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Old 04-07-2011, 10:03 PM   #1
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Motorhome Condo

Patty and I are kicking around buying a condo with a motorhome garage attached. The house is more like a town house. A house on each side with the two motorhome garages in the middle.

I have to admit the thought of not having to do yard work before taking the MH for a ride is tempting. More time for the grandson too!!

Anyone with experience in purchasing this type of home? Pros-cons-resale?

Thanks for your input.
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Where? We've thought about similar (like motorhome "villas" at some resorts), looked at a few online, but haven't found a combination of location and design that we like.
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I'm quite intrigued by The Gardens in TN. Custom designs, having a home base where I can park my coach in an attached garage & knowing someone else is taking care of yard work/exterior upkeep/any snow removal while we're away is what Dave & I are wanting when we finally retire. I want a place where there are still 4 seasons, but where winter is not as long, cold & dreary as it is here in OH. I have only viewed what they have on their website, but would like to take a trip someday to check them out.

The only thing I've wondered is, if health reasons force you to sell your RV someday, do they kick you out?

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These are located in Indianapolis. The development here has regular garage homes also. We will read the CCR's this weekend.
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We have toured The Gardens. It's nice. They do not expect you to vacate if you sell your rv. There were several that we were made aware of that no longer had rv's.

By the way, you can take your rv there and stay while you are inspecting the facilities.
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The Gardens is very nice - we have good friends who own there. Another nice location is The Great Outdoors in Titusville, FL.
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Having a condo and a house at the moment, the one thing I would look at is can I build the same thing privately with no condo fees. I can hire everything done at the house for the condo fees and have beer money on the side. Plus I don't have a bunch of rules to abide by. Plus while we are at the house some of the chores just keep me going and saving a bit of money. Can't say condo life is bad I do like it but as before I can have a bit more space and save a bit of money at the same time.

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There are almost countless number of resorts that have a dwelling of some kind and an RV pad/port/garage attached to the dwelling. Consider spending a summer or two touring the areas of the country you'd like to have this kind of place. I did this for several years. Because I have this type of accommodation in south Florida, my requirements are a bit different than the OP:

1. A place for the spring/summer/fall, cooler than south Florida.
2. The area around the resort should have an abundance of activities/entertainment.
3. Year around access (just in case I want to visit in the winter).
4. Rental agency on site so the place can be rented when I am not there.
5. Necessary shopping close by the resort.
6. Resort history of upkeep/maintenance and proper rental management.
7. If I decide to go "off the road" the resort has other opportunities for me to live there.
8. Pricing needs to reflect the current real estate times. Proud owners need not apply. I am a cash buyer and looking for a seller who wants to sell.

I covered a swath from the Rocky Mountains East to the Atlantic Ocean. I toured all the facilities that met the above mentioned requirements. Late in 2010 I decided on Hidden Mountain Resort in Sevierville, TN. Go to Hidden Mountain Resort | Smoky Mountain log cabin rentals in Sevierville TN and read about it. I purchased a lot in "The Dell" section of the resort. If the above mentioned requirements are the same as what you need, consider stopping in and checking this place out.

The bottom line is write down what you want. Determine the general area of the country that meets your requirements. Tour the places. Have the cash/financing ready. A buyer who can close in 30 days carries considerable weight when pricing becomes part of the conversation.
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Thanks for the feedback on The Gardens, Terry & Gary. For us, the other plus for there is, from what I read, the RV garages have fhu's. So, we could have a smaller home & still have room for guests in their own space by utilizing the coach as a "guest house" so to speak.

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Hi Lori,
Any resort worth considering has full hookups for the coach. I have never visited a purchase type resort that did not have full hookups.
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