Saturday, December 9, 2023


Operating an RV park: Rain, rain, go away! But our weekends are booked solid!

By Machelle James
I never thought I would complain about the weather, but the rain this past week has been horrendous! We had 4.5 inches of rain in 4 days! The roads are saturated, the gravel has begun to erode away and we have lakes of water all over the Campground!

Site with the drainage. It’s working great!

You all know how much I hate weeds. Well, with all this water, they grew a foot over this past week alone! We have been looking for a good, used, riding lawn mower for months. As luck would have it, we found one for sale from our very own Fire Chief. Since we know him and we know how clean and organized fire fighters are, we knew this machine was well-kept. We were not disappointed.

Our Event area. Those culverts are 3 feet high!

AJ hadn’t even had an opportunity to use it as the rain wouldn’t let up—until today at noon. Let’s just say we are both HAPPY CAMPERS, as we both took turns using it. It turns on a dime and this is SO much easier than trying to use a weed eater on 15 acres! I kind of enjoyed it, too. It was very satisfying watching the weeds being whacked away. The front of the property is cleaned up again and it looks brand-new.

AJ on our new riding mower!

We’re busier than ever!

Some good news for this week is that we have been sold out for a third weekend in a row, and the weekdays are at 75% full. So word has definitely gotten out about us! We couldn’t be happier. We’re busier than ever, too. With the phone ringing, people wanting to live here, people just stopping in to see if we have a space, to every scenario in between—it is truly busy. I have a sneaky feeling we will hire some part-time help for next season.

Our electrical panels have been holding up great, and so have our culverts and drainage pipes. We had the correct engineering to hold all the rain and push it to the back of the property. It worked really well and flowed super-fast. That was the first time we saw the water that high!

I have to admit that I threw my back out tonight and I’m not feeling my best, so I have to cut my writing short. But it’s my Birthday next week and I will celebrating starting this weekend with visiting friends. (As long as I can still move around, anyway!)

Happy Camping and Thank You for following our Campground Journey! See You in the Trees, and please leave a comment!

AJ, Machelle and Jenna

Read previous articles here.

Machelle James and her husband, AJ, built, from the ground up, a 15-acre RV park in Heber-Overgaard, Arizona, in the beautiful White Mountains 140 miles from Phoenix. Follow them at their website, or on Facebook @ AJ’s Getaway RV Park, or on Instagram at ajsgetawayrvpark.


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Machelle James (@guest_195764)
1 year ago

Hi Thomas! They certainly were full in that area..then it drained to the back where is was not even an 1/8th full. It was made for the 100 year flood back there! We decided on the cedar fencing that we bought from Lowes. We stained/sealed it. Would we buy it again. NO. the warping is AWFUL and the lengths aren’t consistent. But, we did what we had to for a few years until we can get something else. I am really wanting to save for concrete panels to help with the noise and they will never warp! We will see!

Thomas D (@guest_195668)
1 year ago

Those culverts look full. Arizona needs the rain.
Happy Birthday next week.Hope you and AJ wear hearing protection. That noise can do damage. Mowerr more than the engine.
What did you end up building the fence with? You had discussed cedar. I said √ treated. Looks good either way

Ed D. (@guest_195574)
1 year ago

Machelle, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We won’t get to wish you one next week. Glad the rain has stopped. Looks like your Campground is a smashing success! In a hurry so I will cut this short. Glad to hear thing are going so well.

Machelle James (@guest_195763)
1 year ago
Reply to  Ed D.

Hi Ed! Thank You so much! We are enjoying the rain break we’ve had over the last 2 days. Everyone is in and we can relax a bit today. Not sure if im ready for those BDAY drinks yet.. still sore! Till next time !

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