Renovating or building an RV park? Here’s what real RVers say are must-have RV resort amenities for them to book and deal-breakers that turn them away…
A husband and wife team in our RV Lifestyle Facebook group is developing RV parks and asked our community of RVers what they look for (and avoid) in an RV resort.
“Question: my husband and I are developing RV parks and want to know what you like and don’t like about RV parks. Also what is the one thing that is a deal breaker for you? Thanks in advance for your input.”
They certainly came to the right place with their question because the post got more than 1,000 comments! Our RV Lifestyle Facebook group is filled with new to veteran RVers, and weekenders to full-timers, so they got an excellent range of responses.
There’s so much to cover that I’m going to list out as many must-haves and deal-breakers as possible. Hopefully, this will become a good resource for RV park builders and renovators. Then we can all benefit from the most valuable improvements!
So, if you know anyone planning to build or renovate an RV park, share this link with them.
Recommended & Must-Have RV Park Amenities
Over 1,000 comments is a lot to sort through, but there was a lot of overlap with recommendations. I’ve compiled as many as I can as the most popular recommendations and must-have RV park amenities.
I start off with the TOP 5 recommendations that were mentioned far more than any other. Then, I proceed in no particular order…
- #1 More space between campsites (was recommended most!)
- #2 Level campsites
- #3 Some privacy between sites (i.e., shrubs)
- #4 Shade trees (or at least shade)
- #5 Pet-friendly
- Pool and adult-only hot tub
- Campsites that can accommodate bigger RVs
- Clean bathrooms and laundry room
- Card-operated laundry machines (Bonus if connected to app notifications)
- Campground activities for all ages (i.e., bingo, ice cream socials, etc.)
- Local recommendations for things to do, restaurants, etc.
- Pet “check on” service when they have to be left behind (“would pay extra for”)
- Extended concrete pad for under awning
- More space between campsites (yes, I’m including this again)
- Dog park
- Stable Wifi
- Full hookups
- Dog campsites separate from no-dog campsites
- Adult-only campsites separate from family campsites (“would pay extra”)
- Garbage pick-up
- More pull-through spots
- Fire pit
- Picnic table
- Trash can
- Pond, lake, lazy river, or splash park (some kind of water amenity)
- Vegetation between campsites
- Sewer at campsites
- Space, space, space between campsites (really, this was mentioned A LOT!)
- Clear signage
- Trimmed trees (mentioned often)
- On-site snack and treat options
- Small camp store for necessities (& ice cream!)
- Paved campsites
- Enforced adult hours at pool and hot tub
- Neighbor’s sewer not near outdoor living areas of campsite (mentioned often)
- Wide roads
- Cheaper, no hook-up, one-night parking for people passing through (popular recommendation)
- Disability/accessible areas & campsites
- Dog washing station
- Fishing pond or lake
- Pleasant employees
- Fenced-in playground or play area for kids
- Doggie daycare
- Good water pressure
- Cable TV
- 30 & 50 amp power connections
- On-site dumping
- Nice lounge chairs at pool
- Kid-free and pet-free zones
- More space between campsites! (Yes, it’s THAT important to RVers!)
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Deal Breakers / Nuisances
You’ll see a little overlap between the must-haves RV resort amenities and deal breakers, but RVers were adamant about these issues on both sides. So, I think it’s only fair to them to mention them again to emphasize how important it is to have or not have.
- Campsites too close together (yes, I’m starting this list the same way)
- Uneven campsites
- Uninforced campground rules
- Uninforced quiet hours
- Unmaintained campsites
- Dirty bathroom
- Dirty laundry facilities
- Overpriced (i.e., Campsites that cost more than hotels)
- No privacy between sites
- Parking lots disguised as RV parks
- No shade
- Full-time residents
- Deep puddles and low branches
- No pest control (i.e., huge hornets nests and fire ant infestations)
- Unmaintained gravel or roads
- Sewer connection sits more than a few inches above the ground
- 10-year rule
- Rude, uncaring, untrained employees
- Sewer next to neighbor’s picnic area (yes, worth mentioning on this list, too)
- Young teens and kids driving golf carts
- Political flags
- Too close to freeway or highway
RV Parks to Replicate
A few RV Lifestyle members kindly mentioned amazing parks they have visited that they recommend replicating. They either excel at offering the best RV resort amenities or have perfect layouts.
Having a template to work from is certainly helpful. There’s no reason to reinvent the wheel when you can replicate it.
- Fort Wilderness in Orlando, FL
- Camp Fimfo in Waco, TX
- West Glacier KOA in West Glacier, MT
- Carolina Pines in Conway, SC
- Centennial RV Park in Montrose, CO (recommended for park layout)
- Crescent Bar Recreation Area in WA (recommended for access & layout)
- Manistique Lakeshore Campground in Manistique, MI (“perfect space between sites,” recommended twice)
- Apple Valley Farm Motorcoach Resort (“gorgeous paving and landscaping with trees between!”)
Your Must-Have RV Resort Amenities
If this list doesn’t include your must-have RV resort amenities (or your deal breakers), please comment below. We’d appreciate your input, as I’m sure any RV developer or renovator reading this would, too.
Discussing RV resort amenities is just one example of informative, insightful, and even entertaining posts we see in our Facebook group. If you’d like to join the conversations, please join our RV Lifestyle Facebook group.
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