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Thread: Looking for Thoughts and opinions on New RV Park

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    Default Looking for Thoughts and opinions on New RV Park

    Hello All

    My wife and I have purchased a 12 acre property in the Texas hill country and are considering developing it into a destination RV Park. Our target guest will be what is known here as Winter Texans [Folks from the colder climates that winter in Texas] with no children. It has some infrastucture in place. A house, inground pool, large garage to be remodeled into the iniatial meeting room.
    I am at this point working on a primary site plan. At full build out ,It will have 20-25 RV sites with 5 additional 1 bedroom cabins with full bathrooms. Additionally it will have a cantina style bar area by the pool with 2 additional rest rooms but no showers and a work out room with a full bath .
    My questions have to do with the laundry/ bath house that will also be constructed. I am interested in your opinions on how many washing machines,dryers and additional bathrooms with showers would you construct for a park of this size.
    Water is a precious resource in Texas. In an effort to be ecofriendly and control costs. I am wanting to recycle the gray water from our rv guest. The water wiil be treated to the state requirements and used only for landscaping purposes[ if the county will allow this]
    As we are not RV'ers ourselves,my understanding is that all rv's have 2 holding tanks [black water and gray water ] Do RV'ers usally [at set up] pull both valves on the holding tanks thereby letting the black/gray water simply pass thruogh the tanks on the way to the parks sewage system or do they periodically have to go out and drain one or the other of the tanks and if this is the case is it realistic to ask a guest to move the drain hose to the gray or black water park intake port of the parks sewage system IF the park system was plumbed that way?
    I look forward to all your responses. I will have many more questions in the future but my typing finger is getting tired and I need to go clear some more brush.
    Thank You

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    Join Date
    May 2011
    Nova Scotia, Canada


    Personally, I would never leave it up to guests to move the hose depending on which tank they are emptying. This is just asking for disaster. You have to remember that there is a huge range in skill level among RV'ers. You will have veterans who have been RVing for years, while others may have just picked up the RV from the rental shop earlier that day and haven't ever spent a night in one.

    I once walked past an RV that had just set up on site and it had water flowing off the roof! The gentleman had mistakenly hooked up the water hose to the black water flush line. Once the water filled the tank, it started flowing up the tank vent pipe!
    Ryan Murphy
    Murphy's Camping on the Ocean

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    I'd be happy to discuss further with you, if you want to pursue it. I manage a park that sets on 10 acres, full hook-ups and all concrete. A lot of the things I've learned in the last few years as park host or park manager might be very useful to you, but extremely difficult to type here!

    Additionally, I am highly skilled with Campground Master, as well as all IT functions(retired IT manager of almost 40 years) and can help you with virtually every type of infrastructure you will need, including IT, electrical, plumbing, park layout, the types of equipments - well, I'm sure you see my point. . .

    Would be happy to help if I can.

    Park Administrator
    Deer Creek Valley RV Park
    Topeka, KS

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