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post Dec 24 2011, 11:16 AM
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Hello all,

A previous post suggested a topic on this site for input from RV park owners only, and a moderator suggested to me that we try it. So here goes.

To get the ball rolling: I retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1998, and our family decided to build an RV Park on property that had been in our family since 1900. We began construction immediately and opened 3 years later on March 1, 2001 Since we had been RVers for about 25 years, we thought that would be no problem. We learned very fast that we didn't know near as much as we thought we did about building, owning and/or operating an RV Park. However, since we opened, we have learned a great deal, and it has been a great experience, although not always totally smooth sailing.

We have met thousands of new friends and few people that we wish we had never met. 98% or more of our visitors are absolute delights to deal with. In my opinion, our challenge as owners is not to allow our experience with the other 2% affect how we deal with the 98%. It is very easy as an owner to sit down and draw up 4 pages of rules because of the problems we have had with the 2%ers, but I try to consider how every rule or policy might impact the other 98%, who would cause no problems even if we had NO RULES..

That is my start to this topic. We encourage input from other park owners, operators or employees on any subject regarding owning or operating a park. We also welcome input from those of you that are not owners or operators if you have pertinent discussion or questions to add. This topic is not meant to closed to any discussions around operating a park; my comments above are just to start the discussions.

Thanks and Merry Christmas to all,

Doug
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post Oct 25 2012, 09:53 AM
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Howdy, Out Fishing.

Your question is not easy to answer without knowing the region in which you are located but I will share some average power consumption figures that I had in August and September 2012. My park is in the south where the temps those months was usually in the mid to upper 90's in the daytime. This was a little cooler than normal, but the humidity is rather high. Some of my guests who have 30 amp service averaged around 750 kilowatt hours each of those months. Those were at the high end of the scale. Some used less than 500 Kwh per month on average.

Just curious, Did I understand correctly that you only have 30 Amp sites?
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Parkview   Discussion Zone For Rv Park Owners Or Operators   Dec 24 2011, 11:16 AM
John Blue   Good start Doug. I hope this will turn out to be ...   Dec 24 2011, 07:18 PM
Chuckl   the moderators may consider making this a sticky   Dec 26 2011, 07:30 AM
Texasrvers   Good suggestion. It is up to the webmaster. We...   Dec 26 2011, 11:31 AM
campergal   Hi there Hope this takes off! My husband and...   Dec 26 2011, 11:59 AM
RanMan   For the past 6 1/2 years I have owned and operated...   Dec 27 2011, 10:46 AM
Don-in-GA   I agree we need a place to share ideas, successes ...   Jan 1 2012, 11:41 PM
Gypsy2   I agree we need a place to share ideas, successes...   Nov 16 2012, 04:46 PM
dalsgal   Don, our campground has a small metal building tha...   Jan 2 2012, 08:13 AM
Don-in-GA   Don, our campground has a small metal building th...   Jan 3 2012, 07:48 AM
dalsgal   I understand your worry but we have never had a pr...   Jan 3 2012, 02:17 PM
RanMan   Don, When I bought my RV Park it did not have...   Jan 5 2012, 02:33 PM
Don-in-GA   Thanks for all that information. I would love to ...   Jan 7 2012, 11:47 PM
SASMITH   Posted to this thread to see what info it brings. ...   Aug 4 2012, 08:12 PM
kcmoedoe   Posted to this thread to see what info it brings....   Aug 5 2012, 09:53 AM
TranQuilguy   Posted to this thread to see what info it brings....   Aug 5 2012, 10:39 AM
SASMITH   kcmoedoe & TranQuilGuy, Thanks for posing the ...   Aug 10 2012, 08:13 PM
Texasrvers   We realize that where a park is located might make...   Aug 5 2012, 11:42 AM
Lindsay Richards   It might be a good idea to talk to the folks next ...   Aug 10 2012, 09:26 PM
Texasrvers   Matt Woodman, We are glad that you are a member o...   Aug 20 2012, 02:41 PM
Matt Woodman   Matt Woodman, We are glad that you are a member ...   Aug 21 2012, 08:58 AM
Matt Woodman   Whoops....sorry about that! I'll repost....   Aug 21 2012, 09:14 AM
kcmoedoe   Reposting my discussion item to meet the requirem...   Aug 21 2012, 09:40 AM
Texasrvers   Whoops....sorry about that! I'll repost....   Aug 21 2012, 04:11 PM
dalsgal   They do make 30 amp, 50 amp and 100 amp GFCI's...   Aug 21 2012, 03:21 PM
kcmoedoe   They do make 30 amp, 50 amp and 100 amp GFCI...   Aug 21 2012, 07:27 PM
Dutch_12078   Matt, is there a local code requirement for the 30...   Aug 21 2012, 08:36 PM
dalsgal   Learn something every day. I have never seen one...   Aug 21 2012, 09:30 PM
Dutch_12078   The entire RV is basically a "portable applia...   Aug 21 2012, 09:50 PM
Out Fishing   Howdy, Unfourtunatly our rv resort is not up and ...   Oct 24 2012, 05:48 PM
RanMan   Howdy, Out Fishing. Your question is not easy to...   Oct 25 2012, 09:53 AM
kcmoedoe   Howdy, Out Fishing. Your question is not easy t...   Oct 25 2012, 03:34 PM
Lindsay Richards   Without giving away any exact locations, the park ...   Oct 25 2012, 10:25 AM
Out Fishing   Good Questions and thanks! We will be compat...   Oct 25 2012, 04:44 PM
pianotuna   Hi Outfishing, A 30 amp site offers up to 3600 wa...   Oct 25 2012, 06:29 PM
Denali   50 amp is not two phase. It is two legs--just as a...   Oct 25 2012, 07:28 PM
docj   Actually, 50 amp power for RVs (and electric stov...   Oct 25 2012, 09:11 PM
pianotuna   Hi Denali, I meant as opposed to three phase powe...   Oct 25 2012, 07:47 PM
Texasrvers   I hope someone is understanding all this. :blink: ...   Oct 25 2012, 09:30 PM
Dutch_12078   Yep, understanding it and agreeing fully with Joel...   Oct 25 2012, 10:12 PM
Denali   Thanks for the correction and lucid explanation, J...   Oct 26 2012, 09:48 AM
RanMan   We will be compatible with 50 AMP wire and all th...   Oct 26 2012, 10:36 AM
Out Fishing   Thanks for the Feedback! Mainly its just that...   Oct 30 2012, 01:30 AM
outdoorfanatic   I apologize for bringing the discussion off subjec...   Nov 27 2012, 08:09 PM
joez   I apologize for bringing the discussion off subje...   Nov 27 2012, 08:41 PM
kcmoedoe   I apologize for bringing the discussion off subje...   Nov 27 2012, 10:29 PM
JohnTucson   I've been following this thread with keen inte...   Dec 1 2012, 08:43 AM
kcmoedoe   I've been following this thread with keen int...   Dec 2 2012, 11:00 AM
Just Jack   I read 90% of this tread and came across one thing...   Dec 19 2012, 02:26 PM
VicG   I read 90% of this tread and came across one thin...   Mar 2 2014, 03:10 PM
RLM   I am not a park owner, but as a frequent customer ...   Jan 11 2013, 11:42 AM
RanMan   This is for parks that are open year-round that ha...   Nov 18 2013, 05:46 PM
noisy   Monthly Guests Any park owners with monthly gues...   Feb 3 2014, 05:19 PM
puddleduck   Monthly Guests Any park owners with monthly gue...   Feb 3 2014, 05:36 PM
dalsgal   We bill ours on a monthly basis depending on when ...   Feb 3 2014, 06:39 PM
Don-in-GA   We also figure our monthly due dates from the date...   Feb 6 2014, 08:09 PM
SASMITH   Need input on installing power meters in our park....   Apr 7 2014, 06:09 PM
GandJ   Need input on installing power meters in our park...   Apr 8 2014, 06:35 PM
puddleduck   Need input on installing power meters in our park...   Apr 9 2014, 08:00 AM
Denali   Costs vary not only by usage, but by your local ut...   Apr 7 2014, 07:43 PM
dalsgal   We have metered sites for permanent residents but ...   Apr 7 2014, 07:44 PM
pianotuna   Hi, On a "worst case" basis a 30 amp se...   Apr 7 2014, 11:03 PM


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