Eight years of record and near record RV sales are creating more demand for campground sites and prompting a growing number of developers and investors to either rebuild existing parks to appeal to 21st century RVers or build new parks from the ground up.
Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM), sister publication of RVBusiness, recently spoke with developers, investors and existing park owners who are building more than 20 new RV parks and resorts in seven states.
Longtime campground industry consultants who prepare feasibility studies for RV park developers and lenders said they are experiencing unprecedented demand for their services.
“I’m as busy as I’ve ever been,” said David Gorin, who along with being the former president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), is also an RV park developer and consultant who joined with Jayne Cohen to form the Gorin + Cohen Consulting Group. “We’re probably doing three to four feasibility studies a month.”
Joe Moore, a Mineola, Texas-based consultant who founded his consulting business four-and-a-half years ago after 12 years expanding and improving The Vineyards Campground in Grapevine, is also the busiest he’s ever been.
“I have been inundated with clients. I’ve never been this busy with brand new startups,” he said, saying he’s aware of 16 new parks in various stages of development in Texas, West Virginia, Wyoming and Colorado, among other locations.
Moore added that while the glamping industry has taken off, so too has demand for long-term RV sites as a result of the growing numbers of retiring Baby Boomers.
“The Baby Boomers are retiring at a rate of 10,000 a day,” he said, adding, “Fifteen percent of those 10,000 want to hit the road or do some form of camping. If you think of that number of people coming into the market, month after month, you’ve got a lot of new people.
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