Full-Timer Transition at Cal-Am Resort’s Superstition Views
Jeff Crider Photos: Cal-Am Resorts
March 28, 2013
Filed under Feature Stories
In many ways, Jill and Clint Baumann are deep into the motorhome lifestyle and love it. They have been full-time RVing for almost 12 years, with children and grandchildren spread across California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and Michigan.
And even though the Baumanns plan to continue RVing in their 40-foot Monaco Knight for years to come, they are making plans for a future when they will no longer drive as much.
That future includes the recent purchase of a 720-square-foot manufactured home with an RV port at Superstition Views, Cal-Am Resort’s newest adult-only resort in Gold Canyon, Ariz. The Baumanns spent the winter in Superstition Views before they left on their next RV adventure.
“We were coming to this area to visit friends. We thought we’d put one day aside to check this place out and we haven’t left,” Jill said. “We just fell in love with this place.”
Their manufactured home includes a living room, kitchen and dining area, a bedroom and bathroom and a covered RV port.
“We can use our RV for overflow,” Jill said. “Since our home is a one-bedroom home, the motorhome gives us bedrooms two and three. This gives privacy to whomever comes to visit and it gives us privacy, too.”
The Baumanns plan to do a lot of entertaining of friends they’ve met in their travels. They also have family in neighboring Flagstaff, including one of their grandsons, a diesel mechanic who keeps their coach in fine shape.
Their manufactured home was built by Phoenix-based Cavco Industries, a company Jill called “fabulous” as she talked about their positive experience getting settled.
Prices at Superstition Views start at $99,900 for a one-bedroom, one-bathroom manufactured home and go up from there, depending on the additions that are requested. The development has 157 sites.
As Superstition Views property owners, the Baumanns have access to all the comforts available at Canyon Vistas RV Resort, another Cal-Am property that’s right next door to Superstition Views. Amenities include a swimming pool and spa, lighted tennis, pickleball and horseshoe courts, and exercise facilities. Superstition Views property owners can also take part in all of the activities that are offered at Canyon Vistas, which include wood carving classes and a hiking club to dinner dances and other nighttime entertainment.
“We use all the amenities. They have more things to do than any place we’ve ever been to,” Jill said, adding, “If you’re bored, it’s your own fault. There are just pages of things to do.”
A retired nurse, Jill was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa., and lived in Cleveland, Ohio, for many years. She met Clint, a retired engineer, when they lived in Ohio and soon discovered they had a mutual interest in RV travel.
“He’d been retired for some time and he retired me,” she said. “The next thing you knew we were on the road.”
So far, they have taken adventure caravans to the Canadian Rockies and Alaska and visited many of the national parks. They’ve also spent time in Florida, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Charleston, S.C.
And with their family literally spread across the country from coast to coast, the Baumanns always have places to go. They typically stay put during the winter months and had previously been wintering at a park in South Texas, but they fell in love in with Superstition Views. And with the RV ports, Jill said they can “close down the house and go off and play whenever we want.”
And with eight children and stepchildren and 18 grandchildren, the Baumanns plan to be on the road a lot this summer.
At the time of this writing, the Baumanns were not sure if they would head farther east after their trip to Dallas or take off in another direction. But their manufactured home is so well insulated they’re already talking about coming back to Superstition Views to see what it’s like in the summer months.
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