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Old 08-11-2015, 10:46 PM   #57
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You basically drew Heritage RV in Orange Beach Al. Except your bath house at the bottom of the U is a club house over looking the marina and bay with an elevated observation deck with a big fire pit in the center.
That's true, except no way is there 25 feet between the sites. Beautiful spot though.
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Old 08-12-2015, 09:02 AM   #58
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Take an overhead view of the RV park at Seven Feathers Casino, and copy it.
It's laid out as well as any I've been to !
We too like Seven Feathers. It's one of our favorite RV parks (we've stayed there three times in the past year) but there are a few features we've seen at other parks that could make a park design even better.

Seven Feathers has level concrete pads. Though concrete is not absolutely essential, 'level' is. I've stopped at a number of parks that have such a slope that we simply cannot level our rig or the front tires are spinning so uncomfortable high in the air that even our portable step stool is sometime insufficient for my wife to climb up to the first step without assistance.

The roadways at Seven Features are okay but sometimes not wide enough if a car is parked too far out to allow rig rigs to utilize the full road width when turning in. I have always made the turn but tire tracks in the flower beds indicate that others could sometimes use a tad bit more turning room.

I can understand that allowing onsite washing of rigs has issues but a dedicated wash pad somewhere would be a great addition. Not only would it allow owners to keep their rigs looking great but helps the curb appeal of the overall RV park.

I also love what I call "Good Neighbor sites" where adjacent rigs pull in in opposite directions. This keeps adjacent site service connections together and allows for a more pleasant community area on each coach's curb side.

Distant Drums in Camp Verde, AZ sits up on a hill and the newest site additions are what they call "Motorhome Sites". These are drive-in sites along the edge with the service connections on the left side. They are very easy to get into and you have a great view out your front window. You back out when leaving but backing out onto the roadway is much easier that getting correctly aligned when parking. The downside is they don't works well for towable rigs.

The one last thing that comes to mind is providing decent wi-fi and a cable TV connection.
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Yep, excellent Wi-Fi at every site would be a must!

Do you feel Cable TV would be a deal-breaker? It seems most everybody uses satellite TV now. Of course, if the park was pretty much covered with large trees, then the Cable TV would definitely be a requirement!
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Good point on the cable, but, if the park is designed right with southern exposure, satellite service is no problem. I have seen relatively new parks with tree placement exactly where my dish wants to look. What were they thinking? Or not...
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Am enjoying all the ideas up in here .... We too have talked about this several times ... and locations where more parks are needed ...
One thought we had was to have a seniors park ... no pets ... all pull throughs ... and large enough for tows (trailers/toads etc) ... like 75-80 ft or so ... and a small enough park to keep it looking great w/o a large maintenance expense ..... will have to refresh my memory on some of the parks we really liked ....
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Old 08-12-2015, 01:04 PM   #62
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We still work part time and go on 4 or 5 3-4 day weekends and a 3 week vacation. Can't justify paying for satellite even tho MH has it, so cable means a lot to us.
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I want a park with a check-in machine like an ATM. Why do we have to wait for the store clerk to check out all the purchases? After that, why does it take longer than a mortgage application?
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I want a park with a check-in machine like an ATM. Why do we have to wait for the store clerk to check out all the purchases? After that, why does it take longer than a mortgage application?

Hang in there! Maybe in 2050 ?????
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I have thought a "Wagon Wheel" shape, with folks backing in to the hookups would work.

That would give coaches more open room ,on both sides, in the front, and the cost of infrastructure should be less because the hookups would be at the center of the wheel shaped parking area, along with the bath houses.

the areas between the wheel shaped parking areas would be made useful for amenities desired, or just green areas.
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Nice "wheel" loops in this park.

Kiowa Park Campground, Waurika, OK, GPS: 34.26094, -98.07891

There is a better wagon wheel design in a park that we found on a trip west, but I can't seem to locate it now. Will keep searching.
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Take an overhead view of the RV park at Seven Feathers Casino, and copy it.
It's laid out as well as any I've been to !

Here is a video of Seven Feathers Casino RV park:

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There should be a dual dog run. One for large dogs and one for small. Both with grass and large enough to throw a ball. We have found many with gravel, extremely unlevel and most are small. Seems the leftover space is used. We have also found some beautiful ones.

Feed a Dish and Direct TV signal to each rv spot. I know, getting extreme but it could be done. Wi Fi these days is a must and should be done by a professional and not a weekend "expert".
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Yep, excellent Wi-Fi at every site would be a must!

Do you feel Cable TV would be a deal-breaker? It seems most everybody uses satellite TV now. Of course, if the park was pretty much covered with large trees, then the Cable TV would definitely be a requirement!
Just to be clear, at this point we have NOT upgraded the sat system to one that works. After we do that this answer would most likely change.

We can get by without cable fine, but there has to be things to do in the area.
This choice is easier in the summer then winter when it is dark at 5.
Cable also depends on short stay or long stay. This summer, we seldom watch tv in the coach.
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Remember things that are important to everyone. Example Sat , many here are full time, you are still a minority in the RV world. In a new park one must have the amenities for all not just the 45' with a trailer. Flat towing needs a pull through for the overrnighter. And keep in mind the more you want/get the more the cost. Large sites more land more taxa more to maintain, add Good WiFi and big dog runs add the pool add the recreation center a nd we a 're t a liking RV resort and the costs that go with it. If I invest a million, this would be at minimum,at least I want a return on the investment. JMT

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