Sample the Lifestyle of Owning an RV Park

01/11/2010 at 4:53 am 5 comments

If you think you want to own a campground, allow me to show you how a winter’s day might unfold. It might unsettle you. However, if it agrees with you then go for it with all the gusto in the world! I did, and I love it!

You ready? Here’s the scenario…

My Sunday began easily and without any true plan or direction. A few tasks to accomplish but no real hurry and no real need to set priorities.

I enjoyed a peaceful breakfast, did a little social networking, checked my emails and responded to those which were of urgent nature.

From there I began the normal tasks (restroom, laundry room, and office cleaning) and the special projects (drywall repair and snow removal).

During our winter season the store & office are fully staffed for only 3 hours. While covering those duties I tackled some PR work, created a few press releases, tweaked the web site, and did a little more social networking. 

During this time no one came in for the night. That’s not totally unusual, although it’s more the ab than the norm. Still, I took some calls and processed some summer reservations, as well as one for next week.

I locked up and fixed dinner. By 8 p.m. I was settled in for MY evening … time for me. I found a good movie to watch on TV and set up things so I could soak my feet for somethin’ special … a pedicure. OK, so the guy-park-owners might not do this, but this gal likes to feel like a lady now and then. Summers don’t afford this opportunity, but winters can.

So … movie’s playing, feet are soaking, pedicure stuff is set out, cats are resting beside me, and … the phone rings. A man is outside the front office. No, he doesn’t need a site. He needs propane for his truck. It doesn’t run on gasoline. I’m the only LP dealer for miles and miles … especially on a Sunday night.

Do you say, “sorry, we’re closed”? Any intelligent business person knows better. You say, “I’ll be right there!”  A little while later you ring in the sale of nearly $100 plus sales tax, the man pays, and he leaves you with a $7 tip for all the inconvenience.

You go back to the home where the pedicure awaits, and you count your blessings that the man came, he paid with cash, and he was cordial enough to tip you!

It’s all in a day’s work, and if this day sounds miserable to you … then please leave the RV park industry to those of us who find catering to the needs of the traveling people to be the coolest lifestyle!!!



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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. MM  |  01/11/2010 at 5:16 am

    You made yet another “happy camper,” even if only figuratively.

  • 2. Mike Erps  |  01/11/2010 at 1:53 pm

    It is your dedication and attention to customers needs as this that help build a solid business. This patron of propane will speak very highly of your service. Word of mouth is great advertising.

  • 3. Angela  |  01/11/2010 at 4:33 pm

    Great post.

    I’ll second that.

  • 4. KansasCamping  |  01/11/2010 at 4:39 pm

    If anyone wants to buy an RV park, we have some park owners in our association who would love to retire.

    Contact us for the list:

  • 5. Zippo Lighters  |  04/08/2010 at 12:48 pm

    Great work guys


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