Vacation While You Work: Welcome to the RV Park Owners Lifestyle

The “Great Resignation” is a national trend based around the fact that more Americans than ever before are not returning to their jobs post-Covid. In fact, a recent study shows that over 60% of American workers are unhappy with their jobs and would like to quit. Against this background of negativity there stands one option that let’s you have the best of both worlds: owning and operating an RV park. This would allow you to effectively feel like you’re on vacation while you’re working. So how does this option work?

RV Parks offer both passive and active ownership options

Many RV park owners view their investment as one that is “passive” in which they own the property but do not directly manage it, instead trusting the operations to an on-site manager. But other RV park owners prefer to self-manage the asset. This “active” role gives them the ability to directly control their destiny and to enact their business model with a “hands-on” approach. As owning an RV park is a business in which greater attention to the customers and supervision over all aspects of marketing, sales and operations can result in greater profits, there are definitely some good reasons to take the “active” role if your goals match up.

Being the on-site owner/manager can be very rewarding

Those who self-manager their RV park find the work to be extremely rewarding. It includes many roles including marketing, sales, customer relations, supervising amenities, problem-solving, human resources, accounting, land management – and fairly evenly split between indoors and outdoors settings. Additionally, if the RV park is seasonal, you get a huge vacation annually, and plenty of time to reflect on the more important things in life. Plus, if you do a good job, the pay is terrific and there’s no risk of layoffs.

Take control over your life and destiny

In America’s current uncertain condition, there’s great benefit in being completely self-sufficient and relying on no other group. When you own an RV park you are always your own boss and call the shots. Additionally, you know exactly how you’re doing with no surprises, unlike large companies that seem to be fine and then suddenly shut without notice or explanation. You can also select exactly how you spend your time each day, and never again miss out on any personal activities that you would like to attend. At the end of your life, you will never think back on “could I have done something different that I would have liked more” as you have taken your destiny into your own hands.

But don’t forget the lifestyle advantages offered to passive RV park ownership, too

RV park owners that choose the “passive” ownership route also have spectacularly high levels of life quality. Even though they are not out in the field, they still enjoy the control over their destiny and a lifestyle that only high cash flow can provide. There’s certainly nothing wrong with electing to own the RV park but stay where you are happiest, and perhaps in your current career. The RV park industry has plenty of benefits regardless of which role you select.


If you are ready for a change, you might consider buying and self-managing an RV park. It’s an exciting concept that has huge advantages – both financial and in quality of life – and it’s completely within your grasp. You only live once and perhaps it’s time to take greater control over your future with RV park ownership.

Frank Rolfe has been a commercial real estate investor for almost three decades, and currently holds nearly $1 billion of properties in 25 states. His books and courses on commercial property acquisitions and management are among the top-selling in the industry.