I've seen this being done up here and thought it interesting. Definitely not for everyone but ...
There are a number of old, abandoned or run down small farms near my area. They can be bought cheap because the old houses or mobile on them are in disrepair and any farming operation has long since ended.
Here's what somebody did:
They got several (about10) people together to buy a place and put it into a trust. Each buyer became a beneficiary. If somebody wants out they can sell their spot to another (with approval, or the others buy them out).
They hire a caretaker (someone usually retired on social security) to open the place up in spring, be a host, mow, cleanup and close it up in fall. (Of course, they could run it all year). The host get a free home to live in, utilities paid and maybe a small stipend. During spring, summer and fall the group brings up their travel trailers and takes vacations there as they please. In the winter they store their trailers and shut the place down. (That's how they decided to do it).
Now, if a family goes to a state campground anywhere around here it's usually $30+ a night and most are booked solid 1-2 years in advance. Seasonal campgrounds run $1800+ depending on location. They all have lots of rules.
Bottom line, it's much less expensive for them than using regular campgrounds. Plus, they have guaranteed space.
So I was thinking, maybe I could buy a place with this idea and just get a few friends/others to be the ones doing the visiting. Kind of like a private RV Park in a way.
If I wanted to make it year around, well, that might be done too. Of course there would be much of the same things as running a regular RV Park
I Think about this, not so much in the way of simply a recreational park idea but in the way of an affordable housing idea. Affordable housing is a major concern in my area as there is a big shortage of it. Those tiny houses or older travel trailers could be bought or made cheap by people and if rent was, say, $10-12 a day, it would be more affordable than the $600-900 average rent around here for 1-3 bedroom older places.
Sure, there's stuff to work out but just thinking about it. k
Of course, it might be easier to just buy a RV park but those are pretty expensive. Old motels from the 30's through the 50's with RV parking spaces are also a possibility , but most are well over 100K and also have lead paint and asbestos and are already worn out as well.
Like I say, just thinking.