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Dave Napp

Dave Napp

When Arizona businessman Dave Napp wants to shatter all the stereotypes of trailer parks, he piles skeptics into a golf cart and takes them on a tour of this sprawling Lake Erie community south of Niagara Falls.

As reported by the Toronto Star, Napp whizzes them along the sandy shoreline that has drawn day campers and longer-stay visitors for more than 60 years. They pass rows of neatly groomed lawns and carefully kept trailers – Napp, CEO of Carefee Communities, prefers to call them “manufactured homes” – with million-dollar views of the water.

He takes them on a stroll through the 17,500-square-foot Family Funplex where screaming kids are piled into the water park, climbing the rock wall or playing in the arcade. It’s the busy hub of this 560-acre resort just under two hours from Toronto. The facility has 1,700 manufactured homes that are leased annually (owners only stay from May to October), as well as some 80 rental cottages and 40 rustic cabins — and a conventional campground for overnight campers.

But when Napp really wants to watch folks’ jaws drop these days, he climbs one story up – to the rooftop patio and outdoor kitchen of one of the most revolutionary recreational vehicles to ever to roll into Sherkston Shores.

“You could say this is a $190,000 home with just one hitch,” quipped Napp as he pulls up to the Black Diamond, the newest creation of Ontario-based recreational vehicle manufacturer General Coach.

When the first of these modernist, 540-square-foot trailer/beach houses arrived here last month – another half dozen are set to arrive soon – Sherkston Shores campers and summer residents packed a weekend open house.

Staff had to string up caution tape at night to keep the curious away from the spiral staircase to the rooftop, which offers one of the best views of Lake Erie.

“When people think RV parks they think tin on tin, they think the picture you see on the front page of USA Today after a tornado,” said Napp.

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