by Judy Vasile
(Portland, Oregon)

My husband and I are new to the "full timer" lifestyle. We retired in August and hit the road in September. We intend on traveling thru May and then heading back to Oregon for the summer to stay put for awhile and evaluate future traveling.

We had no idea what type of costs would be associated with traveling full time, so we are winging it and learning as we go. The only real issues we have encountered is finding parks that will accommodate our 44' fifth wheel. We are planning to winter in Arizona, but are unable to find availability for February and March.

Any suggestions?


Judy and Denny

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Nov 08, 2015
Sweet dreams
by: Queenswan1

Try Wickinburg . We were there a few years back . Our first winter away , it is an awesome quiet town . Very western yet modern .

Oct 21, 2015
Welcome to FT!
by: Anonymous

Wow, sounds like lots of new changes for you. My husband and I too are just starting out FTing but we have had a smaller (25') 5th wheel for 15 years.

We recently upgraded our rig to a 34' Open Range Roamer and a 2016 F-250 Ford truck.

We do live in Arizona so I have a few thoughts for you on that. First and foremost, as you seem to have found out, make reservations early! AZ is a popular place in the winter! That being said, try to look outside the East Valley of Phoenix - easily the most popular (Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe area).

We live in the West Valley and you might have better luck there - (Surprise, Goodyear, Buckeye). You will be about 30-45 minutes to downtown Phoenix. Tuscan would be the same - look in smaller towns around Tuscan - Benson, Willcox, etc. and you might have better luck!

Safe travels to you!

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