July 2009 Newsletter

This issue of the RVParkStore.com Newsletter includes:

  1. RVParkStore.com Announces First RV Park Boot Camp
  2. RV Manufacturer Sales And RV Park Occupancy Show Huge Difference In Market, By Frank Rolfe
  3. Opportunity for Additional Income
  4. RV Parks and Campgrounds For Sale
  6. Featured Listings
  7. RV Park and Campground Memberships For Sale
  8. RV Park Employment
  9. Tell us what you think and send us your articles!

RVParkStore.com Announces the First-Ever RV Park Boot Camp
To Be Held Near San Antonio, Texas on October 2nd, 3rd and 4th

RVParkStore.com, the nation’s largest website devoted to investing in the RV Park industry, has announced that it will be holding an RV Park Boot Camp in New Branfels, Texas (Between San Antonio and Austin) on the weekend of October 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

This event will cover all aspects of owning and operating RV parks, including finding, evaluating, negotiating, doing diligence on, purchasing, managing, operating, marketing, financing and selling RV parks. It will look at the full spectrum of RV parks, from 1-star gravel road parks to 5-star parks with pools, clubhouses, miniature golf and live entertainment. This will give attendees a feel for the many different types of RV parks, so they can decide what works for them.

The course is based on classroom instruction and field study – walking around real RV parks and seeing what the business is like in a real world perspective. It is taught by Frank Rolfe and Dave Reynolds, who have owned and operated over $100,000,000 in Mobile Home and RV Parks. There experience is augmented by several expert guests, and many real RV park owners.

Registration for the event can be made on-line at www.RVParkStore.com, or by calling (800) 950-1364.

RV Manufacturer Sales And RV Park Occupancy
Show Huge Difference In Market.

RV manufacturers are posting some of the worst sales in history, with unit sales plunging from 390,000 in 2006 to an estimated 137,000 this year. On top of that, about 12% of RV dealers are expected to go out of business this year. Pretty scary stuff if you are in the retail part of the business.

Yet RV park attendance is not down that significantly. Many RV parks are showing actual increases in occupancy since the banner year of 2006. So how can parks and the industry be so different in their outlooks?

RV Park Attendance Is Based On RVs Already On The Road

If they never sold another RV, there are already plenty on the road to fill well-located RV parks. Of course, over time, we need new RVs to take the place of those that wear out every year, but that’s only a small subset of the RVs on the road. That banner crop of RVs sold in 2006 will be on the road for at least 15 years or so.

If even 1 RV is sold per year, that’s good news for park owners, although doomsday for manufacturers and retailers.

Even High Gas Prices Don’t Stop RV Travel – It Just Alters It

If you own an RV, and gas is $5 a gallon, that doesn’t mean you don’t take it places – you just stick closer to home. What the current high price of gasoline has done is to alter the “flight path” of where the RVs go. Fewer people are traveling as large distances. But they are still staying the same number of nights in parks.

When you buy a $50,000+ RV, you are not going to abandon it because of high gas prices, you are going to work around that reality and just drive shorter distances.

The Decline In RV Sales May Lead To Better Things For RV Park Owners

One of the big changes the RV industry is working on is creating a new line of RVs with much greater gas mileage and fuel efficiency. Many in the industry think this is a mandatory improvement. The current RV gets about 5 miles per gallon, which is far below the threshold that most owners really want. The goal of many manufacturers is to learn to build RVs that are much lighter and utilize other “green” technologies.

Of course, the big beneficiary of this will be the RV park owners. As RV mileage improves, RV owners will probably put that extra savings into staying on the road longer, and that means more nights in RV parks.


Don’t let horrible RV sales numbers depress you if you own an RV park. The effect on your part of the industry is minimal. However, if you are a dealer or manufacturer, you may want to stock up on a large supply of Tums.

Would you like to make an extra $100 per week at your RV park, and make your customers happy at the same time? Now you can, with one of our “$20 Old Tyme Photo” systems. 

You can provide your guests high-quality old tyme photos, in historical outfits tied to your local attractions, using green-screen technology, for the incredibly low price of $20, which is about 66% less than normal old tyme photo studios. So they’re happy. And you have margins of about 85%, so you pocket $17 after expenses. Only one per day would give you over $100 per week in additional income. 

The cost for the turn-key system, including all equipment, costumes and three-day training at our facility near St. Louis, Missouri, costs under $10,000. 

If you are interested, call me at (573) 535-0206. 

I look forward to hearing from you. 


Frank Rolfe

RV Parkstore.com

RV Parks and Campgrounds For Sale

We currently have over 500 RV Parks for sale and the list is growing daily. 

If you are looking to sell your RV Park or Campground you can do so Risk FREE.  Find out more about Selling your RV Park

Diane & Dave,

Please post Elk Harbor Lakeside RV Park in Tennessee as SOLD. My Husband & I have used your site twice in 4 years to advertise and sell two rv parks that we have owned over the past 10 years. Your site brings in qualified buyers and that is much appreciated. We are now able to retire with confidence that the new buyers will continue with added success.

Thanks, Dave & Joyce

Featured Listings:

RV Park For Sale in Alaska

160 Sites near North Pole, AK

Find out more about this RV Park For Sale Opportunity!

RV Park For Sale In Idaho

Near Lake Elsie, Lost Lake, Silver Mountain and other recreational areas.

Find out more about this RV Park For Sale Opportunity!

Hi Diane,We have sold our Lake Easton Campground Membership today. It is #MB676, dated 7/11/09. Please mark it “sold” or remove it, however you do it.

Thank you for the opportunity to list this membership on your site. It  sold in about 2-1/2 weeks. Was very easy to list the info and to maneuver  around your site. I had never heard of this site and just ran across it. So glad I did!! Now if I can see my 1000 Trails membership!!!

I will be sending you a check for the $50.00 “fee”. It was well worth it.

Thanks again,


RV Park and Campground Memberships For Sale:

This section of RVParkStore.com is growing quickly.  Memberships are being listed and sold quickly.  With about 200 memberships currently for sale, this continues to be the prime outlet to buy and sell campground memberships. 

Best of all, when you are selling your membership, we do not charge you up front to do so.  You only pay us if you are successful in finding a buyer from RVParkStore.com. 

Find out more about Selling your Campground or RV Park Membership

Links to some interesting articles we have found this month. Good Numbers This Year

RV Rates Still Increasing

Low Gas Prices Mean RVers Hitting the Road

RV Park Employment Listings:

Are you searching for good quality employees or looking for a position with an RV Park?  Then be sure to visit our ever growing employment listing sections.

All listings in these sections are FREE!

Check out the Help Wanted Section

Check out the Work Wanted Section

Post your FREE Listing Here

Tell us what you think!We’d love to hear what you think of this issue!

We need your articles – send your articles to perry@rvparkstore.com to be included in upcoming newsletters (this is a great place to promote your company for FREE!).

Please send your comments, questions, articles, and ideas for upcoming issues to us at:


Your feedback matters to us!

Until Next Time,Dave Reynolds
18923 Highway 65
Cedaredge, CO 81413
PH: 800-950-1364
FX: 970-856-4883


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