The Lake Whitney RV Community near Whitney, Texas, is targeting the “empty nester” RVer who is looking for a place to call “home” all or part of the year.
Frank and Judy Johnson have owned the 42-acre, gated community for two years. The year-round camping facility features 76 full-service campsites as well as 136 deeded lots on the shores of Lake Whitney, a 37-square-mile lake northwest of Waco and 75 miles south of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
“Our community provides a secure home base for the RVer that wants a home. We maintain the resort so the RVer can travel as they choose, when they choose,” says Johnson, who also owns The Happy Camper RV dealership in Fort Worth. “We determined that there was a need for a home base community for the full-time RVer who had crisscrossed the country for several years and wanted to rediscover their roots, but not give up the RV lifestyle. We also wanted to cater to the Wannabe full-timer, an RVer who wants to RV more, without giving up their home.”
Homes in the community start at $125,000. Some home sites are platted at angles to make parking easier. All home sites feature complete RV hook-ups. Floorplans range from a two-story 1,869-square-foot home down to just a port with a storage area for weekend use.
The community offers 75 concrete pads, 30-amp and 50-amp sites, pull-through sites, daily, weekly, monthly or seasonal rates, hot showers, clean restrooms and full hook-ups.
Groups, clubs, and individuals are also welcome at Lake Whitney RV Community. Nightly and monthly rates start at $18 and $299, respectively.
“We sell plots of land like you would a regular subdivision except they must have a place to put their RV under cover,” said Johnson. “The original developer of the park thought it would just be weekenders who would set their RV or boat on the site. It’s turned out to be a park for full-timers.”
The Johnsons have sold approximately half of the deeded lots and a third of those have been built on, Johnson said. “We have 45 semi-permanent residents for whom this is their only residence,” he said. “Other than that, they’re on the road. This is unusual because we attract an older crowd – we don’t have a pool, game room, swing set or sand pile. We don’t have any of those things. That’s by design.”