Go Back   iRV2 Forums > CAMPING, TRAVEL and TRIP PLANNING > Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-12-2006, 03:48 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
GaryKD's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Wellington, Florida
Posts: 12,322
Lately, there has been some discussion about Tropical Palms (TP) in Kissimmee, FLA. I am a repeat customer of this CG and just attended a Newmar Manatee chapter rally at TP. The most current information is:
1. In the Orlando area, around the past two years, about 2300 RV sites have been lost to condo development.
2. ENCORE plans to maintain TP as a profitable RV Resort business. ENCORE has no plans to sell or redevelop the CG to anything but an RV resort.
3. The old cottages are being updated with the new Sand Castles park models.
4. One section of the RV resort is being removed from RV service and will contain Sand Castle park models. This eliminates about 100 RV sites.
5. There will remain about 300 RV sites of all kinds. From tent to 50 amp full hook-up on concrete pads.
6. Expansion of the Sand Castle park models was done to ensure TP's profitability. There is a season, in central FLA for RV site rentals. Unfortunately, the fixed costs of the resort continue even when the RV sites are empty.
7. Over a year, Sand Castle park models bring in more revenue and provide more profit than an RV site. In addition Sand Castle revenue is consistent throught the year. This enables ENCORE to stabilize their revenue stream.

As to the maintenance of the resort, nothing has changed. Contracts with the maintenance companies have not changed and the maintenance companies are the same as they have been.

The green slime in the pond is due to the drought Central FLA has been experiencing. The pond is cleaned on the same maintenance schedule as in the past. Unfortunately, this is not enough to eliminate the green slime. To keep the slime eliminated in a period of drought is cost prohibitive. The bottom line problem is the well TP has pumped water from that keeps water movement in the pond (and clean)has run dry. There is no cost effective way to keep the water flowing through the pond until central FLA receives the rain and the wells return to a normal level. Resort maintenance has proposed installing a fountain in the pond to keep the water circulating.

I found the resort to be in the same condition as it has always been except for the Sand Castle construction and the green slime in the pond.
__________________

__________________
Gary
2005 Newmar KSDP 3910 + GMC ENVOY XUV 37K lbs Moving Down The Road
The Avatar Is Many Times Around The USA
Nobody Knows Your Coach Like Somebody Who Owns One Just Like Yours
GaryKD is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 11-12-2006, 03:48 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
GaryKD's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Wellington, Florida
Posts: 12,322
Lately, there has been some discussion about Tropical Palms (TP) in Kissimmee, FLA. I am a repeat customer of this CG and just attended a Newmar Manatee chapter rally at TP. The most current information is:
1. In the Orlando area, around the past two years, about 2300 RV sites have been lost to condo development.
2. ENCORE plans to maintain TP as a profitable RV Resort business. ENCORE has no plans to sell or redevelop the CG to anything but an RV resort.
3. The old cottages are being updated with the new Sand Castles park models.
4. One section of the RV resort is being removed from RV service and will contain Sand Castle park models. This eliminates about 100 RV sites.
5. There will remain about 300 RV sites of all kinds. From tent to 50 amp full hook-up on concrete pads.
6. Expansion of the Sand Castle park models was done to ensure TP's profitability. There is a season, in central FLA for RV site rentals. Unfortunately, the fixed costs of the resort continue even when the RV sites are empty.
7. Over a year, Sand Castle park models bring in more revenue and provide more profit than an RV site. In addition Sand Castle revenue is consistent throught the year. This enables ENCORE to stabilize their revenue stream.

As to the maintenance of the resort, nothing has changed. Contracts with the maintenance companies have not changed and the maintenance companies are the same as they have been.

The green slime in the pond is due to the drought Central FLA has been experiencing. The pond is cleaned on the same maintenance schedule as in the past. Unfortunately, this is not enough to eliminate the green slime. To keep the slime eliminated in a period of drought is cost prohibitive. The bottom line problem is the well TP has pumped water from that keeps water movement in the pond (and clean)has run dry. There is no cost effective way to keep the water flowing through the pond until central FLA receives the rain and the wells return to a normal level. Resort maintenance has proposed installing a fountain in the pond to keep the water circulating.

I found the resort to be in the same condition as it has always been except for the Sand Castle construction and the green slime in the pond.
__________________

__________________
Gary
2005 Newmar KSDP 3910 + GMC ENVOY XUV 37K lbs Moving Down The Road
The Avatar Is Many Times Around The USA
Nobody Knows Your Coach Like Somebody Who Owns One Just Like Yours
GaryKD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2006, 04:36 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Arcadia, FL
Posts: 183
Thanks for the update. We stay there a lot. Next is at a Beaver Rally.
__________________
Richard and Babs

and a Bob Tail Cat
Richard and Babs and a Bob Tail Cat is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Thanksgiving at Tropical Palms Kissimmee Kids Florida Cooters 3 12-01-2008 05:18 PM
tropical palms Fl jim hutch Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 6 04-18-2008 01:31 PM
Contract at Tropical Palms Tom & Dee Southeast Region 6 04-02-2006 06:40 PM
Anyone for Tropical Palms 8/19-8/21 Southeast Region 14 08-15-2005 06:16 PM
Tropical Palms Rv Now Kiwi Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 8 04-05-2005 12:32 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:47 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.