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pianotuna

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Posted: 04/18/14 08:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi,

I travel from Regina, SK, Canada to the Orlando, FL area each year.


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It depends on fuel and how much you want to spend.


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Posted: 04/19/14 05:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We spend the winter in TX. Seems to fit our life style better.


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Posted: 04/19/14 05:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We lived in Florida our entire adult lives so it is natural that we now overwinter there.

Two years in a row, we went to Texas for the winter. We saw many Florida tags going to Texas, but the shock was many Texas tags were going to Florida!!

I guess we humans just have to see the other side of the fence.


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Posted: 04/19/14 05:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just never could get over the fear of pulling thru the steep grades to get out west. Signed: trapped east of the Mississippi!


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Doesn't travel miles enter into the decision. We head for Florida instead of Arizona from Chicago and save about 700 miles (at 9 mpg that's $$$$) each way.


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Posted: 04/19/14 09:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

rockhillmanor wrote:

I just never could get over the fear of pulling thru the steep grades to get out west. Signed: trapped east of the Mississippi!


You wouldn't even know you crossed the continental divide on I40 if it wasn't for the sign.


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Posted: 04/20/14 05:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Living in Southeastern Quebec:

We considered snowbirding in the Southwest (extreme southwest corner of Arizona), and did a trial run to Northeastern Florida this February (not with the camper, but renting a condo); the following dictates our snowbirding location (in order of importance):

*a location without icing, sleet, or snowfall (however, occasional frost on the ground doesn't bother us)

*tied for 1st place: is being able to easily shoot back/forth between home and snowbirding locale (at least 3 times during November to April: 2x 11-hour days is very easy to Florida and back/forth several times; however, 2x 6.5 days to Phoenix several times during winter is completely and utterly out of the question-- and we don't and will never fly in winter locked into a commercial aircraft packed nto a sardine can with 250 potentially flu/rhino-virus infected people hacking away);

*less important is fuel prices (with our rig, south Quebec to Phoenix = $1500 return; southern Quebec to Orlando = $820 return).

So, to conclude: the distance/logistics to Southern Arizona is just WAY too time-consuming in/for our situation, unless we move to Canada's West Coast (an intermediate is the RGV, however this is a non starter with too many ice storms, freezes and "Polar Vortex" events, with the Rio Grand Valley in direct capture-target of central continental polar air movements-- events that will only get worse and more frequent in the near and middle future IMO). Everyone's situation and snowbirding criteria is different, so YMMV.


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Posted: 04/20/14 07:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have travelled one year from New Hampshire to San Diego. Was a great trip. But too far to get to an ocean. And we are ocean people. So we follow the east coast. It is a different kind of beauty from the west coast.

But we will head to the west coast again.


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Vulcaneer wrote:

Have travelled one year from New Hampshire to San Diego. Was a great trip. But too far to get to an ocean. And we are ocean people. So we follow the east coast. It is a different kind of beauty from the west coast.

But we will head to the west coast again.

Same with us, we are beach people, love the seafood here in Cortez, Florida and there's no such think in Tucson.
The beauty of the white sand beaches is something that draws me here earlier and earlier each year!

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