RV and Vanlife

RV and Vanlife Communities

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Steps to build your own RV or Vanlife IC

  1. Search for RV parks for sale. They will already have hookups. If you want to set up a new place, make sure of what zoning allows. Many city and county codes do not allow living in vehicles. Often RVs or trailers cannot even be stored on a property that isn’t designated for storage, so check into the code carefully before purchasing property.
  2. Form a legal entity. You might keep spaces for short term travelers by making a corporate structure and renting, but it can still be a core group that owns the corporation, then all shareholders also are renters.
  3. Set up business accounting alongside a consultant who has experience with the business. Register for taxes.
  4. Obtain necessary permits, licenses, and business insurance.
  5. If you accept visitors passing thru, advertise your place at RVparky.com, or if in Canada, at hipcamp.com.

Examples

Legally tiny houses are usually considered RVs. See the Tiny house community on the Oregon coast. Dream River Ranch in Idaho hosts and advocates for tiny houses.

Owen, B. (2020). Pandemic spurs tiny house interest, while builders say regulatory hurdles remain.

Consultants

Member

Resources

Escapees.com offers services such as a map directory of discount parks, a listing of co-op parks, job and worker listings, mail forwarding, roadside assistance, and interest-based communities.

A search for RV+community+cooperative will bring up several sites describing communities that are creating member-friendly group financed structures, putting people before profits.

There are similar developments with mobile home parks. Rezoning for microhousing could be an easy sell to local governments where there is severe affordable housing crisis.

See these DIY tips for creating RV parks. Know the differences between a mobile home park and RV park. Sometimes these are combined.