It is a personal decision whether or not to operate a small park yourself. It’s not for everyone but I also believe that too many people see the late night infomercial and expect to be a check writer and not a manager.
You may or may not want to do the handywork and that is fine, provided the park supports the expenses and reliable handymen/contractors can be found.
I personally have found that if they are decent contractors, they quickly begin to charge outrageous prices and price themselves out of my market. The handyman folks that live in the parks can help out in a lot of ways but seem to have a limited lifespan in that position. A year or two seems about the norm.
One can become wealthy and financially free doing the one man show like we do but it is not glamorous (that’s for sure). You are also limited to the number of deals you can do. For example, I went into this game full time because I wanted my time to be my own and live a semi-retired lifestyle.
To maintain that status I cannot buy too many properties, just enough to provide for the financial requirements I have and not take up too much more time that I am willing to commit. So far it has worked out great.
Others go out and buy every small park they can find. They are growing quick and if the growth is manageable, they will need to hire reliable help and slowly work themselves into a management position.
Buying the larger parks and storage units like Steve and Corey teach can allow you the opportunity to jump into the management side but in my opinion it would sure make more sense to do so after owning and operating a small park. With that experience you have few surprises and fewer opportunities for contractors to try and take you on repair bills. You will have been there and done that, albeit on a smaller scale.
There is no right or wrong way. Whatever works for you and you enjoy is the right way for you. In this niche you can most definately define your own existence instead of having others define it for you