• Dave and Shelly
    1
    Preparing to spend winters in Arizona next year or the following, and hoping to get some recommendations for places to stay for the winter season Fall - Spring.

    Thanks in advance Ray, for all of your reviews, and we will definitely check out the places you have been to, but unfortunately I will still be working and wont be able to re-locate every week or so based on my need for reliable internet and the nature of my work demands.

    In doing our research, we do find many places in the Phoenix/Tuscon area, but they mostly appear to be more like resorts, with tons of amenities, and usually a high cost that goes along with that. Would not rule out New Mexico, if weather was not a factor.

    Looking for places that may have some decent space, and away from major metropolitan areas

    We don't necessarily need to stay in one place for the whole season, even 1 month at a time would be fine, as we still plan on picking up and going places on weekends and some weeks.

    So here is a brief list of criteria:

    • Don't need all the amenities of an RV resort
    • Reliable internet (covered by at least 1 of the major carriers)
    • Not in a urban setting

    Maybe wishful thinking in finding such a place(s) ;)

    Thanks in advance!
  • Dave and Shelly
    1
    Thanks for your reply and honesty. We dont mind be next to other campers, just not having people so close that it seems like your in a parking lot and your awning almost touches the next camper ;). We do have some locations in mind, and I expect that we will do more boondocking as we become more familiar with the area.
  • RVsolar
    338
    the true is just follow Ray years trips that's how we started out full timing 2years ago . The Frist years we booked a month in a RV park in Blythe Ca hidden beaches parked right on the river side and just drove the truck around to see rhe area .
  • Dhuhn
    75
    I think you would get a better answer if your heading to a certain area or city and ask for recommendation for that city. What I usually do is find a place I want to go then get on google an search for RV parks read reviews. There are also a lot of apps you can use. I believe Ray has a video that shows the apps he uses.
  • Dave and Shelly
    1
    Thanks for all the feedback... We realize this is something we will have to learn for ourselves and so looking forward to starting our journey.
  • Ray
    679
    Basically most RV resorts imho are cramped and crowded, especially if close to major attractions or urban areas. ie Phoenix, Palm Springs, Yuma, Tucson. Lots of people love them as they can be quite social and have amenities nearby and save money by joining clubs or doing monthly or seasonal stays.

    Next is National, County, and State parks, they usually have campsites more spread out and better natural surroundings, we like those but the drawback is usually a 2-week limit and most aren't that cheap these days. New Mexico SP system is one of the best and cheapest but due to elevations a tad cool in the winter.

    Then there are BLM and Forestry lands boondocking where you can get as isolated as you want to be and rig size will allow, usually free or very cheap. Most free places have 2-week limit though there are things called LTVA (Long Term Visitor Areas) where you can have extended stays for a small fee, keep in mind though they are quite popular so back to crowds, but like I say some like it that way. :) https://freecampsites.net/blm-ltvas/

    Once you get here you'll figure it out. Different strokes for different folks, so everyone will have a different answer and likely not what exactly you like.

    Here are some posts that may help:
    https://www.loveyourrv.com/allstays-pro-for-rv-trip-planning/
    https://www.loveyourrv.com/find-rv-boondocking-campsites-us-south-west/
    https://www.loveyourrv.com/6-amazingly-scenic-us-southwest-desert-campsites/
    https://www.loveyourrv.com/10-coolest-campsites-visited-in-2015-love-your-rv/
    https://www.loveyourrv.com/ten-favorite-campsites-of-2016/
    https://www.loveyourrv.com/love-rv-top-10-scenic-campsites-visited-2017/
  • Mary Lifeunderway
    8
    Dave and Shelley,
    Since you're open to New Mexico, and don't want to be near a major city, you might check out Cedar Cove RV Park in Elephant Butte (next to Truth or Consequences). We have a long term spot there that we come and go from. Here's what we like about it.

    Like you, we still work and rely on stable high-speed internet. We have an Unlimitedville account on their Verizon plan, (expensive, but truly unlimited) and have not had connectivity issues here and what we do takes a lot of bandwidth intermittently. We also have AT&T and I usually have full signal on that as well.

    It's a VERY quiet park. Very. There are different sections of the park and I would recommend doing what we did - book a few nights, and then walk around with a map of the spots that are open for a month or two or however long you're looking for, and pick one. I think Level 2 is the quietest. This is where we are and there's a buffer of wild desert between here and the roads. When we leave we miss the quiet.

    It has all the necessities (bathrooms, laundry) but none of the crap I don't want to pay for (watered lawns in the desert, a pool, playgrounds, other "resort" amenities. It does have a huge kitchen that you can use if you're staying a month or more.It has a dog park.

    There's a Walmart about 10 minutes away and another grocery store in T or C (Bullocks) that I've been to once and found very limited. There are a handful of local propane places where you can fill up; if you're staying a while you can have them drop a bottle at your site.

    Some LT sites have lean-to shelters, and some have small storage sheds, and some have both. The rest are "plain." All are pretty level, gravel, and the staff rakes daily to keep it tidy. The plants are native, not stuff that needs watered and fussed with (I abhor parks that waste water trying to make the desert look like a golf course in the midwest, if you didn't pick up on that.)

    The people here are friendly. Everyone is here for the same reason: it's quiet and relaxing.

    From our RV we look out at hilly desert. I've seen more quail than in my entire life before now, and the occasional roadrunner.

    Las Cruces is about an hour away if you do need to get to a bigger town. El Paso is about an hour an a half if you need an even bigger city.

    Elephant Butte Lake State Park is a mile or so away and has great easy and moderate hikes. There's lots to see around the area if you enjoy the outdoors. This is like an old beach town in the middle of the desert. Some people hate that. We love it. It's not a fancy, upscale destination.

    Holler if you have any questions!

    Mary

    Edited to add: this used to be officially a 55+ park. Their current policy is children are allowed only for those staying a week or less. There are a number of long term people here, including some who have been here over a decade. Unlike any other park I've been to, they do not tolerate a mess around any vehicle. Some people have plants and outdoor decor, but it is all neatly kept. I can't recall seeing any kids here, ever. That may be either a plus or a minus depending on your situation. -mhk
  • Dave and Shelly
    1
    Thanks Ray !!!! And thank you Mary for the recommendation ... That sounds exactly what we are looking for. We may reach out to you further .... Once again, thank you everyone!
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