Paige Avery doesn’t have a tent or RV, and she has no plans of purchasing either. But that hasn’t stopped her from camping.
Earlier this year, Avery spent a girls’ weekend camping in a fully furnished park model cabin with her two 6-year-old daughters as well as a girlfriend who brought her daughter of the same age.
They stayed at the Ventura Ranch KOA in Santa Paula, Calif., one of a growing number of campgrounds across the country that are investing in park model rental accommodations to make campgrounds accessible to people who might not otherwise visit a campground.
“I’m not the type whose going to pitch a tent,” she said. But she will camp with her children and friends if she can have a turnkey camping experience, and that’s exactly what privately owned and operated campgrounds are trying to provide with their investments in park models.
Technically classified as recreational park trailers, park models are 400-square foot factory built cottages that come in a variety of styles. Most look like miniature cabins, while others have a cottage like look to them. Park models typically sleep six and come equipped with full size kitchens and bathrooms. Many of them also have lofts, which are attractive to families with kids.
Major campground chains like Jellystone Parks and Kampgrounds of America (KOA) have joined independently owned and operated campgrounds across the country in adding park model RVs as rental accommodations for their guests.
The park models at the Ventura Rancho KOA have a separate bedroom and a comfortable loft with a futon for the kids, where they can roll out their sleeping bags, play games and enjoy quality time together. The units also have decks, barbecues and fire rings, so families can roast s’mores and tell stories around the campfire.
“It was a perfect experience for our lifestyle,” Avery said, adding that she plans to make additional trips in the coming months to other campgrounds that have park model rental accommodations.
To find campgrounds that have park models and other types of rental accommodations, click the “Find A Park” search function on this website, then click the “Site Option” box, which will then show a variety of additional rental options, including campgrounds with park trailers or park models. You can target your search to specific states or geographic regions.