As I've mentioned in the past I can't type so I dictate all of my blog posts using a software called Dragon Speaking which writes everything for me. It does an amazing job, and I probably couldn't even be a blogger without it. But it does have some quirks and I spend a fair amount of time correcting all the mistakes it makes, but it's nothing compared to how long it would take me to peck out a blog using one finger.
Oddly enough it correctly writes some Spanish words like Saguaro, El Niño, or Del Norte. It even puts that little squiggle over the "n" in Niño, I don't know how it does that, the little squiggle isn't even on my keyboard.
But it's had one problem that is making me glad that I will soon be leaving, and therefore not having to write about Lake Havasu anymore. Even though Dragon speaking allegedly learns the way you speak as it goes along, for some strange reason it will not correctly write Lake Havasu. Every time you see that word in my blog its because I have had to hunt and peck it out with one finger. Thank goodness its not a long word, but I have to write it enough that its very annoying
Here is what Dragon speaking writes when I say Lake Havasu....
Lake have a Sue Like I assume Lake have assume like have a zoo like I was Sue
and others that I can't remember at the moment. For some reason no matter how much I corrected the mistake it just cannot understand that word. So I've given up trying to teach it to correctly write Lake have a Sue, I'm just glad to be leaving so I don't have to write it anymore.
So with basically three areas of the country where you can expect to stay reasonably comfortable during January and February, being South Florida, southern Texas, and in the desert Southwest, which of those areas is the best? And as you might've suspected the answer is.... it depends.
Where you might want to park your RV during the winter has a lot to do with how you live in your RV. If you are an RV Park kind of person, or happen to be a boondocking kind of RVer you can stay in either of those three areas. But if you like to boondock for a majority of the time then far and away the place with the most boondocking opportunities is the desert Southwest.
Temperature is not the only reason RVers choose one area over another, a very common reason is humidity. I have lived in the most humid area in America, Miami Florida, I know there are other very humid areas around. But Miami is the only place in the continental United States that has tropical rain forests, and that's about as humid as it gets, and don't get me started on the bugs. I've also lived in very dry areas and I can say without a doubt that no matter what the temperature is, low humidity is more comfortable. So if you want relatively low humidity you can forget South Florida. And in Texas you at least need to stay away from the coast. Or you can go to the desert Southwest where it's...... a desert.
There's also social aspects to where RVers like to stay in the winter. If you like to be around a lot of people, and associate with bunches of people then all three of the popular winter places offer ample opportunities to be as close to people as you want to be. But having lived in the South and the West, I believe that the desert Southwest has more locations and opportunities to be as far away from people as you want to be. Which is very important if you've ever boondocked next to me for a few days you want to be able to move as far away as possible.
How much it cost to live is also very important. It's hard to say exactly if one area Is way better than the other in terms of cost-of-living but I'm relatively sure of this, South Florida is expensive. Some of the RV parks border on ludicrously expensive, and boondocking is hard to come by. Texas doesn't seem too bad, there's some boondocking available but not all that much, but the long-term RV Parks seem fairly reasonable. There again if you're a serious boondocker it's hard to beat the desert Southwest for being able to live relatively cheap, mainly because free boondocking is available almost everywhere you go.
Now there's a lot more to which area is the best for winter RVing, but like I said in the beginning it all depends on how you want to live and its hard to get down into those kind of details in a short blog post. But for me personally with my love of boondocking the desert Southwest is almost perfect. I can get as far away from people as I want, or go to Quartzsite and be real close to everybody. The ability to boondock wherever and whenever I want, keeps my living expenses within reason. There's seldom a tree to block my solar panels. And the very low humidity makes even chilly weather easy to deal with.
The desert Southwest in the wintertime may not be paradise to everyone but to me it comes pretty close.
Lone Tree BLM boondocking area, Lake Havasu Arizona
I'm glad the Thanksgiving holidays almost over because there is a lot more traffic around than normal. Things were busier, and there were definitely a lot more ATVs running around. The ATVs stir up a lot of dust as their driving around and I probably need to get up on top of the Arctic Fox and clean my solar panels, or I could wait for the wind to blow it off. Let me think about that, which one of those things would require the least effort on my part? Hmmm.
The weather here is still holding up nicely with 50s at night and 70s in the daytime. Bright blue cloudless skies and sunny days are the norm. Which is one of the reasons these areas of the West attract so many full timers. It's almost as if the desert Southwest was designed with RVers in mind. And the fact that these areas attract so many RVers means that a lot of the local businesses cater to RVers.
I know a lot of people don't like the looks of the desert since there's very few trees, and cactus aren't as friendly looking as a tree. The place looks kind of barren and desolate, which it is. And there's never been much to attract a normal human being, other than gold and silver, to live in the deserts of the West.
But RVers aren't normal people, I can personally attest to that, we're mobile. And being mobile allows us to live wherever we wish, which explains the ubiquitous T-shirts that say "Home Is Where I Park It" but most of us full timers don't move just for the sake of moving, we move for various reasons and the predominant reason is the weather.
No one place in the continental United States has great weather all year long, but there are places that have great weather for part of the year. It's no trick to find a place that has pretty good weather in the summer, but the winters a problem. There's not many places in America where it stays relatively comfortable in January and February. I'm sure there are others but for the most part, South Florida, South Texas, and the desert Southwest, give you your best shot at a comfortable winter.
Since this post is getting a little long, and I have more to say on the subject, I will finish my thoughts tomorrow about the pros and cons of each of those three popular winter RVing areas.