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Advanced RV Park, Pearland, Texas

November 26, 2012

The Patio

I’m really running behind with the blog, but it has been a busy time.

The time in the Houston area was not at all the take-it-easy-and-do-nothing break we envisioned.  We were in the Houston area because some of our kids and grandkids live there.  As it turned out, we got to see all of them only a few times in the six weeks or so we were there.

Advanced RV Park is located near the intersection of Beltway 8 and Hwy 288 in Pearland, Texas, on the southwest side of Houston.  It has only been in operation for a couple of years, but has the look of an established, upscale RV park.  The owners were RVers, and they spent several years planning this place before ever turning a single shovel full of dirt.  This is a fenced, gated RV park, with keycard access.  All the driveways and RV sites are concrete.

Once we were checked in, we dropped the Jeep in the front parking lot.  A park person led us to our site in a golf cart, then helped us into the back-in space.  I believe there are more pull-through sites than back-ins, but we felt we had a little more privacy tucked in along the side fence.

Even the utility pedestal was well done.  Every site has water, electric, sewer, and cable TV, and they all connect at this one pedestal.  The wifi wasn’t too bad.  We haven’t found many RV parks with really wonderful wifi, but we supplement it with our own Verizon MiFi mobile hotspot.  Bagged trash is picked up at the front of each site throughout the day, seven days a week.  grass was mowed weekly, and debris was blown off the concrete as well.

There are showers in a couple of locations.  We didn’t use them, but I’d guess they were tiled and well-done, based on the rest of the place.  There is a clubhouse with a variety of activities.

This is just a really nice, well-run and well-kept RV park.

Our stay seemed to fly by.  We visited the kids and made a couple of trips to the mechanic’s shop to deal with the Jeep repairs.

We rented a cargo van and did the October First Saturday Arts Market in the Houston Heights.  Then we got the Jeep back.  The engine had been replaced which put a hefty dent in the budget, but it could have been worse.  The mechanic had come very highly recommended, and he took the practical and most economical approach by installing a used engine with roughly the same number of miles on it.  The engine came with a three month warranty and runs almost better than the original one.

There was the flooring work, of course, which we spread over several days, and then we spent a few more days recuperating.  A few days later, we gave the Jeep a 1,000 mile test.  We made an unplanned trip to west Texas to be on hand while my brother had quadruple bypass surgery.  We returned to Houston/Pearland for a few days, then headed back toward San Angelo, intending to help out while my brother recuperated.

We stopped over in Austin, spent the night with our youngest daughter and her family, and I came down with some kind of flu bug.  Not wanting to risk carrying an infection to my brother, we returned to Houston.  The following weekend, we tried again, and once more didn’t get past Austin.  Nell woke me up very early in the morning, unable to walk without great pain.  We spent a good part of that Sunday in the local hospital emergency room and she was finally diagnosed as having a severe groin strain.  Not needing two patients in San Angelo, we left Austin the next day and returned once again to Houston.  Nell spent almost a week resting.

In the midst of all this, I managed to get the commission job done.  This was a painting of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Depot in Mount Vernon, Ohio.  This was the largest painting I had done since we moved into the motorhome, so it was nice to know it could actually be done.  The paint dries very quickly, so we were able to store the painting on the bed during the day, and on the RV’s large dash at night.

Before we knew it, the time in the Houston area had flown by.  I spent a day cleaning the motorhome and the Jeep, and the next day we took on propane there at the RV park, settled our bill, and rolled out onto the highway, headed for Georgetown, Texas, just north of Austin.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Yorky permalink
    November 27, 2012 6:19 am

    Good to hear you are both OK now Ralph, I was getting worried.

    Great site.

    Doug

    • November 27, 2012 3:58 pm

      We’re fine, Doug. Things just got busy, I guess. We were talking yesterday about how the “winter break” hasn’t seemed like much of break.

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