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Im in need of long term very cheap place to stay during the Fall and Winter in Arizona! Im on very low SS income. Need to be somewhat close to a town!

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You can choose from several options!

Some of the private campgrounds are extremely reasonable when you're renting for the whole season - as in around $300.00 a month, some include utilities, some don't.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management) has several LTVA's (Long Term Visitors Areas). None have full hookups, some don't even have pit toilets. Depending on what you're driving/living in, which of the LTVA's you'll be able to stay in. Cost is $180.00 for the whole winter season.

BLM and National Forest lands have dispersed camping. No facilities whatsoever, no charge however. You haul your water from town, take your own garbage out and dispose of your own toilet contents. The most important rule is that you must move every 14 days.

There is also free camping on National Wildlife Refuges but it's generally limited to 14 days per year, per refuge.

Somewhat close to town is a very subjective term. I consider somewhat to be within 45 minutes to an hour of a W/M, others think that anything more than a 10 minute drive is excessive.

Lots to choose from! Finding low cost places to stay is the least of the concerns for a newbie. Making the decision of what and where is the harder part.
Try out a few of the above and see what you like. In Quartzsite there are 14 day spots near the season long ltvas
Coyote Howls near Why Az. may be what you’re looking for.
https://coyotehowlsrvparks.com/

Anybody know the current monthly spot rental? For East and West?

Thanks.
(08-31-2018, 08:40 PM)Almost There Wrote: [ -> ]You can choose from several options!

Some of the private campgrounds are extremely reasonable when you're renting for the whole season - as in around $300.00 a month, some include utilities, some don't.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management) has several LTVA's (Long Term Visitors Areas). None have full hookups, some don't even have pit toilets. Depending on what you're driving/living in, which of the LTVA's you'll be able to stay in. Cost is $180.00 for the whole winter season.

BLM and National Forest lands have dispersed camping. No facilities whatsoever, no charge however. You haul your water from town, take your own garbage out and dispose of your own toilet contents. The most important rule is that you must move every 14 days.

There is also free camping on National Wildlife Refuges but it's generally limited to 14 days per year, per refuge.

Somewhat close to town is a very subjective term. I consider somewhat to be within 45 minutes to an hour of a W/M, others think that anything more than a 10 minute drive is excessive.

Lots to choose from! Finding low cost places to stay is the least of the concerns for a newbie. Making the decision of what and where is the harder part.
Thank you, helpful

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(08-31-2018, 10:05 PM)DLTooley Wrote: [ -> ]Try out a few of the above and see what you like. In Quartzsite there are 14 day spots near the season long ltvas
Can one move to another 14 day spot in the general area safely? The Forest where I am at you must leave the Forest for 30 days!

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You might be in a state forest with that rule.

The NF and BLM rules are pretty much the same - 14 day stay and must move 25 miles.

There are some areas that due to different departments supervising an area (ie BLM vs NF) that you can technically get away with moving lesser distances but it's pretty safe to count on 25 miles.

You probably want to move further than that in a lot of cases anyways. One can move within a 250 mile radius and enjoy year round comfortable weather by going up and down in elevation rather than driving long distances.
Alas, the Walmarts in Arizona are generally no good--most towns have ordinances against overnighting there.
I believe there are casinos in both Phoenix and Tucson where people overnight. And in Laughlin NV  near Bullhead City. You also see 100s of RVs camping on BLM land around Yuma.
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