Surfside RV Resort

Surfside RV Resort

Hotels have been offering great deals this summer as they struggle through another year of recession. 

But if you ask Tom Ervin and David Ussery how they plan to spend Labor Day weekend, they’ll tell you it won’t be in a hotel. They’ll be spending the weekend with friends and family at Surfside RV Resort in Port Aransas, Texas. Both men have left their rigs parked at the Surfside park since May, and used them as weekend getaway cottages, according to a news release. 

“It’s a very economical vacation,” said Ervin, 61, a retiree from Gonzales, east of San Antonio,  who has left his 26-foot fifth-wheel at Surfside since April. He typically visits the park with friends, while enjoying the slightly cooler weather along the coast. 

“We just go there and relax and have a good time,” he said. “The park is secure. You feel safe there. And it has a family atmosphere.” 

Ussery, of Liberty Hill near Austin, said he has been going to Surfside for many years, and typically leaves his fifth-wheel there from Memorial Day to Labor Day. But this year, he brought it there at the beginning of May and plans to leave it there through September. 

“I use it like a beach getaway,” he said, adding that he frequently goes there with his wife and three kids as well as friends of the family. “This year, my wife’s softball team is going to join us over Labor Day weekend,” he said. 

The practice of leaving trailers at campgrounds and RV parks for use as weekend getaways isn’t limited to beachfront parks. “It happens all over Texas, wherever people like to spend their vacation time or time away from home,” said Brian Schaeffer, executive director of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO).