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We Bought a Park Model

The View from Our Porch

The View from Our Porch (Click to Enlarge) — this is a Sunset view

Since we arrived at Crazy Horse Campground, we pretty much fell for the place. When we saw our friend’s Crazy Horse Park Model, we fell for that too.

So long story short, about a month ago we stopped into an open house for a Crazy Horse Park Model, made and offer, and closed on the sale today.

A few months previously we had looked at houses in Lake Havasu City, and even though there were some great buys, we decided to stop looking. We had heard that some retirees who had bought houses came to regret their decision because they really didn’t “fit” into their new community. They missed campground life.

We have met some wonderful people here, and though Crazy Horse is a funky campground, you can’t beat the people . . . and the views.

A Park Model is essentially just an RV with 400 square feet of living space. A park model is registered as a vehicle, not property, and the model is built on a mobile chassis so it can be moved.

Our Park Model

Our Park Model (Click to Enlarge) — check the Kitchen dimensions

So we’ll be wintering in Arizona from October through March . . .

. . . and we’re in the process of becoming Arizona residents because the taxes are much lower than Wisconsin’s. Plus, we don’t think we’ll be buying any property there any time soon. Nevertheless, it was great to see the Badgers beat Arizona in the NCAA March Madness games.

We came very close to passing on the Park Model because of a Shed that one of our neighbors has erected on part of our property. However, we were able to get the sellers to get the shed removed before closed on the model. QED.

Our buying “spree” is over.

More photos of our dinky house . . .

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We Bought a Jeep

 

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After Jeepin’ with other folks in the Arizona desert, we decided to buy our own Jeep — a 1993 Wrangler.

We purchased it from one of the folks who we had gone Jeepin’ with. He decided he likes his Harley better.

Anyway, for an older Jeep, it’s pretty tricked out — it has a hard top, an electric winch, large jack, great stereo, and a CB. The CB has a “PA” (Public Address) mode which allows you to talk through a speaker that’s located in the engine compartment. The PA turns the Jeep into a police car. It’ll be handy to talk to drivers in front of me or to neighbors — “Come out with your hands up”.

More Jeep photos . . .

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2013 — It’s Back

I just added a summary of our 2013 full-timer travels.

It took me this long to learn Google Maps.

“We’re behind the CVS”

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These were our directions to the Riverside Adventure Trails campground in Bullhead City, AZ.

We found it, and it’s a good little campground with a great monthly rate — $345 which is under $12/day. We budget over $30. Great!

This monthly rate includes electricity which is not typical in our experience. We’ve found that when you camp by the month, you pay for the electric.

Anyway, it’s a good location. There are grocery stores (Safeway and Smith’s), Starbucks, banks, hardware stores , . . .

Here are some campground photos . . .

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DISH Super Joey Networking

SuperJoey_logoFor those of you of the DISH TV persuasion, I just updated the DISH TV for RVs section of this blog (see Tech Docs > DISH TV for RVs) for the new release of the Super Joey.