The sun sets on a beautiful spring day at the Bastrop RV Park. Texas has more RV owners than any other state, and new owners are shifting their destinations, from the traditional Rio Grande Valley region to Central Texas. Photo courtesy Barb Pape
Blind Salamander RV Park
2025 N. Old Bastrop Hwy.
OWNERS: Alan and Jennifer Cummings
SITE SPECS: 10 acres
HISTORY: The site had been farmland with a few small homes before the RV park was constructed. Alan Cummings’ parents bought the property in 1993, and he and Jennifer bought it from his parents in 2003. It opened in 2009.
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: Easy access to the San Marcos River; near Texas State University
FROM A RESIDENT: “This is by far the cheapest way to live by yourself,'' says park resident Mason Moore, a student at Texas State University.
FROM THE OWNERS: “The other RV parks around us seemed to be full. It seemed like something that would work. We’ve got a few construction folks and quite a few retired people. Maybe 20-25 percent would be students. Most are long-term stay,” says owner Alan Cummings.
Sunny Oaks RV Park
744 Texas 95 North
OWNERS: Dusty Farrell, in a limited partnership with his brother, David Farrell
SITE SPECS: 8 acres
HISTORY: The owners bought the property in 2003 and built a rental house there. Construction on the RV park began in mid-2017. Today, the office building for Sunny Oaks sits on land once occupied by a fireworks store.
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: It’s the first RV park the Farrell brothers have owned, but they’ve studied the business a long time.
FROM THE OWNERS: “An RV park is much simpler than residential duplexes and houses because there are hardly any structures to maintain. It’s a lot simpler because the tenants are mobile,” Dusty Farrell said.
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