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Old 11-05-2013, 10:10 AM   #1
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Can we get an overview of Rio Grande Valley campgrounds ?

This area seems attractive for January thru March for two old fuddie-duddies.

I will start doing research if I can get some info on appropriate campgrounds, for us (TOFD).

We are friendly, but not clubhouse activity, card playing folks. We have stayed at other CG with 200+ spaces. Not for us...... as everyone is crammed together, side to side and another RV in back of us.

Who has stayed at a small, out of the way CG with lots of space between sites in the RGValley? Probably we will need a 50A service with a sewer hook up and some shade trees. Relatively quiet, not too close to Hwy 83.

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Old 11-07-2013, 10:40 PM   #2
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"Lots of space between sites" is the hardest part to answer. We haven't wintered there in 5 years so what I remember is not valid. You might find some answers at:
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A tool that I use is Google Earth. With it you can actually measure the sites from an actual picture taken from space. In the RGV I have found that the newer the park, the larger the sites. Remember, parks built long ago were designed for campers, not large MH's or 5er's. One that I would recommend is Tropic Winds in Harlingen. The sites are some of the biggest in the Valley. It is bigger than you are looking for in terms of the number of spots, but it is on the East end of the Valley so it is closer to South Padre Island as a getaway and the conversation with the Manager seemed quite friendly. Another option is called Lazy Palms near Linn west of US 281. As it is not in the denser area near US 83, it's much quieter. It does have a pool, but it's a ways from civilization. Enjoy. Bob
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Scooter we have stayed in the Valley for the last 6 years. We first stayed at Winter Haven in PHarr then at Alamo Rec Veh RV Park then finally at the San Juan Gardens. Winter Haven was a little expensive for us and the sites where very close together although the park was quiet. We then stayed at Alamo Rec which was a larger park with a lake that you could fish with no Texas license but we were put on the west side of the park and was next to the Mexican Flea Market and a trailer park. It was noisy especially in the trailer park with all the BOOM BOXES until around midnight. We complained but were told that there was nothing they could do about it. We moved the next year and found a spot at San Juan Gardens which is a small park and the sites are not that close together and we stayed there for 3 year in the winter. We love to dance so we didn't get to involved with the activities at the park, but the program we were involved with has stopped so we are going to Apache Junction, AZ this year after Christmas. But we are going next week to San Juan for 2 weeks to see our friends and to replenish or Meds from Mexico. The folks at San Juan are very frendly and will help you with most anything. As for Shade trees those are few and far between down there. Lots of Palm Trees.
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We stay at Bentsen Palm RV Resort, about a mile or two from the Rio Grande River in Mission, Tx. Quiet except when the Border Patrol helicopters are hovering in the area. Park has 200 plus sites, however we have a field with cattle behind us. (only one row of trailers like that) Sites may be closer than you like, but there are a lot of bushes, palm trees and flowering shrubs between most of the RV's which allows for some privacy. We are approx. 2 miles from the interstate so do not have traffic noise. We bike on the road outside the park and many people walk. There is a 5 mile bike trail starting outside the gate. Country atmosphere, but still close to shopping.
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Forget the Valley with Border Patrol, Boom boxes, Flea Markets and small sites. Look at the New Braunfels - Kerrville areas. This is the Texas Hill Country. Lazy L&L outside of New Braunfels on the Guadalupe River(trout fishing) has about 30+ winter texans with deer in the campground. Google to find other campgrounds in these two areas. Yes it is cooler but more like fall in northern states.
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We are currently near New Braunfels close to the Guadalupe river. Its a C2C place caled the Summit, but there are several campgrounds in the same area, some on the same road.
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We are currently near New Braunfels close to the Guadalupe river. Its a C2C place caled the Summit, but there are several campgrounds in the same area, some on the same road.
Lazy L&L is less than a mile down river from this C2C.
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We are returning to the Guadalupe River RV Resort over Thanksgiving week. Highly recommend this place if you're in the area, but have a look at their site on Google Maps (satellite) so that you get the kind of place you really want. They have everything from parking lot pull-through to back-ins with trees and plenty of space. Beautiful river-front property too, and deer feeders all over the place.

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