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Old 10-21-2016, 02:00 PM   #1
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Retiring effective January 1 and DW and I want to take our first "long" trip in the Monte. Looking at January-February and want to go west-southern NM or AZ. Realize it will be cool just don't want to freeze. Would like to be gone at least 2-4 weeks. Any recommendations on places and campgrounds would be appreciated. We don't dry camp .
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Old 10-21-2016, 03:56 PM   #2
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Southern nm is sort of sparse on nice rv parks and az will be hosting lots of snowbirds. Little Vineyard Rv Park in deming is one of the better. I would visit their website to see if it meets your requirements. In Las Cruces, Hacienda Rv is the better one there...look at website. Good koa just north of carlsbad...BUT don't get there via 285...dangerous and a real dump of a road, like driving through a trash dump. Southern az, been years since we stayed there...but try reviewing parks in Be son for a start. John
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Old 10-21-2016, 03:57 PM   #3
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Southern nm is sort of sparse on nice rv parks and az will be hosting lots of snowbirds. Little Vineyard Rv Park in deming is one of the better. I would visit their website to see if it meets your requirements. In Las Cruces, Hacienda Rv is the better one there...look at website. Good koa just north of carlsbad...BUT don't get there via 285...dangerous and a real dump of a road, like driving through a trash dump. Southern az, been years since we stayed there...but try reviewing parks in Benson for a start. John
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Old 10-21-2016, 04:40 PM   #4
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Congrats on that retirement thing!

We are spending January and March at the Tucson LazyDays KOA again his year. This will be our third year. Have a look at their website. Also look at the reviews. It's a very clean, well maintained RV resort. Price per month is about $750 + electricity (not the most economical, but very nice).

Tucson weather is sunny and in the 60-70s, lots of shorts and tee shirt days. Jan typically cooler, Feb very comfortable. Last year we had a few days of 40s in Jan, and some 80s in Feb.

They sometimes fill up for Jan/Feb, you need to be making reservations asap if you want to stay there.

In Feb this year we are doing two weeks at Kartchner Caverns SP and two weeks at Catalina SP. These usually have to be booked a year in advance to get in.

There are also some decent parks in Benson AZ about 45 miles east of Tucson, these are less expensive. Check out the Benson area parks on rvparkreviews.com


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Old 10-21-2016, 05:30 PM   #5
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If you happen to be an Escapee member look into The Ranch in Lakewood, NM. They have a great rate for first time campers. A couple of us actually own lots there.
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Old 10-21-2016, 11:58 PM   #6
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My vote is Tucson. KOA in Tucson is in an okay location to everything. As for Benson, be careful that you don't end up at a campground near the railroad tracks......lots and lots of trains. Kinda of remains me of the Goshen Montana Rally but more trains. :-)
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Old 10-22-2016, 10:03 AM   #7
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We are spending a couple months here in Ft Mojave (Mojave Valley) AZ. Just across the river from Laughlin, NV. We're at a good park, Moon River RV Resort. It rates a 9.5 in Good Sam but I think that's a little high. The park offers full hookups, a nice pool, great laundry and a small store. It is all gravel, but well taken care of. Definitely not fancy but very friendly. Rates are fantastic! Only $350 a month, plus electric. The other bonus is that there are LOTS of places to visit in the area. It's still pretty warm here, but supposed to cool done in the next couple weeks.

Congrats on your retirement! We recently retired and it is fantastic!
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Old 10-23-2016, 03:38 PM   #8
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Also, check out 'rvparkreviews.com' It has reviews of all parks and many that don't show up in Good Sam. I like to have 2 places to compare the comments... (I feel Good Sam rates the good sam parks too high often and they don't list anything that rates below 5 or so - which is fine except when you are in the middle of nowhere and will take anything with electricity!
Also, Mesa and Apache Junction have dozens (literally) of rv parks if you want a place with more options for food and entertainment.
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Might want to look at Distant Drums in Camp Verde, AZ.
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