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Old 11-24-2009, 06:45 AM   #21
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One of the coolest things about this transition is that to "move in" to our new house all we have to do is back the RV into the covered parking area and hook it up! We're living there! Then we can take our sweet time getting stuff for inside the house.

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Old 11-24-2009, 07:32 AM   #22
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"No motorbikes, motorcycles, motor scooters, “go-carts” or other similar vehicles shall be permitted to be operated within the subdivision if, in the sole judgment of the Board of the Association such operation, by reason of noise or fumes emitted, or by reason of manner of use, shall constitute a nuisance."

The above quote from the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions is the sort of thing that make me leery of private communities.

The concept for the community and all of the positive aspects mentioned are very attractive. I think its beautiful. Congratulations. When can I visit?
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Some of the owners of the "Coach Sites" rent their spots on a monthly basis. But there is also a full service RV park next door - which is where we are camped right now. This is the most beautiful naturally landscaped RV park we have ever enjoyed - which is why we kept coming back! Oh yeah and the fact that Bentsen State Park and two world-class butterfly gardens are right next door!

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RIch, I second Audry's recommendation. This is a beautiful RV park which sits just outside Bentsen State Park. Bentsen State Park is closed to vehicle traffic (they do have a tram) so it is wonderful for walking and biking. It is well known for birds and butterflies and is headquarters of the World Birding Center. I kept a couple of hummingbird feeders hanging off the rv, the birds loved them. There are bike trails being developed from the park and winding around the levees and farmland.

I spent 6 weeks there last spring. I often attended free morning bird walks, I participated in the hawk migration count. There are butterfly walks and as Audrey says butterfly gardens. There are many knowledgeable rangers, volunteers and visitors so as a relatively novice birder I learned a lot. I biked almost every day through the park and on the paved trails. There are also many other parks in driving distance.

Audrey, the one thing that the surrounding communities did not seem to have was great restaurants. Or did I just not find them?

Maybe I should shut up now and let REWahoo talk about the chiggers, snakes, and fire ants and all the reasons to stay away from Texas.
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No problem in visiting Texas, especially the RGV in the winter. But no one in their right mind voluntarily lives here year round - other than the chiggers, rattlesnakes and fire ants.
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Audrey:

I would spring for the extra $$ and put a drain pit in the garage, so you can work on the RV without having it towed..........

I think it is the perfect "home away from home"..............
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"No motorbikes, motorcycles, motor scooters, “go-carts” or other similar vehicles shall be permitted to be operated within the subdivision if, in the sole judgment of the Board of the Association such operation, by reason of noise or fumes emitted, or by reason of manner of use, shall constitute a nuisance."

The above quote from the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions is the sort of thing that make me leery of private communities.

The concept for the community and all of the positive aspects mentioned are very attractive. I think its beautiful. Congratulations. When can I visit?
Sounds good to me! I would love not to have those things driving around my street. Yes, the covenents are very strict. But that frankly appeals to us as this is a "close living" community. It's designed to have a certain look and landscaping and ambiance and that's one reason we like it so much.

I understand why folks should be leery of private communities. I guess the trick is to find the one that already matches your lifestyle.

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Audrey, your posts are always a pleasure to read--and you sound so happy in this thread!

Congrats on finding a homebase that sounds like something you would have invented for yourself, it's so perfect for your lifestyle.
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I would spring for the extra $$ and put a drain pit in the garage, so you can work on the RV without having it towed..........

I think it is the perfect "home away from home"..............

That probably violates the covenants.
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Wow, congrats on finding something that fits our lifestyle perfectly.
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RIch, I second Audry's recommendation. This is a beautiful RV park which sits just outside Bentsen State Park.

Audrey, the one thing that the surrounding communities did not seem to have was great restaurants. Or did I just not find them?

Maybe I should shut up now and let REWahoo talk about the chiggers, snakes, and fire ants and all the reasons to stay away from Texas.
Rich - if you do come here, I recommend November through March. November is great for butterflies. February and March best for birdwatching. It gets pretty crowded with "Winter Texans" in Jan and Feb, but by March some RV spots start opening up.

We're also not far (90 miles?) from South Padre Island which is really nice in April - right after the spring breakers are all gone although "holy week" gets pretty crowded with Mexican Nationals (tourists). We spent the first 2.5 weeks of April last year camped at a county park with it's own beach access and across from the convention center which has a lot of great wildlife viewing. It was fantastic - the weather was great, the bird watching incredible, and awesome seafood restaurants on the island.

There are chiggers by the boatload here! Summer can be brutal (and usually is). So, there are downsides. And lots of javelinas in Bentsen State Park, so we a little careful not to get too close. If you have never seen a sleepy javelina yawn at you because you woke them up on your early morning walk - well, it's quite a sight!

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Restaurants? Yes, they are quite limited in the area and it was one of our beefs a couple of years ago. This seems to be slowly improving. We were thrilled to see a P.F. Changs open in McAllen along with several other upscale chain restaurants. But that has to be the busiest P.F. Changs in the country! It's packed most of the time and mostly hispanics (including Mexican Nationals) eating there. There is a little neighborhood restaurant "Tio Chuy's" which is decent simple, good mexican fare and run by the most charming Latina I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. We are regulars. I expect to be cooking a lot while here, which is fine with me!

The Mexican restaurants in San Antonio, Austin and Houston are way better than the Mexican restaurants here - at least to my personal taste. Kind of a weird quirk, but there you go.

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And lots of javelinas in Bentsen State Park, so we a little careful not to get too close. If you have never seen a sleepy javelina yawn at you because you woke them up on your early morning walk - well, it's quite a sight!
You know I can't stay quiet on this subject.

A few years back three javelina attacked my lab in our "back yard". She had a dozen deep slash wounds in her flanks, courtesy of their razor-sharp tusks. I had to take her to the vet to get her stitched up and she was a miserable pooch for several days.

When she finally healed up well enough to venture off the deck, she returned shortly with a javelina jawbone in her mouth. I had taken several shots at them the night she was attacked but didn't realize I'd actually hit one.

I would swear that dog had a smile on her face...
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You know I can't stay quiet on this subject.

A few years back three javelina attacked my lab in our "back yard". She had a dozen deep slash wounds in her flanks, courtesy of their razor-sharp tusks. I had to take her to the vet to get her stitched up and she was a miserable pooch for several days.

When she finally healed up well enough to venture off the deck, she returned shortly with a javelina jawbone in her mouth. I had taken several shots at them the night she was attacked but didn't realize I'd actually hit one.

I would swear that dog had a smile on her face...
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Audrey, your posts are always a pleasure to read--and you sound so happy in this thread!

Congrats on finding a homebase that sounds like something you would have invented for yourself, it's so perfect for your lifestyle.
Looked them up....look like good eatin'.........looks like bacon to me......
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Congrats on finding a homebase that sounds like something you would have invented for yourself, it's so perfect for your lifestyle.
Thanks!

Well I guess we are pretty happy! We just "discovered" this option for us a couple of weeks ago, and really studied it and made sure it made as much sense as it seemed to from the initial impressions. Pretty fast decision making, but it's one of those things:
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We met a few other owners today. Every single one of them was a fulltimer prior to buying their home. Hmmmm - maybe there is a pattern here, or it's some kind of wierd RV fulltimer trapping force field.

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Could be. I haven't even set out yet and I'm intrigued. It looks like a great set up. Congrats.
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Audrey, congratulations! You sound so happy and it is contagious. I hope that your new home base is everything that you imagine, and more. It looks really nice.
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There are many things to admire about this arrangement. In addition to having guest quarters parked in your carport, you also have a spare refrigerator and microwave. This really comes in handy for us over the holidays. Two (2) turkeys are thawing in our motor home fridge at this very moment.

(For clarification, we don't have the neat set-up Audrey is building, but we do keep the RV parked at the house.)
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Could be. I haven't even set out yet and I'm intrigued. It looks like a great set up. Congrats.
Yep - but of course it's a lot more expensive than full-timing when you are maintaining a home as well as using an RV extensively. Quite a few expenses double when you are on the road since you are still paying for base utilities and maintenance even though you aren't present at the house.

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One of the coolest things about this transition is that to "move in" to our new house all we have to do is back the RV into the covered parking area and hook it up! We're living there! Then we can take our sweet time getting stuff for inside the house.

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That looks really great for you! Is there any chance you can do it so you have a front and back to the covered parking, so that you can just pull through? It would take either a corner lot or an alley.

I guess you probably have enough experience backing up your RV so it isn't a big deal to you.
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That looks really great for you! Is there any chance you can do it so you have a front and back to the covered parking, so that you can just pull through? It would take either a corner lot or an alley.

I guess you probably have enough experience backing up your RV so it isn't a big deal to you.
Back-in only! You need the back anyway because it's a major storage unit and the house is quite small. None of the lots have a street front and back, so no pull-throughs in the neighborhood.

Now, a general question - is a pull-through really so desirable? I have no trouble backing in, have done it 100s of times. All I need is my trusty backing guider (DH) behind the coach, and I can back in anywhere. The key to backing is having a trusty and observant partner as a guide. I do observe that not all big rig drivers have such a qualified co-pilot.

To me the worst part of backing into a site is having to disconnect the toad if we are continuing on in our RV the next day. So if we are "en route" to a far destination and thus driving every day, I seek out pull-throughs, otherwise back-ins are just as fine.

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