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Old 10-16-2012, 09:27 AM   #1
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Where's the "best deal" on sunshine ??

Group : Since there are a great many of us who are determined to escape winter weather by heading south...I was wondering...

Where is it that RV'ers go to...that's "the best for the least $$" ??
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:45 AM   #2
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Probably some place in FL. FL is depressed now and the real estate market has tanked. I am sure you can find some good deals down there. There maybe some Airstream snow birds around here who can send you in the right direction.

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Old 10-16-2012, 09:46 AM   #3
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Group : Since there are a great many of us who are determined to escape winter weather by heading south...I was wondering...

Where is it that RV'ers go to...that's "the best for the least $$" ??
Mid to south Florida and southern Texas.

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Old 10-16-2012, 10:09 AM   #4
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Padre island, Texas, and other parts thereabouts.



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Old 10-16-2012, 10:16 AM   #5
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I vote for Mexico, beautiful country, friendly people and excellent value for your money. I spend a lot of time down there and never once have I seen a body in the street or been shot at. I eat, sleep and party where the locals do, not some insulated all inclusive resort. Use common sense and donít get stupid, same rules to use anywhere in the world
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:06 AM   #6
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I can attest to the snowbirds coming to Florida. From November until May it's near impossible to get a reservation at a State Park. It's infuriating. You have to really plan ahead or hope for a walk up spot.

That said, go some place else.
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I vote for Mexico, beautiful country, friendly people and excellent value for your money. I spend a lot of time down there and never once have I seen a body in the street or been shot at. I eat, sleep and party where the locals do, not some insulated all inclusive resort. Use common sense and don’t get stupid, same rules to use anywhere in the world
I can't get my hubby to go to Mexico.

May need to create a small caravan some winter and follow an experienced visitor down.


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There are private trailer parks in FL that take RV's. If you are planning an extended stay state parks won't work anyway. State Parks do have campground hosts that have to work a little but they get free rent. I am not sure if you have to be a US citizen or not.

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Old 10-16-2012, 11:47 AM   #9
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Texas RV parks are 20% less per day than Florida. We have a double wide down there but do not bring the trailer. The Regrand valley has 50,000 snowbirds a year, and have room for all of them in private campgrounds. Brownsville is a little rougher. As you move up the valley it gets better. Wilder Parks are top notch but a bit more money. It depends whether you like woodworking, dancing, golf, swimming, tennis or whatever as to which park you pick. Arizona is another choice but is drier. We have some of our Illinois people who go down every winter to Phoenix or Tucson area.
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Can't think of a better place than Texas Airstream Harbor... great weather, good fishing, great folks... and very reasonable! TexasAirstreamHarbor.com
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$300/month + elec here in Corpus Christi (and up). I'd choose Colonia Del Rey. And slightly higher in Rockport (which is nicer, yet under an hour away; see SanDollar). "Winter" is about ten days in January. San Antonio, Houston and the Hill Country are each around three/four hours away.

The RGV is a further 150-miles south. So is Laredo and the rest of the border towns. Those that want it can have it.

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Lots of Snowbirds starting to fill up the spots in Alamogordo, NM, too. Can still get cold, but true winter is 30 minutes away over the ridge and up into the mountains (Cloudcroft). $250 + elec., but includes basic cable and water/trash (some are more). Las Cruces is 1 hour away, El Paso is 90 mins. Ruidoso and Inn of the Mountain Gods (Casino) is 45 minutes away. Ski slopes, golfing, white sands monument, moderate temps.
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I can't get my hubby to go to Mexico.

May need to create a small caravan some winter and follow an experienced visitor down.


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We have a house in San Carlos Sonora. It is 330 miles south of Tucson on the Sea of Cortez. 260 miles of the drive are in Mexico but the road is 4 lane and very good by Mexican standards.
We used to rv here before buying the house. There are two nice rv parks, one in nearby Guymas.
San Carlos is easy to get to and very safe but no longer dirt cheap. The rv parks are in the high 20 dollar range and Mexican insurance must be purchased, although we purchased daily trailer insurance for only the days we were driving it. There are a number of restaurants with prices slightly less than the U.S. Fuel prices are about the same as the U.S.
San Carlos is very scenic and there is fishing, boating and diving on the Sea of Cortez.
For any one nervous about the trip, I suggest driving to Emigration at km 21 across the border and waiting for a passing rv. to caravan with. You can also post on the forum vivasancarlos.com and ask to accompany someone who is coming down.
For some one who has been there and done that in the U.S., San Carlos is about as easy as it gets in Mexico and certainly a different experience.
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