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Old 06-10-2012, 07:17 PM   #1
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Just read through the previous posts about Texas and wanted to ask a couple more questions.

We've heard that the Rio Grande Valley is the place to go...but it's so far south from Canada.

We started full-timing last year and went to Arizona and California...so would like to check-out places further east.

We're looking for a park with room for a 39' 5th Wheel...not too tight. A pool is a must...and also...lots of activities. Hubby golfs a lot and I need things to keep me occupied...and it's a great way to make new friends.

Are there any +55 parks further north in Texas or is the RGV the place to go?

Thanks for any help.

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Old 06-10-2012, 08:52 PM   #2
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These type of topics always get people to defend their choices so don't expect unbiased comments. We investigated the Rio Grand Valley and decided it wasn't for us. We decided to go to Port Aransas which is on the barrier island off of Corpus Christi. We stayed at Pioneer RV Resort and enjoyed it enough that we are going back this winter. Port A (as it is called) is very low key but it is only ~30 minutes from Corpus which is large enough to have good shopping, restaurants, etc. We could walk from our site over the dunes on a boardwalk to the beach. Pioneer isn't an over-55 place, but during the winter that's pretty much all the people who are there.

Port A is probably a few degrees colder than the Rio Grand Valley, but daytime temps were usually in the 60's and the worst we had at night was a couple of low-40's.

Another TX alternative would be the TX Hill Country near Fredericksburg but that is another ~10 degrees colder and that's more than we want.

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Old 06-10-2012, 09:37 PM   #3
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We have stayed in RGV, Calif, Az, Florida, and places between. Most will have a few differences. If I were to argue for RGV of Texas it would be because the temps further south you go the warmer they will be and RGV is the only place in Texas that can compete with South Florida for warmth in the winter. The prices for camping and even the food is probably the cheapest that you will find anywhere in the USA. So by driving the extra 300 miles south (one more day) the cost of fuel would be minimal when you spread it over the cost of the entire winter. It would still be less expensive even though you may drive further. There are also more Canadians there, so you would feel right at home!
Yes there are 55 and older parks throughout Texas. As you move south there are more per square mile! You will find several along the coast from Galveston to Brownsville. San Antonio and the hill country have several as well. There are also several all along the gulf coast in all the States along it's shores however they are subject to more days and nights of temps falling below freezing.
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