Your RV Park Layout and Design Firm

From site analysis to CAD renderings, we offer investors, owners and operators the full range of land planning and design services for building an RV park.

“For over two decades our firm has worked closely with Donald C. Westphal Associates, relying on their 50-year expertise in RV park and campground land planning and design. Time and time again, Don has proven to be the ‘master’ of RV park planning, seamlessly building on our feasibility studies and market assessments to deliver fantastic results for our clients. As Westphal Associates (now the Nadi Group) transitions to the next generation of RV park design and consulting, we are excited to have Emeka Nnadi and the Nadi Group as our exclusive land planning and design partner—building on the proven land planning legacy with enhanced services including detailed outdoor amenity, camping and architectural design for today’s and tomorrow’s campers.” - Jayne Cohen, Campground Consulting Group
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Your RV Park Layout and Design Firm

Recreational Vehicle Parks and Campgrounds offer many different amenities and experiences. Some people use an RV campground to explore nature, while others use an RV park to live permanently within a community. Meanwhile, an RV resort can provide a more extravagant option overall.

Building a successful RV park, campground or resort requires a deep understanding of land planning, including optimal site layout and usage. Will your guests live in their mobile homes in long-term RV Parks? Will your guests expect to use amenities like a clubhouse, hot tub or laundry services? Or will your guests want to be one with nature where their RV sites are secluded? These questions will help inform the design and planning of your RV Parks and Campgrounds.

What is the difference between RV Parks, RV Resorts and RV Campgrounds?

In recent years, the RV Parks and Campgrounds industry has surged in popularity as more people vacation at RV parks, RV campgrounds and RV resorts across North America. RV parks have become a profitable venture, but building a successful RV park, campground or resort requires a deep understanding of land planning, including optimal site layout and usage.

As an RV park owner, you should determine whether your guests require a long-term RV Park. Will your guests expect to use amenities like a clubhouse, hot tub or laundry services? Or will your guests want to be one with nature where their RV sites are secluded? These questions will help inform the design and planning of your RV Parks and Campgrounds.

Site layout for Golden Beach RV Resort in Ontario
Golden Beach RV Resort Site Layout

RV Parks

Located in town or just outside of one, an RV Park often provides long-term opportunities to RV users in a more traditional camping setting. An RV Park has amenities like laundry, Wi-Fi, showers and restrooms. As far as outdoor activities are concerned, you can also introduce water activities in your park. Pools are always a safe and popular option but opt for a Splash Pad or Lazy River if you want to take things up a notch.

RV Resorts

Much like a fine hotel, an RV Resort can possess many similar luxury amenities such as hot tubs, tennis courts, fitness centres, clubhouses, on-site laundry and even massage therapy. An RV Resort often resides in a desirable, popular location or even on a beachfront property with sites spaciously spread out and surrounded by landscaped green space.

Finally, along with the above facilities, you can also consider adding indoor amenities such as a bar and restaurant, a camp store, and even an arcade for gamers. If your target crowd is more outdoorsy, opt for amphitheatres, live music, and festivals. An RV Resort design typically caters to long-term and seasonal renters, with some sites owned by the user rather than rented.

RV Campgrounds

Unlike parks and resorts, an RV Campground is closest to “living in nature.” If Wi-Fi’s available, it won’t have the same efficiencies as RV parks or resorts! However, part of the joy when you're in nature is to become somewhat unavailable. An RV Campground with its enclosed forested sites and narrow, winding roads will ensure you feel off-the-grid.

Make sure you take advantage of whatever natural amenities your campsite has to offer. A lake or a similar water body nearby can provide your campers with swimming, boating, and fishing facilities. You can also modify a pond area to install an inflatable water park.

Along with that, many campers also enjoy hiking and biking through wooded trails and forests. So, consider offering bicycles, boats, and kayaks for rent at your campsite. These enhancements can bring a significant increase in revenue to your campground.

How to design and build your own RV Park

RV land Planning Services

Whether it’s a small RV park layout design or one that spans many acres, there are a few key land planning steps to ensure its success and long-term viability.

For every project, it’s critical to start with a site inspection. It’s a chance for our team to familiarize ourselves with the site, but it’s also essential to determine whether the project is even feasible with the land.

From there, we research all aspects of the site, providing the client with an in-depth site analysis. This document will provide the climatic, geographical, historical, legal, and infrastructural context of a specific site, giving you a better idea of how many spaces and amenities you will need to include. It will also tell you whether the project will provide a feasible return on investment.

Even though you will discover a few more steps in the process, like the sketch plan, rendered perspectives, and RV park construction plans, the site inspection and analysis provide a healthy start.

Outdoor Hospitality and Amenity Design

You may think of hundreds of features to include in the design while building or renovating an RV park, campground or resort. However, not everything will be feasible in the long run.

Here again, you should seek the help of an RV park and campground consultant to gain insight into the key features that will fit your budget and fetch optimum ROI. Still, a few of the main features that will help transform your RV park for good.

1. Showers and restrooms

Now, I know that a lot of RV trailers are equipped with some type of makeshift shower or restroom, but that doesn’t mean people wouldn’t want better facilities. Many RV campers will consider halting at an RV park for longer if it has proper bathrooms and showers.

But instead of installing a basic setup, you may consider building hot showers, especially for the colder months. And this will require proper drainage and power supply amenities.

If you plan to build a bathroom, or shower (or both), you should install opaque walls, a roof, and a lockable door at the very minimum to take care of the privacy of campers. Plus, arrangements should be made to clean them regularly.

2. Natural buffers

Perhaps, one of the best ways to utilize the greenery (large trees, in particular) in the RV park is to turn them into multi-purpose fixtures. For instance, you may rent out hammocks to hang on the branches to serve as temporary beds. Other than that, you can use them as natural “space breakers” between the vehicles.

Depending on the overall layout of the area, you can always plant more trees to use them how you want. Look for varieties that survive harsh weather conditions without requiring much maintenance so that you don’t have to invest a lot of time and effort to nurture them.

3. WiFi

There’s no denying that this is the era of online connectivity, and there’s no reason why RV parks and campgrounds should be left out! Now, you don’t have to invest in a very elaborate setup to offer blazing fast internet speed; a stable WiFi connection with a good upload/download speed can suffice.

In this regard, I’d suggest placing the router (or similar access point) in the center of the campground, where it will have maximum unobstructed reach. Beyond that, position WiFi extenders throughout the site strategically to help boost connectivity.

4. Food and water

Food and water are among the most basic and necessary amenities that RV parks and campgrounds can provide.

Depending on the available space, resources, and of course, budget, you can either build a kitchen or hire food trucks, which will operate at specific times of the day. Apart from that, you can arrange for DIY cooking spots.

Similarly, you can install taps, spigots, or hoses to provide clean drinking water to campers. This is especially required if the campsite is located in a remote area with no convenience store or supermarket in the vicinity. However, keep adequate waste bins to keep the site clean at all times.

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Kentucky Blue Grass Bubble Diagram

How we help RV park owners and operators 

We have over 50-years of planning and design experience across North America, offering a unique perspective on designing exceptional and successful RV Parks and Campgrounds. 

As owners and operators, you have a deep knowledge of your park. However, sometimes a pair of fresh eyes can uncover areas of improvement that can transform your revenue, your guest’s experience and your overall profits. We can help guide you through each process, ensuring you start strong with a solid foundation to build and/or run your park.

Operational audits:

Conducted by a team of experienced and successful park owners, we will visit your park and take a deep dive into your park’s operations, uncovering areas of improvement and opportunity.

Operations assistance

Running a park isn’t easy, but we can help you work smarter instead of harder by streamlining processes and improving areas of service and operations.

Marketing (traditional and digital), advertising and sale

Promoting your park is essential. We can help you determine what sets it apart from your competitors and define your brand and position in the market.

Reservations and front desk management

Ensuring your guests are taken care of from start to finish remains integral to your park’s success! Seamless guest services will leave your guests wanting more.

Revenue management

Maximizing your revenue will yield better profits. We can help you generate better profits from each site and rental. 

Human resources, recruitment and team training

Recognizing the people you want to hire can take a little extra help. We have experience in recruitment, management and training to ensure you have a solid team to work with at the park.

Recreation planning

Updating or establishing an activity program will elevate your park's offerings. We have expertise in helping you determine which activities will work best. 

Guest satisfaction surveys and research

Performing analysis and research, we will determine your guests' needs and wants and how close your park is to achieving them.

Land planning and design

Creating a tourist destination requires an expert land planning consultant. We can assist you with site analysis and selection, re-zoning, conceptual design, construction planning, permitting, detailed landscape design, CAD drawings and wayfinding.

How we help RV park investors and developers

Market and competitive analysis

Approaching an RV park can be daunting. However, we assist with evaluating the project’s market potential and strength.

Feasibility study

Developing and planning an RV park, resort or campground requires a feasibility study. We can help you make meaningful decisions on where to invest your finances.

Site and market evaluations

Assessing the site under consideration and who it will serve will inform the best business model for your project.

Due diligence support

Investing your money is something we take seriously. We will lead the due diligence program, providing you with a high level of comfort.

Exit Strategy Planning

Planning for the long-term, savvy business people have an exit plan.

Land planning, layout and design

Creating a tourist destination requires an expert land planning consultant. We can assist you with site analysis and selection, re-zoning, conceptual design, construction planning, permitting, detailed landscape design, CAD drawings and wayfinding.

Expansions and refreshes

Specializing in new development, we also specialize in redevelopment and RV park and campground expansions.

Sketch plan for Snug Harbour
Snug Harbor Sketch Plan

“The Nadi Group (along with Campground Consulting Group) provided valuable insight in assessing a development opportunity for an outdoor visitor accommodation project. We needed expertise to provide conceptual planning. The Nadi Group and consultants were professional, extremely knowledgeable about the market and trends, provided excellent analysis and reporting, and were cognizant of all deliverable timelines. As a team, they provide full-service consulting and understand the outdoor RV and camping business inside and out. I highly recommend their services.” - Marian Olin, Santa Cruz Harbor
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