Investing in RV Parks??

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@Melba Chambers I own RV parks and growing. Pros: 1) Inefficient markets; 2) less competition from investors; 3) higher cap rates; 4) less maintenance than apartments and hotels, similar to storage; 5) great flexibility to boost gross income; 6) RV sales around 500k per year and only an estimated 8,000 RV parks nationwide; 7) many sellers are willing or required to carry a note; 8) there are enough tech tools to run the business remotely (with employees on site). Cons: 1) there is a learning curve that takes time; 2) employees required; 3) difficult debt markets (could be a pro for the creative investor); 4) limited market data and comp sets to aid in property review.

@Austin Neal

 I do not currently own RV parks but have considered them. Curious about the learning curve you mentioned. Can you be more specific? 

@Justin Frank The management of RV parks is similar to apartments, storage, or hotels, but cannot be as easily outsourced. It’s wise to find a park with established workampers and/or a seller who is willing to stay on for a little while after closing. The learning curve includes daily operations of the park, employee management, and RV types/slides outs/amperage/hookups/size that require certain site space and utilities. Also, understanding maintenance of plumbing lines, electric lines, pedestals, roads, etc can take time. None of that is too difficult, but it’s new for most real estate investors. Again, buying a park with established employees could be all it takes to overcome most of the above.

@Khizer Husain Local banks are usually your best bet. Find smaller banks near the RV park and tell them what you’re doing.

Seller financing is also common if you find a long time owner who is selling. This is a great way to get your first deal done.

Bigger deals justify a capital markets team who can shop it out to many lenders. Most commercial real estate brokerages have a capital markets group.

Hi Austin, I just discovered this topic and would to connect. Any further info, particularly in Florida, would be great, thanks!