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Old 02-01-2021, 06:28 PM   #1
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Texas In Winter question

I tried Quartzsite this December and January. Too cold. This Minnesota boy isn't looking to escape frigid winters by going somewhere with 35 degree nights. Quartzsite will be my February-March place next year. As February starts, the weather is just now getting to what I was searching for when I came down here.

So I need to find the right region in Texas for December and January, hopefully by the coast (but not the wind-blown sea salt.)

I know boondocking spots are going to be few and far between, and so I'm thinking I'll hunker down in some small RV park where I can head out to kayak-fish, walk, explore, etc., for two months. Looking for somewhere (if possible) with daytime highs in the 70's-80's-low 90's. (Also looking for an area where people aren't going to look down on my old but beautiful 1993 C - none of those hoity-toity locales).

Any basic regional recommendations?

Thanks for any help you can give to me.
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Old 02-01-2021, 07:53 PM   #2
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McAllen Texas. It's going to hit the 80's this week. There are plenty of RV parks...one I just looked at is $385/mo for a 50 amp spot. Close to the ocean for day trips but far enough away your RV won't rust away...too quickly.

It's close to Mexico if Covid lets up but I wouldn't go there atm. Crime wasn't an issue when I stayed there a few years ago.

Or somewhere nearby might work for you too.
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Old 02-01-2021, 08:42 PM   #3
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Yes, the desert gets cold at night. But it is a dry cold (sort of like the dry heat) and you don't feel 'damp'. And since it is at night, just put an extra blanket on the bed, snuggle down and enjoy it. It is usually nice the next day. Now January is often the only month that I wear full length jeans and will put a sweatshirt on. Q is colder than Phoenix area because the valley is a warmer heat island, but there is so much to do and see, I'm surprised you couldn't find things to do. I had capri length on today. Will be back in shorts by March.
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We are in our eighth season in McAllen Texas. We have had three days of winter this season with temperatures dipping into upper 30's and high of only 50's. Most days in the 70's and many in the low 80's. Very friendly people and inexpensive place to over winter!
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Q is colder than Phoenix area because the valley is a warmer heat island, but there is so much to do and see, I'm surprised you couldn't find things to do.
I must have described it wrong. I LOVE Quartzsite! I've been here seven weeks, I have a few more to go, I walk 5-8 miles every day in the desert, I hit town, I travel around on the bike, I'm way out on the end of LPS so I get my solitude . . . It's like heaven for me!

I just think it'll be more heavenly in February and March than in December and January. I'm looking to thaw out after 50-some years in Minnesota! I want heat!
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You need to do some weather history searches for specific towns to get an idea. For instance, I just did one for the month of January 2020 at South Padre Island/Brownsville, TX and here are the results:

https://www.wunderground.com/history...RO/date/2020-1
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I must have described it wrong. I LOVE Quartzsite! I've been here seven weeks, I have a few more to go, I walk 5-8 miles every day in the desert, I hit town, I travel around on the bike, I'm way out on the end of LPS so I get my solitude . . . It's like heaven for me!

I just think it'll be more heavenly in February and March than in December and January. I'm looking to thaw out after 50-some years in Minnesota! I want heat!
You sound like me. I stay busy. It's just more fun for me to stay busy when it's warm. Who know, we might see you in McAllen next year. Happing camping.
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We spent one winter in the RGV. Geocaches the whole area in less than a week. Visited the few museums in quick time frame. Went across the border a couple of times, bought a couple of things, but that was it. No concerts, restaurant selection very, very limited, etc. Shopping very limited. Limited numbers of Starbucks! Medical care, if needed, is limited - this is becoming more and more important as we get older.

We love the desert area in winter and being near a major city means great museums (Heard and Musical Instrument Museums for example), outstanding concerts of all kinds, really shopping, wide variety of restaurants, ability to be out in the desert exploring in just 15-20 minutes, sunshine most of the time, plus Spring Training!
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Anywhere between Corpus Christi and McAllen should work for you if chasing the warmer Gulf of Mexico winds. Safe travels.
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Corpus to the RGV in Texas, Yuma and Phoenix in AZ, and south Florida...otherwise a few days to a week or two of 30 degree weather has to be expected.....
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Corpus to the RGV in Texas, Yuma and Phoenix in AZ, and south Florida...otherwise a few days to a week or two of 30 degree weather has to be expected.....
These are the only places we will go from now on. The RGV has been warmer than almost anywhere this winter.
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Thanks, all. Looks as if future winters will be Dec-Jan in Way South Texas (McAllen leading the bunch) and Feb-Mar in Arizona. Sounds perfect to me.

Right now, I hear my home base - MN - is looking at -15F for a few nights. Soooo glad not to be there . . .
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Looking at the same thing from Georgia.



Way south Texas is proving just as good as Florida.

Storm Radar, temp layer app ipad.

Amazon can deliver what the locals can't, looking for the heat.
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I'm interested in places to stay in South Texas for next winter. Would be great to see this thread continue. Maybe folks doing reviews on places they've stayed.


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