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Old 08-10-2015, 10:33 AM   #1
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Let's design an RV Park!

I woke up about 5AM this morning and couldn't go back to sleep! For some reason I lay there thinking about how I would design an RV Park if I had the opportunity. I want to see what ideas you have and see how far off-base my thinking is!

The sketch below I how I would lay it out. Of course it is not to scale, and I would probably have 50 to 100 sites, but that's not important to the design. I have never understood why parks are designed so the back-in sites require you to back into them from the "blind", or passenger side! Just never made any sense to me! You will see that when you drive into the left entrance all the back-in sites give you full view from the driver's side! I would make all the sites 70' long, ALL level, and there would be at least 25' of space between sites! All sites would be full hook-up, 30 and 50 amp. The roads and sites would be paved with the grey limestone that does not make the white dust. I would find Work Campers qualified to do the normal maintenance such as plumbing, electrical, mowing, etc. Yeah, I know that could present a problem with licensing, depending on where the park was located. I would have a couple of Park Hosts. Speed limit would be 10 MPH, STRICTLY ENFORCED! I would not have any firepits at the sites, maybe at the pavilion. I would be affiliated with Passport America, Escapees, and Good Sam as far as discounts. I would try to have the rates at about $30 daily, $175 weekly, and $600 monthly.

OK, now it's your turn! Tell me what you would love to have in a campground.

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Most Corps. Of Engineer parks are well designed for backing in. Angled entries, etc.


Try them.
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#1 item for me... don't blade down all the trees! Looking at a very nice park on line in Arkansas... except for one thing. There are large trees all around it, so there must have been trees within the bounds of the park before they started... but not anymore...
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I woke up about 5AM this morning and couldn't go back to sleep! For some reason I lay there thinking about how I would design an RV Park if I had the opportunity. I want to see what ideas you have and see how far off-base my thinking is!

The sketch below I how I would lay it out.

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There is a campground near Wisconsin Dells, WI, (maybe Baraboo, WI. ?) with a similar layout, (but with asphalt roadways and concrete pads and patios).
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How about giving active duty and veterans a discount? Must prove they are active duty or a veteran.

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stayed in one RV park that had a large fenced area to take your dog to let them run and play a little bit,seems like that's where everybody in the park was meeting up,there was always people there.
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Looks good, a RV wash pad would be great!
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Joe, here is a small park in SW Alberta that is one of the best thought out parks we have stayed at. We usually stop here for a week every year and each time find some subtle improvements that make one think, "why don't all parks do that?"
First, as you stated, all back in (most are) are angled such that you are always backing in from your driver side. He has even put little yellow painted bricks sunk into the gravel in a line for you to follow so you don't have to jockey around. Follow the line in your driver side mirror and bam, you're in. Plus the owner is always there to position you at the right distance from the back of the site. No messing around back and forth.
Services are placed in perfect location. Each pedestal has 50, 30 or 20A service. Your choice. The sewer connection is the perfect height above ground for a positive connector and with a hose support, allows for a natural trap at the connection. Water pressure is always around 50-60 PSI.
Each site has a fire pit which I'm not crazy about but they are placed far enough behind the rig and with the prevailing wind, smoke is rarely an issue.
It is run by a Swiss couple. The laundry, bathrooms and pool are always spotless. Added bonus is the Crowsnest River runs right by. One of the best Flyfishing spots in the land.
They are not the cheapest in the area but I always feel we get value for our money at this park. If you're ever in SW Albeta, don't pass this one by. BTW, I don't have any financial interest in this park.....
PS, look in the photos for our DSDP (green)

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How about giving active duty and veterans a discount? Must prove they are active duty or a veteran.

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Great idea Jerry! We need to honor and help our Vets any way we can!
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stayed in one RV park that had a large fenced area to take your dog to let them run and play a little bit,seems like that's where everybody in the park was meeting up,there was always people there.

I thought of that, and it would certainly be a good idea, but it seems that some folks with pets just walk down the street and let them poop in everybody else's site! But maybe if the pet walking area was fenced as you suggested they wouldn't do that!
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Joe, here is a small park in SW Alberta that is one of the best thought out parks we have stayed at. We usually stop here for a week every year and each time find some subtle improvements that make one think, "why don't all parks do that?"
First, as you stated, all back in (most are) are angled such that you are always backing in from your driver side. He has even put little yellow painted bricks sunk into the gravel in a line for you to follow so you don't have to jockey around. Follow the line in your driver side mirror and bam, you're in. Plus the owner is always there to position you at the right distance from the back of the site. No messing around back and forth.
Services are placed in perfect location. Each pedestal has 50, 30 or 20A service. Your choice. The sewer connection is the perfect height above ground for a positive connector and with a hose support, allows for a natural trap at the connection. Water pressure is always around 50-60 PSI.
Each site has a fire pit which I'm not crazy about but they are placed far enough behind the rig and with the prevailing wind, smoke is rarely an issue.
It is run by a Swiss couple. The laundry, bathrooms and pool are always spotless. Added bonus is the Crowsnest River runs right by. One of the best Flyfishing spots in the land.
They are not the cheapest in the area but I always feel we get value for our money at this park. If you're ever in SW Albeta, don't pass this one by. BTW, I don't have any financial interest in this park.....
PS, look in the photos for our DSDP (green)

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Now THAT's the kind of CG we would all support!
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Now THAT's the kind of CG we would all support!
The only con is they don't offer discounts of any kind. I guess because they are always full.
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Why no fire pits?

Dog run, trees, would be a plus

Maybe standard & premium sites, add covered picnic area etc.
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