I have some experience when it comes to RVs (Recreational Vehicles). When my family moved from the northeast several years ago, we made a round-about trip of the United States in our RV before we settled down in the midwest. We met and made good friends with people that we are still in contact with via email and other social networking sites. While our family is still relatively young, many of our close friends are senior full-time RVers, and here are some of the sites nationwide that they recommend.
1) Alamo REC VEH RV Park, 1320 West Frontage Road, Alamo, TX 78516.
Many senior friends of mine travel south for the winter, and Alamo, Texas is a wonderful destination spot. Situated almost on the Mexican border near South Padre Island, south of Corpus Christi, the weather is nice all year round. On my last visit to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, I found the people just south of the border to be warm and friendly, and plenty of shopping for local native crafts such as rugs or blankets.
San Antonio, Texas is about four or five hours north on US-281, and has many things to see and do for the leisure traveler, including the historic Alamo. Many retired military have settled in and around San Antonio, and they also would be a great resource for information on what to see and do in the local area. If you go to Alamo Rec Veh RV Park, make sure you look up Dennis and Sally Maloney, who are the chaplains there, and personal friends of mine. He will be falling over himself to be of any assistance.
Contact info: Ph: 1-800-335-3131 or online at http://www.alamorvpark.com
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2) Quail Run RV Resort, Arizona City, Arizona. It’s half way between Phoenix and Tucson, AZ, just four miles off I-8 and I-10 at exit 200. Quail Run is a 55+ RV resort with over 320 sites available for daily, weekly, monthly or annual rental. With year-round temperatures and world-class golfing near by, the park is a real winner. The park features an active seniors program, and you are likely to meet people from all walks of life, and from any state in the union.
If you go there, be sure and look up Pastors Don and LaVon Baker, whom I have known for several years. He is about as easy-going a gentleman as you will find these days, and LaVon is a good-ol’ Southern girl who loves to visit. Both of them will be life-long friends once you get to meet them.
Contact info: Reservations at 1-800-301-8114, or online at QuailrunRV@aol.com.
3) My final pick for best senior RV parks in America goes to the KOA in Branson, Missouri. While this park has a few winter-time slots available, Branson is a great place for seniors to visit during the summer, whether you’re just passing through, or plan to stay a spell. Branson is known as the “Live Music Capital of the Mid-West” and is home to over 50 live performance theaters, 12 championship golf courses, and oodles of shopping. In fact, the local magazine is called “417” whether that’s the area code, or the number of restaurants in this quaint little town is anybody’s guess. Branson is also home to Silver Dollar City, the mid-west’s largest theme park, which is an 1880’s craft village filled with amusements and blue-grass music.
Branson KOA is a well-known, tightly run, full-service campground complete with activities, tours of Branson and the surrounding area, ticket sales to all the local shows, and they would be happy to provide transportation to any of the local venues so you don’t have to move your rig. Just talk to Pat or Bobby Tomy in the office (transplants from Texas) and they will be happy to help, or just say “Howdy”.
Contact info: Branson KOA, 397 Animal Safari Road, Branson, MO 65616. For reservations call 1-800-562-4177. Or visit online at http://www.bransonkoa.com.
All three of these campgrounds share one detail in common. All three parks are partners with Christian Resort Ministries, International, (www.crmintl.org) which is a non-profit organization based out of San Antonio, TX, and is designed to bring non-denominational church services right to the campground. In some cases, it can be inconvenient to get to a new location, set up your rig, and if you don’t have a separate vehicle, you either have to skip church, share a ride, or pack your rig to go looking for a new Sunday morning service. This can be difficult in a new city, and you never know what you will find out there these days.
This park has everything going for it, right from benches, workout spots and joggers’ area in the vicinity which can be utilized by the older folks and keep themselves fit and healthy with regular visits and exercises that suits their age and body. Also there is this new offer about a field trip where senior trips the center for senior citizens arranges several trips throughout the year and which is nothing less than a god sent opportunity for elderly people.
However, these sites offer Sunday morning services onsite, which I feel is very convenient. The Pastors are retired ministers, most are full-time RVer’s who know and understand the “long and winding road.” And they would be happy to hear from you and take time to sit in a folding chair with you and a glass of lemonade, next to the barbeque, and swap tales with you as well as provide words of wisdom.