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Old 04-02-2015, 03:42 PM   #15
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Norm & Ginny,

I looked at the Timber Valley SKP website and found this:

"The membership was to cost us about ten thousand dollars and the yearly maintenance fees would be somewhere around one thousand. There would be assessments from time to time,..."

Gulp!

Of course this is for permanent living but a far cry from RVing.
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Old 04-02-2015, 04:24 PM   #16
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[QUOTE=Roger C H;513564]Norm & Ginny,

I looked at the Timber Valley SKP website and found this:

"The membership was to cost us about ten thousand dollars and the yearly maintenance fees would be somewhere around one thousand. There would be assessments from time to time,..."

Gulp!

Roger.

You will never find less expensive living arrangements than an Escapee Coop Park. If you read the following you will under stand.

Timber Valley is the Oregon SKP park in Sutherlin Oregon. It is a co-op, owned by the lot owners. It is intended for retired Full time Rvers. Each lot is owned by an Escapee. When they are away their lots are rented out for a rate determined by the park's membership. Part of the rental fee is returned to the lot owner and usually goes to pay their yearly maintenance fee.

The daily rate for non-lot owners, for traveling Escapees, is $19 and the monthly rate is $325. lots are typically 40 by 80.

We have stayed here. The $10,000 is the charge for buying a lot in the park. (You do not need to buy a lot to stay here.) When you decide you no longer want your lot, the next person on the waiting list gets your lot andyou get your $10,000 back.

There is a monthly fee that includes taxes, water, sewerage and so on. In our Florida park the monthly fee is about $100 a month. There is no where that's cheaper to live than an Escapee park.

The following describes the benefits of buying into an Escapee Coop. Basically you get a lot in a nice park for free because you get your money back when you no longer want the lot. Read the write up by a Timber Valley member. The only charge for staying in the park is a membership in Escapees (this year $29) and paying the daily fee. weekly fee or monthly fee, All Escapee Coops operate on this basis.

The following is a members summary of joining Timber Valley.
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There were several things to consider when it came time to choose the location that would be our home for our retirement years. When we decided on Timber Valley it was because of many factors.

First, it is in the beautiful north west with its four definite seasons and mild weather.Just a mile off of the I-5 freeway in a small town but still close to major shopping. We would be in a community of like minded people.

The most critical determination was financial. The membership was to cost us about ten thousand dollars and the yearly maintenance fees would be somewhere around one thousand. There would be assessments from time to time, usually for repaving of a street or the addition of a major improvement. & while those figures seemed quite reasonable what convinced us was the money paid for the membership plus the assessments would be paid back to us when we gave up our membership & that money could be our start up money in a different living arrangement or maybe money for our heirs.

We have had our lease in Timber Valley for 14 years now. Monthly we marvel at all our home here offers us. In our previous life and a more conventional home north of Seattle, our yearly water, garbage, and sewer bill was more than our present maintenance fee. And we still had
the property tax, , electric, and natural gas to pay. In Timber Valley water, garbage,and sewer are paid by our maintenance fee. Even our share of the property taxes are covered. We still have to pay electric and propane but together they are less than half our old electric bill.

Living in Timber Valley is very affordable and makes our limited income go further. And it is a comfort to know that if the time comes that we must leave Timber Valley there is a nice protected nest egg waiting for us.What a good choice we made.
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Old 04-02-2015, 04:54 PM   #17
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Escapee Parks

Another short Escapee explanation.

Escapee parks are not like your typical campground. They are designed for retired full timers, to be an inexpensive place for like minded people to live.

There sites are typically large. They are not sit around the campfire places.

They are always clean and friendly and generally comparatively inexpensive. They are also each different.

Owning a lot in an Escapee park insures you of a place to live when you come off the road, particularly because many if not most full timers sell their 'family' home.

You do not need to own a lot in an Escapee Co-op park to stay in one but you do need to be an Escapee.

For those concerned about security, they are always safe.

We use them as stopping points, resting place wit friendly, knowledgeable people. Often places with meals, parties and information.
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norm--I have researched Escapee parks and I must agree with you---the costs are reasonable, extremely so. And one doesn't need to "buy in" to stay there...making it truly accessible to all for simply the annual membership fee.
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Old 04-02-2015, 05:13 PM   #19
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Full timers have so many choices for low cost camping. A few years ago we took a trip south on US 93 from Missoula, MT south to the Ruby Mts i Neveda. I remember passing numerous federal riverside campgrounds with minimal charges and most virtually empty and this trip was taken in August.

If you're seeking solitude and low cost there are plenty of opportunities.

The numerous Corps of Eng parks fall into the same category and often they are full service parks.
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This is a great thread-- When we aren't' traveling, we usually go to AEP- American Electric Powerlands also known as the ReCreation Land in Ohio--near McConnellsville. About 300 campsites all are FREE. No electric but generators are allowed. There is water available, but you can't stay hooked up to it. Well taken care of, mowed and trash pick up--New tables & outhouses last year. There are also over 300 lakes and ponds for fishing. We've also stayed at numerous city parks for low cost camping for just a few dollars. The best deal was at Grand Coolee Dam in Washington (some covered sites with a roof over them) for $2.50 a night. Hopefully more people will add to this thread!!
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If you join Escapees, which is on sale right now, you can purchase the low cost or free camp site list from daysend.com. Has thousands of spots in it. Looks like they are more for a night or 3 as opposed to staying for months. Nice list to have along with the map at the daysend site.
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The Imperial Dam BLM LTVA (Long Term Visitors Area) is actually in California, but accessed from Arizona and is a great deal for those willing to dry camp. $40.00 for 2 weeks (repeatable) or $180.00 for the entire winter (7 months).

There is fresh water, dumpsters & a dump station at the area - 3500 acres so you can be as close or as far from your neighbors as you wish. Yuma, AZ is about 22 miles away. My journal of my 14 day stay starts here, with specific photos of the area taken on day 13 here.

A great community - they have an old Airstream turned into a library, music get togethers every Sunday, and all kinds of activities. Your permit (either 14 day or 7 month) is also good at the Quartzite BLM LTVA's and some other BLM areas in Arizona & California if you are into moving around.
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So many people contributed to the trailer tow vehicle combo site and seem to like the spread sheet format. I thought about developing one for this site organized in the following format. If you think it's worth while and want me to do it let me know.

Format suggestions will be happily suggested.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...MuYeyU/pubhtml

It is my intention that they be sorted by state/province and town.

The concept behind this thread was someone else's, a person who was having a hard time finding suitable full timing locations. I'd love to credit the person but have not found his original request.
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Skyline Wilderness Pk. on the outskirts of Napa is a great place to stay if you want to tour the wine country or the Sonoma Nascar race.
It is in a pk with lots of hiking/biking trails.
We stay there on our way to and from SoCal for our winter holiday.
Showers aren't the greatest but decent, gravel parking, water and ele, wifi but not great, no tv.
Very quite at nite, I love it there.
$30 ish a nite, ya I know not cheap but it's wine country, cheap for there.
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probably shouldn't have posted this here, missed the point about being for full timers, Mod should delete please.
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Might be good to set some guide lines. Price, if you need to have reservations, hookups or not, dump station, weekly and monthly rates. Some of this you already have on the spreadsheet.
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Beginning to sound like Woodall's.
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I love this concept--maybe list how far to nearest town for gas, propane & food
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Glenn,

Definitely not trying to recreate Woodalls or Good Sams. The OP was looking for low cost, full timer type locations, to me this ranges from free to a top of $500 a month.

Certainly $500 a month might be considered to be high for full timers but it's a price you might be willing to pay to visit a unique area for a week or two.

It's rare for us to spend $40 for a night or even $30 but on occasion we've done it for a special reason. For example we're staying at Myrtle Beach for 4 days to visit with Ginny's sister at $32 a night, in this case the price is irrelevant.

Generally we're looking for lower cost camping but will except special locations.
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