Friday, June 21, 2024

We Need to Purchase an RV Park (+6 Issues We’re In search of as We Store!) – Heath & Alyssa

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Two years in the past, Heath got here to me together with his newest dream: proudly owning a campground.

It took me some time to get on board, however we’ve spent a lot of the previous yr getting ready, planning, and researching. Our aim is to really purchase an RV park earlier than the tip of 2020.


We’ve checked out 5 parks up to now week and our heads are EXPLODING with concepts. And pleasure. And nervousness.

I’ll share extra right here on our weblog, however right here’s one campsite we’ve beloved to date:

I’m half obsessive about riverfront campsites, half having nightmares of my fearless daughter being swept away by the swift present.

We need to share our journey as future campground house owners with you all as we go, so this morning I needed to share somewhat about what’s happening in our heads as we tour properties.

6 Issues We’re In search of in a Campground

1. High quality of Current Infrastructure

Irrespective of which RV park we purchase (and sure we’ve determined to purchase our first campground, study the ropes, after which construct out on uncooked land sooner or later) there’s going to be a major quantity of labor upfront.

Some work we’re enthusiastic about—like planting bushes, creating intentional areas for neighborhood, upping the wifi, and growing a streamlined check-in course of so that you don’t need to awkwardly park your RV partially obstructing visitors for twenty minutes whilst you examine in and are handed a stack of pointless papers.

However there’s some work that we undoubtedly don’t need—like upgrading a sewer system, redigging water traces, or something involving a leach area.

One attention-grabbing factor in regards to the space in Colorado the place we’re wanting is that almost all parks we’ve seen to date have a motel or a number of cabins onsite (or each). I selfishly love this as a result of it means my household who has but to be corrupted into the RV life can come and go to us. Nevertheless, extra buildings imply extra attainable issues we may very well be inheriting. So having each single constructing (the campground the place I’m writing to you has almost 40!) inspected and authorized is an enormous hurdle.

2. Panorama that Attracts and Evokes

Final yr, Heath went to Canada to go to some Campground Reserving shoppers. (Unrelated: He does this a number of instances a yr and all the time learns a dozen methods to enhance the enterprise.) As he talked to the enterprise proprietor, she stated one thing that caught with us.

“I want I might’ve simply paid extra and bought a waterfront campground. Everybody all the time desires to be proper on the water.”

Her park is only a couple minutes away from the Bay of Fundy, however these couple minutes can dramatically change demand.

Proudly owning an oceanfront campground is getting increased on my bucket checklist (not in Colorado, obvs) and the thought of solely selecting parks with a singular attraction has caught in our heads. So many people select to journey by RV due to the gorgeous locations it could actually take us. So why not select our land primarily based on magnificence?

Fortuitously, there’s a river or a mountain view each 10 ft right here in Colorado so we’re discovering increasingly gorgeous campgrounds. (Of the 5 we’ve seen: two proper on the river, three with panoramic river and mountain views.)

3. Room to Play and Develop

I need a park that’s 20-40% developed with open (pretty degree) acreage prepared for improvement.

Most present RV parks—and also you’ve most likely already observed this as an RVer—aren’t optimized with expertise in thoughts. It’s extra about cramming in as many RVs as attainable. If we’ve got land to play with, we will have the moment revenue of the present park to finance an enlargement of RV websites.

We would like RV websites to spotlight the encompassing nature so you’re feeling such as you’re tenting in nature, not parked two ft out of your neighbors dump hose. Whereas we can’t simply change that side of present websites, we will construct out new websites to suit our imaginative and prescient if we’ve got the area to broaden.

Associated: Right here’s a nice session from final yr’s RV Entrepreneur Summit on the advantages of shopping for an present enterprise versus beginning your personal.

4. Is it distinctive?

Our associates Kara and Nate all the time discover the good locations to remain. They’ve camped in treehouses in Norway, floating homes within the Philippines, and pods on the facet of a cliff. They’re wonderful movies to look at…as confirmed by the thousands and thousands of views they get.

They discovered—and taught us—that individuals crave distinctive lodging experiences. With the rise of Airbnb comes a brand new sort of lodging. Simply immediately as I did market analysis, I discovered glamping tents, yurts, hammocks (like actually, you possibly can guide a hammock on somebody’s land with mountain views) and riverfront cabins. That’s our competitors.

How can we carry that degree of a singular expertise to a campground? Or, as Heath says, how can we get individuals who would by no means keep at an RV park come to our park?

He likes to goal excessive.

Associated: How Kara & Nate Began the #1 Journey Vlog on Youtube

5. Profitability

Ought to I’ve listed this primary? Most likely. It isn’t a lot of a enterprise if it isn’t worthwhile.

If we run the numbers and discover that our margins can’t give returns to buyers, then it’s a no go.

Together with this, we’re evaluating the potential income streams at every campground. What extra companies might we provide? What merchandise would campers discover useful? Can we’ve got a meals truck?

(Critically, Heath asks me 3 times a day if we will have a meals truck at our park. I’m nonetheless uncertain who he forsees doing all that cooking.)

6. Will this park give folks an unbelievable expertise?

If prospects don’t have a great expertise you get:

  • dangerous opinions
  • dangerous phrase of mouth
  • fewer future prospects

And forgive me, as a result of now I’m about to say one thing VERY millennial.

Final yr, we watched a present known as Keep Right here on Netflix. I extremely suggest it should you run or need to run an Airbnb.

They often would say issues like “That is your Instagrammable second.”

The thought behind the ridiculous phrase was that every property ought to have one factor that set it aside. A wow issue. One thing that once you noticed it or skilled it, you HAD to share images on-line and brag to all your mates.

  • good opinions
  • good phrase of mouth
  • extra future prospects

If a property can’t supply that, we will’t purchase it.

Associated: How Chris makes $5K/month from Airbnb whereas he travels

Over the subsequent two months, we’ll be visiting a number of extra parks available on the market, speaking to campground house owners, and (fingers crossed!) working with buyers to place in a suggestion on a park.


Thrilling life-changing issues occurring over right here.

What are the stuff you search for in a campground? Let me know! 

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