An Elkhart company is building winterized recreational park trailers for a campground in northern Michigan with four decades of experience catering to the needs of snowmobile enthusiasts.
“We’re rather excited about the whole thing,” said Ron Mavis, owner of the Sno-Trac Village in Grayling, Mich.
Mavis has hired New Generation Park Models to custom design 400-square-foot units that can withstand winter weather and be used year-round. “They build to our floorplan and to our specifications,” Mavis said.
The park models sell for just under $43,000 and can be placed on campsites that Mavis is willing to lease from $4,000 to $4,500 per year, depending on location. The more expensive sites have a view of a lake, while the cheaper sites are in the woods.
Mavis and his business partner, Ken Distel, were originally going to market the same vacation home concept using site-built cabins. But when they learned that building permits alone would cost $800 for each cabin, they opted instead to install park trailers which can be placed on the property without building permits.
Mavis is initially marketing nine park models, but has room to add 11 more, depending on demand.
Sno-Trac Village draws snowmobile enthusiasts from throughout Michigan as well as Ohio and Indiana. “We cater to weekenders,” he said, adding that his park has a 4,800-square-foot snowmobile storage area that can accommodate up to 100 sleds. Sno-Trac also has mechanics on staff who can maintain its guests’ snowmobiles for a small fee.