The Coupon Trail Epilogue

This week we wrap up our 5 week Coupon Trail adventure.

The Coupon Trail started when we left Hemet, CA in route to Yuma, Arizona. Our 12 year daily average for camping is $13. That includes RV parks as well as staying at our home and dozens of other houses; service centers, truck stops, churches, SOWER's project and more non-resort stays. It will be fun to see how little we can spend staying at resorts using the coupons we obtained at the RV shows in Indio and Quartzsite.

Here we go!
Anza-Borrgeo Desert State Park, 1 day

Dry camping, nice hiking trail, peaceful
1 day on trail
Coupon Trail Daily Average $0
Cocopah RV Resort, Yuma, AZ, 1 day

Pool, spa, pickleball, cafe, huge grassy dog park, golf
2 days on trail
Coupon Trail Daily Average $24
Quechan Casino, Winterhaven, CA, 1 day

Dry camping, casino, cafes, pick your own large site
3 days on trail
Coupon Trail Daily Average $16
Escapees Kofa Ko-op, Yuma, AZ, 9 days

Large site, pool, spa, billiards, large desert dog area, cable TV
12 days on trail
Coupon Trail Daily Average $16
Pioneer RV Park, Wellton, AZ, 7 days

Pool, spa, cable TV, pickleball, somewhat grassy large dog area
19 days on trail
Coupon Trail Daily Average $19
Westwind RV Resort, Yuma, AZ, 7 days

Pool, spa, good pickleball, cable TV, Tim & Vikki, bocce ball, great cafe meals, volleyball, Ellen wins Corn Hole Toss, close to all stores, large site
26 days on trail
Coupon Trail Daily Average $19
Sundance RV Resort, Yuma, AZ, 3 days

Huge pool, spa, amazing sport court, access to Fortuna RV next door, cable TV, tabletop shuffleboard
29 days on trail
Coupon Trail Daily Average $17
Quechan Casino, Winterhaven, CA, 1 day

Trip to Algodones for teeth cleaning, no passports!
30 days on trail
Coupon Trail Daily Average $16.40
The coupon trail ended at $16.40 per day. Not bad considering most of the days were at really nice resorts with lots of facilities. We came to Yuma because we obtained a half dozen coupons at RV shows. But, we actually only used the coupons at Westwind and Sundance. The other stays were parks we found through our online research. You don't need to do the research, just launch Big Rig Bible and find your low priced stays.

When you cross over from Arizona to California, you leave the deals behind. We spent two nights at the Chula Vista Elks. We visited in 2008 at $18, now it is $27 per day. We did have a wonderful time each evening sitting around the wood fire getting to know a few more Elks friends.

On the way to Long Beach, we spent two days at the Santa Ana Elks for $20 per day. We visited here in 2010 and it was $20 then. Sadly, then have sold this property and are building a new lodge without RV parking.

Reaching Long Beach, we stayed at Golden Shore RV Resort.

Emily and Chad arrived on Sunday to take a 10-year wedding anniversary cruise to Mexico. We will have two of our grandchildren while they enjoy their time. We'll take Zeb and Coralyn to Golden Village Palms RV Resort in Hemet to let them swim away the week.

We mentioned no passports to Mexico. Normally, you need them to get out. We have mailed ours in to renew them and have not received the new passports yet. We took our birth certificates and drivers license and that was accepted. So "Adios Mexico, better luck keeping us next time".

With love, Pete, Ellen and Mandy

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