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tjfogelberg

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I'm a pre-retiree who has camped in FL, RGV, and AZ. I haven't experienced "high season" yet as a transient RVer, but I like having the RGV as an option given how full the other areas get during peak season. Once I ultimately retire, I would like to come back to MN in April, instead of in January to start another grueling tax season.

I ride my bike everyday so access to bike trails or lanes is a key attraction for me. On my first visit to Harlingen, I was chased by an aggressive dog right outside the park (Lakewood RV Resort). It was a terrifying experience. One my second visit to the Valley, I stayed at Victoria Palms and was approached by 3 aggressive dogs who crawled under their fence...this right near the park on a walk back from Subway. I called the police after I got back to Victoria Palms, drove my car back to the location and filed a complaint. Just a simple walk outside the park was fraught with danger as there are no sidewalks and it feels like a very rough area.

I like the parks in the RGV but would never feel safe walking or biking anywhere outside the gated community. It's a wild west kind of a feeling. In many many years of biking and walking in MN, I have never been chased by a dog.

For those who like biking, the river trail in San Antonio (Travelers World is great) is very good. In Mesa there are bike lanes everywhere and good biking along the spillways which have miles and miles of multi-use trails. The only official bike trail I could find in the Valley was in the State Park and I believe it is unpaved and sort of remote, but I'm not sure. I often take my bike in the car to good biking areas so that is a potential option for anyone interested.

Bottom line, I like the transient lifestyle especially when I read this thread and realize all of these areas have something good to offer.

For folks who love to play cards, pickleball, bingo, dance, etc etc, the RGV seems like a fantastic option to me. There is good shopping and dining along the corridor and occasional trips into Mexico to spice things up. And not everyone can afford $1,000 + month for their winter home. The Valley is much more manageable financially as others have pointed out.

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We winter in the Rockport TX area, and have, for the last three years. We don't escape the winters of north central Minnesota because we need to be entertained. Sometimes, sitting on a lawn chair, beverge in hand, in mid January without a parka is enough for me. BTW, our park is full, November 1 through April.

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There are several Texas Snowbirding destinations (Rockport being just one) but only one which actively attempts to lure new snowbirds to it. I would think the more people in an area, the more likely the price will go up for those that call it their winter home. Don’t see a lot of Floridians wanting more competition. Hmmm...

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John&Joey wrote:

...snip.....Don’t see a lot of Floridians wanting more competition. Hmmm...


The RGV with over 400 parks has excess capacity, therefore they promote visitors. Prices are pretty stable with discounts often available. It's the American way. We like Winter Texans. Hmmmmmmmm

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Excellent biking trails in the RGV along with, and correct me if I have the wrong street running north/south

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McAllen 2nd Street Col. Rowe Boulevard Bike Trail

Parts of the RGV has pockets of poverty like any city and that may find some areas that "appear" sketchy and have dogs running loose.


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qtla9111 wrote:

Excellent biking trails in the RGV along with, and correct me if I have the wrong street running north/south

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McAllen 2nd Street Col. Rowe Boulevard Bike Trail

Parts of the RGV has pockets of poverty like any city and that may find some areas that "appear" sketchy and have dogs running loose.


Been on the first 2 many times. Very nice and in good condition.

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I get it that some people don't like Texas. But don't knock it for everyone else that does like the area. We all look for different things when we travel. It doesn't make it right or wrong, just different. I am glad that you found somewhere else that you would rather go. We didn't care for Florida or Arizona but I am definitely not going to knock the folks that do like those areas. Just find what makes you happy and let others do the same.
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Our mobile home and rv park is basically a senior cooperative and has 45 RV lots to rent. Generally about 80% of the rv lots are rented. There are 320+ lots in total. The share holder lots are 95% full. Our maintenance fees are quite reasonable and the there is not a lot of properties for sale.

We are getting quite a few inquires from non-rv people wishing to rent a place for short duration stays, but the supply does not match the demand. A lot of our RV renters are regulars with a few new ones each year.

I think the biggest barriers for the RGV are the negative publicity caused by proximity to Mexico, the demographics of the mid-western farm population, and the costs to pull an RV.

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John&Joey wrote:

The RGV just doesn’t get it. Retirees have traveled the world for their jobs and during their vacations. They EXPECT some style and class for their hard earned retirement dollars. Destination areas are fun areas.

They have no desire to live in a compound setting, surrounded by barbed wire, in a location where English is a second language, yet Medicare is available. If you need to learn a language, go somewhere exotic and travel adventurously.

If you’re the type that never left the farm, then I’m guessing the RGV would seem exotic at an affordable price. Maybe that is the demographic for the area, and should be courted.
We were there for a month a couple of Winters ago. Felt safe in our park but not always everywhere else. Did the So. Padre thing for a day. It might be fun for college kids, did nothing for us. People in our park raved about the cheap breakfast they could get somewhere. Aren't the people that own the restaurants there entitled to a decent profit. Found a place to get a haircut. $6.00 and almost nobody could speak English. I'm not going back. It was warm and it was cheap. It was also dirty, boring and not always safe.


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John&Joey wrote:

....snip......

If you’re the type that never left the farm, then I’m guessing the RGV would seem exotic at an affordable price. Maybe that is the demographic for the area, and should be courted.


Mr. Negative, do you have any positive recommendations for retiree destinations, or just want to knock other's choices? Maybe others disagree with your favorite???

I have been off the farm a long time and found Florida to be money grubbing and unpleasant to Snowbirds who don't pay in hundred dollar bills. Arizona gave the impression that they want a wall to keep both Mexicans and Midwesterners out.

Many or us have been to "exotic" places but prefer Mayberry. I understand that might not be you, but I don't slam your choice.

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