New-Build RV Parks Crop Up Across the Country

As detailed in an earlier post, the available number of camping and RV sites has steadily declined over the past decade. This can be attributed to four factors and industry trends.

Despite the numerous hurdles to developing new RV parks and resorts, a growing number of developers are breaking ground on new RV parks and campgrounds across North America.

Big-rig friendly, Columbia Sun RV Resort (Kennewick, Washington) is a new 5-star resort that opened in 2013. Spacious sites, manicured grass on both sides, wide paved streets, and a perfect 10/10*/10 Good Sam rating. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Big-rig friendly, Columbia Sun RV Resort (Kennewick, Washington) is a new 5-star resort that opened in 2013. Spacious sites, manicured grass on both sides, wide paved streets, and a perfect 10/10*/10 Good Sam rating. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Business is booming in the RV industry and in the RV park and campground market. When things are going well like this, it’s an indication that it may be time for new development. Numerous developers and investors who own land have been looking for alternative uses for their property. Given the location, RV parks or resorts are often the best use.

And that is why Creekside RV Resort is under construction. There hasn’t been any new campground development in the Punta Gorda, Florida, area for 35 years, other than a park that caters exclusively to Class A motorhomes where you buy your own lot.

Much of the recent development in Florida has focused on luxury motorcoach properties. Many RVers own upscale fifth-wheels and travel trailers, but there are few places they can go to enjoy upscale amenities. Creekside RV aims to create an environment that caters to the middle-class camper and up.

New in 2009 with paved streets, Cajun Palms RV Resort (Henderson, Louisiana) offers long pull-through sites that range in length from 55 to 75 feet. Not to be ignored are the back-ins to the lake in the 55-60 foot range. Pull through and back-in sites have 20 feet of space between each concrete pad. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

New in 2009 with paved streets, Cajun Palms RV Resort (Henderson, Louisiana) offers long pull-through sites that range in length from 55 to 75 feet. Not to be ignored are the back-ins to the lake in the 55-60 foot range. Pull through and back-in sites have 20 feet of space between each concrete pad. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Since no property can successfully be all things to all people, the resort focused on a specific target market. Not the high-end guy or the low-end guy, the resort caters to the middle-and upper-middle-class RVers.

Opening in January 2017, Creekside RV Resort is a gated community with 195 RV sites on 47 acres with a five-acre lake. Sites are at least 40 feet wide and 80 feet long. Each RV site has a paved driveway and patio, beautiful landscaping, 50 amp service, city water and sewer, plus Wi-Fi. Guests have a variety of site types to choose from, starting with a standard on up to a waterside, creekside, or a premium RV site.

Other RV park and resorts developments that have emerged over the past year.

Guy Harvey Outpost and Elite RV resorts are developing two new RV resort and marina properties in Florida.

A Guy Harvey Outpost RV Resort with access to the Gulf of Mexico will open in Tarpon Springs in 2016. The resort is designed to accommodate both RVing and boating in one property. The resort will have 340 sites, many sized to permit boat storage. Amenities will include an expansive freestyle pool with deck areas and a home-styled lodge. Outdoor recreational areas will feature pickle ball courts, a modern gym, and even a fireplace on the building’s exterior.

At Bella Terra of Gulf Shores (Foley, Alabama) expect to find an upscale Class A motorhome ownership resort. Daily, weekly, and monthly stays welcome. Lot sizes range from 3,500 to 4,500 square feet with paved pads approximately 16 feet x 75 feet and a paved patio. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

At Bella Terra of Gulf Shores (Foley, Alabama) expect to find an upscale Class A motorhome ownership resort. Daily, weekly, and monthly stays welcome. Lot sizes range from 3,500 to 4,500 square feet with paved pads approximately 16 feet x 75 feet and a paved patio. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Then in 2017, you can cast a line in Lake Okeechobee as the second Guy Harvey Outpost RV Resort and Marina property is completed. Plans for this resort include 100 wet slips, a 75 slip boat barn, a Guy Harvey Outfitter Store, up to 370 RV pads, 50 rental cabins, an expansive state of the art waterfront lodge with pool.

Meridian Bridge RV Resort in northern Nebraska, just across the Missouri River from Yankton, South Dakota, recently opened its first phase  as the owners continue to develop more sites.

CreekFire Motor Ranch, a 105-acre RV resort is scheduled to open next summer near Savannah, Georgia. Just 16 miles southwest of downtown, the resort is conveniently located off exit 94 at the intersection of Interstate 95 and Highway 204, easily accessible from all directions.

CreekFire will connect you with the great outdoors and the RV lifestyle in ways few other campground can. All 105 RV sites (expanding to 200 in Phase 2) will be oversized, with engineered level bases that average a minimum of 35 feet by 75 feet for easy pull-through and back-in access. Each site offers full hookups: 30/50-amp power, TV access available and city water and sewer. For guests who want to camp without an RV, there will be cabins located around the lake. Each will feature a loft, bedroom, kitchen, and exterior deck.

Sun Communities recently opened a 327-site RV resort in California. Nestled among the rolling, oak-studded hills and vineyards of the Paso Robles wine region, Wine Country RV Resort is surrounded by award winning wineries and other local attractions. There is also a full amenity package that includes an adult spa featuring a rock waterfall and gas fire pit, planned activities, and wine related events like tastings and winery tours!

New in 2008, Jackson Rancheria RV Resort (Jackson, California) is part of a casino complex. Big rig friendly 50/30-amp electric service, water, sewer, and cable TV are centrally located. Wide, paved interior roads with wide concrete sites. Back-in sites over 55 feet with pull-through sites in the 70-75 foot range. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

New in 2008, Jackson Rancheria RV Resort (Jackson, California) is part of a casino complex. Big rig friendly 50/30-amp electric service, water, sewer, and cable TV are centrally located. Wide, paved interior roads with wide concrete sites. Back-in sites over 55 feet with pull-through sites in the 70-75 foot range. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The RV industry is booming—all facets of it—so much so that it’s a little scary where it will all end. There’s more money in people’s pockets. If the growth continues the next five to 10 years, the roller coaster trend will continue to pick up speed.

Worth Pondering…

As Yogi Berra said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”

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