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Old 07-12-2006, 04:29 PM   #1
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Question RV/Recreational Property

Now that we have a trailer the idea of buying recreational property has resurfaced. BT (before trailer) we figured we'd never use raw land and buying something with a cabin seemed seemed the only route given current construction costs and time to devote to a project that was some distance from work and home.

Now the idea is with limited to no work we could have a place to stay while locking in land values that only show signs of pricing it out of reach in the not so distant future. Other incentives are it would likely increase the amount of use we get out of the trailer. Not only would it be used at the property but the location would be such that it would be half way (and on the right side of the mountains) to where we're most likely to be going. And of course getting it out of the yard has some appeal. Not that I don't think it adds to the character of the neighborhood but some neighbors might see it differently

The idea that we'd be using the land in conjuction with the trailer places some limitations and also opens other possibilities. What sort of rekindled the idea were a couple of ads in one of the free RV magazines for "deeded property" at these two places:

http://llrvr.com/index.htm
http://www.laketyee.com/

Both look nice but neither is in a location that works for us. In general I'd be interested to know of folks experience or just reactions to owning an RV site and/or memberships that include extended "free" stays. If anyone knows of something east of the mountains near Cle Elum that has deeded lots I'd love to hear about it. High snoot resorts like Suncadia are out of the question both because of covenants and price. Of the places we've looked at Sky Meadows Ranch is most intriguing:

http://www.skymeadowsranch.com/home.php

Other places are Sunlight Waters (less ideal but cheaper) and Driftwood Acres which is very nice but more expensive (funny how htat works ). Actually Driftwood Acres has several lots that according to their webpage "will never have water" which might make them relatively cheap RV parking.

So, wha 'da ya'll think about an aluminum log cabin .

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Old 07-13-2006, 05:37 PM   #2
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Check out the following website. This is near Woodland, WA on Lake Merwin. The last time I checked there were some sites as low as $5k. They are specifically for RV camping and have power, water and dump hookups. There is a dock on the lake and even a resturant/store as I recall. You can not live there more than something like 270 days per year but you can build a cover over your RV and a storage shed. It may be a good option if it is close enough to you folks.

http://www.lmch.com/

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Old 07-13-2006, 05:45 PM   #3
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Thanks for the link. Right idea but wrong direction . Still this is one that hadn't turned up in my searching so I'm hoping there's something over in the Easton/Cle Elum area that I haven't found.

The area around Woodland is a great place. South side of St. Helens so it wasn't desimated by the blast. Lots of lakes because of a series of hydro-electric / flood control projects.

The price seems pretty reasonable. I'm sure there's dues and such but with covered RV parking going for $150-200 per month (I haven't really check too carefully) it seems you'd recoup the cost pretty quickly.

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Old 05-21-2007, 08:51 PM   #4
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Another post by someone looking for a "nice" trailer park in the PDX area got me thinking on this again. As was suggested I searched the Craigslist RV listings and hit upon Lake Connor RV Park The interesting thing was this particular lot for sale also came with an Airstream (air-stream/shed/lot $13500).

This looks similar to Lake Tyee. Just wondering if anyone has recent experiece with either of of these? Still not over in our prefered Cle Elum area but close enough to home it might get used enough to justify the investment. Wasn't able to find out what the dues are; that would have a big impact on our decision.

Another one I found a little while back was the Port Susan Camping Club Again not the ideal location for us but if anyone has any input I'd like to hear it about these sites or just the concept in general.

It's taken some work and luck to find these places. I'm pretty sure there are others around I haven't found out about yet so if anyone knows of one along the I-90 coridoor or near someplace with fantastic biking and/or skiing let me know (Lake Chelan comes to mind, as does Hwy 410 near Greenwater).
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Old 05-22-2007, 09:36 AM   #5
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Hi Bernie -

Another place that's fairly close is Gold Bar Nature Trails on Highway 2. I have a friend who owns a lot there and loves it, but I haven't toured the place myself. Again, not necessarily on the right side of the mountains for you, though.
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