Our trip to Yuma didn’t go exactly as planned. As we were preparing to leave Tucson, I thought I smelled propane. We couldn’t get a mobile tech to help us immediately, so we turned off the emergency switch and made calls as we traveled the 240 miles to our next stop the Carefree Village Resort, in Yuma.
Plans…Subject to Change
We left early that day, intending to stop at the Yuma Territorial Prison before setting up camp. Instead, we made contact with an RV repair shop in Yuma by phone during our drive. They kindly said, just pull in when you get to town and we’ll see if we can get to you. Only 2 miles from our final destination that night, we had no experience or references for County RV Repair. Fortunately, we found a small RV repair shop with an honest and accommodating owner. There were four customers waiting in the cramped 8′ x 10′ office when we arrived, but within 2.5 hours OLGA had a new regulator and the smell and leak were gone.
Carefree Village RV Park
We arrived at our planned home for the next two nights shortly after 5 pm. The main office was closed, but we met two workcampers cleaning the on-site bowling alley. They immediately escorted us to our full hook-up site and spent time answering our questions and offering recommendations.
When we travel through Yuma again, we will certainly return to this campground that has been open for just under two years. The sites are large, level and easily accessed. There are some Park Model Homes, however, the number is limited. The clubhouse is spacious and comfortable. Within the clubhouse, you’ll find a large party room, billiard room, library, computer room, and several smaller meeting/card rooms. There is even a theater with large projection TV and comfy theater recliners. What a great place to enjoy a football game with friends, or a Netflix video as we did one night. The laundry is very large and the rest/shower rooms rival our previous favorites at Wine Country RV.
A beautiful patio and public grilling area are behind the clubhouse. There you will also find a pool and creative miniature golf course. Tennis courts and pickleball courts are available, as well as a dog park.
We played pickleball both of the days we stayed. Open play starts at about 8 am, however, the lighted courts allow for evening play. We found the group to be enthusiastic and friendly. One couple offers introductory sessions about once a month to introduce new players to the game. Many of the folks we met, were introduced to the sport at the Carefree Village Resort, and we are certain the pickleball will continue to thrive at this resort.
As we write this article, in April 2017, the rates are very competitive for what we consider an upscale RV resort. In season, Dec-May, monthly campers only pay $550/mo plus electric. They offer an attractive 6 months stay and 6 months of storage for only $1995. So if you are looking for a cost-effective place for an extended stay in southern Arizona, you’ll want to consider this option. If like us you are only coming in by the day then expect to pay $45…a very fair price for a 5-star resort in Yuma.
Editor’s Note: RVPicklers does not accept compensation from any campgrounds for our reviews. These are our honest observations based on the time we visited.