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Old 05-22-2015, 04:46 AM   #1
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Buying a campground

Anyone ever consider buying a campground and running it? I lately have been looking into this and wonder if anyone has done this or considers it too. I think it would be pretty cool to sell everything and start a new life at my own campground.
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Old 05-22-2015, 04:50 AM   #2
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We are still kicking around that idea. Not a cheap proposition if you do it right.
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Old 05-22-2015, 05:32 AM   #3
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The current KOA campground directory had some information on buying a campground that caught my attention. I looked at their online site and saw some that are available. I admit to being tempted.
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Old 05-22-2015, 06:36 AM   #4
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I did see the koas for sale. Very interesting
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Considering it but only after the Prize Patrol comes calling .

Actually there is a campground I'd not mind buying but funds are NOT likely to appear any time soon.
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I have considered building one. There is a beautiful 10 ac commercial tract adjacent to my property, near Lake Travis. It fronts 2 state highways and is covered with 40' - 60' post oak trees. I am in the business of building infrastructure, underground utilities, streets, and drainage, so the construction cost would be lower. The problem is, I don't want to be locked in after I retire. Trying to get someone to stay and manage it in the summer might be a challenge. That's when I would want to escape to the mountains.
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Isn't owning a campground the opposite of going camping? I look at campground ownership the same as dairy farming (24/7/365) except campers can come knock on your door in the middle of the night.
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I have considered building one. There is a beautiful 10 ac commercial tract adjacent to my property, near Lake Travis. It fronts 2 state highways and is covered with 40' - 60' post oak trees. I am in the business of building infrastructure, underground utilities, streets, and drainage, so the construction cost would be lower. The problem is, I don't want to be locked in after I retire. Trying to get someone to stay and manage it in the summer might be a challenge. That's when I would want to escape to the mountains.
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Isn't owning a campground the opposite of going camping? I look at campground ownership the same as dairy farming (24/7/365) except campers can come knock on your door in the middle of the night.
X2. I almost bought one many years ago. I sounded great. Fortunately, before I did it, I talked to a few other camp ground owners. I realized that I wanted nothing to do with that kind of life.

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Thought about it briefly, then quickly decided.....I dont want to work anymore..
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Thought about it briefly, then quickly decided.....I dont want to work anymore..
We have the property available and have considered building an RV Port-Cabana type facility for the past few years. For me it comes back to the quote above and what a wise man once told me; "consider carefully when you contemplate making your avocation your vocation." Good luck with your decision!
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Addendum to my earlier post:

If I were 20 years younger and had the cash...
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Looked into it many years ago. Takes a lot of money and owners' hours to build or maintain the type of CG I would like to stay at, much more than I was willing to put in.
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