With summer fast approaching, some business owners might want to jump into the campground industry. Campgrounds are incredibly versatile and are staples within many communities. Having your own campground that allows RV camping can be a huge source of income. Nothing beats a relaxing night in the RV with the stars, your loved ones, and crisp nighttime air.

It’s good to celebrate the nature that we have while it’s around. The best way to do that is by giving local communities access to a really great campground. But where do you start?

Running a business is one thing. Starting an entire RV campground is another. If you’re interested but aren’t sure about the details behind it, this blog is for you. Here’s everything you need to know in order to start a campground for the upcoming summer season, via Chron.

Select a Location That Works

The first step to starting a campground is picking a location for it to be created. If it’s a campground without RVs, it won’t need as much space. But an RV campground should be vast: give campers space and privacy when they need it.

Always consider zoning restrictions, as well as any other federal, state and local laws. You’re also going to want to consider water, electric, sewer and gas capabilities. There’s also going to be the issue of finding a location that has proper drainage capabilities.

The soil grade also matters. If people can’t comfortably set up camp because the ground is too hard, you’re going to lose your RV consumers. If you’re setting up a campground franchise, most associations require up to 75 RV sites to be available as well.

All of these things can be determined by selecting a location that doesn’t have a problem with any of those characteristics.

Hire a Landscape Architect, Get Official Approval

Once you’ve selected a prime location for your brand new campground, it’s time to design it. That’s where hiring a licensed landscape architect comes into play. There needs to be a proper amount of RV sites and amenities available for every camper.

Submit blueprints for your park at least a year in advance. Sometimes city council meetings might have to happen in order to get certain ordinances passed. Once you’re approved and get the proper building permits in place, you’re ready to start the real dirty work.

Park Construction and Finalization

It’s time to actually start building the park. Driving loops, roadways and gravel paths will help out with other cars during construction. Add foliage to serve as dividers throughout the park. That way campers will be able to tell each area apart from the next. Constructing the outline is what needs to happen first–this includes buildings, main areas, and amenities.

Next, bring in experts to handle the plumbing, electricity, and waste. Don’t forget about landscaping and installing a nice sign to signify your new park. Additional signs to lead campers to the proper areas is also recommended.

Park amenities to include are swimming pools, bathrooms, hiking trails, and shower buildings. Once everything is built, test what you need to ensure the camp is going to run smoothly during its first day of opening. After final inspections have been conducted, your park should be ready to open.

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