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DO ANY OF YOU OWN YOUR OWN??


I am not sure if I am in the right area to post this one but here goes anyway....
Do many RV'ers here own your own lot??  We are in just a beautiful new 55 plus resort in Az. It is a brand new park that is being rebuilt by a corporation called Leisure Concepts.  The trend seems to be it will be getting harder to find nice Rv pks in the future with so many hitting the open road.  Any suggestions on those whom already own your own lots would be appreciated.
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We have an 8 acre lot in south central Colorado. There we have 2 sets of full hook ups and we stay anywhere from 6 to 20 weeks a year.

We don't own a lot in an RV park but if the price was reasonable, we might consider it. Location is also very important. It would have to be in a place we wanted to spend a lot of time.

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The trend seems to be it will be getting harder to find nice Rv pks in the future with so many hitting the open road.
That sounds like a salesperson talking, not reality. I have heard similar pronouncements from timeshare salespeople and they were not true twenty years ago.


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We don't own a lot and are not looking to buy one. We feel that if we purchased some property, it would feel like we had to spend a lot of time there, and we don't want anything taking away the feeling of freedom to roam. When we went Full-timing, we sold everything so we wouldn't have any ties to any part of the country.

I don't believe that there will ever be a shortage of RV lots to purchase. If there is a demand, they will build more parks.

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I know of a few folks who own an RV lot in 3-5 very different "ownership" campground locations. They then travel among them, always knowing they have a space. These also tend to be very nice places with lots costing well upwards of $60,000 plus monthlies. When the owner is not there the lots are rented out by the campground. The owners then recoup some expense. For some, this makes a nice way to travel.

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This is not a timeshare plan I am talking about.  There will always be beautiful state parks to enjoy but they will be filling up and some of them you can only stay 2 wks.
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Check this place out!  It's very upscale and if we ever win the Lotto we'll buy a lot there!  http://crystallakesrv.naples.net/

We have been in this resort to look around and think it is first rate, but then at those prices it should be! 

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I am not finding trouble finding camping except in locations where real estate is going crazy and there are still places to camp in most of those places if you have the money for the nightly fees. With the mortgage crisis some places that were "sold and going to condos" are staying campgrounds, like in the Florida Keys.

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I know that some "full timers" own a lot. As for me, I feel that is short changing the full time lifestyle just a bit, but that's just me. Let every one do what they feel is best for them, but part of the reason we went full time was to avoid the expense of taxes, utilities, insurance and up keep that comes along with owning an RV lot. Also there are legal ownership issues that have to be addressed which can really muddy the waters. Additionally, owning a lot would tend to tie me down to a feeling of having to spend time there since I have made such an investment. So RV lot ownership is not for me.


I am in agreement with bjoyce. I have heard the scare tactic used by sales folks about the availability of RV sites for more than 20 years. It just hasn't happened. Since we are free to move into RV parks during the week, the weekenders aren't there. I know that some places that are vacation meccas may get crowded at certain times of the year, however, that leaves the remainder of the year for us full timers to enjoy this country. We spent 7 days in the Grand Canyon national park's RV park and had no trouble getting the site without reservations and the Grand Canyon is advertised as one of the busiest parks in America. Of course we were there in April, before the summer season actually began but it was just beautiful that early in the spring and the weather was nice and cool in a spot where it gets pretty warm in the summer. We also visited Yellowstone National Park and there were plenty of sites available. Again it was off peak time because we were there in late October. The place was just beautiful with some snow on the mountains.

If you desire an RV lot some where and need the security of always knowing you can stay there then by all means go for it, but don't do it because of fear that you cannot get a spot. In our 3 years on the road, that has never been a problem.

-- Edited by ahoweth at 08:09, 2007-12-03

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Bill and Linda,   Thanks for the information on Crystal Lakes.   I called and was able to get a spot for February!  I haven't stayed anyplace that I'd consider owning buying in mainly due to hitch-itch after 4-8 weeks!



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We know many who own lots in various ways. At a resort it is more like owning a condo, you pay maintenance fees and have a set of rules to follow. Someone also makes money on the original sale. Some people buy a piece of land and put in hookups. Some go with an Escapees Co-op or ERPU site (go to Escapees website to understand ERPU). There are lots of options. Some are easier to sell than others when you no longer need them, mostly this is a geographic issue more than the type of lot.
For some people this makes sense, they go to the same place for many months of each year. For others it does not make sense since they do not spend enough time at one place to make it work.

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On this topic what I am finding is that snowbirds like a certain site in an RV pk and therefore buy the lot. They return each year and if they dont the site is then on the office rental with the owner getting 75% and the remaining 25% goes to the rv resort.  So it is an investment for owning your own lot.  Many people are finding rv pks being bought up by developers and construction of new homes .
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rautx wrote:

Bill and Linda,   Thanks for the information on Crystal Lakes.   I called and was able to get a spot for February!  I haven't stayed anyplace that I'd consider owning buying in mainly due to hitch-itch after 4-8 weeks!



Great, glad to help!  Let us know when you arrive as we are only about 3 miles from there.  It would be fun to get together while you're in the neighborhood.



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Judy, my post was not in reference to a "timeshare" campground, I suspect the timeshare concept might exist in campgrounds as well. My post was in reference to full you outright own your 30x80 (or whatever) plot which is in a managed campground community. I have seen many of these type of campgrounds around. My experience is that these are higher end campgrounds, uber-resort like settings. If desired, the campground will rent the plot when you are not there and skim 40% or so of the rental. Hence, you can at least recover your annual fees and maybe make some to help with the mortgage.
Here's 2 that come to mind that I have been lucky enough to have stayed in as I knew an owner and got a break. Both of these the lots are well in excess of $100k. But they are very very nice. Again, full ownership, not timeshare.
www.TigerRunResort.com
www.HiltonHeadMotorCoachResort.com

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