Considering A Small Park?
Information For Snowbirds
This is just my opinion from collected information.
Because you might be considering a stay at The Tiffany RV Park, and we are a small park, and you might be considering other small parks,,, you should be aware of something we are told all the time. Many/Most of the smaller parks have a different kind of people in them. We have found this to be almost the rule, and applies even more to the small hotels/apartments around.
We are very different then most of the small parks. As our website says, we operate ourselves like a big park without the higher prices, because it is our home and we need it to say nice for us to live, and our guests to visit. We are not a trailer park! We are an RV Park that caters all winter to snowbirds and travelers, then we are almost empty all summer.
I will start with. There are literally hundreds of large parks in the Phoenix area. Most have both RV spots and Rental Units. They are for the most part big resort type with every amenity you could ask for. Many have thousands of guest in them.
Also this is the most age restrictive area we have found in the US, and we full-timed for 4 years before buying this park. Almost every park in the area is a 55+ park. The whole area is very snowbird oriented. Which is nice because there is so much to do. Restaurants, shops, malls, golf courses, and more, are everywhere. Not to mention the nice weather.
As far as I know, all the large parks are nice places and would be fine for most anyone. There are several around us with 1 to 2 thousand (or more spaces) each. They all charge more than we do. With some them, by the time you add up all the extras, a LOT more! But they do have many amenities. Some have quilting rooms, wood working rooms, pottery rooms, and stuff like that.
The small parks in the area, are very different.
My standard statement about Other SMALL parks, and hotels/apartments to snowbirds that call or write me is.....
Some of them might look very nice, and might have "good curb-appeal," when you drive by everything looks very clean and well kept, BUT,,, if you drive through on a nice night when you can see people out and about, you possibly would not feel comfortable with their guests. My guests have told me this over and over.
Many/Most of the small parks have their own trailers and RVs, (some are even pretty nice,) that they rent out to people. But,,, people that "rent a trailer full time to live in,” are not the same as snowbirds, or people that travel in them.
I always say, when you drive through, look at the type, and condition of the cars, and make sure that there "are" cars in most spaces, or else it usually means a lot of people without cars, that do nothing all day, which means you probably have to lock up your stuff.
As I said, this is almost always the rule with smaller parks. (Other than us of course!) Most of the small parks have a lot of "Entrenched people" that are there all the time. Much more like a trailer park, but they still call themselves RV Parks for the extra income in the winter.
It is best to stick with 55+ parks if you can, and the larger parks if we don't have room.
Most of this applies double for all the old hotels in the area that rent rooms by the day, but also call themselves apartments. MANY of them have people that snowbirds don't feel comfortable around. We have had many guests tell us this.
We also don't know what kind of success you will have with E-Mail. We have been told by people they did not have much luck getting E-Mails returned. I think we are one of the few parks that take the time to write back to any extent.
Most of the parks here seem to have rigid and short office hours which I have never understood in a business based on guests and travelers? Many only answer their phones 5 days a week 8-5, which I also don't understand.
Even though we fill up every winter around December, we want everyone traveling to this area to have a great experience wherever they stay.
I hope this helps at least some of you make a more informed decision so your stay in the area will be a pleasant one.