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John Palasek has enjoyed the RV lifestyle for many years. He started with a pop-up camper in 1971 but moved up to bigger and more luxurious recreational vehicles over the years as he traveled the country.

But the snowbird from Maryland recently said goodbye to the open road, though not the vehicle or the recreation, when he bought an RV site not far from Walt Disney World.

Palasek replaced his motor home with a “cottage RV” — a 400-square-foot trailer that’s extra wide and not designed to be moved often — when in February he bought a small lot in Elite Resorts at Citrus Valley, a resort campground in southeast Lake County.

“We still get the RV lifestyle, like seeing different people with different stories,” he said of the decision to rein in his wanderlust and return to the same campground each year. “Plus there’s entertainment on Saturday nights, group dinners, potlucks, games and activities — it’s kind of like a big resort where you can have fun, versus a house where you’re going to watch TV and fall asleep.”

Citrus Valley began selling its RV sites two years ago and has sold about 15 percent of the 305 lots, which start at $55,900 and come with park amenities such as a pool, cable television, Wi-Fi Internet access and planned activities.

“We were motivated by people’s desire to own the lot,” said Eduard Mayer, chairman of Elite Resorts Management. His Salt Springs-based company owns four campgrounds in Florida and has been offering the ownership option at its other resorts for the past five years.

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SEBRING FL – While most RVers rent a campsite for the winter, Linda Haven owns her doublewide and the lot at Lake Bonnet Village, off C.R. 17 between Avon Park and Sebring.

“I think it’s the best hidden secret in Florida,” said Haven, who also sits on the board of the co-op association. Her park also allows park models and mobile homes.

Haven and her husband were once carefree, on-the-go campers who regained a sense of permanency by buying their RV site. It’s a growing trend in RV world.

Nationally, more than 25,000 RV sites at 200 RV parks and resorts are privately owned, David Gorin, a longtime campground industry consultant told the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.

They’re actually purchasing peace of mind, says John Lovelette, manager of Camp Florida Resorts.

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Mogens Hermansen is what you’d call a working snowbird.

He lives in Memphis, but spends much of the winter enjoying the sunshine in southern Alabama.

But unlike most snowbirds, Hermansen and his wife don’t have to worry about trying to reserve a site for their 45-foot Beaver motorhome. They own an RV site at Bella Terra RV Resort in Foley, Ala.

“It’s our home away from home,” said Hermanson, 59, a full-time operations manager for a global packaging company.

In fact, their RV site at Bella Terra is not their only home away from home. The Hermansens also own a site at Traverse Bay RV Resort in Acme, Mich., where they like to enjoy the summer months.

The Hermansens are part of a growing number of RVers who are purchasing RV sites at upscale RV resorts across the country.

“This segment of the industry is generating increasing attention from consumers,” said Linda Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds in Larkspur, Colo.

While most campgrounds, RV parks and resorts rent their sites by the night, week or month, there are growing numbers of parks that have started selling their sites, particularly Sunbelt parks that cater to snowbirds.

Nationally, more than 25,000 RV sites at nearly 200 RV parks and resorts are privately owned, according to David Gorin, a longtime campground industry consultant and principal of MacLean, Va.-based David Gorin & Associates.

That’s still a fraction of the market, when one considers that there are more than 8,000 private campgrounds and RV parks nationwide. But it is a significant trend, and an attractive investment option for working professionals, empty nesters and retirees who want to spend all or part of the winter in the Sunbelt, said Gorin, who also owns Holiday Cove RV Resort in Cortez, Fla., which offers RV sites for sale.

Many RV enthusiasts also like the upscale nature of RV parks and resorts that sell their sites as well as the convenience of owning their own site.

“The advantage of owning our own site is we can come and go as we please,” said Emile LaChance, an Ontario, Canada, resident who recently purchased a site at Silver Palms RV Village in Okeechobee, Fla. “If you’re renting a site,” he added, “you’ve got to be on a schedule.”

For additional commentary, statistics and sources on the latest camping trends in campgrounds, RV parks and resorts or for leads on parks in your news coverage area please contact Linda Profaizer at the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds at (303) 681-0401 and visit the association’s newly revised website at

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