RV in Arizona for Warm Weather and Fun

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RVing the Winter Blues Away

I don't wanna grow up
Comb their hair and shine their shoes
I don't wanna grow up
Stay around in my old hometown
I don't wanna put no money down
I don't wanna get a big old loan
Work them fingers to the bone
I don't wanna float on a broom
Fall in love, get married then boom
How the hell did it get here so soon
I don't wanna grow up

~Ramones Lyrics

Well, if you grow up enough to get older and retire you CAN go back to the fun of kids!

Become an RVer and spend the winter in a Park in Arizona.

The last time you had this many wonderful activities and fun things to do was in the best camp that any kid ever went to! An RV Park is a big ole' camp for grown-ups!

Do you like to swim, play golf, volleyball, tennis, attend baseball winter games, take yoga, tai chi, and hike? Do you like free trips to the casinos and low cost trips to the Grand Canyon, Mexico, Sedona, etc? Do you prefer to play card games, bingo, and such? There are parties to include live music, ballroom dancing, line dancing, rock'n'roll and others. Do you like to do woodworking, stained glass, quilting, tole painting, computer clubs, amateur model airplanes, gourd carving, and a host of other crafty things? There are libraries and many dedicated activity shops to things like woodworking, stained glass, rock hounding etc. Almost every RV Park has a ballroom of some kind.

The parks also provide worship opportunities to include church on Sunday morning, choirs, and Bible studies.

Well, these and other activities are regularly scheduled events at many RV Parks.

Recently, RV Parks started bringing in top name entertainers too. Many of the entertainers are headliners from places such as Branson and Las Vegas! The tickets are at reduced prices in comparison to the shows in Vegas and Branson, too.

And then there are the food opportunities to include Bistros, Cook-Outs, fire pit stories, ice cream socials, and potlucks.

Are you getting the picture? It is fun for the grown-ups.

You may spend as little or as much time as you wish participating in these type of activities.

You may rent a space or a home. The RV spaces come with all the utility services you may need to include cable TV and Internet. Some of these services are an extra cost. We bring our satellite dish with us and have the same service that we have at home. We also use our cell phones as our permanent phones, so we don't use the wiring for a land line from the park that connects to our RV line. Our phone Internet line does come in on the RV phone wiring and then we Wi-fi it.

Costs vary from a low of $500 a month to upwards of a $1,000. The RV Parks in the Mesa and Apache Junction of Arizona are at the modest end of the price spectrum. Even at the modest end of the price the amenities are as extensive as mentioned in this article.

If you do not have an RV you may rent or purchase what is called a Park Model. Essentially, a Park Model is a manufactured home designed like a shotgun style house. Shotgun in shape as you enter the living room, walk through the kitchen, by the bathroom and end up at the bedroom. Many of the owners of these Park Models add what is called an Arizona Room to the home. The Arizona Room is built on the side of the park model and is a fully enclosed year around usable room that functions as a family room. Park models can be as low as $10,000 to upwards of $45,000 each. It depends on whether you want to purchase an existing home or a new home.

Everyone pays lot rental. Again, this varies per park. But it is generally not expensive.

The areas where you RV are of paramount importance. Some people choose to be out and away from civilization and some wish to be in an area that offers more structured activities.

The Mesa and Apache Junction areas offer thousands (yes, thousands) of opportunities for activities, restaurants, museums, and special events. In order to 'take in' all the events you wish to do you will need to have some considerable planning abilities. Our calendars are jammed packed full with dates and times for the park events interspersed amongst the opportunities in the area. Recently, we had friends ask us out for dinner and we had to move the night out some two weeks to find a free evening for both couples!

Sports Things To Do

There are various sports pilgrimages available to those so inclined to include:

The Cactus League, baseball spring training in the area includes the Dodgerss, White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs (ummm. GO CUBS!), Seattle Mariners, Oakland A's, Giants, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Los Angels of Anaheim, and of course, the Diamondbacks.

Whew, that is a lot of baseball!

But wait, the Phoenix Open is here too. Not to mention some 407 golf courses in the state of Arizona.

Hiking? Well, hike your heart healthy and your feet sore. As I sit here I am looking at the Superstition Mountains. The Phoenix area is ringed by hike-able mountains and desert areas.

As you can imagine there are other sports events as well.

Our favorite Museums:

MIM - Musical Instrument Museum http://themim.org/

Phoenix Art Museum - http://www.phxart.org/

Renaissance Festival - http://emol.org/azrenfest/ \

Boyce Thompson Botanical Gardens - http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu/

Heard Museum - http://www.heard.org/ (world renowned museum for American Indians)

World Wildlife Zoo and Aquarium - http://www.wildlifeworld.com/

Arizona Science Center - http://www.azscience.org

Arizona Museum of Natural History - http://www.azmnh.org/

Again, there are many more museums these are just our favorites.

Shopping Venues (again limited to our favorites)

Tourists rank shopping second only to sightseeing and the Valley of the Sun provides great shopping.

Scottsdale Arizona – to include Scottsdale Fashion Square and the Old Downtown.

IKEA – not only do I NEED a pilgrimage to IKEA, the husband loves the restaurant

Cabelas AND Bass Pro Shops – both are a pilgrimages for the husband!

Mesa Swap-meet – hundreds of vendors, food, and entertainment! This is more like entertainment!

Okay, I am going to stop here. There is so much to do in this area. Suffice it to add, that the Winter Visitors are are catered to in this area.

So, if you never did want to grow up and want to go back to the fun filled days of camp, RVing is your way to do that for a comfortable price!

See you next winter!

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Mesa and Apache Junction Arizona Great for Winter RVers

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NMLady 4 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona Author

Hi Stephanie! We love to RV. Thanks!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

Great hub highlighting some of the advantages of RVing in Arizona. We love Arizona and have spent some wonderful winters in Quartzsite and near Imperial Dam as well as touching on some of the other more remote areas. Love the winter sunshine!


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

I had no idea this is what RV life could be like! Thanks for a this insider's viewpoint. By the way, I really like the close-up cactus photo.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Great Hub! Have RV - will travel when I can.

The Frog


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Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida

Good Hub, Voted UP! Been there and Done That! I love the Low Desert section of Arizona, but the High Desert section can and does get cold! The great thing is, you can stay in the Low Desert section such as Mesa/Phoenix and stick your toes into the water of the High Desert areas, for entertainment and variety and it is not a really long drive, 1-2 hours or so.

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