“RETIRED“……. wow……….. what a fantastic word.
Now add the other two “RV TRAVEL“
These three words mean so much, a generation ago this was an unattainable dream. My parents would not even think of doing something so magnificent.
But in this day and age it is not only possible but attainable for most of us who have worked all our lives and saved a bit.
My wife and I have been enjoying retired RV travel for 10 years and have only scratched the surface of the places we want to see. I guess you would call it a barrel list, because a bucket is too small. RV traveling you need a good map, I recommend this sites atlas, click here to read my review.
It’s late January 2015 and we are starting to plan our annual trip south from Canada. Travel plans are the where and when of our journey. When, for sure because we need to watch the I-5 weather @ www.I-5highwayweather.com for a weather window so we don’t have to be delayed by snow in the passes.
Where to Travel
Even though we are traveling to sunny California and Arizona it can still be chilly in December through March. One of our first retirement adventures we traveled south along the pacific coast, our destination was to be San Diego. It was a slow trek down the coast highway, it took us longer than we planned. Where was the warm sunshine we were longing for?
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The weather was getting warmer , but we were still forced to wear jackets and long pants, no bathing suits. Once we got to LA and setup our beach camp, we thought, of course the cold breeze coming off the ocean was just a passing weather system that would be gone in a day or two at the most…….Apparently not, after several days it was plain that we were not going to have our summer weather in LA, it was time to head to warmer places. While staying in LA you may be interested in a tour through Hollywood, click here to check out Starline tours.
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So much for the California coast in winter. After several hours of driving we arrived in Palm Springs and 20 degrees warmer. As soon as we crested the hill to head down into Palm Springs I saw thousands of wind turbines on the valley floor………….more about that later. We had a break down in Palm Springs. I’m glad we were members of Good Sam Road Side Assistance, click here to check it out.
The weather was perfect!! We arrived at our destination and settled in for some thawing out, next to the lake.
Who’s that……….Is that you Lynda, where’s my glasses, quick!!!
It was a reservoir against the mountains at the south side of the valley just east of Palm Springs. The lake was small about the size of a couple of football fields but nice to sit by the water.
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Many snowbirds make their winter home here. All was relaxing until one night the wind started to howl. It was a weekend and there were some locals camped in a tent between us and the lake beside a line of trees.
That’s wind power for you.
I was awakened by the rocking of our RV. I started to think about what was going to be gone in the morning. I grabbed the flashlight and opened the door, the wind immediately whipped the door handle out of my hand and smashed the door against the RV. I hesitated to muster some, (grow a pair)….I ventured out, luckily when the wind caught our chairs they just collapsed. As I was placing them under the RV I looked up to see in the faint light a tent wrapped around a tree flapping in the wind, none of the occupants to be seen.
In the morning there was no sign of the tent or the campers. The wind blew for two days, albeit not as hard as that night. Anyway you get the picture it can be a windy place, so when you see wind turbines you know sooner or later the wind will blow.
RV Destinations – the When determines the Where
A good rule of thumb is the closer to the ocean and the higher the elevation the cooler the temperatures. It’s a good idea to search the internet for the places you want to visit and check the climate, this will give you the average monthly high and low temperatures.
I almost missed this consideration when picking travel destinations and even your stops along the way. What are you planning to do with your time.
If your plan is to spend your days laying around a pool, in the hot sun a place like Yuma may be included but if you are going to be more active like hiking, bicycling, ATV riding a cooler area may be what you want. A check of the climate for the time you are considering and you’re good to go.
We love to ride our ATV’s and tour on our motorcycle. In the north these are late spring/ summer activities, but in the southern states the winter month temperatures are ideal, although in the middle of winter some days can be too cold or windy and late fall and early spring some days can be too hot.
The Bottom Line
Retired RV Travel means you have almost all the time in the world. You can head somewhere that looks interesting and if you get there and it’s not up to your expectations, pick up your lawn chairs and head to the next enticing spot.
I hope this article will help with your retired RV travel plans.
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