If you need to park an RV full-time, you have some options. The country is full of safe, legal, long-term RV parking spots. Whatever the reason may be, let’s look at some of the locations where you can park an RV and settle down for awhile or even permanently.
Depending on your needs, this could be the best option financially. You could already have existing land or you might consider purchasing a tract.
– It’s your land, and therefore no HOA. You have more say over what you can and cannot do. – You won’t have a site rental fee, just the mortgage on the land and property taxes. – If you like solitude, this is a great choice.
– There can still be city or county restrictions; you may even need a permit. – You’ll need to install sewer, water, and electric hookups. – Yard, field maintenance, and mowing. You’ll need to handle these yourself or hire someone to take care of it for you.
As a small household, you will need to consider the electricity, water, and sewer. Be sure to understand what their expectations are so you can fairly contribute to the costs associated with your stay.
– Being close to family or friends means having a support system. – No traveling to them for the holidays: you’re already there! – Potential use of their sticks-n-bricks house for various needs.
– Well, family. Family can be good or bad; be sure to understand the expectations before parking. – There may be city or county restrictions or even HOA. – It’s not too hard to put in extra water or electric, but sewer could be a problem.
In our travels, we have been to multiple campgrounds that offer the usual daily, weekly, and monthly stays. At the same time, many have dedicated segments of long-term campsites devoted to seasonal or permanent RVers.
– Seasonal and yearly rates are usually better than daily or weekly costs. – You won’t have to pack and unpack your RV for travel. – Potentially better proximity to family, friends, and cities. – Unlike your own land, you won’t have to invest in building infrastructure.
– You may have to pay for your electric service and maybe water and sewer too. – Each campground will vary widely in the rules. – The campgrounds can be high quality or rundown. For a nice campground, expect to pay a higher cost. – If you don’t like your neighbors, you will be stuck with them. On the other hand, you might make lasting friendships, too!
There are many folks out there who decided RV lot ownership is for them. They either lease or rent these spots back out to people who need them, or the resort itself rents them directly.
– No need to buy land, and you can change your mind about permanence after your lease period. In the nicer campgrounds/resorts, there are likely more social programs, game nights, and other amenities. There may be other services available, like dry cleaning pickup, laundry services, medical assistance, and more. – These locations may offer more space for vehicles than a regular RV campground.
There may be an HOA at the fancier locations. – Like other scenarios, your utilities may require an additional cost. There may be age restrictions (like 55 and older). Be sure to read the Guest Policy, too, if you plan to have visitors. – Some resorts may restrict the age of the RV or even the type of RV. – If in a highly desirable area, there might be an on- and off-season price that is different.