Answer: Dear Glen and Mae: (Continued): There are many reasons people join camping clubs. The age of the people buying the membership and the kind and age of their RV has a lot to do with park use. Many young families like to camp without having to travel. Many seniors are past wanting to pull a RV and many people in between just like a close-by getaway. Camping clubs serve all those purposes well.
It is a great place to store and protect a RV when it’s not on the road, first of all. People like to put a roof over their RV to get it out of the weather, once they have chosen a lot as part of their membership. In most clubs, if not all, there are covenants that involve a permit and inspection process regarding building new structures…whether roofs, decks, gazebos, sheds or add-on rooms.
Some retired people make a camping club their home, either year round or seasonally. In Port Susan there are many “Snow Birds”. Some move one RV from their summer site in the North to their winter site in the South…and some have one at each destination. In addition, there are couples who buy two lots in one park and spend the maximum of six months at each location. Some, again, do that with two RVs while others move one back and forth. We even know a couple that lives in Hawaii in the winter and in Port Susan Camping Club in the summer! “Sea Birds”?
Elderly care is often factored into whether retired people are stationary or seasonal camping club members. Some have a caregiver spouse and some have caregivers who come into the park to render them assistance. This often postpones or even eliminates the need to move into assisted living facilities.
The assortment of ages, needs, focuses and inclinations of its diverse membership often makes a camping club a very interesting place to reside or visit on occasion. We love to take long walks just to see how differently people develop their lots and we also enjoy meeting and talking with the people who come and go on a regular basis.
Our personal choice has been to live in a senior living community while parking our RV at the Port Susan Camping Club close by. Yet another option. Blessings, Luise