Most of the RV parks in the small Rio Grande Valley on the southern tip of Texas are similar to those around the world, with one exception. These parks protect the 150,000 so-called migrant winter residents from the northern states and Canada in the winter.
Thus, their basic business is geared towards these three-to-eight-month winter stays in addition to the typical nights or weekends. These parks have five types of local desktop units to rent or purchase for temporary winter stays. They are named and described below.
1. Stationary travel trailer (TT). Many older models 25 to 40 feet long one-room one-bathroom travel vans have been fitted and permanently affixed to their concrete pads where they may be fragile for appearance. To make them more spacious, they often had permanent hand-made pop-out extensions or a Texas Room added to them plus a patio awning. The Texas Room is a fully enclosed width extension to one side of the trailer. It can range from an enclosed porch to a fully furnished room extension.
These units are very livable for two small to medium tenants. They rent from $ 400 to 1500 / month during the winter season, depending on the condition and location. They also sell used for around $ 8 to 50K, depending on age, size, condition and location. When expanded and remodeled, they resemble the size of the park model motorhome below, and are sometimes referred to as such.
2. Park model, small (PM). This model is smaller than a regular full size house. The older ones measure about 12×33 feet with one bedroom, bathroom, dense but full size kitchen and a small living room. The newer ones are more modern than these and the stationary trailers above. The modern PM has ceilings, skylights and skirting boards, high ceilings, quite large bathroom, modern kitchen and living room, combined air and heat source, ceiling fan and an extra room (storage, hollow, half bath, office, or bedroom). Viewed from above, it can have an "L" shape plus a covered deck, patio, porch, shed or parking space.
For insurance and tax reasons, this model has a taxable living space of approximately 400 square meters or slightly above. Thus, it often sits on a small trailer cushion with little or no garden to care for, except for some tree, shrub or pot plant. These rent for about $ 900-1500 / month. To own, they cost about $ 50 to $ 80,000 or more with transportation and installation costs included. Larger park models are also available. But they usually sit on the much larger plots reserved for mobile homes.
3. Mobile home, great (MH). This rather long and narrow home can be like those seen in the MH parks and countryside everywhere. The newer models are wider (16 to 20 feet) than the older ones (10 to 14 feet), making them spacious. In general, they have two to three bedrooms with two large bathrooms. But different configurations and sizes are available, including stylish ones. MH can also have a covered concrete terrace and / or parking space plus a Texas room of some kind. Depending on the exact size of the lot, MH may have extra additions of some kind on both sides. There is also a one-room MH with one room with larger rooms than PM. These are usually for tenants who do not have overnight stays.
Although it can still be relocated, this parked and skirted home sits on a fairly large lot, which will have enough space for an outside shed, garden, trees and garden to take care of by the owner or with the help of hired. Because of its large size, it is insured and taxed thereafter.
These rents for $ 900-2500 / month depending on the same conditions above. To own, they cost from $ 25 to 200K, used or new, with transportation and installation costs included as needed. If their add-on Texas Rooms are raised to the same floor levels as the MHs, they will be equal to the double width below.
4. Double wide. The double width is as seen everywhere, often stylish. Unlike the so-called stationary trailers and mobile homes above, these become totally permanent homes, and are unlikely to be relocated once installed. They are very spacious. They also sit on large plots and are treated like ordinary properties, usually occupied by long-term owners.
5. efficiency Apartment. Some large parks have a few efficiency apartments for guests and ask visitors to stay in. These apartments can range in size from motel-like rooms to suites to furnished small apartments. During the winter season, these rental rates cost about the same as the trailer rental above, about $ 600 to 1500 / month.
In addition to the abovementioned dwellings, there are also limited seasonal seasonal motels, suites and time shares for new visitors to this valley. Still, because potential winter residents can enjoy the various activities in the RV parks there, they may prefer to rent one of the units above before deciding to own one. The parks have maintenance staff looking at these properties year-round. For more information on this type of accommodation, see these sites.