Searching for Sale or Rent
Searching for a place to rent or buy can be difficult because there are few websites that focus on this lifestyle. In fact a large part of the motivation for developing this site was for that very reason.
"We watched as friends spent literally days going from park to park to look at bulletin boards, visit realtors, resort offices, phone ads, drive by, and then waste everyone's time only to find it was not to their liking."
A lot of that hassle could be avoided for everyone with good information on the web that they could browse around and only follow-up with those that meet their criteria.
Our Rental Ad Listings
Our rental ads go quickly. Demand for rentals … in a normal year … often exceeds supply … for those peak months of Jan to Mar. So we try to source rentals from some parks. You can take a look … here.
We suggest you check back often for new and changing ad listings. More will be added and rentals do change quickly.
Check the Parks' Rental Ads
The parks you see on this page are our 'featured parks' … all are top parks and many have rentals. Click on their ad link and look around. Contact the park to check for any rentals.
You can also find rentals on some of the other resort websites. Have a look at the resort chart and click on the park name for information.
Want to Just 'Try it'?
Not sure if this is something you would like? Don't have the time available this winter? Want to spend time looking around the area before making any commitments? Don't want to make commitments until you have been able to shop around the area?
Here is an 'Affordable' way to 'Try it Out'
If you are not sure about investing in a park model trailer, or even committing three or more months in a rental ... then rent a place for 2-3-4-5 weeks before Christmas and 'give it a try'. The peak season is January to March. Many of the units are now rented for those months. But many are vacant until then. From Oct to the end of December you can find park models to rent on a short term and see what it is like.
You can then take your time and see how you like it. While you are there you can visit parks in the area and check them out for next year or even later this winter.
Visit the 'featured parks' you see on this page. They all have units for sale … new and used. Usually with a wide range of prices. Contact the park and they can give you the details. These are top parks
Check out our advertised units on this page.
You can also look over the resort chart and contact any parks of interest. Click on the park name to look at their websites.
Where else to Look
We have been told that the most common method of selling or renting is through 'word of mouth'. Given the nature of the parks it is understandable that would happen as people visit friends in a resort and get sold on becoming a resident.
Also, the small town community aspect of the parks certainly lends itself to 'hearing about an available trailer' by talking to other park residents. There is a lot of informal communication in the parks on all matters including this one.
Of course talking to acquaintances is advisable. But it is also a good idea to shop around somewhat to see what else is available out there. There may be other units available in the same resort as your friends, or maybe you have different interests and want to look at other parks as well.
Most of the larger resorts will have a realtor or at least someone who handles sales and rentals. This can be a good contact to help you find a unit, whether for sale or a rental. When you go to the resort's site it will be obvious who is handling the sales and rentals.
Don't hesitate to contact these realtors and indicate exactly what you are looking for. In some cases they will be willing to provide individual contacts in the park if they don't have what you want.
A note about Resort Realtors: There is a reason this industry exists. These are the specialists. While we all like to save money and may feel there is no need for a 'person in the middle', we also need to be very careful. Depending on how much you are investing, and how much risk you are prepared to take, you may 'need' to deal with a realtor or other 'expert'.
This is not the same as those houses you have bought over the years. This is unique. The unit itself is different, the resort and location issues are different, and the local conditions (i.e. local termites) are different.
Even if buying a unit not listed with the agent, you may want to hire an agent to assist you with the transaction. At least take the trouble to inquire about their fee to assist.
Resort Bulletin Boards
Most of the parks have a bulletin board where individual trailer owners can post their trailer for rent or sale. In some of the privately-owned parks this is often the only method for individual residents to promote their trailer rental or sale.
The problem is to access these listings. It requires a visit to the area and a lot of driving around to the resorts of interest to view the bulletin board. Then you will need to contact the RV owner to get more information and view the trailer.
If you know someone in the park you can ask them to check out the bulletin board for you. And you may even get a cooperative park office who will also do that, but that may be pretty rare.