Low rates and long terms is what RV Property offers. Our ranking for “campgrounds for sale” is building. We have been around since 1999.
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RV Property was established in 1999 and has excellent ranking in many categories. As of 2016 we are receiving over 10 million hits per month. RV Property is a premier website and is working to build this category – “campgrounds for sale”. We compete for ads by offering good rates and longevity for the advertiser.
People who aspire to own a campground were first outdoors-people at heart and probably cut their teeth by going camping in a RV or tent. You will find a good selection of ads for campgrounds for sale. You can advertise for an unbeatable price of only $49 per year plus $5 per picture or link.
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Would you like to own or operate a Campground?
It can be very rewarding, a great career, work in the outdoors, a good place to raise a family and meet happy people who are on vacation. By and large, real campers are the most honest, caring, warm and sharing, unobtrusive, thoughtful people in the world. But, before making the decision to buy a campground you should read, “So you want to own a campground!” by Arnie Garinger.
Owning a campground can be a good place to raise a family. It is a lot of fun and hard work. Most RVers are good people. They enjoy pets and children and your children will gain an experience that will help them mature into independent adults. One thing about the campground life, you can always be home and don’t have to take the bus downtown to go to work with all the stress that goes with it. The key is to have a good loyal crew to help you run the campground. Running a campground sounds exciting and fun. It is a business and must be run like a business. Financing and Insurance are important. Once you get it all together and you have good help…then! you can enjoy the thrill of it all.
Working and living among happy campers and managing your own business is very satisfying. Building the business and seeing your labor produce an investment that can be turned into a nest egg can make for a successful career. It will take a long time before everything is paid off unless you have enough money to buy the campground outright. Lots to consider, acreage, lots, pads, tables, utilities, bath facilities, store, golf carts, tractor, insurance, shrubs, pesticide care, financing, etc.
If you are a potential campground owner and want to learn the ropes before investing in that total commitment you might want to check out how a campground works in a more intimate setting before you make that decision. Work at a campground first. Many campgrounds need help with general operations and some are looking for full-time managers. We have advertisements for employment as a regular worker or assistant manager at campgrounds. Go to RV Workers Wanted.
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“The babysitter saw our children more than we did!” said Cathy Reinard, 40, recalling her precious sales and marketing job with a leading camera company. “We purchased a campground because we wanted a business where we could work together as a family.”
With baby-boomers reaching retirement age and the popularity in the RV lifestyle, interest in campgrounds is as strong as ever.
The campground industry remains highly specialized and finding and purchasing a campground remains a research-intensive proposition. The buyer should know what they are getting into. Some brokers offer courses in campground management and ownership that can help prospective buyers decide if they’re really suited for the campground business.
Once you find a campground that you like, check with the local health department to see if the property has any history of septic or other infrastructure problems that could be costly to repair. Work closely with a broker who has significant knowledge about the campground.
Look up campground industry associations on the internet. They can provide existing and aspiring RV Park owners with information about seminars, books or consultants who can help with campground-related questions. Check out the arrangement of the campsites. Do they have pull-through or back-in sites? Pull-through are easier to rent. What type of interior roads does the campground have? Will they require up-keep? Are the sites paved? Where are the utilities located? One park had utilities on the patio side of the site. What about the electrical service?. Hopefully it is at least 30 amp service. Check the water pressure. Is it too strong or too weak? Are the sites wide enough for a three-slide 40 foot 5th wheel? These are very basic questions, but they are very important.
The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds ( www.gocampingamerica.com ) offers some of the most comprehensive lists of businesses serving the campground industry. The association offers books and cassettes on many topics, such as Being a successful Manager of an RV Park, Campground Management, Designing an RV Park, Strategic marketing for Campgrounds and RV Parks and many more.
The association also operates a School of RV Park Management in Wheeling, WV which offers first year, second year and graduate programs. The programs last 40 hours during one week.
Week long sessions in campground management are also offered by Executive Services Group, an Auburn, CA-based company.
If you are interested in Franchise information, call Kampgrounds of America, Inc. (406) 248-7444 or Leisure Systems, Inc. (513) 831-2100.
So you want to own a Campground!
by Arnie Gardinger.
Somewhere in this great country of ours is a man or woman, or better yet both, who feel strongly that owning or operating a campground is the way to an easy fortune. In all fairness to these folks, who obviously have camped twice and done little research, I offer the following givens, assumptions, truths, (and half-truths) from the pen of a man who embarked on the American dream a dozen years ago, with brave and naive partner.
Take everything you have; sink it, along with your blood, sweat, and tears into a piece of earth and all America will help you create a lifelong dream. Specifically the vision consists of an endless stream of citizens, using the same ground over and over until (1) It (the ground) is paid for. (2) The electric wire is paid for. (3) The sewers are paid for. (4) The table is paid for. (5) The fireplace is paid for. (6) The water hookups are paid for. (7) The toilets are paid for. (8) The showers are paid for. (9) The playground is paid for. (10) The mower is paid for. (11) The ice machine is paid for. (12) The jeep or tractor is paid for. (13) You have $10,000 set aside for all of the above, which constantly don’t work or wearout.
When all the above is completed and your body is old and weak, the Department of Environmental Resources will tell you that they haven’t got the money to spray for the gypsy moth anymore but if you don’t spray at your own expense, they’ll close down your operation. So before you leap let me offer you these thoughts:
All campers in tents are not poor.
All campers in Large RV’s are not rich.
There is a strong correlation between a camping family and at least one pet dog.
Not all people who camp simply “love it (camping).
There is a strong correlation between campers and chubbiness.
It is very possible that a camper owning a $10,000 RV will argue with you over a quarter.
All visitors to your campground will not seek you out to pay their guest fee.
Many campers who frown on those who openly consume alcohol get pretty pie-eyed inside their trailer.
Keeping every camper happy is akin to killing every gypsy moth with a pair of tweezers.
Campers tend to be more conservative with their LP-gas than with your electricity.
Some campers who never miss church are not above sneaking electric heaters into their units.
Some campers will drive 10 miles to buy a can of beans because your beans were three cents more.
Most capers assume campground owners are independently wealthy.
Campers agree that everyone’s dog should be tied up except their own.
If the wife and kids like your campground you have a good shot at the family’s return business. Fathers don’t seem to matter.
If first-time campers spend a weekend in constant rain it’s 15 to one against you (or any other owner) ever seeing them again.
Parents of kids who cause problems will tell you that you’re wrong and the kids are right.
Campers truly believe that three successive days of rain are your fault.
If a complainer is Catholic he’ll tell you that you favor Protestants. If he is Protestant you’ll be accused of being special to the Irish and Italians. If the camper is Jewish he probably won’t be camping.
If your bed is near the game room, Pac Man and the juke box make resting impossible.
Sewers always overflow on Sunday (usually at lunch time).
Many campers want what they want when they want it (usually when you’re in the shower).
There is a strong correlation between campers and poor reading ability; you write the rules they apparently can’t read.
Campers all seem to have faulty speedometers. Your sign says 5 mph, their speedometer says 30 mph.
Permanent campers must occasionally be reminded that “rental” of a space doesn’t mean ownership of the entire campground.
Permanent campers also know far more about “what’s going on” than you ever will.
Campers love activities that you provide at your expense but only attend the ones that suit them and complain about the others!
You can scrub toilets daily for 47 days and the one rainy Sunday you miss the inspector will appear.
Families of seven shrink drastically if your rates are for four.
It is often difficult to out think 1000 or more adversaries.
To some, quiet hour means “Let’s see if he’ll throw us out. After all, we paid for four and there are 16 of us.”
To others, a holiday means “Well, no rules tonight! We won’t be back anyways!”
If you ever reach the point where an infraction is rationalized by saying “Mr Owner said so,” then you have arrived!
If the mere sight of your vehicle (jeep, truck, golf cart or unicycle) sends them scurring into their RV you have arrived!
If you don’t get your fee “up front,” your last view may be that of a “disappearing Nomad!”
In all sincerity and with no tongue in cheek, measure every move by the kids in your campgound. If they obviously like you, respect you and are just a little in awe of you, this means good things are being said around the campground. If the kids seem to indicate you don’t exist, quit, collect as long as you can and become a handyman. You’ll possess all the tools!
I’d like to offer one more important consideration to you budding campground owners. Your best training is to have dealt in some way with large numbers of adolescents (age 12, 13, and 14). After these unbearable ages I have learned that the human body only gets larger and fatter. The intelligence, the emotions, the jealousies and the greed stay about the same or increase. (So does the sex drive but fortunately the body won’t respond) As long as you can make each one believe he is special, even if you grit your teeth a lot and create new bad words under your breath, you will be successful. Just don’t ever let them realize they’re just the same as anyone else or your’re in trouble.
All of the above is written in good humor from experience to make you think and smile. By and large, real campers are the most honest, caring, warm and sharing, unobtrusive, thoughtful people in the world. I’m still in debt but the goodies I’ve met outweight the baddies 50 to 1 and if I had it to do over again even at age 48 instead of 36, you couldn’t stop me! In 12 years we have grossed over a million dollars and we’ve only spent a million and a half. Why stop now?
“So you want to own a Campground” was Published by MOTORHOME Magazine May 1983
Don’t buy a campground until you have slept in it a few nights – seriously!
Take your RV and stay for a few nights. Use the toilets, showers, and the facilities and ask yourself if you would stay there yourself? Try and time your mourning visits to the washrooms and toilets to be right in the middle of the peak demand – this is when you will get to see if the existing infrastructure can handle demand and whether the mood in the air is satisfaction or impatience and frustration. Remember that these people are potentially your future clients, so you need to get inside their heads and understand exactly how they feel about this campground.
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