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Old 07-29-2012, 11:36 PM   #1
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Buying a place to stay?

I am posting this in the Class A forum because we are staying at a Class A only place. Las Vegas Motor Coach Resort.

This place is nice. Very clean, great amenities, nice foliage.

So, why would you buy a slab to park your RV for 180-300K at a place like this? I am not knocking those who do, I am just wondering what the benefits are. You have an RV to travel to different places. Why tie yourself down to one place. Most of the sites have really cool outdoor kitchens, plasma TV's and a gathering area. But again, you are tied down ( i know not completely).

We are paying the usual rate for most RV parks to stay here and enjoing the amenities.

I understand a Ski Condo if it is near where you live and you escape on the weekends with the family, but a RV lends itself to go to different places. If I had a mobile ski condo, which I do now, I would not always want to ski the same area every time.

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Old 07-30-2012, 05:22 AM   #2
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I feel the same way,but if you got that kind of money and you like a place that much to call it your "home base" then why not? your still free to travel when you want,unless they took the wheels off.
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Old 07-30-2012, 05:26 AM   #3
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I'm going to guess that this is a place for Sno-birds (who can afford it) to run away to in the winter months. I'd love to have a pad in the Vegas area to run away to to escape the winter rains here in the NW.
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:01 AM   #4
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I guess if you have the money go for it. Not our cup of tea though. We stay at a very nice resort in FL and have the opportunity to purchase there but we just don't want to be subject to one place all the time. We like the flexability option.
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:27 AM   #5
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For me the price was relative. I bought a site in Fl. about 10 minutes from my home. It was very reasonable ( 12/2001 ) as not many were being sold right after 9/11. It has turned out to be a good investment( went up six fold and even now is 2 1/2 times what we paid for it ). It's a resort with 420 sites and not much else as far as competition and will rise again in the next few years. In the mean time , renting a decent space ( security , electric and enough room to open slides ) would have cost me more over the last 11 years.

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Old 07-30-2012, 07:17 AM   #6
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The reason for purchasing or leasing a full time site could be as simple as finances. We are condo dwellers and (deliberately) live in a community with a HOA. We travel abroad every winter. So for us, secure, long term, storage is a necessity.

One solution is a full time site. We rent a permanent site in a gated, year round campground. We have full hook ups and 24 hour access. Another bonus is the facilities are conducive to frequent use. We go there at least twice a week using the indoor or outdoor pools or enjoying the many activities, hot tub, hiking trail, bocce, tennis, or pickle ball courts. The price of all this is only slightly more than an anonymous, parking space in a storage facility with strangers roaming in and out. If they sold sites we would purchase it but for now it's a lease.
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Old 07-30-2012, 08:18 AM   #7
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To my way of thinking, the key word in the original post is WHY. Answer is, because that is THEIR way, and personally I don't question it, or even think of it at all, I just do things MY way, which includes to never to stay at any RV Park.

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Old 07-30-2012, 08:44 AM   #8
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LVMC is unquestionably one of the nicest RV Resorts we have ever seen. There are a couple more of a similar nature in Palm Desert/Indio. As you say, the improved sites, with outdoor kitchens, big screen TV's & lounge areas can run upward of $300k....just to park your $1.5 million dollar Prevost. Oh....and don"t forget the $500 p/mo. HOA dues + utilities.

Somehow I don't think any of these folks ever have to ask "why" for anything they decide to purchase.
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:40 AM   #9
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Come on folks. Posters showing their disdain for those "having the money" or any other prejudice comments is appalling. I purchased a lot in a resort in 2010. For me, my first coach was in 1978. I've been across the USA more times than I remember. I've see what I want to see and it hasn't changed over the last 34 years. I don't want to sell the coach because I like living in it and travel when I have the desire and there is someplace I want to go to. After looking for 3 years, I found the resort that fits me and my requirements.

And yes, it is in a Class A only resort. Having a Class A coach encompasses a wide range of residents and coach prices. Those members posting negative comments about resorts accepting only Class A coaches might better look in the mirror and examine their own prejudices.

There are many reasons for a coach owner to purchase a lot in the resort of their choice. The choice of resort is a personal decision. All that matters is the decision is valid for the one making the purchase. I can say that if one is making the purchase to buy into exclusivity, that person will soon be disappointed.
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I'm not sure I've seen anyone displaying "disdain" for those who can afford to buy these sites.

We spent four months at Outdoor Resorts, Indio in 07/08. Loved the environment but with spots always available for rent we didn't see purchasing a site working for us.

There were many there who lived in the LA area, stored their coach on their Indio site and came over for weekends.

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Why does a dog lick its behind? Because a dog can. If I had more money than God, I would have a spot in Vegas too. Where else would I park my 2.5+ million dollar rig?
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:20 AM   #12
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Often times full-timers who become tired of being on the road, but still enjoy the RV lifestyle will purchase an RV site at their favorite locations. We have enjoyed a number of RVers who winter in the south (FL) and summer in the north. They purchase a site in each geographical area of the country and travel between the two when the weather suits their needs. Many, if not all, of these RVers are involved in activities in their respective RV campgrounds, ie; golf, Disney, fishing, etc. And, it provides the best of both worlds - I say go for it! Although I think that renting is less expensive, unless on considers resale (not so good presently, however).

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Old 07-30-2012, 12:31 PM   #13
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if that's what "floats your boat"..then by all means go for it

Personally an RV park is like a mobile home park to me. I don't want to be in a crowd or have to listen to other's or have neighbors piled on top of me.

Rural life works for may not others. That is a choice we all get to make(for the time being)
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:46 PM   #14
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I've allocated about 5-6 thousand a year for space fees, I plan to stay at 2 areas at least 3 months each and wither places at least a month. The rest of the time will be spent traveling, and I will try to budget my money accordingly. In the winter, you can stay at some very nice places for 600 a month. Even going on the low end of 100k for one of these sites would be hard to justify on a budget. These sites seem to be a luxury, and their is nothing wrong with that if you want to devote a lot of resources to one spot.
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