Friday, February 09, 2007

RVers Make Las Cruce, NM, Winter Home

LAS CRUCES NM— Peggy Nicol calls Weare, N.H., home — at least for six months of the year.

The rest of the time, the 71-year-old and her husband, Ray Nicol, live 2,700 miles away in Las Cruces. The couple arrived in October in their 30-foot motor home and plan to stay until April, avoiding the worst weather at their chilly East Coast residence while relishing New Mexico sunshine.

The Nicols are two of the dozens of recreational vehicle enthusiasts — commonly called snowbirds — who retreat to Las Cruces each winter, escaping colder temperatures, gray skies and snow elsewhere. Some stay for a few days in one of the city's 447 RV camping spots, stopping while en route to other southwestern destinations. Other visitors remain for weeks, and yet others, including the Nicols, stay the whole season.

Las Cruces' moderate climate is one of several attractions to RV owners, said Paul Black, co-owner of Sunny Acres RV Park on Valley Drive. Business picks up especially around this time of year, he said.

Black forecasts a boom in the RV park industry locally.

"... The people are starting to find it because of Money magazine and Forbes continually rating us in the top 10 as a place to retire," he said.
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