We did it! We now own RV land – a full five acres on a mountaintop in Mid-Tennessee near the town of Linden.
- 1 We did it! We now own RV land – a full five acres on a mountaintop in Mid-Tennessee near the town of Linden.
- 2 How we came to own RV Land
- 3 The Buying Process
- 4 Why own RV Land?
- 5 Getting the permits
- 6 Now that we own RV Land, here’s how we plan to use it
- 7 And we can use it as a meet-up spot!
- 8 Looking for more Expert RV Trip ideas and RV Travel suggestions?
- 9 Curious about the gear, gadgets, accessories, and RV products Mike & Jennifer use and recommend?
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
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.
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.
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?
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
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
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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