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While staying in an Arizona RV Park just West of Phoenix a mobile RV technician shared information about a wonderful RV Resort located in Surprise Arizona. The park offers RV lots that can be purchased or rented.

 

It is a beautiful established resort close to shopping and entertainment including Spring training baseball parks. The Park offers all the activities imaginable including Pickleball, Tennis, Golf, and much more.

 

 

Here is the link for more information Happy Trails Resort

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We took the golf cart tour with the on-site management a few years ago. It is a nice place and offers an entire self contained community (including post office). There are three principle "areas" (if i recall correctly); RV sites, small housing and park models with RV space. The park models were nice and were in various physical condition. Some were on the golf course perimeter. Each area had an activity center (pool, courts, wood shop, spa, etc.)

It is fairly close to many urban amenities. It seemed like a nice place to make new friends.

Somehow, we just didn't feel "old enough" for it. (although we are)

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On 1/7/2017 at 6:31 AM, Rich&Sylvia said:

 

Somehow, we just didn't feel "old enough" for it. (although we are)

You described it well!

 

The amazing thing is the activity in the park is vast. There is a bike club and a few people that ride with the club are over 80 years old. In fact one gentleman is 87! The pickleball club has many champions in their 70's and compete. It is very inspiring! There is a Chuckwagon (volunteer run restaurant) that serves breakfast, lunch and ice cream 6 days a week. Since the lots are deeded many have been residents for years and expand to add Casitas or small homes to their lots and often downsize their RV and keep going.

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WOW nice place but 85K for a lot is sorta pricey for me.. how about Sunscape in Casa Grand?

Actually they have lots as low as $39k and many in the mid-50's. Check out Surprise Realty here

$85k will get you a lot on the golf course. Many lots have Casitas (they call them Arizona rooms) some are fully covered.

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Actually they have lots as low as $39k and many in the mid-50's. Check out Surprise Realty here

$85k will get you a lot on the golf course. Many lots have Casitas (they call them Arizona rooms) some are fully covered.

Do you own a lot there?

 

And for only $43,900 you can own this lot! 20150918173042442489000000.jpg

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We are looking at Voyager RV Resort with Park Models and storage for the RV.  Used Park Models can be had for a modest sum or expensive depending on the depth of wallet and desires.  It actually looks like a great homebase from which to launch  into summer adventures during the summer and return for the winter.  It is close enough to Tombstone, Bisbee and the things I hold dear as well as a Costco a couple exits down and medical care.  We have been snowbirds and are considering down sizing to a Park Model.  Gated community, too many activities, three pools, two hot tubs, a nine hole golf course and a 24/7 gym.  My personal favorite will be inline skating on all the paved streets and the Tucson bicycle trail near the entrance.  There are others in Tucson, Mesa, Indian Wells and of course Yuma.  You can lease an annual site and put your RV on it and come and go on it as you see fit.  Costs about 5K a year for the lease.  Go on youtube and search park houses for sale.  Some sad stories in there and many leave everything calling it move in ready although I forsee a few trips to the dump.  If you want cheap medical and dental then Yuma calls for you although I heard medical services are not so hot but I do not know that from experience.  Hope this helps.

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5 hours ago, motojavaphil said:

 Costs about 5K a year for the lease.  Go on youtube and search park houses for sale.  Some sad stories in there and many leave everything calling it move in ready although I forsee a few trips to the dump.  If you want cheap medical and dental then Yuma calls for you although I heard medical services are not so hot but I do not know that from experience.  Hope this helps.

In Happy Trails the lots are deeded. You are not at the mercy of someone raising your rent annually. Once you make your purchase you owe $142.00 a month for water, sewer, trash and grounds maintenance plus you pay your electric. There is an annual small property tax. Besides RV lots (some fully covered) they offer Park Models, Snuggle wides and large modular homes to choose from. 

 

Happy Trails Resort Surprise Arizona

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Happy Trails is as you described it - a very nice RV community.  We stayed there for five months two years ago.  But I have two issues with this park for anyone contemplating the purchase of a lot.

Growth in the Surprise area has exploded in the past 10 years and traffic on the local streets has become heavy, especially during baseball spring training.  This is especially true of Bell Road which is the main east/west artery for Happy Trails.  When we left two years ago, construction was beginning at the intersection of Bell Road and Grand Avenue to relieve congestion in this area.  Although many stores are nearby, the closest mall is 12 miles east at Arrowhead Town Center Mall.  All this may be a minor issue but I began to dread the drive to the mall because of the 12 mile drive through all the traffic on Bell Road.

The other issue is the price of the lots as carl2591 pointed out.  It seemed that many of the lots for sale were bought as investments and the owners have priced them far above the market value. The lot we rented was owned by someone that owned several other lots and didn’t even live in the park.  This lot had been on the market for about 3 years and the asking price was $95,000 which was typical for lots of that type.  But, according to the real estate office in the park, recent sales of similar lots were in the $70,000 range.  Friends of ours had bought a similar lot a year earlier for $55,000 when the owner passed away and the heirs were looking for a quick sale but this was a rare exception for a lot like his with concrete paving and a full covered roof. Lots with a listing price of less than $50,000 are bare bones with little or no concrete and no covered roofs.
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On 1/6/2017 at 12:35 PM, cmelkins said:

While staying in an Arizona RV Park just West of Phoenix a mobile RV technician shared information about a wonderful RV Resort located in Surprise Arizona. The park offers RV lots that can be purchased or rented.

 

It is a beautiful established resort close to shopping and entertainment including Spring training baseball parks. The Park offers all the activities imaginable including Pickleball, Tennis, Golf, and much more.

Here is the link for more information Happy Trails Resort

So you bought a lot there after talking to the mobile RV repair guy?

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14 minutes ago, dsimpson said:

Happy Trails is as you described it - a very nice RV community.  We stayed there for five months two years ago.  But I have two issues with this park for anyone contemplating the purchase of a lot.

 

 

Growth in the Surprise area has exploded in the past 10 years and traffic on the local streets has become heavy, especially during baseball spring training.  This is especially true of Bell Road which is the main east/west artery for Happy Trails.  When we left two years ago, construction was beginning at the intersection of Bell Road and Grand Avenue to relieve congestion in this area.  Although many stores are nearby, the closest mall is 12 miles east at Arrowhead Town Center Mall.  All this may be a minor issue but I began to dread the drive to the mall because of the 12 mile drive through all the traffic on Bell Road.

 

 

  This lot had been on the market for about 3 years and the asking price was $95,000 which was typical for lots of that type.  But, according to the real estate office in the park, recent sales of similar lots were in the $70,000 range.  Friends of ours had bought a similar lot a year earlier for $55,000 when the owner passed away and the heirs were looking for a quick sale but this was a rare exception for a lot like his with concrete paving and a full covered roof. Lots with a listing price of less than $50,000 are bare bones with little or no concrete and no covered roofs.

We own a lot in Happy Trails that we purchased about a year ago. I agree some are over priced. We learned through the process that prices a negotiable especially if it has been on the market for a while. We purchased ours which is a fully covered port for a very fair price. 

The traffic you described pretty much describes anywhere in AZ including Yuma in the snowbird season. The construction you mentioned is now finished at getting to the mall is much easier. The alternative to taking Bell Road is to use the 303 Loop which will soon bypass I-10 and the airport tunnel coming and going to the West valley from the East. 

Deeded lots are a rare find for RVers and are well worth it if you intend to return year after year.  What we love the most about Happy Trails are the amenities and the socialization. 

Once you purchase your lot association fees are $142.00 a month and it covers water, sewer, trash and grounds maintenance. We only pay electric besides the $142.00. Park rent is on the rise and we like the idea of not paying it when we are in Arizona for the season. 

 

 

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10 minutes ago, pjstough said:

So you bought a lot there after talking to the mobile RV repair guy?

We took his suggestion and drove from Goodyear to Surprise to look into Happy Trails. After spend 3 days looking at options we found a lot that met our needs perfectly. We negotiated the price and here we are! 

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5 minutes ago, cmelkins said:

We took his suggestion and drove from Goodyear to Surprise to look into Happy Trails. After spend 3 days looking at options we found a lot that met our needs perfectly. We negotiated the price and here we are! 

Congrats!  We have a few RV friends from another RV website who have lots there.

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If you are  ever in the area come visit! Great blog BTW I see you are NASCAR fans. A group from Happy Trails go to the races. We intend to attend the March race with them. Can't make November. :(

2 minutes ago, pjstough said:

Congrats!  We have a few RV friends from another RV website who have lots there.

 

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4 hours ago, rbertalotto said:

If you own one of these lots, can you rent it out to another RVer if you are traveling with your RV?

Yes absolutely. The Communications Committee provides a website free of charge for residents to list their properties for rent or for sale by owner. http://happytrailsproperties.com/ . The link is on the Happy Trails Community Website

Ours is listed on there because we will be leaving for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

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