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Old 12-12-2004, 03:47 PM   #1
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We are building a new RV park in Texas and would like to start right with the spaces. What size space do RVrs prefer?
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Old 12-12-2004, 03:47 PM   #2
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We are building a new RV park in Texas and would like to start right with the spaces. What size space do RVrs prefer?
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B-I-G,full hook ups, shade trees and room to manuver getting in and out, level site and a camp host that enforces the rules for pets, trash and noise.

We need 53' while hooked up and 60' unhooked. Like to have room for the slides and awings and not hav e the neighbors intruding on my space.

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Large sites are nice --- I like LEVEL... I was at a major resort in S Texas once and it was impossible to level my motorhome unless I jacked the front end up 2'.. Crazy! 5th wheel might not have had that problem.... also when you arrive at the end of the drive, can you make the turn? A 38' 5th wheel pulled by a large tractor takes some room to move! If you have trees, will a 5th wheel trailer with an air conditioner on the front clear OK? Last park I was in that advertised itself as "Big Rigs Welcome" had low limbs that would take off the A/C units of 5th wheel trailers!

Check out some of the newer state parks in Texas --- they have PLENTY of room for the largest rigs...also COE parks....

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I see you and Pat made it okay, sorry we missed you this morning. Enjoyed the visit, look forward to the next rally.

Best always to both of you!!!!!
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Sue;

We have a favorite park in South West Georgia that really sits well with us.

His sites are all angled, improving manouverabvility and sightlines. His dead level concrete pads are all 20' X 40'allowing for parking the fiver, a generous patio area and room for a kitchen tent, and the unpaved segments allow for parking front or back, so I would guess the distance between streets is in the order of 80 feet. He was carefull to preserve all the native trees and these provide a nice buffer between sites. The sites are 40 feet wide overall.

He supplies 30/50 amps electrical, no surcharge, has modern distribution that avoids any surges, his water quality and pressure are excellent and cable TV is provided at no extra cost.

He is just completing his clubhouse and will have laundry, toilets and showers in a clean modern setting. All streets will be paved when construction is completed. He went the extra mile in adding ornemental plantings and will install wi-fi when the clubhouse opens. Phone service is available from Bell South with all the wiring in place.

All in all, we could not think of anything he did not provide.

He did this while holdng a monthly rate of $300.00 dollars.
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We look for "long, level sites" for big rigs that are pull thrus if its an overnight park. We need 72' feet because we do not want to unhook just for overnight. For overnight we don't care whether it is a FHU or just water & electric nor do we care whether it is 30 amp or 50 amp unless the temps are 90 to 100 degrees.

If it is a destination park where we will be staying from 4 days to a week we will definately want FHU 50 amp. The sites needs to be big enough that our neighbor is not sitting on our patio. 50' x 60' or 40' x 75' with a picnic table preferred.

If it is a monthly or seasonal campground we prefer "wide roads" into the campsite with the destination park atmosphere. Free cable TV, free WiFi, phone jacks so we can get the local phone service connected, laundry room, clubhouse for potlucks, organized games and entertainment.

No matter what kind of a park it is we look for trees ....
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Wi-Fi, free or at least low cost.

Post the azimuth and elevation settings for DirecTV and Dish Network for your location.

Pull-thru sites are nice, especially when arriving late at night.

Get a good website with more inforation than a yellow pages listing.

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What county in Texas is the park? One is going in close to us and was wondering if it is yours.
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You are probably going to have some permenent and seasonal ... nothing wrong with that but put them in different areas and seperate from the overnighters and short termers .
Make all the sites pull-thru with long 70' plus lengths and at least a concrete pad for the table, dog pen, etc. A series of rectangular areas with a center access road works great - IMHO
Make sure the 30/50 amp is not going to be overloaded and the water pressure is sufficient
If you have back-in sites make sure the roads are 18' plus wide ... fifth wheels need a lot of room
Make sure there are enough bathrooms / showers to accomodate a full campground and they are close enough to sites
Put vending machines and ice machines at or near the bathroom areas, along with a newspaper vending machine
When an RV leaves a site make sure someone visits it to clean up any debris, etc.
Make sure everyone coming in gets a copy of the rules and regulations and try to keep them as simple as possible
Provide each RV with a list of local places, restaurants, etc. and directions to them
If you have a brochure with outside companies, like RV repair places, make sure you check them out before you allow them to advertise in your brochure
Develope a web site that includes as much information and photos as possible, along with decent routing information
Make sure your staff is friendly and courteous at all times and office hours are maintained as posted.

Good luck in your new venture ... we all hope you do well
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Although we all like long level sites with shade, don't forget those of us with satellite dishes on top of our rv's who need unobstructed views of the southern sky
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Graydon:

While everyone would like to have a clear shot with their sat dish I perfer to have trees for shade. Just set up a little tripod with the dish out in the open. If you do any traveling you will find that you have to have a portable dish with about 100' of cable. Now with a DataStorm this could get expensive........
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I vote for trees over a sat. signal form a roof mount. You can always set up a portable dish in less than 10 mnutes.

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I also vote for trees. It is easy to use a portable dish on a tripod to get a clear view of the sat. We do this with ours.
Also the trees will provide you, the owner, a big savings on electric bills in summer when the trees shade all the rv's running their air conditioners vs. an RV sitting out in the hot sun with the air on full trying to keep it cool.
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