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Old 12-31-2018, 02:14 PM   #1
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Surviving the Albuquerque, Santa Fe Blizzard of 2018

Howdy Folks, Well, we just had an adventure that was more interesting than we had planned. We bought our 2017 Microlite this fall and had taken it one 1 trip for 1 night about 15 miles from home. Having a couple weeks off we decided to throw caution to the wind and pack up, leave cold Colorado and head to Arizona for some warmer temps and see the sights. We left on Thursday morning and got 450 miles down the road to Santa Fe without any trouble arriving there at about 4:00. Fueled up and went to a restaurant for dinner. The plan was just to sleep in the trailer and head out for Camp Verde the next morning. Did I mention that this was the day that there was a huge internet outage and a Verizon outage. The last thing we saw before the outage was a blizzard warning for Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Went to the trailer, lit the Big Buddy Heater and crashed. The wind blew, the snow flew and the heater worked when it wanted to. At midnight a security guard came by and told us that overnight parking wasn't allowed though it wasn't posted as such. He did let us stay though. In the morning we got to breakfast and Walmart, ( no over night parking at Walmart either) Decided to head to Albuquerque and regroup. After checking the new forecast for Arizona, we decided to "camp" at a nice Best Western in Albuquerque and head home. We concluded that we could be cold at home for less money! Got home last night. 500 miles in 1 day. Did I mention that we are newbies?
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Old 12-31-2018, 02:22 PM   #2
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Should have just kept coming on down...

Weather is awesome down here in southern AZ!

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Old 12-31-2018, 02:27 PM   #3
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We were heading for Camp Verde and the lows were in the low 20s and the highs were only going to be in the 40s. think we will try again in March.
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Old 12-31-2018, 03:00 PM   #4
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Got another storm rolling through the next few days. Supposed to start up at 11 tonight, but at 11 this morning, got a nice dusting. Last winter we didn't get any snow in ABQ, but on our third storm in the past week. Better luck next time.
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Old 01-01-2019, 03:37 PM   #5
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Camp Verde is a beautiful area to visit for sure. March or later would be a good idea for that area as you just never know. It could be in the 60's on any given day in December through February and then again it could be snowing with lows in the teens. Living in Arizona the winters can be a more like Colorado in certain spots. The Western desert areas are your best bet toward the Colorado River for the warmest places to camp.
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Old 01-01-2019, 03:48 PM   #6
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Living in Arizona the winters can be a more like Colorado in certain spots.

The Western desert areas are your best bet toward the Colorado River for the warmest places to camp.
Right now in Yuma, AZ on New Year's Day (Jan 1, 2019) at 1:48 pm it is a sunny 53.8 degrees out on my front porch.

Not a cloud in the sky...

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Old 01-01-2019, 04:21 PM   #7
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Right now in Yuma, AZ on New Year's Day (Jan 1, 2019) at 1:48 pm it is a sunny 53.8 degrees out on my front porch.

Not a cloud in the sky...

It's a windy, sunny 48į here but then we are about 2,000 feet higher than you
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Old 01-01-2019, 04:46 PM   #8
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We are looking to try this again in late March. It was a heck of a way to begin my trailer towing experience. Just bought the TV a couple weeks ago. Ice, snow and even a little wind but all thinks considered it went well.
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Great dusting of snow in the mountains outside of Mesa, Az. Partly cloudy, mostly sunny. Fantastic looks! Temps like JohnD10, low 50’s. Just might almost freeze tonight!
(34 degrees forecast in the wee hours tonite)
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We get it. We are experienced RVers but for the first time we decided to do the "snow bird" thing. Left Michigan on December 28 and headed to Tucson. One night in Brownstown, Il, one night in Tulsa. We were going to go thru Amarillo then Albuquerque but saw the weather. Headed south out of OKC thru DFW then west. Cisco, Tx., then Van Horn, Tx. We burned propane like crazy and used electric heaters when we could. Avoided the snow and blizzards but cold, cold all the way. Now in Tucson. It's 43. Better than Michigan? Maybe.
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Welcome to the Desert....last night, coldest night in 6 years! One channel said 7 years! Dropped to 30f !
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Snow in the Desert!

Have to post, on New YearsDay, the clouds lifted to see snow on the Superstition Mountains east of here. Something seldom seen!

The second, is from the Grand Canyon. Just beautiful.
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Been snowing in Willcox today (SE of Tucson). expected to get 3-6" by the time its all over. Unusual for sure, but nice to see.
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Still mid-50's and sunny with no clouds here in Yuma, AZ...

This is the winter place to be!
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We are looking to try this again in late March. It was a heck of a way to begin my trailer towing experience. Just bought the TV a couple weeks ago. Ice, snow and even a little wind but all thinks considered it went well.
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You got home just in time for the "great warmup." 53 degrees in Denver today, 62 tomorrow, and clear skies. So much for snowbirding, huh?

Actually, I am kidding, as we leave Denver and go south of I-10 for a month or more every winter. We have stayed in the Las Cruces area several winters, Tucson one winter, the Phoenix area several times, south-central Texas one year, and north-central Florida last winter. In a couple of weeks we will be heading back to Tucson.

Like you, we use a Little Buddy heater when dry camping in really frigid temps (in addition to the furnace) on our way south and an electric heater when we have hookups. PM me if you want some campground suggestions a convenient distance apart (not 500 miles!) between Denver and southern Arizona.
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One day drive south from Denver is Las Vegas, New Mexico...awesome KOA there.

You can reach Tucson from there in one more day.

Or, from Las Vegas, NM you can make Holbrook or Winslow, AZ the next day...then Phoenix or Yuma the next day!
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