Snowbirds Arrive Early in the South!

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    Norma
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    Arizona RV Parks Say Snowbirds Are Arriving Two to Four Weeks Ahead of Schedule

    PHOENIX, Ariz., — Snowbirds are arriving in Arizona two to four weeks ahead of schedule in what is shaping up to be a stronger winter sea-son, according to RV park operators across the state.

    “I’m getting them coming in two weeks to a month earlier and they are ex-tending out longer at the other end (of the winter season),” said Sabrina Welborn, office manager for the 265-site Silverview RV Resort in Bullhead City.

    “The phone is ringing and I have a stack of emails to respond to to see who we can accommodate,” she said. “We’re already at about 90 percent occupancy for January, February and March and we expect to be at 100 percent in those months.”

    RV parks in the Phoenix area are seeing the same trend.

    “We are seeing people come in earlier and they are staying longer, which is good news for the local economy,” said Jim Mathew, operations supervisor for Pueblo El Mirage RV Resort in El Mirage. “The reservations came in a lot faster this year.”

    “We’re already getting busy,” said Jan Venard, assistant manager of Phoenix Metro RV Park. “The season is starting earlier.”

    “We’ve even been having people arrive (for the winter) with no reservations,” said Eric Vargas of the 203-site Desert’s Edge RV Park in Phoenix.

    While many Arizona RV parks are reporting an earlier than usual arrival of snowbirds, the numbers of snowbirds arriving at each park varies.

    Apache Palms RV Park in Tempe, for example, is reporting small numbers of early snowbird arrivals, as is Rincon Country RV Resort in Tucson.

    RV park operators attribute the early influx of snowbirds to cooler weather up North and to the Farmer’s Almanac, which is forecasting a cold, hard winter in many areas up north.

    “Some of our guests tell me they have already had the snow hit,” said Welborn of Silverview RV Resort. “Some have also said they want to do the drive now and get out of it.”

    Jo Ann Mickelson, who co-owns and operates JH RV Park in Flagstaff, said her park, which closed for the winter on Saturday, has been unusually busy this month with Canadians heading south. “We’ve had a lot of Canadians already coming through,” said Mickelson, who also serves as executive director of the Arizona Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds. “We usually don’t have them at this time of year. We’re usually closed by the time they come through.”

    • Apache Palms RV Park, Tempe, (480) 966-7399
    • Desert’s Edge RV Park, Phoenix, (623) 587-0940
    • JH RV Park, Flagstaff, (602) 403-6196
    • Phoenix Metro RV Park, Phoenix, (623) 582-0390
    • Pueblo El Mirage RV & Golf Resort, El Mirage, (800) 445-4115
    • Rincon Country RV Resort, Tucson, (520) 294-5608
    • Silver View RV Resort, Bullhead City, (928) 763-5500

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    #7317

    Judging by last winter’s cold and snow, I don’t blame them at all!!! :good:

    #7320
    Norma
    Participant

    The Farmer’s Almanac never lies.  :good:

    #7328
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I sure hope we can find a place down in texas as the man here said we will just drive around and see what is available down there.not my idea i would like to book a place first in mission, tx then we can go looking around.

    #7331

    I would be calling ahead.  Even if you book for a week or two you will have someplace to stay while looking around.

    #7332
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I sure hope we can find a place down in texas as the man here said we will just drive around and see what is available down there.not my idea i would like to book a place first in mission, tx then we can go looking around.

    As long as you don’t end up spending the winter in Walmart parking lots! I have heard of some men that want to Walmart and boondock the entire season, much to their wives chagrin. Staying married for 40 years, I’d vote for the initial booking as well. Serendipity can take you to some neat places, but, I wouldn’t depend on it.

    #7333
    Marsha & Dewey
    Participant

    Good luck all you snowbirds!

    #7347

    Yeah, good luck to all the snow birds!! Can’t wait to join you all!!!

    #7371
    Larry
    Participant

    Cant wait to join the ranks.

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