it's a non-issue. I like seeing and hearing these fine pilots up there maintaining proficiency. Other folks won't see it the same as I do.
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Old 10-25-2015, 03:59 PM   #47
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That's the great thing about having an Airstream or RV. You can come and go as you want, stay at the parks or wander. We pay the semi-annual fee and we are still free to go at will. Anywhere you want. We're looking at a week in Hawaii possibly this winter, she wants to do the European river boat thing some spring season.
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Old 10-25-2015, 07:58 PM   #48
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This is a very pertinent topic for us. Right now we're wanting to travel the country (that's why we have a recreational VEHICLE), but the day will come when we will want to slow down. After we've visited an area we talk about whether we want to come back some day for another visit and whether it should be considered as a possible base. We'll probably check out some of the places mentioned in this thread as we visit those areas just to see what they're like.
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Texas Airstream Harbor, Inc.

We are not on the "WBCCI" server, so the link should work.

Full hookups are only $15 per night if you decide to stay for a week or so. You need not be a WBCCI member to stay at the park - the only requirement is an Airstream product.

TAHI is a non-profit organization, and relies on volunteer labor to keep costs at a minimum. Lots start at 1500 dollars. Annual (not monthly) assessments are only $400 - that's per YEAR.

TAHI is a secure gated community - lots of road and park area to ride bikes on. Birding is second to none in Texas. We are right on the shore of Lake Sam Rayburn, so most any type of fishing is available almost from your parking spot.

TAHI (Texas Airstream Harbor) is a couple of hours north of Houston, so plenty of medical and entertainment are close at hand. Lufkin, Texas (more than 33,000 population) is only a half hour drive away.

It is possible to purchase an existing "cabanna" (usually a 12' X 20' room) with an attached cover for the Airstream for a minimal price - depending on availability. Yearly assessments at this time are only $400 per year. The assessment covers pretty much everything except for phone and electricity. The real benefit of a cabanna is the ability to leave your winter "things" in a secure, locked environment while you travel to cooler climes in the summer.

PM if you have any questions.
We just returned from a short trip to TAHI and had a very pleasant experience. (thank you Dennis and Mary for the invite and hospitality!)
The people were great and the lakeside location just beautiful.
Make it your stop and check it out next time you are in the area.
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TAHI sounds interesting. A visit someday is on the list. Another interesting concept I read about here a while back was the folks who bought a little patch of land in the southeast...where local regulations were not an issue. They built a dandy pavilion for their Airstream and patio area plus storage building in the same structure. This was a pole building/pavilion with nice outside covered area. They had utilities and septic for outdoor kitchen and laundry area and "lived" in the RV but mostly spent time outside.
This just looked affordable and comfortable. I think one could do this up north AND in a warm climate ... and travel around the Country in between staying at the bases. I am thinking maybe 25000 dollars tops for each place including land and utilities with some of your own labor. I wouldn't mind some landowner maintenance each year. I'm just weary of the big old home projects that seem to get in the way of travel. This concept might be for those like me who are not looking for lots of amenities and activities. (and a limited budget). Still working...but thinking a lot about the freedom many of you are now enjoying. You are our inspiration so keep contributing to these threads. There are many of us who enjoy the dream.
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Thanks for this thread - I'm getting the AVION ready to be a "mobile retirement villa" placed semi-permanently on a pad, possibly with a "casita" or at least a roof to keep the southern sun off, and use the EB for more frequent travel.

Some of these locations that are NOT Airstream Only may be very handy. Too bad Eastern Texas is Airstream Only since that would be close to ideal locale for me.

I'll just keep looking. I like the SW desert for short terms, but a little less desert for a base. Keep the info coming people.

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Old 11-19-2015, 01:07 PM   #52
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TAHI sounds interesting. A visit someday is on the list. Another interesting concept I read about here a while back was the folks who bought a little patch of land in the southeast...where local regulations were not an issue. They built a dandy pavilion for their Airstream and patio area plus storage building in the same structure. This was a pole building/pavilion with nice outside covered area. They had utilities and septic for outdoor kitchen and laundry area and "lived" in the RV but mostly spent time outside.
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How about buying a piece of land in the country, building an RV garage with living quarters. I'd want something on one level. Comfortable enough for the winters then travel during the rest of the year. Have no idea how much that would cost.

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Old 11-23-2015, 11:54 AM   #53
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I was browsing RVTrader and clicked on the Park Models section. Some of those units are very nice and have a loft for when you have a guest.

Here is an example
http://www.rvtrader.com/dealers/Inst...tage-111289902

Hmm, wondering if we could purchase a view acres somewhere, use a park model with an adjacent structure to store the Airstream. Just use it when we want to winter down.

I guess these types of units would depreciate unlike a house but you maybe wouldn't be subject to the same taxes if you built a small home. The value of the land would go up over the years and could be left to a beneficiary.

I also don't see any laundry rooms in these units, not even a stackable you see in some Class As.

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Look at The North Texas Airstream Community or 'N-TAC'.

http://ntaci.com

You can have anything from a bare lot with 3-point hook-ups to a 2500+ sq. ft. brick home with Airstream RV port & garage. It's an Airstream only community & WBCCI membership is required. Yearly maint. fees are $750.- per share. Each share is 'tied' to a lot.

My wife & I retired and came to NTAC a few years ago. We purchased a villa with 950 sq. ft. living space, 2 B/R, 2 bath. The Airstream, TV, & car are all under cover. Our thinking was that we would eventually buy some land and build our 'dream' retirement cabin/home. We have since bought the land and recently sold it. Our temporary retirement stop, NTAC, is now our home. We'll be here until…

NTAC is not for everyone but we have found it to be a good balance between security, esp. when traveling, amenities, activities, community, & costs. There are 24 full hook-up sites that any Airstreamer can stay on, fees are nominal.

There is also a program for Airstreamers to rent/lease a lot for a few months.
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I've seen a couple of photos of these Airstream parks. The buildings on the lots seem to be metal buildings, the Airstream is covered with an attached structure. What are the interiors like inside? Do you have any photos to post?

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I've seen a couple of photos of these Airstream parks. The buildings on the lots seem to be metal buildings, the Airstream is covered with an attached structure. What are the interiors like inside? Do you have any photos to post?

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Sorry, I did not take any pictures of the insides when we visited TAHI, but I can tell you that the metal buildings are extremely deceiving. We visited a couple of those buildings, they are limited to 900 sqf, but we were blown away by what people have done. I always thought that our friends Dennis and Mary were building a "weekend type" cottage, but I was so wrong. A full Kitchen with top of the line appliances and granite counter tops, hardwood flooring throughout and spacious bathroom with a huge walk in shower, all nicely fitted into the 900 sqf allowed. Its all up to your own vision what you do with your space.
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