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INDIO, Calif.— It’s not the standard Christmas set-up, but put on some Perry Como or Mannheim Steamroller and plug in the icicle lights, and even the plainest aluminum camper takes on a holiday sheen.

Snowbirds throughout the Coachella Valley are decking the dashboard of the Tiffin and trimming the hitches of the Airstream. They’re roasting prime rib and honey-baked hams in convection microwaves.

And on the big day, they’ll be Skyping with the grandkids in Missouri and Pennsylvania.

The RV community is by definition a nomadic one, but that doesn’t mean that Christmas traditions get left behind along with the heavy furniture and the permanent address. But there is definitely some scaling back that comes with the cruising lifestyle.

“I’ve always had 25 to 30 people at my house,” Sandy Gotwalt said.

“Worked our butts off,” interrupted her husband, Brian.

“This is what retirement is all about,” she finished the thought, shaking her silver Frosty earrings.

Every winter, retirees like the Gotwalts leave colder climes for the desert’s warmth. Their wheeled homes fill RV parks from Palm Springs to Coachella.

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Emerald Desert RV Resort in Palm Springs, Calif. is celebrating $1 million in renovations as a rebirth, The Desert Sun reported

The previous owner’s plans to tear down the park to make way for houses didn’t pan out, and Sunland RV Resorts bought the 251-space property.

“We’ve done a lot — a lot — of things,” laughed Greg Sidoroff, Sunland RV operations manager.

Sunland poured money into redoing the ballroom and fitness center, updating the laundry, resurfacing pools, improving landscaping and other upgrades.

“The resort ballroom was completely gutted, and the lobby is just gorgeous,” Sidoroff said.

The park also offers Wi-Fi, a laundry room, three meeting rooms and a putting green.

Sidoroff said the park hadn’t changed much since it opened in 1987 and needed to be redone to keep up with today’s customers.

The relaunch of the park at 76-000 Frank Sinatra Drive was celebrated last week with a three-day Hawaii-themed celebration with luaus, fire dancers, balloon rides, Elvis impersonator concerts, “don’t hit the (metal) hula girl golfing contests,” a radio station broadcast, tours and more.

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