How to Manage RV Parks

by John Yargo; Updated September 26, 2017
Proper management of an RV park will keeps guests coming back.

Managing an RV park can be a complicated mix of concerns about technical details and basic courtesy. RV parks usually attract respectful guests that intend on returning to the area, so you don’t often have to confront guests. More often than not, your major concerns are creating a relaxed and comfortable experience.

Maintain the park spaces well. Make sure that empty lots are clean and mown regularly between guests, like any house-cleaning service. Communal showers, barbecue pits and swimming areas should always be neat and well-maintained.

Check on the park’s sewer and electric network to make sure it’s working well. Since these are major factors in any RV experience, there should never be a long-term problem with either. Having a handyman on staff, with experience in electrical and plumbing work, will pay dividends.

Set up pet stations or pet exercise areas if you allow pets. These areas will encourage pet owners to work with your RV park and remain compliant with your pet policies. This will keep both pet owners and those who don’t want pets intruding upon their space happy.

Write posted signs carefully. Numerous posted signs can create an atmosphere in your RV Park, and, when the signs say, “Don’t do this,” in a confrontational way, it can discomfit your guests. Keep signs to a minimum, and always include phrases like, “For the benefit of all guests, please,” in any signs you choose to have.

Implement the rules fairly, but generously. As with any hotelier, an RV manager must always veer on the side of the customer and maintain a working relationship, if at all possible. State the rules clearly, but not intrusively, and remember that carrying them out is in the best interest of all guests.

Consider installing amenities like wireless Internet service and cable television. RV owners can then hook up their trailer or use your wireless, which will make your park even more attractive. Often, the cost of installation is offset by the increased number of guests.

List your park on all RV park directories, including Google Maps. Usually, this only requires submitting your address, business name and contact information. This will help direct even more travelers to your site.

About the Author

John Yargo is a sports writer, living in Orlando, Fla. His work regularly appears in the "Jackson Free Press," and he has published articles on theater, fiction and art history. He has also received a master's degree in English.

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