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    Tucson, AZ
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    Fulltime since March '06. We have volunteered as park hosts for the states of CA, MT, NV and NC.

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  1. I'm looking around, and just started looking at used DRVs.  Did you sell yours?

  2. Welcome. Before you buy anything, rent. You can rent a class c and a small class a. You can get a feel for floorplans and how all the systems work. Possibly, you may decide on what you don't like. It's very helpful and isn't that pricey for a weekend. We rented 2 class c's and a class a before buying a 5th wheel.
  3. Look at the Facebook page for Fulltime Families, they are living it and can give you some good advice
  4. I NEED A NEW OWNER, they bought something else, 36rssb for sale. 6 point auto level, dual pane windows, 3 1/4" insulated walls, disc brakes, Trail Air kingpin, king bed, microwave/convection, 3 burner stove/oven, residential refrigerator, Non Smoker, Cherry cabinets, wired for solar, fireplace, 2 awnings, 2 ac's. Honda 2000 generator included with purchase. Serviced and maintained by one of Drv's top dealers, Rolling Retreats in Elk City, OK. $47,000 Located in Tucson, AZ, listed on Craigslist Tucson with pictures. Will deliver within 400 miles
  5. At the Voyager in Tucson it is busier than I've seen it in several years.
  6. My 2 cents is no. We have 2/3 paint. There have been some oxidation on a few spots on the white. We used polishing compound with a cheap orbital buffer and it looks like new. I think it also makes a difference the products you use on it. Ours has never had a water bath except rain. We have used Wash Wax All on it since day one. It's a "waterless" product that's easy to use. The initial kit is pricey but gives you everything you need for years, just reorder the concentrate. We mix the concentrate with water. I have no connection with the product just really like it and easy to use. I can use this product at any park, even those that don't allow washing rigs. If you keep the rig clean and treat the oxidation when it shows up it's easy to clear up.
  7. www.overnightrvparking.com is another one. $24/year. I have used it and liked it
  8. Other posters have given great tips. We went to Tucson the first time because some friends were staying there. We loved the Voyager resort and how friendly everyone was. We spent 5 winter seasons there. This past winter we had a family obligation in Monterey County, CA and really missed the warm weather of AZ. Do you know anyone who stays in the Phoenix area? DH's parents lived on the west side of Phoenix, we stayed at Leaf Verde in Buckeye several times and liked it. It's not a huge park and there are many people that come back every year. You may have to do what Barbaraok did and stay 1 or 2 weeks at several parks to find one you might like. It's more expensive but worth it to find the right fit for you.
  9. My 2 cents is that if you are new to 5th wheels then you might slow down on what you "think" you must have. You are going to get lots of opinions from others, what they do may not be right for you. As another mentioned there's the weight of the fuel to consider, it costs you fuel mileage the more weight you carry. Just like other issues like membership campgrounds, you may want to travel for awhile before you invest in an auxiliary tank. We've been fulltime for 12 years and never had auxiliary tank, gas stations are everywhere, even on the 2 lane highways. Sometimes we carry 5 gallons of extra diesel, most times we don't fill it. In the 12 years we've needed it once.
  10. There are also many fishing access sites that are not too far off I 90 in Montana. You can look them up on their website (Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks), most you can camp in for a small fee. They have vault toilets but not much else.
  11. There's a campground in Newport Beach, CA that is over $100 a night. We've never stayed there but my daughter goes there once a year. They will deliver "room service" to you by golf cart. It's right on the bay, I think.
  12. We had carpet in the LR and the bedroom. We tore both out, also the bathroom tile so that it would be all the same. The carpet was easy to remove but the tile in the bathroom was hard. We had to use a hair dryer to soften it up and use putty knives. We bought 16 x 16 vinyl tiles from Home Depot. Luckily, we were able to use the previous lines in the bathroom so that the tile was laid straight. It was hard on the knees but easy to do. We have never done anything like that. This pic was taken before the trim edge was installed.
  13. We have been fulltime for 12 years and have used Passport America most of those years. We usually volunteer as parks hosts 4 to 6 months of the year and travel the rest of the year. Yes, parks that participate change all the time, we just adjust. There are other ways to save $$ on camping, we use casinos, Cabela's, www.overnightrvparking.com, Don Wright's Free Campground books and Corps of Engineers parks. We have found some great city/county parks that don't offer all the amenities but are good experiences. Yes, some of the PA parks aren't in the greatest shape but from what I see on rv park reviews 4 star resorts get negative feedback. We are traveling this summer from April to December and will continue to use PA when we can. We just left Southern Hills RV park in Hermosa (south of Rapid City) that was a great park, centrally located to visit all the attractions and $18.50 a night.
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