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Old 08-25-2013, 12:22 PM   #1
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New Snowbirds having trouble deciding where to go

This will be our first winter as snowbirds and we are having trouble figuring out where to go for 3 or 4 months this winter.

We have a 40 foot class A with 2 slides (one on each side) and will be towing a Dodge Ram. We would like to find a place that has full-hook up with 50 amp service, pool, jacuzzi, exercise room, fishing and ideally a concrete pad. It also needs to be a place that we can use our electric golf cart as we both have some challenges with walking distances.

Some organized activities are ok but more important is finding someplace that is reasonably priced and quiet, where we can relax and get away from the cold Wisconsin winters.

We were thinking about the Mission/Brownsville Rio Grande Valley area in Texas. Also thought about Arizona and Alabama.

Would appreciate any recommendations that anyone has.

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Old 08-25-2013, 12:30 PM   #2
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Have you looked at Reviews of RV Parks and Campgrounds - RV Park Reviews yet?

I too am having difficulty as to where we want to winter. First we have to make a decision on what area. Then work through approximate locations and THEN choose a park.
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:37 PM   #3
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Find your spot soon before they are booked up.
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Old 08-25-2013, 01:44 PM   #4
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We stayed at a park in Rockport, TX a couple of years ago that was really nice. Lagoons RV Park. Concrete pads, pool, lots of activities and friendly bunch of people. Lots of snowbirds like yourselves. It is a fairly big park but not like some of the monsters in the valley. Personally those are not for me.
Rockport is a nice little town on the Gulf Coast about an hour from Corpus Christie. The climate is very moderate and the pace is more small town. Lots of great places to eat and they Love Winter Texans. Lots of things to see and do within an hour or two drive.
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First of all I would like to welcome you to iRV2. We have spend some time at Val Del Oro in Mesa just a short hop east of Phoenix. The climate is excellent here. For the past couple of seasons, Val Del Oro have had a deal where you get to stay for 3 month but only pay for one (all before Christmas). Call them - they may do this again this year. This is a quality resort (you will have to be +55 mind you). Only thing you can not do here is fishing, but otherwise they have what you are looking for. I will be surprised if you are disappointed if you decide to go there.
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We stayed at a park in Rockport, TX a couple of years ago that was really nice. Lagoons RV Park. Concrete pads, pool, lots of activities and friendly bunch of people. Lots of snowbirds like yourselves. It is a fairly big park but not like some of the monsters in the valley. Personally those are not for me.
Rockport is a nice little town on the Gulf Coast about an hour from Corpus Christie. The climate is very moderate and the pace is more small town. Lots of great places to eat and they Love Winter Texans. Lots of things to see and do within an hour or two drive.
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You're not coming to FL....

Seriously, if you stay in central FL the prices are reasonable and the weather is quite good. I live on Florida's Nature Coast. We're rural, less than 100 miles north of Tampa, are the winter home of more Manatees than anywhere else, and have some nice CGs.
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Thanks, everyone, for all the replies. For this winter, we had thought of trying out several different parks - something like one month at each park. BUT that seems like a lot of trouble and at lot more cost. Thanks for the recommendations and advice. We appreciate it.
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I think it's very wise to try out different parks even though it'll be more expensive. Also in different areas of the state and in different states. We did this for a few years before deciding that Arizona was for us in the winter but it's not for everyone. You can get a lot of recommendations and the parks look excellent on paper but it's only when you stay long-term in them that you will know it's for YOU. Everyone is so different in what they like. Have a fun one!
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After you do find a park, look up all the other parks in the area and check them out in your toad.
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Well, we launched fulltime last October. We saw many places and faces. This season we will do it again, with no repeats!
New roads, new sights, new sounds, etc.

Here is our blog that includes 6 months of last winter:
http://davenola.blogspot.com/?m=1

We start a month earlier this year. (Yay!)

Have fun out there, folks!
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Take a look at Desert Gardens Rv Park 55+ in Florence AZ. We will be working there from Oct. to mid April.
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you can try Buckhorn RV Park in Kerrville, TX. It has everything you asked for on your list.

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We've been wintering there for 4 years now.
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