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Old 11-10-2013, 10:40 AM   #1
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Winter hot spots for AS?

We were wondering where Snow Birds spend their Winter months to escape the soon to come Arctic breezes? We are not camping novices, however, we'd enjoy hearing of your faves, if you want to share. Look forward to your feedback, and maybe we will meet you down the road!!
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:47 AM   #2
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We most often go to a 55+ park in Tucson. Generally, on the way down, we take in a few other areas en route - this winter planning to stop a couple of days at Vicksburg (Civil war interest!) and in Cajun country west of Lafayette - never been there.

On the way home, we take less time but generally break up the trip with a couple of nights in either Nashville or Branson.

Every few years we go to Florida just for a change - used to zero in on the area around Venice on the Gulf Coast, but the last couple of times we have stayed at the
Land Yacht Harbor Airstream Park in Melbourne on the Atlantic side.


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Old 11-10-2013, 11:04 AM   #3
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If you're more the outdoorsy type....

We spent some time last winter at Furnace Creek in Death Valley NP, in nearby Shoshone, CA; and Katherine Landing at Mojave Lake (Lake Mead NRA, near Bullhead City, AZ.) The weather was cool and very windy, but not cold. Beautiful desert scenery, and Death Valley is well worth a visit. Furnace Creek takes revs.

We visited some snowbird friends at an RV park near Yuma, AZ. They love it. The Yuma area seems to have reliably warm weather, but the RV parks seem to be basically large gravel parking lots-- but with club houses, swimming pools, and the usual amenities. Their park (Pioneer RV Park in Wellton, AZ) seemed to have a very active social life.

For some years prior to going to this park, they camped out on BLM land in the desert. You see a lot of RVs just parked out on the desert in southern Arizona.

Some other outdoorsy folks told us that a good place to spend a winter month is the Organ Pipe Cactus NM in southern Arizona. Has anyone here tried it?

The NPS campsites generally require boondocking (but with water and dump station on site) but if you have a senior's pass, you can't beat the price.
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Louisiana, southern Mississippi and south Texas.


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Old 11-10-2013, 11:42 AM   #5
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Apache Wells Country Club - Mesa AZ

We re-position the Airstream from Albuquerque to Mesa after Balloon Fiesta. We will enjoy 4CU Airstream rallies through the winter months.
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:50 AM   #6
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All of our RV camp grounds, private, National and State parks fill up during the winter months with snow birds. So full in fact that sometimes it can be difficult for locals to get a spot. Most non-private parks limit the number days that people can stay. Many like it so much down here that they eventually retire and move to the area.
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Many like it so much down here that they eventually retire and move to the area.
My southern MS cousin says "No one ever retires and moves North.

He is mostly right, and what's not to love about the Gulf Coast?



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Maggie, so true, but I did spend a nice couple of months in Maine this past summer.
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Any ideas for east coast wintering - namely florida? Wed like to boondock on or near beaches. We are younger than most snowbirds so can't do the 55+ parks.
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Maggie, so true, but I did spend a nice couple of months in Maine this past summer.
Oh, yes. We did a tour of the New England states this year, too.

Every area has its own charm.



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Any ideas for east coast wintering - namely florida? Wed like to boondock on or near beaches. We are younger than most snowbirds so can't do the 55+ parks.
Well.......Florida can be very, very crowded, and popular campgrounds fill up quickly....probably already so.

We like the panhandle area, where the beaches are white and beautiful. Have not been to Florida for a number of years, though, and don't know about any beach camping.

I do see a number of federal and county campgrounds on the map for and in the area of Appalachicola and Ocala National Forests.

Inland is likely to be less crowded, is our experience, but be careful with those lakes and wooded areas..,,,,,,there are gators and lots of huge snakes.


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I read on another thread not on this site that all fl parks are required to save at least one and in some cases up to 20% of sites for walk ins and not allow them to be reserved. Anyone have
Experience getting these? Any tips?
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Old 11-10-2013, 04:46 PM   #13
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Winter hot spots for AS

Thanks everyone for the ideas and suggestions. We've camped at Top Sail in Santa Rosa Beach; best campground ever, but pricey for long term stays. It's the same park the AS rallie is held at the beginning of January. Additionally, we have noticed Florida parks do fill rapidly, and we are trying to avoid the "parking lot" atmosphere we've seen first hand. Further, we have camped in Arizona, but by no means, have we seen it all. So now with some new ideas, we'll consider our choices.
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:03 PM   #14
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Traverlers Rest, Dade City. 3 months every year for us. Check the website.
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