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We now own RV Land in Tennessee!

We did it! We now own RV land – a full five acres on a mountaintop in Mid-Tennessee near the town of Linden.

And we plan to use it as our personal RV retreat spot, to be developed with a circular driveway that will let us easily get to the secluded spot deep into the woods where we will install water and electric hookups next to a 20-by-30 foot concrete pad to park the RV.

NOTE: Keep reading to the end of this article because we’re inviting you to come down for a meetup… soon!

The property we selected is located in a huge, 1,500-acre development called the Woodlands at Buffalo River.

This is NOT an RV park or campground. It is raw, wild land that can be used for hunting, hiking, horseback riding, ATVing or… RV camping

There is no HOA and owners can choose to develop their property pretty much however they want.

In fact, someday, we can even see building a cabin or house there.

Click the player below to see the video on how we chose the property.

How we came to own RV Land

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It’s all our own fault. All this year, we have been reporting on the growing trend among many RVers to own their own RV camping spots,

As such, we’ve made two previous trips to the area, located about 20 miles south and a bit west of I-40, an hour and a half west of Nashville.

One trip was to a place called the Landings, located right on the banks of Kentucky Lake (the Tennessee River). We first visited there in early summer and interviewed a bunch of owners for a story on owning your RV campsite.

We returned for a follow-up report on the RV Land ownership trend in October to see how they were doing and while there, learned about the Woodlands at Buffalo River, which was not far away. So after wrapping up the story on the Landings, we headed over to tour the Woodlands.

After those stories, we kept thinking about what we saw. We couldn’t get the idea out of our heads. We wanted to own RV land and we fell in love with Mid-Tennessee, especially the town of Linden, which bills itself as being in “Nashville’s Big Back Yard.”

The Buying Process

For us, it started with that first look at the property when we came down to do the story in October. Click below to see that video.

This is from our YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel

To tell the truth, I wanted to buy right then. But with such an important step, Jen convinced me we needed to do some research. So for several weeks, we looked at satellite images of the area, learned all we can about Linden and Perry County, studied maps, and talked with representatives of the company.

One thing with the particular property we chose that really helped guide our decision was the fact that it was located on a very low-traffic public road that is maintained by the County and already had city water. That meant we would not have to drill a well. Electricity is also available off the road from the Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative.

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We walked all over the land

From maps of the entire project sent us by the developers, we arranged another trip and set an appointment with Cree Ham, the sales manager, and Jim Comes, the project supervisor.

From our research back home, we had narrowed our search down to four different parcels and inspected all of them. In all, we spent three days on-site, walking all over each parcel. The Woodlands at Buffalo River is selling parcels from five acres up to 30 acres, at prices starting around $69,900, depending on location and the topographical features. They have some larger parcels available as well.

We liked all of the four properties we looked at. But it was the five-acre parcel marked as site 25 that stood out the most. We asked and got permission to spend the night on it in our RV.

That was the one we decided on. It fronts the road and is bordered on both sides by a series of small ravines. At the back a series of ridges staircases to the west.

The parcel is heavily forested. Loblolly pines are the predominant tree, with a nice assortment of hardwoods on the sides and back. A flat area in about the center of the five acres is where we will install the pad and hookups for the RV.

Why own RV Land?

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We got to put the sold sign on the property

For us, it came down to seven reasons:

  • We wanted a guaranteed spot to camp.
    In these times of massive congestion and overbooked campgrounds where you need to make a reservation a year in advance, owning our own RV land in an area we liked just makes a lot of sense.
  • When we camp, we want peace and quiet, beautiful scenery, wilderness and lots of elbow room.
    If you follow us, you know that boondocking is our preferred form of camping. This land is indeed wild. It is as remote as the Michigan Upper Peninsula. Five wooded acres like we chose gives us plenty of space.
  • We can stay as long as we want.
    There are no stay limits. And because we can install electric, water and sewer hookups, this land will be like a resort – for just us!
  • We can work remotely right from the property.
    Cell coverage is excellent. But as a major bonus, fiber optic cable will run right past our lot in 2022, making it easy to connect.
  • Even though the land is remote, shopping, medical services and restaurants are only a few minutes away in Linden.
    Linden has been voted as one of the best small towns in Tennessee. The historic Commodore Hotel, built in 1939 and meticulously restored, has been named one of “Six Great Places to Stay in Tennessee.” The Commodore’s Music Cafe brings in Nashville and local musicians every Friday night.
  • Land appreciates.
    As the saying goes, God is not making any more of it. Nashville is one of the fastest growing cities in America and land prices are rapidly rising all over Tennessee. This property is close enough to Nashville to easly visit (our son and his family live there), but far enough away to avoid the congestion and craziness.
  • Recreational opportunities around the property abound.
    The Buffalo River, which borders the Woodlands development, is one of the most beautiful waterways in Tennessee. Its perfect for kayaking and canoeing and the smallmugh bass fishing is awsome. The Natchez Trace is nearby. There are numerous hiking trails, nature preserves and the beautiful Mousetail State Park just a few miles away. And the Tennessee River is also nearby, a river so big it’s also known as Kentucky Lake.

Getting the permits

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This is the land

Once we decided on the parcel and made the agreement to buy with the developers, Jim Comes took me into Linden where we signed up and paid the fees for our electricity, made arrangements for a water tap, and applied for a permit to install a septic tank.

Then, we went back to the property and Jim helped lay out a rough driveway. I met with an excavator to arrange for clearing the trees needed for the driveway and to prepare the property for the RV pad and septic installation.

There’s some more paperwork and legal papers to sign so everything can be filed with the county but those details and the closing can be handled remotely.

It has been an amazingly simple process so far and work on the improvements is about to begin.

Now that we own RV Land, here’s how we plan to use it

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Cree Ham, the sales manager of the Woodlands at Buffalo River, gave Jen a tour of the property

The property is halfway between our home in Michigan and our Condo on Okaloosa Island, FL. So every time we travel between the two spots, we’ll stay on the land. Probably for a couple of nights, at least.

And we will use it for extended stays.

We are on the road half to three-quarters of the time. And although we love every minute of it, we are always working, shooting videos, doing podcasts, recording interviews, writing blog posts, researching for our travel books. When you try to fit all that work around RVing, you can see that if we don’t intentionally create downtime, we could easily get burned out.

This property will let us chill out, decompress, and get away from having to juggle work around travel. In particular, I’d like to stay on the property so I can concentrate distraction-free during the writing phase for some of our future books.

And we can use it as a meet-up spot!

Our next trip down will be on December 11, 2021, a Saturday.

The Woodlands is hosting a one-day sale and inviting prospective buyers down on that same day. We’ll be camping on our property and figured that we might as well use that as an informal meet-up for any of our followers who would like to come by and say hello.

We’re hoping the driveway will be in but it’s not yet ready for overnight campers. But if you are in the area, we invite you to come by for a short visit that day. We’ll be hanging around our property and happy to meet those who come by. Go to MyRVLand.com and the folks at the Woodlands at Buffalo River will give you details and directions to our spot as part of their sales tour.

As we get the property developed, we plan to occasionally invite two to three other campers to come down and spend a couple of days with us, hanging out around the campfire and enjoying the beauty.

We can’t wait!

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28 Responses to “We now own RV Land in Tennessee!”

December 07, 2021at6:32 pm, Tom Stapleton said:

Mike and Jennifer, That was a great video! I really enjoyed how you surveyed the area and shared your ideas. My wife Debra and I purchased lot #23 on Oct. 30! We might be neighbors in the future. I will be looking forward to how you will be developing your property. I am interested in how the perc test goes and who you get to clear the trees for you. I also spoke to Cree Ham about services to use for developing the land. Have a great day

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January 12, 2022at8:48 am, LINO DE LA HERA said:

Hi Tom, we are thinking of purchasing a lot, any suggestions. are you happy with the purchase? Have you done any work on the land.
Thank you for any information.
Have a great day.
Lino

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December 03, 2021at12:54 pm, Kevin Schrecengost said:

Hoping to see you guys on the 11th!

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November 30, 2021at1:15 am, LeeAnne Gutierrez said:

I recently purchased my first RV 42 ft toy hauler that I pull with my tractor since I’m still OTR driver Is this area easily accessible with a tractor? Retirement is just a few months away and what a perfect place to have a getaway Congratulations on your purchase and hope to see you soon

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November 28, 2021at9:44 pm, Barbara Loughlin said:

I read about this property online a few months ago. It looks beautiful. My main concern, as my husband pointed out, no HOA’s. That means your neighbor can do anything he wants on his land – including running a pig farm. I know many people are opposed to HOA’s – “no one is going to tell me what I can do on my land” BUT I would like to know that I won’t have a nightmare next to me.

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November 30, 2021at10:05 am, Lisa Cate said:

Woods wouldn’t be the best place for someone wanting to start a pig farm. Even then pigs would be less stink than having to deal with a HOA running everything. There’s probably campsites with HOAs but they wouldn’t be where I’d want to live. Probably dictate more than just 🐖 farming like tell you your camper had to be newer than 10 years old to stay there.

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November 30, 2021at10:36 pm, Teresa Tillock said:

Love the land ! Congrats:)
Question, what made you guys decide on The Woodlands ? Instead of the other 2 properties at Waverly, TN and The Landing?
Thanks and Blessings

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November 27, 2021at10:47 pm, Gio Dupree said:

Hi Mike and Jen,
Congratulations!
My husband and I were there for the October 30th sale. We came very close to purchasing Lot 18 .We loved the town of Linden and the Commodore Hotel. Everyone we met was so friendly and down to earth.
We are still talking about it. We live in New Jersey and it is a long trip to get there. We’re not sure if it would work for us because of the distance unless we decide to build and relocate. We are newbies and we purchased our first RV at the Hershey show this year and going to Tennessee was our first RV trip… Everyone was so accommodating when we decided to stay the night so we could have more time to think about the possible purchase. We actually ended up boondocking in a Church parking lot in Linden. 😊

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November 28, 2021at7:42 am, Mike Wendland said:

Yes, Linden is certainly a charming city and the Commodore is such a great place to hang out. Congrats on the new RV!

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November 30, 2021at1:13 am, LeeAnne Gutierrez said:

I recently purchased my first RV 42 ft toy hauler that I pull with my tractor since I’m still OTR driver Is this area easily accessible with a tractor? Retirement is just a few months away and what a perfect place to have a getaway congratulations on your purchase and hope to see you soon

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November 27, 2021at3:11 pm, Susan Williamson said:

Welcome to the neighborhood! We bought Lot 11.
Looking forward to meeting y’all at The Commodore Hotel. They host a heck of a Friday happy hour. 😊

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November 27, 2021at4:25 pm, Mike Wendland said:

Hi neighbor…
We know your lot… right on the corner. Yes, we love the Commodore! Happy Hour and great music.
Looking forward to meeting you in person.

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January 12, 2022at8:51 am, LINO DE LA HERA said:

Good morning Susan,
My wife and I are thinking of purchasing a lot here in the development. Are you happy with the purchase? Have you done any upgrades to the lot? Any suggestion or recommendations?

Thanks and have a great day.
Lino

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November 27, 2021at11:09 am, Tim Goodsell said:

This looks really nice. I’m just curious. Did you receive any type of incentive pricing or discounts from the sellers for promoting their project? There’s nothing wrong if you did. I just think it should be disclosed.

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November 27, 2021at11:34 am, Mike Wendland said:

No discount whatsoever… Honestly, such a rude question.

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November 27, 2021at10:11 am, Roger Bohnke said:

Congratulations! Having grown up camping in the Smoky Mountains, I completely understand the allure of that beautiful area. We live in Tidewater VA, but have to get our mountain fix out in the crowded Shenandoah National Park campgrounds every so often. You’ve made a wonderful investment and it’s great to see the excitement in your eyes! Always fun watching you as you follow your dreams.

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November 27, 2021at9:58 am, Dorothy Van Ness said:

I’m jealous! The property looks beautiful!

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November 27, 2021at9:49 am, Matt Asai said:

Living in southern Utah, have you heard of any similar developments in Washington, Oregon, Idaho or Montana? A place like yours out here would be a great place to escape to, to get away from St. George, UT summers.

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November 27, 2021at11:36 am, Mike Wendland said:

I have not heard of any there. I heard that the same company we bought from may be doing something like this in Arizona but I have no details. We would like to maybe someday have several spots like this in different parts of the country.

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November 27, 2021at4:13 pm, Dixie Lou said:

I wish I could just see another state

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November 27, 2021at8:28 am, Thomas Clark, DMD FACD FICD said:

Mike and Jen–You know, I could see the sparkle in your eyes during the video you guys did on this place awhile back, so I am not surprised that you now have a place there. It sounds great! Good luck with the “development” of your lot, and please keep us posted on your progress in this new adventure. Tom Clark

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November 27, 2021at9:19 am, Mike Wendland said:

Hey Tom… thanks for the kind words. You’re only a few hours’ drive from the property. Once we get it set up and developed, we’d love to have you join us and camp on it with us!

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November 27, 2021at7:44 am, R. Fatimah Jafri said:

Congratulations! I’m so very excited for the two of you. The area is amazing, with the forested area with amenities at the frontage. Looking forward to watching your dream become a reality!

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November 27, 2021at8:19 am, Mike Wendland said:

We are really excited about this. It will be a great getaway for us and we can invite others to join us, too.

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November 27, 2021at7:27 am, Kay Newton said:

Congratulations! Love your brilliant and creative idea! We to have a Florida home and upon traveling to Florida this sure beats staying overnight in a Cracker Barrell parking lot ! Our permanent home is Indiana winter home Florida. We travel to Harrisville and Oscoda Michigan for summer visits on Lake Huron! Happy for you Both! Thx for sharing all your great info We Enjoy!!
Kay and Steve from Indiana. Would love to stop past for a visit sometime 😎

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November 27, 2021at8:19 am, Mike Wendland said:

You will be most welcome, Kay.

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November 27, 2021at7:23 am, Bev Parkison said:

Congratulations! It looks like a beautiful place and you will enjoy the solitude and being close to family. Enjoy!

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November 27, 2021at8:21 am, Mike Wendland said:

We just love the woods and seclusion. Such a great place to decompress and refresh. The air is so fresh. And there is so much to do in the area.

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