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The growing popularity of luxury RV parks for the owners of highline motorcoaches was the subject of an article in the Weekend Journal section of today’s (Aug. 22) Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
The article describes the amenities available at facilities including the Indio Motorcoach Resort and Spa and the Desert Shores Motorcoach Resort, both near Palm Springs, Calif., the Tiger Run RV Resort in Breckenridge, Colo., the Deer Park Golf & RV Resort near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and the Pelican Motorcoach Resort in Naples, Fla.
Although amenities at some of the properties includes granite fireplaces, heated stone floors, swimming pools with waterfalls and patio-side wine chillers, luxury RV resorts do not provide maid service for cleaning the inside of guests’ motorhomes or valet service for tank draining or sewage hose-connecting, the WSJ reports.
Although the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds estimates luxury RV parks account for only about 5% of the nation’s 8,500 campgrounds, their existence does ruffle the features of at least some of the owners of RVs that are not highline enough to be allowed inside the facilities.
“How dare they tell me my trailer isn’t good enough,” said a retired dentist who owns a $60,000 retail-priced fifth-wheel who was quoted by the WSJ. “It’s discriminatory and just-plain snooty.”
However, the article also quoted Randall Henderson, president of luxury motorcoach park developer/operator Outdoor Resorts of America (ORA), who said restricting membership is needed in order to get local zoning board approval for a luxury RV park in tony ZIP codes.
In fact, ORA was denied a zoning permit for a prime location in Napa Valley, Calif., even after promising to restrict admission to motorhomes retailing for at least $100,000, Henderson told the WSJ.