9 Easy Steps for Building an RV-Friendly Campsite

If turning your land into a profitable campground and hosting people from all over the world sounds appealing, you should consider creating RV-friendly sites on your land.

Sure, glamping structures attract higher-paying customers than tent sites, but the steep upfront costs are prohibitive for most beginner hosts. The advantage of hosting RV glampers is that you don’t have to invest in all that infrastructure—most people travel in a Class A or Class C RV, which means they bring their own self-catering accommodations with them. And if you offer a few basic amenities to make their stay more comfortable, they’ll pay more and stay longer.

Lucky for you, the experts at Togo—an RV rental marketplace—outlined 9 steps for starting a profitable RV campsite from scratch, without breaking the bank.

1. Find a level site

Look for a spot on your land where an RV can easily get in and out of from the access road. The spot should be fairly level so the RV isn’t leaning to the side. If there are trees on the access road or on the site, make sure to trim any low-hanging branches so the RV can clear the space.

Photo by Dan F. at Sky Valley Ranch, CA.
Photo by Anna Claire B. at Tara Winery Vines & Views, TX.

2. Set your site up with electricity and water

One of the most stressful parts of RV camping (especially for less experienced campers) is keeping a steady battery charge and water supply. You can encourage longer stays by providing a small water and electrical hookups, both of which can run straight from your home’s electrical and plumbing systems.

Electrical:

If you’re starting small with one RV site, you can buy a heavy duty extension cord (10 or 12ga) and connect it to a 15amp outlet. It’s enough for the guest to keep the batteries charged and use appliances such as the microwave or portable heater. Make sure they know they can’t run A/C, as that needs a 30amp connection and would trip the breaker at the house. A simple 12ga, 100-foot extension cord on Amazon costs around $70.

Water:

Connect a long water hose to your home’s outdoor spigot—such as the one you use to water your garden—and run it over to your RV site so your guests can have fresh drinking water. A 75-foot drinking water safe hose will set you back around $80 on Amazon.

Photo by Shayna F. At Scenic View RV Site, TX.

3. Build a fire pit

What’s camping without telling stories, singing songs and roasting s’mores? Provide a fire pit at each campsite (if you’re allowed to burn in your area) and your guests will love you for it. Provide benches so they don’t need to bring or rent chairs. You can make it a DIY project or for under $85 you could buy a ready-made one. Check out more easy DIY fire pit ideas here.

4. Stock essential traveller supplies

If you really want to score big with customers, keep a few essential supplies on hand in case they forget to bring them, such as firewood, propane, and first aid kits. You can build the cost of keeping these supplies on hand into your rates.

Photo by Brittany S. At RV Site on Beautiful Blueberry Farm, OR.

5. Include a barbecue grill and picnic table

When you’re on the road, cooking in your RV can be limiting, while eating out can get pricey, so having the option to grill some burgers and veggies right outside your RV site goes a long way. Check out our favorite fire-safe grills that won’t cost you a fortune here.

6. Offer WiFi

Everyone loves a good digital detox, but when you’re on the road for days on end, WiFi is essential for checking in with family and friends, looking up nearby attractions, and planning the rest of your route.

Double-check with your internet provider, but usually you can buy second router at the electronics store (as low as $30) and connect it to your main router via an ethernet cord. Name the second router something like “Free RV WiFi” with a separate password, so it’s separate from your family’s WiFi usage.

Photo by Erinn H. at Seven Lakes Campground, WA.

7. Offer outdoor games

If you really want to earn brownie points—especially with parents trying to keep their kids off their smartphones—offer outdoor lawn games or even a kayak if your land is close to a river. They’re inexpensive and simple to install, such as:

8. Up the decor

You don’t have to hire a designer to make your RV site inviting. Here are some ideas on small things you can buy that make a big impression:

9. Check on permits and insurance

It’s important to check with your city’s zoning or administrative codes to see if you must register or get a permit for your site before you can list your property and accept guests. You should also check with your insurance carrier to see if any expanded coverage is needed. It may seem like a hassle, but at the end of the day these rules and coverage are there for your protection in case you need it.

Photo by Caitlin F. at Morning Zen, AZ.

Looking to start add an RV-friendly campsite to your land? Start hosting on Hipcamp today.

Hipcamp Staff

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