Thursday, June 1, 2023


Operating an RV park: Ongoing progress, and a visit from readers!

By Machelle James
As I write this, I am tired. I’ve been using our new 18” chainsaw for the past 3 days and my arms feel like they are going to fall off. We have a 12” electric chainsaw that I love using, but it can’t cut the bigger tree trunks in the RV park down. We have sites we have been taking notes on that need improvement and maintenance. Some of our sites have scrub trees so close you can barely let the slide out. We really tried to save as many green shrubs as we could, but now we realize it’s not feasible. But we’re not cutting any pine trees down, just the scrubs that are in the way.

AJ working on the roof.

We have been lucky enough to have a great weather week and are taking advantage of this time to do a major cleanup. AJ has been busy installing the roof sheeting and he is almost done. Our next step is passing a framing inspection. However, we have hired the company that put our trusses up to install our patio. They are coming next week and I will have some pretty cool photos to share with you.

During this time, we found out the source of our water leaks. At the hydrants, there is a cold solder joint that wasn’t soldered correctly. Hence, we still would have not found it until we closed as there was usually a little water on the ground when campers were here. Well, when we received over an $800 water bill when we were closed, we knew we had a problem. Needless to say, we shut off the water in the park until we can get our contractor out here to fix the leaks.

We’re open for Spring Break

We have been getting calls asking if we are taking reservations for Spring Break in March. We decided to open up with a disclaimer that we will still be working on our store and check-in area. I have no idea if we will be successful or not as we only made the announcement today!

I was voted for another 2 years as Secretary for the Chamber of Commerce. It is a lot of work and there’s a lot of cleanup to do. I have been working hard on updating By-Laws and working with the Arizona Corporation Commission to update Members and the like. What I like about being on the Board is meeting members of our community as well as meeting with our County Officials, Sheriff and Fire Department.

I am in charge of organizing an RV Park/Campground Emergency Evacuation presentation for the parks up here. Everyone has their own exits to evacuate, and which way to get off the mountain, depending on what side of town they live on. We need to be educated, in case of a fire or other emergency situation, on which way to go so we can all leave safely. I also like knowing the dates of what is coming to town and what events we will be working on. This is great as I can also market events to our Campers so they can enjoy the events our town has to offer.

A nice visit from readers

I’d like to say Thank You to the folks from the two RVs that came in last night for a stopover. The ladies are sisters and their husbands travel all over the country together. They said they found us as they are readers from They were so lovely to meet as they have followed our journey and wanted to stay here! Safe travels to the Meyers and Ruszkowskis—as they really are traveling across the ENTIRE country!

Thank you for following our campground journey, and See You in the Trees!

And please leave a message!

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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Aimee & Jim
1 year ago

Cannot wait to come visit again this spring & summer. Can’t wait to see the progression. We stayed 2nd weekend you were open!!!!

Machelle James
1 year ago
Reply to  Aimee & Jim

Hi Aimee and Jim! Oh how awesome you were here so early in our opening! We have come a long way with learning what works and what doesn’t. We do hope you’ll be able to come back and see the changes this season!

Ed D.
1 year ago

Glad to see the roof is being put on the Store. Progress! You sure have your hands full with the Chamber position, on top of the Campground. Keep plugging away and eventually you will run out of Major things to do! Then you can begin relaxing a bit. Have a great weekend!

Machelle James
1 year ago
Reply to  Ed D.

Hi Ed! Oh the guys are here now for the porch! I am so excited I can’t even stand it!! The Chamber definitely keeps me busy, but I like it!! I’ll have photos in 2 weeks!

Ed D.
1 year ago
Reply to  Machelle James

Great! I look forward to seeing them.

Neal Davis
1 year ago

Great job! So glad that you know the source of the water leak. Hopefully all repairs will be completed soon! Have a great weekend and winter!

Machelle James
1 year ago
Reply to  Neal Davis

Hi Neal! Finally we have answers! And yes, we will have the water leak fixed before Spring Break!

1 year ago

We look forward to enjoying your RV Park soon!

Machelle James
1 year ago
Reply to  Ran

Hi Ran! We look forward to meeting you when you are in our neck of rhe woods!

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