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Old 09-02-2013, 11:11 AM   #1
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Do You Think This Would Work?

I know of an old drive-in movie theater that has been closed for a while and I had a thought. What if I purchased it and turned it into an RV Park?

It's a few miles directly off an interstate in a major city that has lots of events, so location is good.

Services nearby include fuel, fast food, groceries, Wal-Mart, laundry, RV dealer.

Much of the infrastructure is already there - roads, parking spaces, power to each space, old concession stand/projection room, playground, screen.

I could run at least 30 amp and water to each space.

Every two spaces would become one site. It's 500 total now so that'd be 250 total RV's, but I'd start with maybe 100 RV as a pilot.

Nightly movies on the big screen included in camping fee.

I would add a pool and bathroom facilities.

The list of possibilities is endless. This is just for starters.

What's you thoughts on this idea?


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Old 09-02-2013, 11:19 AM   #2
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Hi Jcarlson,
It all depends on what is in the area. Few CGs are destination CGs. There needs to be different activities in the area (35 mile radius) to attract repeat customers. What is in the area for competition? What prices are charged? What amenities are offered? There are a lot of good ideas. There must be a business case to support the idea.

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Old 09-02-2013, 12:04 PM   #3
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Sounds like a neat idea,would it not be a little hot with all the asphalt?
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Old 09-02-2013, 12:14 PM   #4
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I think it sounds like a grand idea. Need some shade trees and grass. I think you would need some 50 amp service as most big rigs use it.

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Old 09-02-2013, 12:22 PM   #5
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About ten years ago, when we had our 5er, we would drive I-5 thru Oregon. There was a campground in Sutherlin, OR that still had the movie screen in place. It made a great billboard to draw campers into the park. We'd stay a couple of days and use the truck to visit places along the Oregon coast. The facility was a good one. I've not been there in a while so I don't know if it still there. There was a gas station that had a 3 cent per gallon discount for seniors on Tuesdays. Sometimes we would fill up on Tuesday morning, drive to the coast and then fill up again that evening. You might try contacting them to see what was entailed in the conversion. Sorry, I no longer have the name of the place. Good Luck!
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Sounds too crowded for me. Maybe if you made 4 spots into one?

Since we don't have the largest tanks a sewer hookup would also be required.
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Old 09-02-2013, 12:30 PM   #7
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Sounds like WORK ! nothing wrong with the idea but you need to make sure there is a market for it .Veriy few and I do mean few people just go to an rv park just to be going ,forget the pool ,forget the movies, and in place offer full hook ups with 50 amp service , grills or fire pits , dog park ,good clean restrooms , large laundry with tv and wi-fi .These are the tongs that travelers need and want
Do that and you just might make it.
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Old 09-02-2013, 01:16 PM   #8
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On the TV news last night they reported how hundreds of drive-ins will be going out of business as Hollywood dumps the film style projectors for digital systems...$70,000 for each projector!!!

I feel that more RV parks are needed to support the demand of travelers, so best of luck...be sure to do your homework
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Sounds like a great idea,,, I'd love to go into buisness for ourselves,,, BUT, like mentioned before, there has to be a market for what you are providing... Location, Location, Location... Then,,, 50 amp, sewer,water, cable tv, wi-fi, the basics of a good camp ground. Shade trees, landscaping, looks are a lot ! Dog (pet) friendly, the list is not that long for a good place to stay in our book, but those things are Very important. And keep it Clean !!! We won't stay in a dump...
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:18 PM   #10
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Put in a quicky lube drive through carwash and oil change forRV's and you'll have a winner. Charge maybe $40. Per vclass A and you'll make a killing. No one wants to deal with oil changes on a bus too many quarts.
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You need to find out if there will be local zoning and/or other permitting issues.

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Could be better off starting from scratch. The only wire to each space is audio for the former speakers. What do you do about all the "humps"?

Now, if you could incorporate some first run movies or some movie theme, that could be a draw for some, but you still have all the expense of sewer, water, electrical. I don't think you could get the price to justify showing movies. I would just turn on my satellite TV and relax with a cold one.
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The one in Oregon with the drive in experience is still there....HiWay Haven RV park Activities We tried to get in but it was full....movies are only 1 night as I recall....But what a great idea.
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You'd need sewers. We have large tanks so can easily go a week or more without dumping, but I don't want to have to buy a "blue boy" nor drive over to the dump station either.
What movies would you show and don't forget to pipe the sound in too?!

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