Living the High Life in an RV Resort
What sets an RV resort apart from other RV parks or campground? An RV resort offer a higher level of amenities and recreational activities than even the nicest family campground. Many RV resorts require purchase of a membership or a lot within the resort to enjoy the facilities and recreational opportunities available. Some RV resorts have multiple locations across the country where members can stay for a modest fee as they travel.
RV resorts typically offer amenities such as clubhouses, exercise rooms with workout equipment, swimming pools, spas and tennis courts. Depending on location, you may also find a golf course, on-site restaurant, convenience store and marina facilities. Many RV Resorts will look like a high-end hotel, with lush landscaping, carefully designed sites that offer privacy and wide, paved roads. RV sites may offer 30- or 50-amp power connections, freshwater and sewer inlet, cable TV and telephone connections. Like many fine hotels, RV resorts may offer concierge services to help guests arrange dining reservations at area restaurants, tee times at local golf courses or help secure theater tickets. The concierge desk can also provide helpful directions to local attractions.
Some RV resorts are exclusive to certain types of RVs or have age guidelines for members and guests. Some accept only Class A motorhomes within a certain length range; others accept only Class A or C motorhomes and travel or fifth wheel trailers, and some accommodate guests age 55 or over. High-end resorts usually do not accept Class B or van campers, pop-up or folding trailers, pickup campers or tents; some exclude toy haulers. It is also common to find restrictions on such exterior items as clotheslines.
Who Chooses an RV Resort?
Staying in an RV resort appeals to a number of RV owners. Fulltimers may enjoy the peace of mind of knowing they have a “home park” or a number of available parks in which to stay as they travel. Retirees may choose resort living to bask in the luxuries and conveniences the parks have to offer. Snowbirds may look forward to heading to their winter retreat year after year, to meet up with friends old and new, without the hassles of looking for a new campsite every year. Those owning larger motorcoaches or trailers appreciate easily accessible sites and roadways within resort parks. Anyone who enjoys upscale living near shopping, cultural opportunities, outdoor activities and other attractions may find an RV resort an attractive option in lodging.
What are the restrictions or limitations?
Ask for a written copy of all the resort or chain’s rules, requirements and restrictions. Read them carefully, noting the ones that would apply to you, your family, your pets and your RV.
Are there annual dues?
Get the complete price of membership in writing before you sign on the dotted line. Make sure you understand all the fees and costs involved and when they are due. Present any questions you may have to your sales representative.
What is the history of the managing company?
Thanks to the Internet, it’s easy to research the major names in RV resorts. Always ask about the company behind the resort, its history and track record with owning and managing RV parks. If the company only operated convenience stores until last year, the top brass may not know and understand the RV market and its unique needs.
Can I try before I buy?
Some RV resorts offer you the chance to experience a few nights in one of their parks so that you can really get a feel for what membership is like. Ask about any special offers available for free or reduced price stays to prospective members and take advantage of the opportunity to talk with current members about the pros and cons of membership or ownership.
Buying a resort membership or site should be carefully researched before the final handshake. Make sure you understand all the terms and review your budget and plans for RV travel before you sign the check.