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Longtime blog readers know that I have not been a big fan of the Rio Grande Valley, the Texas RV mecca that is home to thousands of Winter Texans. But I have to admit, our stay here at Pleasant Valley RV Resort in Mission has me rethinking my previous position on the place.

We came to visit our friends Ron and Brenda Speidel and Jim Lewis, who have park model homes here, and have found a whole new group of friends and more activities than we could cram into a week. This place has something for everybody!

It has full hookup 50/30 amp big rig RV sites with concrete patios and paved roads.

Class As

And while big rigs will have plenty of room, they know that size isn’t everything and welcome smaller RVs, too.

Class C

Some people like the place so much they have set up park model trailers and come here every season. I understand why.

Park Models

Park model

There is a huge 10,000 square foot clubhouse that includes banquet and kitchen facilities, a super clean laundry room with plenty of machines, a computer lab with free WiFi, a library, pool room, and a dart range.

Laundry room


Computer stations

Dart range

Outdoors there is a heated pool with spa, petanque courts, horseshoe pits, and a fenced dog walk area. There is also access to a 27 hole golf course.

Swimming pool

You would have to work very hard to be bored here because there is always something going on, from weekly bingo games to jam sessions, potlucks, ice cream socials, a quilter’s club, and lots of other activities. And everybody we have met has been welcoming and has had a smile on their face.

Playing darts is a big thing here, with leagues and individual play. Here is Ron throwing, he’s the local expert.

Ron throwing 2

Ron, Brenda and Jim encouraged me to give it a try but I was hesitant at first. I mean, think about it, Nick throwing sharp pointed objects around. How can this possibly turn out good?

Apparently I have some talent for it because I beat Jim, who has been playing every day for the last seven months or so. We played eight games and I won six. That, or else he was throwing the games to make me look good.

Can you tell I’m impressed with Pleasant Valley RV Resort? If we did not have to be in Arizona in a couple of weeks I’d be real tempted to hang out here for a while. Who knows, maybe I could even beat Ron at darts if I worked at it!

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  4 Responses to “Pleasant Valley RV Resort”

  1. Do they allow 5th wheel?

  2. Yes they do, Elizabeth

  3. Nick, if you have the time and are able to go to So. Padre Island but sure to
    go to Dirty Al’s if you like shrimp. Jumbo size and very good. And if you
    don’t like the busy roads try the FM roads.

  4. Pleasant Valley sounds interesting. We have been stuck in a depressing little park down in Harlingen where the main topic of conversation is who had what surgery and who is sick today. I think the average age is post-80. We were going to leave when our month is up on the 28 and try to find something else. We will try to drive up this weekend and check it out.

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