Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Winter Texans prepare to leave after a very profitable season

This Winter Texan season is wrapping up to be one of the best ever.

In all, area RV park managers and owners say it's been the best year since 2005, when bookings began fully recovering after the 9/11 attacks.

In fact, those like Mission West and Chimney Park reported facilities packed up to 90 percent just a couple weeks ago.

And even better times could be ahead - despite the fear of recession, soaring gasoline prices, stricter U.S. entry regulations and border violence.

The most common explanation for the booming business at the Rio Grande Valley's 200 or so parks: baby boomers, one of the largest and most prosperous generations in U.S. history.

"A lot of people coming into the park were a little younger," said Gloria Sharp of Bit-O-Heaven RV and Mobile Home Park in Donna. "I've been here 21 years and this year I received four children of people who were here when I started."
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