And ...Why is Another Website Needed?
first priority is to have a quality information site that meets
the needs of snowbirds like us ... especially the new snowbirds.
Many new retirees up
north do not know about the RV Resort Park lifestyle and seldom
even know the term 'park model'. (We get
questions about those 'trailers' in Arizona)
This site is
designed to be a focused source
of information on and about this lifestyle and a
place to shop for RV Resort parks, park models and
other needs. The site is intended to be a commercial
enterprise, but certainly not a big one.
are Lyle and Joan Pederson ... Canadians who are 'partly'
retired. Lyle spent most of his working life in economic
and business development ... with a long history of
business analysis and consulting. Joan was a
Deputy Minister and a senior policy advisor in government ...
analyzing initiaives and making policy recommendations.
We both enjoy challenges and helping people. The
websites give us that opportunity.
have reached that stage in life where we
want lifestyle in the winters more like we
experience in the summer. We have reached that age where
keeping active is important and found that in the
winter it gets more difficult to keep moving and doing. And are
fortunate that our business interests can generally be operated
We wanted to head south to warmer winter
weather. Probably just like you.
We developed this site after
our own experiences in
both searching for
information on this whole lifestyle and then experiencing the
lifestyle first hand. (And making some mistakes)
also watched as friends spent days going from park to
park to look at bulletin boards, visit realtors, phone
ads, drive by park models, and then waste everyone's time only to
find that the unit is not to their liking.
A lot of that hassle could be avoided
if they had sources of good information on the web that they
could browse and then only follow up with those that meet their
There are not many sources online to get
good information specifically on the RV Resort Parks, on Park
Model homes, and on how and where to find rentals and sales of
park model units.
There are places to find information but not
neatly in one place. You can spend many hours finding bits and
pieces here and there. We felt there was a need to focus
just on Snowbird Resort Parks and that lifestyle.
A very narrow niche market that has had little exposure
online. Ideal for a small family operation to target.
We began by talking to people with knowledge
and experience in the lifestyle, the parks, and the park models.
We searched for sites of value and any other sources of
information available. We then put together the site as a
compilation of what we have gathered and learned.
We have spent a few
thousand of both our hours and dollars in the development and
operation of this site. We spend many hours each day helping
(especially new) snowbirds with information and referrals.
We place the highest priority on helping snowbirds because
we realize without that traffic our site has no value.
no formal affiliation with any parks, suppliers, or others
mentioned or referred to on the site. We are not responsible for
the content of any ads or other reference to other sites,
organizations, or individuals.
How are we doing?
We are now entering our
11th year since the site went up. The interest
has grown at a good healthy pace ... and still going
strong. The sites help just under 100,000 snowbirds (or want
to be snowbirds) each year. We get daily
emails from people asking for help in finding a
park model and/or a good park. Most of the people we hear
from are new snowbirds. Just retired and looking
for their winter experience in the sunny south.
So far we have not found anyone
else promoting this 'industry lifestyle'. We seem to be alone in
We Want to
Hear from You
We are not experts and probably many readers
know more about park models than we do. But we want to begin by
sharing what we have found and learned in our experiences. And we
also want to hear from people with more experience than us to help
make the site as constructive and useful as possible.
We welcome any and all comments, ideas,
criticisms, suggestions, and (of course) information.