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Requesting help from anybody in Colorado, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico & Arizona

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Corey-88K5, Feb 14, 2001.

  1. Corey-88K5

    Corey-88K5 1/2 ton status

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    As many of you know I'm in the Military. I'm in a position that I may be able to move out to one of the 3 states listed above. More directly to: Buckley ANGB in Denver, Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs, Hill AFB in Ogden Utah, Mountain Home AFB in Mountain Home Idaho, Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque New Mexico, Luke AFB in Glendale Arizona, Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson Arizona. If anybody lives in these areas, and or has been to any of these areas, has information or sites with information, please let me know. I'm interested in these areas, but would like to see what is in that area. I'm weighing my choices on location, four wheeling, scuba diving, motorcycle riding and off duty sites and things to do. If you have any information about Taxes, vehicle insurance issues, registration issues, purchasing home, and your general overall opinion. Thanks in advance to anybody that has information to offer. I only have about 1-2 days to make my decision

    Feel free to reply to corey.perez@seymourjohnson.af.mil
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  2. CK5

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    Except for Scuba diving, Colorado has a lot to offer, the home prices are going through the roof though, great if you already own one or sold one in Cali. Taxes and insurance are typical I think, lots of things to do here.

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  3. BigTex

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    Corey, what kind of Texas info do you need? I live in Texas and I work as a claims adjuster for a large insurance company. I may be able to help. Let me know.
     
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    D'oh! Read it wrong--you said TAXES--not Texas. Sorry...
     
  5. ut77gmc

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    Utah's pretty cool. I don't live near the base, but within 50 miles. The whole(80% or so) of the population lives along the Wasatch Front (from just north of Hill about 30 miles or so to a southern point about 80 miles from HAFB.

    The housing market has been going nuts the last few years, but has kind of stagnated over the past couple or so. Definently a 'buyers market' right now, with lots of choices and motivated sellers.

    We have a lot to do in the area (No Scuba Diving that I'm aware of) but your other interests should be covered pretty well. Ogden (very near to HAFB) and the area around HAFB has a lot of night life, and downtown SLC is about the same. It's not real wild but you can have a good time if desired. I don't think anything needs to be said about wheeling. Point your truck in the direction that you want to go, and lock the hubs.....

    E-mail me if you would like more info. The Utah state government has some pretty good websites that would have some good (probably somewhat biased info-as mine is).

    You won't go wrong in any of the areas you've listed, however. I've been to pretty much all areas listed, and they all seem about the same (other than the UT religious element which is easily ignored--Our drinking laws are legendary!--but pretty easy to figure out if you want too).

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  6. HarryH3

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    Colorado Springs is pretty darn nice. So nice that I've lived here twice! [​IMG] There isn't a lot of water in Colorado, so I don't know what the scuba opportunities are. I've got a friend here that rides dirt bikes in enduro type races in Colorado, Texas, New Mexico and Utah. I'm thinking he could hook you up with some places to ride the bike! [​IMG]

    Houses are getting more expensive here every day, but they're still way cheaper than in Denver. Peterson AFB is out east, near the airport. The housing on that side of the city is cheaper, because the land is mostly old grazing land. Not many trees... I understand that there's a big PX at the Air Force Academy as well. If it matters, there are a LOT of military folks around here. There's Peterson AFB, Ft. Carson, NORAD, Schriever Air Station and the Air Force Academy. It's cool to watch the Thunderbirds do their air show at every Academy home game! [​IMG]

    There's plenty of 4-wheeling in the area. You could go out every weekend for a year and never go to the same trail twice. I even hear that there are some cool K5 owners just up I-25, in the Denver area. [​IMG]

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  7. Corey-88K5

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    Thanks for all the information so far. One thing that I guess I didn't mention, The Motorcycles I'm interested do well over 150mph, not quite the dirt type. Although I may be interested in one later. I'm currently interested in Sport Bikes. This next one will be my 3ed. www.geocities.com/corey_perez1[\url...erez>http://www.geocities.com/corey_perez</A>
     
  8. HarryH3

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    Oh! If it's crotch rockets you're into, have you checked out the web site for "fzr babe"? She's a cutie up Denver way that's into go-fast bikes. Oh yeah, her hubby rides too. Eh, Shawn? A million of these -&gt; [​IMG]

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  9. Corey-88K5

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    If I remember correctly, shawn sold his bike. Guess that rat needs a lot of food.

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  10. HarryH3

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    Oh, it's still shown on her web site. [​IMG]

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  11. dyeager535

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    Corey, why did you limit yourself to only those places? I can think of at least two more that would be pretty darn nice...the AFB (mountain home or something like that?) in Idaho..can't believe I can't remember it's name for sure, and maybe McChord up our way.

    I too was stuck in North Carolina. I bet the highways leading out of Seymour Johnson take you to Ft Bragg...even when I TRIED to get lost I always ended up back there darn it : )


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  12. Josh

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    I live in Glendale, AZ. There is plenty of 4x4'n to do here. I just went out last weekend. The weather hear is generally quite dry so there is plenty of opportunity to ride a bike, however the drivers here in Phx are pretty un-observant of the bikes aroud here so most of my friends ride around the state - esp Laughlin for the bike festivals :-) The Pacific is a couple of hours away and Mexico is quite near for scuba diving (rocky point). Las Vegas is about 5hrs away. I was in the AF for a few years but the only opportunities for computers while I was in was Tinker (OK) and Gunter Annex (with Maxwell in AL). Then they moved all of the Tinker guys to Gunter. I have parents in CO at Petersen, my mother runs the dental clinic there. They seem to enjoy it but there is MUCH snow. The housing here in Phx was really movin' here for a couple of years but is now starting to slow down because of the economy. There are quite a few computer related jobs here it's really grown lately (almost 3mil people in the valley) Motorola, Intel, Avnet, and many others have several facilities here (I support a system for Motorola). If you have any further questions e-mail me. Joshua_hefner@acs-inc.com

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  13. HarryH3

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    Actually, the average annual snowfall for Colorado Springs is something like 30 inches. Shhh, don't tell too many people or the place will be overrun! [​IMG] Most of the snow in Colorado falls in the high country, before the storms get to our side of the mountains. There's an occasional big storm that really dumps, but they only occur once every few years.

    If your parents moved here recently, they've probably been shocked. January was the 2nd snowiest on record for the area. Certainly not the norm for this part of the world. My snowblower seldom has to come out of the garage even though I live in the foothills above the city. We get more snow than right down in town, but still not a heck of a lot. My kids have only been able to sled in the yard twice this year. The 2nd time they were already down to the grass after 2 passes.

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  14. Executioner

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    I am in Tucson, it has every thing you into, the only maybe is a large body of water to suba in. Mexico is only
    50 miles to the border and 4 hrs at 70MHP to the ocean, not sure what there rules are.
    Person income taxes are around 4% of your salery, and city sales tax is 7%, but in the county only 5%.
    Houses are still very reasonable for the average home. Miles of desert road(good road) to go WFO, I have had
    the sports car in the thripple digits.
     
  15. K5 NUTT

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    Corey...got out of active duty (USA) in 89....flew home to Orange County Ca....to damn crowded...moved to Phoenix October of 89....and i have lived here in Az. ever since. I have been on base before...ID Cards for the reserve etc...and its pretty nice! Luke AFB isn't to darn far from my house here in Glendale Az....matter of fact i drive by it on the way to work everyday...well allmost..hehehe. I've got a 2 bedroom 2 story...2 car garage...townhouse i bought 5 years ago with my GI bill beneies...cost me $52,900...they go for around $68 to $70 K nowadays but for us it was perfect at the time. And yes there is lots to do out here...matter of fact if you call the house after 5pm my wife should be home and she can tell you all about Rocky Point in Mexico...she goes down there with friends twice a year...plenty of scuba to do out there...and its a 3 hour drive...not bad. West of the runways at Luke are the White Tank Mountains...i used to refer to them as my backyard when i lived out that way...plenty o wheelin out there....plus lake pleasant is about a 45 minute trip from the base....and the cool back trail to Crown King Az. (6200Ft.)....would love to see ya out here....if you decide to move out his way let me know and i could send you a sort of welcome packet...plus if you do move here we can lead you around town to take care of all the emissions and licensing stuff....

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  16. Corey-88K5

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    Re: Luke Air Force Base - Glendale Arizona

    THANKS!

    Well guys, thanks for all the information. It seems like no matter what I do, I'll be in a good place. I just hope there aren't any big issues with vehicles. I guess I should check into the height laws, and all that emission crap. Our current inspections in NC don't include all the emissions. They just do a visual inspection to ensure you have a cat.

    Thanks guys. And if you have any more information, great. Also, dyeager535 I checked into Mountain Home in Idaho, but it seemed that the base was a bit away from any fourwheeling that I knew of. It is an option. I was told that the area out there is very brown and scarce of green vegatation. According to all the pic's I've seen that seems to be true, but I could be wrong.

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  17. Shawn

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    I'm with Steve and Harry. Colorado is a great place to live but the housing price along the front range has gone through the roof! For example, I purchased my first small house 7 years ago for 48k. 5 years later we sell it for 107k. We used the money to buy a larger house which was $180k. It just appraised for $270k 6 months ago. Though that might be good for the sellers, it's bad for the buyers. How can anyone afford those prices? The only way you can find affordable housing is to buy something that needs work or move outside the city. My friend (also a firefighter) is now looking and he did find some decent prices in Bailey which is 45 miles away from Denver.

    Yes, I did sell the bike but she still has the pictures on her page. She still has hers and always will. I was just in the Yamaha/Suzuki dealer the other day getting plugs for her Valentine present and I almost bought a new R6 or GSXR. Very tempting! Colorado does have some great twisty canyon roads for riding.

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    I wouldn't recommend Kirtland. I was stationed there for 4 years, and lived in Albuquerque 12 years after that. It was a good town back then, but the crime and gang thing these days was too much for me.

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    I lived near Luke AFB for a long time and had a lot of friends on the base. Nice joint, they have great garages you can rent for $1, $2 and hour with welders, paint booth, lifts, full mechanics set of snap on tools. Thought I died and went to heaven. Haven't been to a lot of bases but Luke seemed to have nice Facilities. Phx has tons of long straight flat roads in the middle of nowhere. Great places to try and set new land speed records(You didn't hear it from me). Phx is a fun town, ~1hr from snow/sking, lots of trails, not much scuba but lake pleasnt is ~30 min from luke, great spot for boating. Plus mexico/rockypoint is not a bad drive, and lotsa fun. Just my $.02
     
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    I lived near Luke AFB for a long time and had a lot of friends on the base. Nice joint, they have great garages you can rent for $1, $2 and hour with welders, paint booth, lifts, full mechanics set of snap on tools. Thought I died and went to heaven. Haven't been to a lot of bases but Luke seemed to have nice Facilities. Phx has tons of long straight flat roads in the middle of nowhere. Great places to try and set new land speed records(You didn't hear it from me). Phx is a fun town, ~1hr from snow/sking, lots of trails, not much scuba but lake pleasnt is ~30 min from luke, great spot for boating. Plus mexico/rockypoint is not a bad drive, and lotsa fun. Just my $.02
     

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