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Old 08-22-2013, 10:03 AM   #57
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My wife and I have been talking about buying a campground since we bought our first motor home 18 months ago and went to cape may nj. There is a campground that is for sale about 35-45 minutes from where I live now. This place will need some work but could be a nice place I think. It's located right off a highway and would be no problems to get a big rig into the entrance. I'm really looking for advise on what to look for and if a deal can be reached what everyone would want in a "prefect" campground. I know there is no such place but I think giving the easy access it maybe worth while looking into. I'm not looking to get rich off the place but just make enough that it pays it's own bills. Please let me know what think about my idea and if it comes to be who will stop in for a day or two. Thanks for all your help on this one.
Something you might want to look into is will you have to make any major changes to bring things back to code for the area. That alone could set you back a few bucks, like making sure the restroom will handle handicap people and all, then theres the showers too, Just something to ponder also, what the INS. will cost you, Lilabilty isn't cheap these days!
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I remember seeing what looks like a campground on US15 along the Susquehanna between the 22/322 turnoff and Selinsgrove. If that's the place, it is very close to the river.

BTW, I tent camped at the Duncannon, PA campground about 10 years ago. Between the train track right next to the campground, US15, US322 and the noise on the Susquehanna, I got no sleep. They ought to give away free earplugs at that campground.

Since it looks like a no deal for you, good luck, maybe you will find another opportunity.
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A good way to make a little money on any venture is to start with a lot of money. Have fun!!!!!!!
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I have been rating campgrounds for the last 3 plus years now on my blog. In my opinion a successful campground needs all the things people like in this thread, but just like in residential real estate it comes down to location, location, location. You could have a 5 star park with all amenities, but if there is no recreation nearby I cannot see how a campground can be profitable, unless you rent spaces by the month to full time RVers to cover your fixed costs. Ironically, those are the same campgrounds I prefer to stay away from. Check out my Blog. www.cruisincondo.blogspot.com. Mark
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My wife and I have been talking about buying a campground since we bought our first motor home 18 months ago and went to cape may nj. There is a campground that is for sale about 35-45 minutes from where I live now. This place will need some work but could be a nice place I think. It's located right off a highway and would be no problems to get a big rig into the entrance. I'm really looking for advise on what to look for and if a deal can be reached what everyone would want in a "prefect" campground. I know there is no such place but I think giving the easy access it maybe worth while looking into. I'm not looking to get rich off the place but just make enough that it pays it's own bills. Please let me know what think about my idea and if it comes to be who will stop in for a day or two. Thanks for all your help on this one.
That is an impressive undertaking. The most successful look to be the condo association models where everyone has a stake in upkeep and cleanliness.
Location plus tenants revising their own plot.
Most campers are attracted to cement pads and paved roads. Driving through mud in a motorhome values between $100-500000 is not attractive.
Most of the upscale ads I come across encourage sales not rentals.
Putting up a clubhouse with facilities is as important as a pool.
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