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Posted: 04/11/21 10:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Anyone out there with recent and firsthand knowledge regarding Mission and Mcalister areas of the RGV? Are ALL the RV parks and resorts now also mobile home parks? We cannot seem to find a nice park with activities that still caters to full time RV'ers. Even professionally managed resorts are 70% or more mobile homes. And they are packed in! The RV's get shoved into tiny little spaces with no room to breathe and slides almost touching. Any suggestions welcome and appreciated. We're looking for a full time base for our 43' rig but would appreciate storage for our travel trailer on site or nearby.

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Posted: 04/11/21 03:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Retama Village, Bentsen Palm Village Resort, Green Gate Grove, Victoria Palms, Llano Grande, Chimney Park about 400 more but all may not be suitable for big rigs. Most parks will have also Park Models but a few RV only. Also check and ask at https://www.facebook.com/groups/wintertexansrgv. I suggest coming down rent a spot for a week or 2 and visit as many as possible until you find what you like. Many Parks have a discount for first time visitors, If not ask for a deal. Many may give you a deal. Let us know what you find. VERY FEW parks have converted to family parks, most are still 55+. Parks where you own your lot are often nicer with larger lots, You will often find lots for rent by owner. Visit and ask, most are by word of mouth or clubhouse post. This is our 18th season in the Valley.

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Posted: 04/11/21 05:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think you meant Mission and McAllen

Not sure what you mean by 'activities': organized events (think 'Missouri potluck dinner' or 'bingo night'), or amenities to use on your own...also not sure what's meant by 'caters to full-timers'

If willing to push into Brownsville, there's a new place called Tropical Trails RV resort (https://www.tropicaltrailsrvresort.com/)...no age restriction...I'm sure the long-range goal is to become a 'Winter Texan' park, but for now they take what they can get (brand new, so very little word of mouth....and, as a bonus, COVID struck in their first months of operation)...we're me, dw, and our 14-year-old

Space distancing is adequate for privacy, and (in our most recent weekender there (October 2020)) the resort still pretty much empty...acres and acres of unused RV spaces....spots seem big enough to handle pretty much any rig


The place has a nice clubhouse....showerhouses and laundry (two, I think)...exercise/rec room...pool...

We're not 'joiners' anyway (prefer to do our own thing) so it works great for us when we need a 'rest and relaxation' weekend without the hassle of long travel or lead-time planning (because it's so empty, no chance of getting turned away/no need to do an advance online booking)...but, for folks who look to a park for social activities, Tropical Trails probably has little or none of that because so few people...best you could hope for would be chatting with 'new friends' at the pool or something.

We usually state-park camp, but have hit Tropical Trails when we wake up on a Saturday morning, look at each other, and say, 'let's roll'


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Posted: 04/11/21 05:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another commercial RGV place we've used Long Island Village in Port Isabel

Park is mostly mobile homes, with interspersed 'empty' sites. All owner-owned, but most owners of 'empty' sites place them into a central 'rental pool' administered by the park at standard rates, for rent when not being used by the owner

Goods:
Security gate, manned
9-hole golf course
Indoor and outdoor pools
other standard amenities
All sites double-width

location, location, location--right on the Laguna Madre, with canals running through LIV...many owners have boat lifts directly onto/into a canal leading to the bay which leads to the Gulf

I'm assuming there's lots of organized activities especially during 'Winter Texan' season (not sure how Covid has affected this, in terms of numbers who migrated and whether those who did are permitted to gather)

Not-so-goods
A couple of years ago, they implemented a refundable $500 damage deposit requirement (apparently a renter backed over a pedestal)...we stopped going there because of this change

Can be hard to get backed into sites because of obstructions on the other side of the quite-narrow streets

Whole place is a getting quite dated...looks like it was developed at least 40 years ago, with few updates since....not poorly maintained, just getting older...kind of like looking at the Brady Bunch house..."That's just SO 70's!"

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Posted: 04/11/21 06:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the responses, pawatt and trailernovice. I did mean McAllen...spell check strikes again. There are about 4000 places down there. ?? We are going to visit, in fact, in just a month or so. Plan is to stay in area and view. Green Gate Grove looks nice, but again, a mix of stick built, mobiles and rv lots. We'd like something age restricted to adults (55+) and a true RV Resort. Retama Village is on the radar, pricey, but might fit the bill in the end. We looked at Harlingen, same issue. All mobile home parks with "RV spaces in places". Would like to find generous sized spaces for RVs. Again we are 43' pkus long bed truck so we know we're locked out of some older parks. Brownsville is not on the plan, at this time anyway...but thanks for all the info and suggestions.

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Retama Village is right next to a day-use state park we go to every so often...you can see amenities on website... top-tier place... lots of Prevost/tag-axle Class A's.. my running stupid joke when there: turn to wife..."ever wonder what a million five on wheels looks like? (Point to pretty much any of the coaches visible from the back road)..it looks like that"

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Posted: 04/11/21 08:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Also could check out Mission West and Seven Oaks in the Mission Area.

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One week to go and I will have completed my 3rd winter here and signed up for next year.
We have the Mobile Home Section and the RV Park which is separate. I have a 40 foot 5th wheel and I could park my truck in front of it but the sites are wide enough I park to the left of my rig.
All kind of activities but none this year because of Covid. Now we did have Happy Hour just about every day.
20 miles or so to the east of McAllen over in Weslaco. 5 miles or so from Progreso Mexico.
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Posted: 04/12/21 06:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Pawatt gave you good advice. I see he mentioned Mission West. I was going to suggest that. Also Pleasant VAlley Ranch is about 85% RV's. It's a rental park and I know this year it was all but empty, because it normally has a large contingent of French Canadians. They do have a lot of activities. And if you rent for a week or two and look around, you can find some really nice sites for rent by owner.

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Posted: 04/12/21 07:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks Scottiemom. I did look up Mission West and will check it out. I don't mind some park models or even mobiles if park is well kept. But I want some SPACE. I hate slide to slide.

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