Renovations Galore

02/09/2010 at 5:25 am 4 comments

High Plains Camping has been under renovation since I bought the property in 2002. The plan went into effect on the day we bought the park and the plan continues to this day (and beyond). 

Parts of the plan were simple, like properly disposing of simple garbage. We hauled & hauled & hauled. Each load made a huge difference.

Some parts of the plan were far more extensive, and fortunately most of these parts are now behind me. They were truly exhilarating and exhausting! I’ll let the pictures tell the story of the past 8 years. 

Nothing remains as it was when we bought in 2002, so consider this to be just an example of the extent to which things changed. The laundry equipment from the 1960s went out the door. Some pieces required sawing them in half just to get them through the door! Good riddance! The new laundry room has been defined by some to be a dining room with laundry equipment ... clean enough to eat in.

What do you call a comfortably climated-controlled room that is home to the laundry equipment, the public computer, a large library of magazines, a fabulously complete travel information center for most of Kansas and for many states that my guests are headed toward, a TV that goes to the Weather Channel, tables for cards, ... oh, and is a great place to hang out during rough stormy weather? When I know, I'll name it. For now it's simply "the laundry room."

Putting on a hip roof required renovations to this adjoining second-story opening. The doorway became a window and wall.


To put on metal hip roof we had to eliminate that opening shown in other photo.

Some renovations required BIG BOY TOYS! Life is easier when you have the right tools! Demolition was necessary for the good things to come.

Where the wrecking equipment once sat became a place of serenity. Where diners at the neighboring restaurant once had full view of our guests, we now offer privacy. Where our long-distance view once was of restaurant garbage cans, we now see a wonderous fence which also buffers noise.

The old barn had been relocated to this site many decades ago. Over the years this nearly 100 year-old structure was needing significant repairs.

Structural repairs, siding, roof ... it's come a looong way! It no longer leans, it has new doors, the siding is solid, you can no longer watch the sunset from the inside by looking through the roof, fresh paint, and a clean interior ... our Sunflower Barn has become a place to get out of the wind and enjoy the family, enjoy a book or a game of solitaire, build a puzzle, spread out a hobby, or surf the internet.

A new driveway sign wasn't on my renovation list until Mother Nature made me put it there. A few jobs that have been tackled in 8 years were put on the list by Mother Nature. An old park breaks easily but a newly renovated one has renewed strength.

A new sign, after Mother Nature requested it. Although we weren't impressed with our old driveway sign, replacements don't come cheaply but one storm required we get a new one. We like this one much better than the old one!

What'a an RV park without good electricity?

These pictures are merely examples of significant renovations. There were countless other projects on our 15 acres (shown below) but my albums contains literally thousands of photos. I think you get the gist from these!

Aerial Picture of High Plains Camping RV Park taken Spring 2009

There is always something to do at an RV park, but fortunately most of these jobs are tackled only about once every 25 or 45 years!
Thanks for letting me share my story.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. RV Sales  |  02/09/2010 at 1:42 pm

    Love it! Wow, it beautiful!

  • 2. Zippo Lighters  |  03/23/2010 at 9:30 am

    Love the photographs it looks absolutely stunning!

  • 3. Danny Sarabia  |  04/07/2010 at 2:20 am

    Thinking of getting into the business myself down here in the Austin Texas area. What’s your best piece of advice?

    • 4. HighPlainsCamping  |  04/08/2010 at 2:07 pm

      Lots of advice! Do your homework, attend RV park industry meetings and seminars, join the national association (ARVC http;// and be patient as you define what type of park you’re wanting BEFORE you buy.

      ARVC has lots of good and caring people who can guide you.

      Brokers who deal nationally with RV parks can help guide you. I worked with at least 4 while I was searching.

      My list of advice is endless but that’s my starting point for you.

      Good luck, and make sure you ENJOY your life!!


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