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LeeCaldwell

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Posted: 12/17/04 08:41am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm not quite sure how or where to ask this question, so I pciked the General RVing Issues forum...

I want to set up a complete RV hookup site on my property. My area is on septic tanks, not city/county sewers. I have access to electricity and gas at the street. Where can I find informtion on setting up such a RV full hook up site on my property that outlines what I need and how to do it?

I'm not even familiar with what hook ups are normally available at such sites. What hook ups do full service sites have?

Also, what companies are currently setting up RV hook up communities for large Class A rigs with full community living arrangements? I can see these communitties becoming more popular with the Baby Boomers start retiring and hitting the road.

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We set up an RV site on our property for two reasons. We park there most of the year and when we have company with a MH they can park there as well. We also use our MH for a guest cottage, gives us and the guest some privacy.

When we can’t get away we use the picnic table and fire pit (pretend camping). Some of the neighbors even join us. It is handy having the MH right there for the fridge and stove.

We ran a water line and 15 amp service. We do not get really hot weather here so we decided on 15 amp instead of 30 or 50. We are situated on 160 acres so setting up a small septic system was easy. We are also planning on putting in a small outdoor “kitchen” with an old wood cook stove.


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Posted: 12/17/04 09:02am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lee
I don't want to be the bucket of ice water, BUT ,have you checked with city/county regs? When you start talking gas and electric from the street and septic tanks you are talking perminet and when you do that and use the term RV most times they freak out. You will need to deal with them for the permits anyway.

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Pour a nice level cement pad. Run a 50amp electrical ckt, water line and a 4 inch sewer line to the correct side of your rig when parked.
The hardest part of the project will be digging the trench for the sewer line connection. Where it will Tee into the maind drain to the septic tank will have to be a big hole so you can work with the pipe. If you are lucky the electric and water will be routed from the same general location so one good trench can carry all three services. You won't need gas unless you want to build yourself a gas fireplace or BBQ pit outside in the same area.
A nice cover might be something to think about too. protect it from the elements.


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LeeCaldwell,

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...and gas at the street.


Wouldn't that be natural gas? Our motorhomes operate on propane. I believe that the gas operated devices would require new jets to operate on LNG.

I could be wrong, I'm not an expert on gas appliances, but everything I've ever seen seems to imply that there is a difference.

I agree with the other posters. Put in a 50A service, water, signal lines (phone, cable, network, intercom, house doorbell...whatever you want). If you will need more gas, see if you can have a local propane company put in a tank near your new RV pad.

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Posted: 12/17/04 09:34am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Diplimat -

That is my general idea, hookup for visiting guests and place to park the RV for guest house as needed. I am hoping to set up a full-service site with a covered area, possible 2 car garage storage with full motor home cover attached on one side, outdoor BQ and the like.

Buster -

I have a septic tank that I can tap into close to the planed location. Is 50amp electrical acceptable for all rigs? Water pipe is near by as well. Do you or anyone know where I can get a standard hookup cabinet to house it all?

Rain on my pararde -

I understand your concern completely. I have a one acre parcel with a home on one half and two tax bills. I may biuld the garage workshop structure with a bath. Once that is done, I plan to put in a new septic for the house and future expantion thereof and formally split the acre. The current spetic is on the other house-less parcel that will retain the garage/workshop with toilet so the old spetic will stay in place. The motorhome hookup features would be the last part of the plan and not a country permitted item unless research indicates it can be permitted as such (not likely). From the standpoint of the county it would just be an RV storage location which is not a problem at all in my area.

Also have forty acres of adjacent raw land that would make a great full-time RV park facility. I know permitting on that would take some doing, but I am in a rural area and currently zoned for agriculture (A-1, LA County). That is just a thought at this point...

Need a website for the current large biulders of such sites and any link to a general site plan for a single full service hookup, if out there.

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I agree with buster, sewer and electric are the most important. you can fill the water tank with a garden hose if you have to and your rv's propane tanks will supply your gas. I put a similar site on my property with sewer and a 30 amp elect. hookup and yes it does come in handy more than someone might think.


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If you are doing this for your own rig and for visitors I think you may want to get one of the Electric panels that are at most RV parks
you can install a 50amp 30amp and 20amp outlet so it will meet anyones needs.This is of course if you have room and power in your main breaker box to send to the RV parking area. If this is on the now houseless parcel you may want to get a utility pole installed now that will feed the new addition and the RV area and not run it from your existing house. I said utility pole but maybe in your area the utilities are underground but either way if you are paying taxes for a seperate parcel then provide electric for that seperate parcel. A couple of breakers and a panel with the conduit running from one to the other and the cost of plastic sewer pipe would be the quickest and cheapest route now.
And if you are really thinking of building an RV park on your 40 acres you should take a trip to Casa Grande AZ and visit Buena Terra Campground and see the way this gentleman designed his park.
He keeps adding to it every year.

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We did this when we put in our new drive way. We poured a special LEVEL pad for the 5er, put a 30/50 AMP access out side the garage (close to the pad) put a stand pipe in the sewer system when the city replaced the old pipes. We just use a hose for water and of course have the propane tanks. This has proved to be the best ever, when my hband works nights and sleeps days (10 days every other month), he sleeps in the 5er so that the dogs or I won't bother him. When we have company it is a great place for their privacy...and when friends bring their rigs they just hook up in our drive way....really great. I am wondering what we did before doing the on site hookups....L


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Posted: 12/17/04 10:23am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lee
If you had said that the utilities were already on the property I would not have a sore finger.

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