Snowbirds who arrive in Lee County, Florida in 45-foot recreational vehicles are posing some challenges for older RV parks that have been designed for much smaller motor homes.

“A lot of RV parks like us are having a hard time with them because the RVs are getting bigger,” said Fran Myers, who with her husband owns Fort Myers Beach’s Red Coconut RV Park. “The problem is we can’t get any bigger.”

Red Coconut was built in the early 1930s; the Myerses bought it in the early 1980s.

“When we first started RVs were 20 to 30 feet long and they were mostly cars pulling a travel trailer,” Myers said. “Now, a lot of them are 40 to 45 feet long and it’s the RVs pulling a car. They’re luxury homes on wheels and have every toy imaginable inside.”

To accommodate the larger vehicles, RV owners also need more electrical power, said Tom Myers.

“Older RVs needed somewhere between 25 to 30 amps,” Tom Myers said. “Now they need at least 50, with some needing up to 100 amps.”

That’s just one new trend, Fran Myers said.

More parks are now selling lots and then acting as a property manager to rent the space when the owners aren’t using it. And owners are demanding more amenities and activities.

Linda Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds, said almost 200 of the nation’s 8,000 parks are selling sites and then acting as property managers.

“It’s been going on for a while now,” she said. “They call them condo parks.”



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