|If investing in or owning a campground business has ever crossed your mind, you must know there are many aspects to consider. By understanding the costs of starting and running the business, you can estimate the returns margin.|
Data and statistics prove that campground franchising is part of a profitable industry. When you run your campground business correctly, you stand to get your slice of the commercial pie. So, how profitable is buying a campground franchise? The short answer: it is very profitable if you know all the things to avoid and what to focus on.
The Campground Business Industry
Evaluating an industry is vital when investing. In 2019, the campground and RV industry profits increased to $7 billion, creating a 2.7% growth curve between 2014 and 2019. Additionally, the number of campgrounds rose to 14,500. These numbers are anticipated to keep growing, given the economic growth in the U.S and Canada.
Subsequently, this industry was among the few to see growth during the pandemic in 2020 by rising to an outstanding $8.73 billion. This data proves that the industry is here to stay, without any major pitfalls in the near future.
The Key Considerations
Buying a campground business and reaping returns depends on these main factors:
Location of the campground franchise
Your experience in the industry and market
Whether to buy a preexisting campground or buy land and build
The campground’s amenities and offerings
Quality of staff and managers
You can decide by looking for park campgrounds for sale, buying land and turning it into camping grounds, invest in a campground franchise, or buy for sale by owner campsite business. Every choice has its hurdles and advantages, but all require commitment and smart business decisions.
Getting a suitable location is also crucial. Jellystone Park ™ campgrounds are located in highly commercial areas. Even with seasonal changes, your franchise will still stay afloat. Both the local and cross-country markets can reach your camping grounds.
Choosing to build from scratch or buying a preexisting camping site entirely depends on your liking and financial capability. Starting from square one will probably cost you more. The reason being, it will take a while for your target market to know of your presence. Furthermore, extra costs come from starting with just a piece of land and working your way up.
What the campground offers to guests is really important. This can include, among others, number of campsites for tents and RVs, size of campsites, water hookups, electric hookup capabilities, shower facilities or bathrooms with hot running water, WIFI, propane refills, various amenities such as playgrounds, etc.
How Much Do Owners and Investors Make?
Your campground business can have an ROI of 10% to 20% or 25% to 30% as per the factors mentioned above. Residential real estate, for instance, will yield an ROI of 10% and stocks 7%. Therefore, it is wiser to invest in property for a campground business as the market benefits park owners more than other investors in the industry.
To make your business profitable, take advantage of the peak seasons. In North America, the campground franchise can make 80% of its annual returns over only three months. This period is usually between June throughout August.
The campground business is very lucrative, but only if you do it right. Owning a campground or RV park is not for everyone. However, if you have an eye for real estate investments, contact Leisure Systems Inc. today and check the list of available campgrounds for sale.
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Daren & Lorraine Carlson – Hocking Hills, OH
The Jellystone Park brand has made a huge difference in our business. If we had 50 more sites and more cabins, they’d be filled every weekend.
Rick Spear – Estes Park, COWe’ve been in the Jellystone franchise system for 20 years this year. It was a family endeavor to begin with, but over those 20 years we’ve seen significant growth of our campground. In particular, just the last three years in a row we’ve been up double digits, 10-11% points three years in a row. We’ve really been coming on strong, and continue to see good grow… Read more
Rich & Nancy Felber – Mt. Gilead, OHAfter 5 years with the Jellystone Park franchise, we have shown a 75% revenue increase and our confidence in the future is at an all-time high!
Chip Smith – Monticello, IAWe got into the Jellystone brand at the beginning of last year. This is the end of our first season. We are pretty excited about it. What I like most about the brand is the fact that they are drawing in families from three hours away. They all know what we’re there for, and they’re willing to spend a longer time at our park than just the weekend. The investme… Read more
Bob & Beth Ryan – Mannford, OKOur family has been a franchisee for over 30 years. The support that both the franchisor and fellow franchisees offer goes above and beyond expectations.
Theresa Isaacson – Caledonia, WI
We’re going to be entering our 13th season, and I sure would hate to own a property without being Yogi branded. The reason we really like Jellystone Parks is because of the support behind us. With 80 other parks in the system, we have 80 sources of question-and-answer type people to go to. The support is wonderful. The franchise, the LSI system itself – their … Read more
Susan Novotny – South Haven, MIWithin 5 years, we have more than tripled our revenue. We have no regrets becoming a franchisee of Jellystone Park!
Bill Pott – Cave City, KYI really like the way it brings me a nice class of customers. I get happy families. I get people who want to come and to spend money to have fun. They enjoy our park. It’s just wonderful they way they come in, and you get so many that want to meet the other guests, they want to go have fun on the Jumping Pillow, then they want to go to the Splash Pad – and they want … Read more
Denny Quigley & Tami Alessio – Harrisville, PA2011 was our first year as a Jellystone Park™. Since then, we have definitely noticed that we are attracting a lot more guests from a much larger radius that extends nationwide. And we are seeing more guests from Canada. Over this three year time period, our store sales have increased almost 45%! The increased business also helped to allow us to do… Read more
Joey Coleman & Rick Coleman – Tabor City, NC
In 2001, we began a unique challenge to build a campground on our family farm 35 miles inland from Myrtle Beach. People responded to our design of large concrete pads, full hook-ups, plenty of open space, and ultimate customer service. But we soon had “growing pains” with procedures and operations.
In 2003, we joined Jellystone Park™. The operations… Read more