Date of Stay: January, 2014
We had never been to the Rio Grande Valley before and reserved the month of January at Victoria Palms after spending December in a more modest park. We didn’t make it past January 12th at Victoria Palms. We were members of Thousand Trails and took advantage of their reduced rates. Our January monthly rate was approximately $562.50, plus $.14/kwh for electric. We chose Victoria Palms because it offered the most amenities of the Encore locations in the RGV. Everyone was very friendly and the other residents we encountered were quite friendly too. Victoria Palms had the following extra amenities: Cable TV (90 channels) and Wi-Fi at the RV lot, well paved interior roads, trash pick up at the RV lot, a computer room with available technical assistance, an on site restaurant and guest hotel, a selection of DVDs for checkout, and twice as many pools and hot tubs. Here is the down side. Victoria Palms is a very big RV Resort Park. The activities we had enjoyed elsewhere in December were not as open to walk-ins here. Aerobics started an hour earlier in the morning (7am). Although there were two pools, they were smaller and more crowded. We had a harder time finding an RV lot in which we would be level (all the lots sloped toward the streets with the utilities at the far end) and our RV needs to point a little uphill to be level. This would not be a problem for an RV that wasn’t also our only means of transportation. The shower rooms were often cold and the showers had an automatic water shut off system that made taking a shower a royal pain. The 90 channel cable TV supplied did not have PBS which was available over the air. The on site restaurant did not offer anything that interested us. We do not think of ourselves as food snobs, but creamed chicken on a waffle as a feature menu item did not give the restaurant what we would call a five star rating. Over all we did not fit well with the gated community retirement lifestyle or with South Texas or Mid West cultures. The clincher came when our RV driver’s door window shattered while driving on the freeway access road within a mile of the park. It could have been a rock, but at that angle? It could also have been a bullet or a pellet. As soon as we got the window repaired, we left. To their credit, the park refunded our unused time. We ended up paying $269.70 and no electricity charge for the 12 days we stayed.
Date of Stay: December, 2013
We had never been to the Rio Grande Valley before and reserved only the month of December at this park since we had reservations elsewhere for January. By the end of December we wanted to stay longer, but were committed to our other reservation. We were members of Thousand Trails and took advantage of their reduced rates. Our December monthly rate was approximately $444 plus about $44 for electric. We chose this park because it had the largest swimming pool of all Encore RV parks in the RGV. December, 2013 was unusually cold in the RGV and we did not have as many opportunities to enjoy the pool as we had hoped. Everyone at the park was very friendly and encouraged us to participate in the activities at the park. We attended the Christmas Day dinner and the New Year’s Eve dinner and dance. The food was quite good, but it was the friendliness of the other residents that made it memorable. At the New Year’s Eve dinner someone told us we would wish we had stayed at this park instead of moving. They were right.