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Why RV Parks are a Better Investment than Single Family Houses

Investing in real estate is an excellent way to create wealth and secure your financial future. While many investors prefer single-family homes as their investment vehicle, RV parks offer far superior returns, as well as lower risks. In this article, we will explore why investing in RV parks can be a better investment than single-family homes.

Better Returns

The returns on RV parks can be significantly higher than those of single-family homes. While single-family homes typically have a cap rate of 4-6%, RV parks can have cap rates of 8-12%. Cap rate is a measure of a property's profitability, and is defined as Net Operating Income, divided by the purchase price. The higher the cap rate, the more profitable the property. This means that RV parks have the potential to generate significantly more income than single-family homes.

One of the reasons for the higher returns is the low overhead costs associated with operating an RV park. Unlike single-family homes, RV parks do not require the same amount of maintenance, repairs, or upgrades, because they are a fundamentally different asset. Think about a house, and the materials that go into building it. You were probably thinking about things like wood, windows, and other building materials. An RV Park skips the majority of that effort and cost by only installing the underground utilities. This saves an enormous amount of cost and time, and thus lowers the potential risk.

Additionally, RV parks have the potential to generate revenue from multiple sources, including overnight stays, monthly rentals, and other services like laundry, vending machines, and recreation facilities. This means that RV parks have multiple streams of income, making their income more stable than single-family homes.

Total Revenue Potential

The revenue potential of RV parks is significant. A properly winterized RV park has the potential to generate income year-round. One popular strategy that some owners of single families are pursing is setting up the property as a vacation rental. But that strategy may only generate significant income during peak seasons. Additionally, the demand for RV parks is increasing, with more people choosing to live, travel, and vacation in RVs. This means that there is a growing market for RV parks, and the revenue potential is only expected to increase in the coming years.

Moreover, the cost of staying in an RV park is generally lower than the cost of staying in a hotel or vacation rental. This makes RV parks a more affordable option for travelers, which in turn, increases demand for RV parks, especially during recessions.

Difference in Cap Rates

As previously mentioned, the cap rates for RV parks are significantly higher than those of single-family homes. The difference in cap rates means that investors can generate higher cash flow from RV parks, making them a more attractive than single families, which typically have minimal cash flow. Additionally, the higher cap rates mean that investors can realize a higher return on investment (ROI) compared to single-family homes.

Potential for Seller Financing

Investing in RV parks can also offer the potential for seller financing. Seller financing is when the seller of the property provides financing for the buyer, thus avoiding a bank loan. This can be a beneficial arrangement for both parties, as it allows the buyer to purchase the property with little or no money down, and the seller can generate a steady stream of income from the financing.

Seller financing is more common in RV parks than in single-family homes because RV parks are often owned by individuals or small companies. These owners may be more willing to offer seller financing as they are not restricted by the same regulations and lending requirements as banks.


Investing in RV parks can be a far better investment than single-family homes. The higher returns, total revenue potential, difference in cap rates, and potential for seller financing make RV parks an attractive investment option. Additionally, the growing demand for RV parks and the low overhead costs associated with operating them make RV parks a viable long-term investment strategy.

As with any investment, it is essential to conduct thorough research and due diligence before investing in RV parks. However, for those looking to diversify their real estate portfolio and generate higher returns, investing in RV parks can be a lucrative option.

Overall, the profit potential for RV Parks is far greater than investing in single family homes. RVs and Tiny Homes provide an in-demand alternative that is growing in popularity. By fulfilling this growing need, win-win-win solutions for buyers, builders, and the community as a whole.

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of RV Parks, as well as the RV Parks that the Upslope Group is making offers on, shoot us an email at


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