Sunday, July 21, 2024

We’re constructing a campground—listed here are a few of our plans!


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Three years in the past, Heath got here to me with the concept to begin a campground. Shopping for or constructing a campground, we didn’t know. We simply wished to personal one in all our personal.

Supposedly whereas we have been in Australia, we sat down and wrote down all our concepts on a serviette at a restaurant (the way in which tremendous official entrepreneurs do), however I’ve no reminiscence of this. Then once more, it’s been three years and two pregnancies in the past, so what do you anticipate?

Lastly, after three years of on-line procuring, in-person touring, and countless researching, we introduced final month that we’re underneath contract on a property!

It. is. taking place.

BTW you’ll be able to learn this weblog publish OR take heed to Heath & I chat in regards to the property on this week’s podcast episode:

How We Discovered (And Determined to Purchase) This Property

Pre-pandemic, we kicked off 2020 with a plan to tour a number of the top-rated RV parks within the nation and be taught what made them stand out and why campers beloved them. Our plan was to go to the perfect whereas we shopped for our personal property, however plans change and we spent many of the yr hopping round western Colorado searching for a campground alternative.

We toured many parks, falling in love with some, solely to seek out not less than one huge cause why it wouldn’t work out.

Then in July, Heath was neck-deep in fundraising for Campground Reserving and Ellie switched from two naps to 1 and we determined to take a step again from actively trying to find a campground so we might give the proper issues extra consideration.

So OF COURSE on August 2nd, per week after Heath secured financing and we weren’t excited about a campground in any respect, we get a message from a man named Scott in Montrose, Colorado with a property he’s promoting that may be good for a distinct segment campground.

We have been off in Leadville tenting on forest land at 10,000 ft however set a time to fulfill and tour the property in September once we could be again in Montrose. Heath drove Ellie to the assembly with him so I might get some work completed that morning (entrepreneur mothers will take each free second they will get!) however not even an hour later, Heath calls me and asks me to stroll from our RV to the property to test it out.

The three.5-acre plot was previously a college that closed a couple of years again and sat deserted for some time. There was graffiti and all of the home windows have been busted out. It wasn’t precisely the form of place that you simply walked in and thought wow, that is superior!

Nevertheless it had potential.

Three big lecture rooms, the outdated health club/cafeteria that would simply host 100 individuals for occasions, a kitchen, loos…form of every thing we’d need in a constructing on our property.

The acreage boasted huge bushes with a creek operating the property line.

However the numbers didn’t work.

Due to the small dimension of the property, we have been round 24 RV websites based mostly on a civil engineer’s drawings. To make the numbers worthwhile, we would have liked to cost an excessive amount of per evening. Plus, one of many predominant causes we beloved the constructing and wished to begin our personal campground was to facilitate occasions like our RV Entrepreneur Summit. At 24 websites, there was no manner we might host everybody.


So we moved on. Checked out different property to construct within the Montrose space (as a result of it’s beautiful and rising and the views are 😍). And kinda pushed this property to the again burner.

Then 80 acres of ag land went up on the market subsequent door to the property and Scott pounced. This gave us a HUGE alternative to attach these two parcels of land and develop our campground. He talked about parceling off round 12 acres adjoining the three.5 acres and together with the creek as our property line (as a result of tenting when you’ll be able to hear water operating by is ALWAYS higher). The chance went from meh to tremendous attention-grabbing in a single day.

At precisely the identical time, Heath acquired a proposal to promote Campground Reserving.

And I instructed Heath we have been anticipating child #2.

You may solely think about what it was like within the Padgett family as we:

  • Tried to determine to promote CB and negotiate the deal and do due diligence and began closing
  • Bought the information that our campground dream might truly occur and began getting particulars in writing and began closing
  • Spent quite a lot of time puking (effectively simply me, Heath & Ellie have been a lot much less affected by my being pregnant)

February, March, and April have been a disturbing blur.

With Campground Reserving bought, we had extra cash readily available permitting us to place the 30% down that’s anticipated for a deal like this. We signed a contract, shut subsequent week, and right here. we. go.

Constructing a Campground

How vast ought to an RV web site be?

How a lot house between websites?

How far again ought to the sewer hook-up be?

Ought to we go for all 2-way roads or throw in 1-way?

How do you construct out a mountaineering path?

These are the questions we’ve been bouncing across the previous few months and much more so the previous few days as we get able to dive into working with a civil engineer to design our park. It can seemingly take 3-4 months to get plans and approvals to interrupt floor.

Which suggests we may have an empty property with sunny mountain views, 15-minutes away from a nationwide park all to ourselves all summer season….however extra on that in a sec!

Constructing is by far essentially the most daunting a part of the method for me. There are a whole lot of little choices to make.

From loopy issues like are we actually going to mine our personal gravel after which flip the enormous gap within the floor right into a pond? And in that case, the place on the property would a pond look prettiest and the way can we construct our campsites across the water for max magnificence?

To primary choices like what colour ought to these cupboards be? What {hardware} would greatest complement the aesthetic for the remainder of this room that we haven’t furnished but? WHAT DOORKNOB SHOULD GO ON THESE DOORS?!

It’s quite a bit. Our summer season might be full of creating resolution after resolution. We’re concurrently excited and overwhelmed! However isn’t that true of all new companies?

Come Keep at our Park?

As a result of we may have the property beginning subsequent week, we hope to host individuals this summer season—although will probably be primitive boondocking! Properly, the RVs have it primitive because it’s simply an open area with a couple of bushes. Individuals may have entry to our co-working house, kitchen, laundry room, showers, and low bar. Oh and most significantly, 1 GB fiber web.

If you happen to’re passing by means of western Colorado any time, we’d like to host you! Extra particulars as soon as we shut subsequent week 🙂

July 4th??

Each July 4th, we find yourself someplace random. Final yr:

Parked at a buddy of a buddy’s home as a result of each campground was full they usually actually laughed once we requested for a campsite.

As a result of we’ve spent so many vacation weekends in parking heaps, we’d like to host a small gathering of fellow RVers who need a spot to hang around for the busiest tenting weekend of the summer season!

It’ll be boondocking as I stated, but when there are individuals within the space who wish to camp, it could be a enjoyable impetus for us to begin furnishing our co-working house, getting the web arrange, and seeing how we are able to make the most of our new house.

RV Entrepreneur Summit 2021?!

Our favourite a part of any of our companies is arms down our RVE Summit. We get to spend a complete week chatting with vacationers about enterprise concepts and listening to from audio system on how you can begin and develop a brand new enterprise.

Final yr was imagined to be our final in-person gathering…COVID probs. As promised, we’ll host one other RVE Summit at our personal property! We’re probably doing a boondocking-only Summit in September (largely as a result of we don’t wish to wait alllll the way in which till 2022 to see individuals!).

However these are simply concepts!

Like with every thing we’ve ever completed, we do not know if it should actually work out till we put it on the market and take a look at. So if you happen to’re searching for a spot to journey this summer season or have already got plans out right here in Colorado and wish to boondock with us, do tell us! Touch upon this publish or shoot us an electronic mail 🙂

Time to Begin Constructing

After we’ve shared our plans for a contemporary campground expertise, we’ve been overwhelmed with help and concepts from individuals such as you. Shopping for a campground and particularly now constructing a campground is the scariest danger we’ve taken in enterprise and it means a lot to us to see all of the messages of help, encouragement, and presents to assist make this huge dream occur!

So thanks, thanks, thanks.

We shut on the property subsequent week and may’t wait to share what this course of is like as we transfer ahead! Thanks all for coming alongside on this journey with us 🙂

PS The mockup on the very high of this web page is among the many concepts we’ve for creating outside group house at our campground! Seeing designs of what might occur is so thrilling! 🙂


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