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Old 01-12-2016, 03:12 PM   #11
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Old 01-12-2016, 03:35 PM   #12
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I lived in a 17' Casita for the entire month of June in Phoenix 4 years ago. VERY doable. Not the greatest park but here is where I stayed:
Home

I am assuming you have A/C and hopefully the extra insulation and double pane windows.

My only concern is the fridge - the current Dometic will NOT cut it. I would buy a 120V compressor (normal) fridge - dorm room size or however big you want.
Option 1: find space in the 5.0 for it. (I suspect this is not really an option unless you get a really small fridge.)
Option 2: put it outside, beside the rig, under the awning.
Option 3: build some sort of shed and put the fridge in it.
Option 4: park your rig in Flagstaff for the summer and commute - either every day or weekends.

Houses/apartments are easy to find and relatively cheap to rent for the summer. Not much competition. (Duh!!!!)
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Old 01-12-2016, 04:01 PM   #13
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If your going to get a larger 5th wheel, look at the Mobile Suites or the Elite Suites models as they are some of the higher end units and are very nice.

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Old 01-12-2016, 04:05 PM   #14
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Yes! Great to see an Escape owner looking for info about travel and living 'south'.

Can we live in our Escapes 'down there' or should we have something else during some months. Popular topic in our house, especially in this dismal weather.

This is very "Escape". Much better then people that don't even own an Escape answering Escape owner questions based on reading this Forum and Google results .....
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Old 01-12-2016, 04:16 PM   #15
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The big commercial campgrounds, if you want to call them such, have rental trailers as well as rental park models, chances are they also have a place you can store your Escape. Used trailers are also plentiful in AZ as well as folks you pay to move them for you.
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Old 01-12-2016, 04:33 PM   #16
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Old 01-12-2016, 05:27 PM   #17
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An opportunity came up for us to relocate to Phoenix from Tacoma. Same job same everything, just different location. With no kids and a passion to explore and have new adventures, we decided to go for it! Signed an offer on the house in 3 days, had a moving sale, and put the remaining stuff in storage. We are now living in our 5.0 in Phoenix.

We are concerned about the 5.0 handling the 100 plus heat for 3 months or more and are considering our options. We DO NOT want to live in an apartment and the thought of buying another house and furnishing it again does not appeal.

We love the RV lifestyle and are seriously considering buying a LARGE! fifth wheel and living full time in that. Does anyone on the board have any experience or recommendations? Considering a Montana, Cedar Creek, Bighorn, ect. The web is full of horror and love stories for all of the units, but we have no direct experience. We know that we need something well insulated and a 2nd AC. Hopefully we can tap into the experience and knowledge of this board and make the correct decision for us. Thanks, Bob
More power to you . My last trip up North met a couple who did what you are talking about . They had a really nice 5 th wheel , sorry can't remember what brand . It was very luxurious. They were very happy . When they wanted to stay put they would go to a daughters home for awhile . They had all the comforts of home . They invited us for a glass of wine and. I was wishing I was brave enough to give it all up and do the same . Good luck and happy adventures. Pat and Linda
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Old 01-12-2016, 07:32 PM   #18
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Thom and Cari, on FiberglassRV live full time in a Mobile Suites and until recently used their Parkliner as a get-away-from home rig. But that's also here in Oregon at the beach. They're nice people (NOGgers) and would gladly answer any questions you might have about full-timing in a Mobile Suites (practicality, storage, etc.)
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Old 01-12-2016, 07:33 PM   #19
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This thread was started in cyber campfire, which is for off topic conversation. There is a vast amount of RV experience on the board and I am hoping to learn from those who have "been there done that"
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Phoenix is a big RVer area so there may be places that have RV garages or carports to keep the unit under. That would help. Also, many of those people leave in summer because of the heat. There may possibly be rentals available where you could have a bigger unit half of the year and go back to the 5er the rest. Most people take their units out of there but perhaps there are some who rent while they go to a house for that time.

Or maybe you would just want to go ahead and get a bigger unit. Lots of people who own big units also own small ones for short trips. There is often storage at parks for smaller units where people keep their bigger ones.
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