Privacy in an RV park is rare, unless you're inside with the blinds drawn. But that's one of the amenities MoonRiver RV Resort in Richland is promising.
Each space at the new park features a patio and grassy area three-quarters enclosed by a tall, solid wood fence. Pull your motorhome or trailer into the fourth side and it completes the rectangle, providing a private yard.
"A lot of RVers have never had a place in a park where they have their own yard. Sometimes they get a piece of grass outside their door, but they're never fenced, never private," said owner-manager Brad Butherus. "People are really enjoying having their own space. Some don't want our picnic tables because they bought their own lawn furniture. They're really making it their own. We're even seeing lawn decorations, like windmills, popping up in yards."
"Give people their own space and they privatize it, make it a home," he said.
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The park is owned and was developed by Butherus, a former home builder, his wife, Bev, and Richland developer Milo Bauder.
Giving each space a private yard was Butherus' brainchild. The idea, he said, came to him when he lived in an RV park in Texas for two years.
"I just decided there had to be a better way to design an RV park so you're not always looking at someone right next door," he said.
MoonRiver is being completed in two phases. Phase one includes 105 sites, about half of which are filled even though the park has been open only a month.
It includes the clubhouse, which houses the laundry, recreation room, kitchen and dining area with table and chairs to seat 12.
"We've also put in a small cafe/ice cream shop, but we're still trying to get the blessing from the health department to open it," Butherus said. "It's all done in a retro style with big black and white floor tiles and old soda signs."
There's an outside pool and, soon, a hot tub. Each site can handle high-speed internet access and Dish Network TV, which is included in the rent.
When completed, which Butherus anticipates will be sometime next year, the 12-acre park will have 228 sites.
It costs $35 a day, $210 a week or $410 a month to stay there.
The RV park is at 1963 Saint St., Richland. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information go to www.moonriverrv.com/community/, or call 392-7127.
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