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Gerry - we were broke down a few years ago and unintentionally spent a week in Asheville, NC. We explored it pretty good and it was enjoyable in a upsetting time.

Our next outing on the books is a rally in Shipshewana, IN with a group from the 50+FFFF team. It's like the 5th or 6th year in a roll we meet there for three days.

We have a weekend planned in July for a 50th Anniversary of our friends across the state.

Of course, our big plans are for Pharumph, NV in October. From there we will drop down to our AZ resort after that for the winter.



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Update on RV trips this season:

Frontier Campground, Cape May NJ - Mothers Day weekend with friends

Mohegan Sun Casino/Horseneck Beach State Park, Westport MA - June 3rd thru June 9th

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After that, nothing scheduled except now Nancy wants to get to Fort Desoto County Park in Florida over Thanksgiving week with Asheville NC as our first destination. Possibly Charleston SC on our return home.

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We arrived home on Thursday but we've been so busy, I'm just getting around to reporting it. The weather has been cold and windy but I must admit I am enjoying being back to my home.



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Our winter season in AZ was different than our usual. Much more rain especially in the beginning and then above average temps the last couple of months. Sure not complaining as it was better than the frigid cold temps and snow our family experienced in MI.

Today we still have blue skies but the temps are already much cooler and we're bucking winds in open areas. It will be TX all day today. Last night in Van Horn and by tonight we hope to make it to Weatherford. TX is such a large state - it just goes on and on!



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now being in our home park, have chatted with others who went south for the winter....

one couple said they had bad weather following them everywhere they went this year. how awful!

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Today we have sunny skies and wonderful temps. We should be good tomorrow as well. Then we will be dodging some spring weather activity. Our hope is to travel behind this storm front and in front of a new one! At least that's our plan.



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not sure of your weather, but it is a glorious day here. great driving.

drive safe. let us all know your daily journey :-)

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OUR day has finally arrived! We left Towerpoint this morning at 8am and are officially on our way back to MI. We are always excited to leave MI in the fall but get just as excited to return home in the spring. Our prayer is for safe travels and to avoid any severe weather along the way!



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yes, this was a great winter in so. cal. LOVED IT
we think we now have the forum: one month Palm Springs, one month San Diego, one month long beach. lol.... we've booked for 2016

the maintenance has begun! today we are at the rv dealer for a service (roof needs re-caulking). tomorrow the doctor (prescription renewals), the next day the dentist, next week the vet.... I am tired already :-)

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Another safe and successful trip! You truly are blessed. Now for maintenance and visits with family and friends. I'm looking forward to heading home as well. We have decided to pull out and head home on Sunday, April 19th! We will definitely be keeping our eye on the spring weather that can turn severe quickly!



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yesterday we drove the 75 miles from mount Vernon to the Burnaby Cariboo rv park. this is our "home rv park" and we are for a while.


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Gerry - you get your MH all serviced and you'll be using it in no time. I know you're not afraid to take off and go by yourself.

The invite for Pharumph is for you too! I know it's really far for you though so if you can't make this one, perhaps our next rally.

We've had one in Custer, SD and one in Branson, MO. Both has lots of attendees. This one may be smaller as there isn't as many on the west side of the country and makes for a long trip for some of us. It helps us that it's late enough in the fall, we can just come to AZ from the rally.



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I'm jealous of all this traveling...I go for service Tuesday and my State bowling tournament day trip on Saturday.

Itching to get back out on the road!

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Safe travels to you! It will feel good to be back on Home Turf, I'm sure. We only have one trip actually reserved. We are meeting several members of one of the SP teams I'm on in Shipshewana, IN. It's the 50+ Females, Feeling Fit and Fabulous. We're going to be there from June 29th through July 2nd.

Another SP trip we are scheduling in Oct the last week. A group from this team is meeting in Pharumph, NV. for a few days. Is there any chance you'd be interested in joining us. We would enjoy spending time with you and Larry!

We have lots of other stuff we'd like to do but haven't pinned definite dates down until we get back to MI.

It's nice you can get the MH in for servicing right when you get home - good planning!



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hi Sharon
we plan to arrive tomorrow. won't set up too much because on Monday we have to go to the dealer for some service.
we don't know what we're doing for the summer!we do a trip planned for the fall. we might just hang out in Vancouver for the summer.
what are your summer plans?
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So you are getting close to your home stomping grounds. When will you get back and will you stay put? I'm looking forward to being back in MI although I think we may use the MH more this summer than last year.



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yesterday we drove from fairview to mount vernon. seattle was not too bad for once. the tulip festival is on emoticon



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Sounds fun! I'm getting ready to be on the road myself. Just a couple more weeks here for us.



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yesterday drove from newport to fairview. here for a couple days.


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That's a thought, however fleeting it might be! LOL



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well Sharon, just start your engine and come over. there's no snow :-)


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We haven't experienced the Oregon coast nor WA. They are on our Bucket List to visit before we are done traveling. Enjoy the beauty!



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yesterday we drove a little bit north on the i5, then we turned west to drive over to the oregon coast. next we drove north along 101 and landed in newport. we are going to be here for a few days.

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omg Sharon, three inches of snow!
it was cold yesterday and this morning. needed to put the furnace on to take the chill out of the motorhome.
i guess snow birding makes us NOT winter weather friendly. enjoy the warmth where you are because its 43 degrees here as i type this.
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I can believe the heavy traffic of all the RVer's heading home. We had 97 RV's pull out on the 1st! If all the RV resorts had that kind of number leaving, you know how it affects the traffic! My BIL winters in FL and he said they avoid coming home the first ten days of April as everyone is on the move. I'm glad you had a safe trip. We're pretty lonely here as most of our friends have left and it is getting so hot. We will never make it to the end of the month! We are so ready to get on the road and head home. The only reason we aren't leaving is our family woke up to 3 inches of snow yesterday. I want to leave but I don't want to go home to snow!!!



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yesterday we drove from redding to canyonville. staying at the seven feather rv park. so many rvs on the road yesterday and here in the park - all the snowbirds migrating north :-)


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yes, redding is pretty.
temps here are in the low 90s

we are likely going over to the oregon coast and temps there are in the 50s. yikes, that's cold.

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PDQ - I had a GF that lived in Redding and I used to think the pics she would send me were so beautiful. We're having temps in the high 90's over the weekend. How are your temps?



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today we drove from gilroy to redding. we are staying at green acres rv park. this is a gem of a place. will be here till tuesday


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Gerry - it all sounds like fun!
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Gerry - hopefully your repairs will leave you with enough money to head out in the MH, lol.
I'm glad to see how active you are with RV.net. I check out their forums often. We have fond memories of Asheville, NC. We were broke down for almost a week (that isn't the fond memory part) so we had lots of time to explore Asheville and the surrounding area. We'll be watching for all your trip updates!



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Hopefully after I get the repairs done (I can still use it without if necessary), I have a NJ State Bowling Tournament close by that I'll use the RV for hijinx, then the first scheduled trip is to a small Northeast RV.Net group rally down in Cape May County at Frontier Campground. I'm the host so I'll be shuttling people around in the RV as much as possible. This is scheduled for Mothers Day weekend.

Nothing scheduled after that till our annual Danforth Bay NH rally with the same group over Columbus Day weekend in October.

After that there's a southern trip scheduled over Thanksgiving for almost two weeks...going to Asheville NC, Atlanta GA, Wilmington NC as the main stops.

I'm sure I'll be out more on some solo trips, especially if I'm not working! I can't leave my MIL home so there will be some casino camping trips thrown in during the season.

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so. cal. has been great to kick about. we have booked for next year as follows: jan 1 Palm springs, feb 1 Chula Vista, and March 1 long beach. the rv parks we stay are popular and to get a site that we like, we book ahead. other years we have not booked, and while able to get in, the site not always our first choice.
we have talked of traveling from bc to San diego, then taking the i8 east. we will do it eventually, but not winter 2016.
and yes, with dogs the stops are more mandatory. but even without a dog, it's good to stop driving for a bit.
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It is a great price and it does entice us to return each year. That and the friends we have made. However, because our years of travel are winding down, we are considering something different for next year. We have mentioned coming here for the fall special and then pulling out and heading to CA for the rest of the season. At this time, it's all talk. We have also mentioned heading to southern FL for a season. We could change our minds several times before we head out in the fall.

We only like to travel for 4-6 hrs in a day as well. We always had our breaks because of Bailey. Now that we no longer have Bailey, we will have to force ourselves to stop anyway to stretch our legs - especially the driver!



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hi Sharon
it was 201 miles from long beach to pismo beach, so not that far. about four hours driving is enough for us in a day.
that is an incredible price! what deal you have there. I've not seen it before.
so. cal. is way more money. in long beach we paid, for one week, $340 plus $5 for the Internet. there is a dog fee too, but they did not charge us for our two dogs.
while expensive, the location of the park can't be beat.
have a great day!
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How far of a drive from Long Beach to Pismo Beach? I like the mid-week special. Our resort offers a fall special for $595 if you stay Sep 1 - Jan 1st. That's for all 4 months. It's a great savings. This year we arrived Nov 1st and still paid the $595 as it was cheaper than paying normal rent for two months!



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yesterday we drove north - from long beach to pismo beach. this park has a mid-week special; we paid for three nights, and get the fourth night free!
the traffic in LA was the usual "drive real fast or get run over". i reckon its all just part of the experience :-)
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Continue to enjoy your stay in Long Beach! I see you've been pretty quiet in your journal so it's good to hear from you again!



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yesterday we departed imperial beach and drove north.... omg north!
we are now in long beach, where we will stay for two weeks


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glad your weather has turned around for you. emoticon

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AZ is really nice, as always! Our winter season has been different this year. Much cooler and rainier than normal but in the last week things have turned completely around and now our temps are higher than normal.

I have been doing a lot of walking this year as my dr wants me to lose 40-50 lbs in the six months we're here. I thought it was impossible but so far I've lost over 30 so I'm right on track to meet her goals. I have to make sure I walk in the mornings or evenings as mid day is just too warm! We may set a new record of 84 today as they predict upper 80's. You won't hear me complaining though!

I hear you on the 55+ parks. But I'm sure you'll find another place to love. Just enjoy the one you're at while you can!



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hi Sharon
how's AZ?

as for alternative parks; there is an rv park in chula vista. part of a marina. near the water (like here). however, it can be busy. often lots of kids. here at bernado shores, its an +55 park :-)

oh well....


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Wow! If it's your last year there, I know you will enjoy it! Too bad condos are moving in but I'm sure there are other nice RV resorts in the area.




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yesterday we departed palm springs to arrive at imperial beach. it was an easy drive :-)

this will be our last year at bernado shores rv park as the property has been sold and condo building begins sept 2015 :-(

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hey TC! right now we are in palm springs. this morning when i got up at 6:00 it was the coldest since we arrived - it was 50 degrees - but it is to warm up to 75 today.

after working life, i highly recommend retiring... best position i've ever held.

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Hi Peter ! Glad to hear from you. I am jealous since I have to still work FT but I will plan on heading south for winters once I retire. I just hope my mom will be in good enough shape to travel with me. I would be willing to bet those heading north are visiting family or their vacations are over. LOL !! Have a grand time. My brother loves San Diego and tried to talk me into moving there. I never would. I like some of the snow (like maybe a weeks worth) LOL ! TC

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Sounds like a perfect spot to be! It hit a record high here 81 on Wednesday but not quite as warm yesterday. I'm happy in the upper 70's for awhile. Have fun!



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we drove to palm springs yesterday. the temp was 80 went we arrived and got set up. we will be here for a month; staying at the happy traveler. while the sites are tight, you could not ask for a better location as we can walk to everything that is downtown :-)


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looking at the forecast, each day gets warmer. to be 69 on Monday - and that's just about 70!

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Great! Our weather is still cold! Are you getting in warmer temps yet?

My old Dell Lap Top died yesterday. It was a 2009 so I guess it was time. I purchased a new lap top which has Windows 8.1. I'm slowly learning my way around but this new Windows takes a lot of getting used to!



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(sorry, i forgot to post this....)

we have now landed in acton at the californian rv resort. will be here one week, then over to palm springs for one month

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It truly makes you wonder! I would imagine everyone would head towards warmth and sun during the winter months, if they could!

Travel safe!



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yesterday we drove from canyonville to redding. the passes were just fine.

lots of rv on the road - both going south and north. i often wonder..... just where are those north bound people going, and why would they want to go north where is it cold


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the forecast for where we are stopped was for a low of 30, but when i got up at 6 a.m., it was 34. so it is a tad warmer. i think there's some cold air mass affecting the north & south. i will be happy to see it go east (i think those folks are more use to the cold winter temps :-)


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It hit a low of 31 degrees here last night. A high of 62 predicted for today! Is it warmer where you are?



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yesterday we departed kelso and drove the i5 south to canyonville - staying at the seven feather rv resort for tonight


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simple plan...
basically it one month in Palm springs, then one month in imperial beach, then a month in long beach

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Happy New Year's to you too! We are going out for dinner on New Year's Eve to celebrate but I'm going to eat carefully.

So what's your winter plans this year? Are you planning to spend your time in So Cal or do you have a side trip planned?



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hi Sharon
and happy new years

yes, we are very glad to be on the road again - and so looking forward to sun and warmer temps of so. cal.

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PDQ - I got a big smile on my face to see you post in this thread once again! So glad you're on the move again and I look forward to hearing of your adventures!



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yesterday we departed burnaby and drove south. crossing the border was about 10 minutes - sure pays to have nexus cards. landed in kelso wa for the night.


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Sharon, safe travels. fingers crossed that you have good weather.

and let us know about your stops along the way - always good to learn of good / bad places to stay.

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Tessa, we have talked of putting our MOTORHOME on a boat and sending it to Europe. then us flying over and driving about. in our travels, we have meet a few Europeans who have sent there motorhome over here to North America and then toured about.
have fun in your travels :-)
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Tessa - your travels sound very exciting, especially as it's in Germany! My travels aren't quite as interesting but we will enjoy it.

We leave in the morning from our home in Zeeland, MI to our resort in Mesa, AZ. It will take us 4-5 days to drive the 2200 miles as we don't push it too much. It still seems like some long days for us if the weather is bad.

Hoping the weather across the country is as nice as ours is today!



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We are in southern Germany (Garmisch Partenkirchen), in the mountains. Now that the rain has stopped (snow a little higher up) it is beautiful. We are using the german motorhome stellplatz (places motorhomes can stop over night for a small charge + some facilities). This one can take 100 motorhomes but is more than half empty at present. We'll move on tomorrow, probably back to Fussen where we were when the weather was terrible then north to the Mosel before we return home next weekend.
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1 spot... i don't think having an older MH is any different than having a newer MH - they all require attention. i find that it is no different than when we lived in the sticks & bricks house - there were things that needed attention / regular maintenance / or 'broke down'.

we still prefer the full time motorhome living. and it is amazing that more thing work than don't work especially when you think of driving down the road (of which some roads are terrible) and what that driving must do to the "guts" of the motorhome.

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It's a bummer to have RV maintenance problems but you have to do maintenance on a home as well so I guess it's inevitable. The good news is that it sounds like your hubby is up to the task. It's so much easier when DH can do the maintenance. I hope you're back up and on the road soon.



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