For water, I believe they need to hook up to a garden spigot, which all my lots already have, and I guess all of your’s also have.
For sewer, they need to drop a line down your sewer pipe. I don’t know the details – I really need to take a trip to a RV center and poke around and ask a lot of question. I have never had any interest in RVing and know next to nothing about it. So there may be some kind of coupling fitting needed but if so, it can’t cost much.
As for cable hookup – I am not going to offer that, unless there is some very low cost option, which I doubt. I am going for the low hanging fruit – the construction worker who is going to be in the area for 6 months and wants the cheapest, no frills option.
Do they offer cable at State Parks? I don’t even know that.
“Maybe I’m missing something?” That is what I’ve been asking myself. It seems like such a no brainer, once you get thinking about it – RVs may not be ideal, but they sure a lot better than vacant lots just sitting there until you can reach the ideal of 100% lots filled with owner occupied MHs.
The reason I started posting about this is to see if anyone out there knew the “missing something.” I have not heard it yet. And once you realize the objection of dishonest managers stealing from you, is not longer an issue, now that utility companies have switched over to Smart Meters, it seems like it is time to start pulling things together; especially after reading Propboy40’s post.
**MY EXPERIENCE IN THE RV BUSINESS SO FAR**
As it turns out I have already been in the RV business.
And I hardly even noticed it.
I own a park about a mile from Louis and Clark Lake, which is a big recreational area in south east South Dakota. There are RV parks all over the place around there. When I bought my park 3 years ago there was a corn field next door. Now there is a RV park where the corn field was which is filled with 78 RV’s on an annual lease.
But I have never had an RV in that park (that is going to change this summer.)
I have another park about 20 minutes West of Lincoln, NE in a little town with not much going on that would be attractive to vacationers. But that is were I had an RV. It was a construction worker who was in the park for about a 18 months. He came to the park and talked my manager into hooking him up. When my manger told me about it I did not think much about it, thinking it was a freak situation that would only last a month or two, but in the end it put about $3,000 in my pocket. When the guy moved out about a month ago, I asked an old timer in the park about RVs and he told me that back before the guys I bought the park from had it (for just a few years) there were always RVs in the park.
Wow that was the big news that put me on this path –
So maybe you don’t need to be in some big resort area to be getting RV revenue. And maybe you don’t need a club house, pool and play area. And maybe having a mobile home with a motor in it, is not forbidden in my parks.
SO WHAT DO YOU NEED?
You need to have at least one vacant lot with the RV plug on the pedestal, and whatever is needed for water and sewer. I am guessing this will cost less than $200.
A website asking for the business hooked up to Google Maps. And while you are at it, clean up your Google Maps business listing so it looks decent. I made my own and already have a GoDaddy site (which pays for the hosting) so it only cost me about $20. But if you can’t do it yourself, it might set you back $300 or so.
Some kind of contract. And having thought through the management system and policies.
Can you guys think of anything else?