Jim Hanson was not planning on getting into the short-termbusiness, but a family trip to Tennessee changed just that. Today, Jim and his wife own Tiger Mountain & , a cozy family in Oconee County, South Carolina.
The homey park in South Carolina’s Seneca City offers tenequipped with 30/50-amp electric, water, and sewer. It came to fruition after the couple and their four kids stayed at a small close to Gatlinburg, Tennessee in late 2019.
After a few exchanges with the owners, the couple was inspired to build anon their 5-and-a-half-acre land that had seven mobile homes for rent. Their dream progressed quickly after a couple of months of running numbers and planning things out. Soon enough, they found a buyer for the seven mobile homes. What came after was and building codes.
While Tiger Mountainoffers a stress-free environment for families with Lake Hartwell and over a hundred falls nearby, building it was far from relaxing—especially when the budget is very limiting. Just as things were going smoothly, Hanson faced his first hurdle: the entryway to his dream park.
Hanson shared that the driveway coming into the park did not meet the code of thefor to enter and leave. He was then advised to build an entryway, but that too proved to be nearly impossible as there was not a piece of the property connected to the road where it would work.
Fortunately, the odds were in his favor.
“Right when they told me that, the adjacent seven and a half acres came available—that would provide access to the main road; I would just have to build a long driveway. So I bought that land and we put about a quarter of a mile of paved driveway on the new property connecting to the property I already own,” Hanson told Modern Campground.
At this point, Hanson owns 13 acres of land with a newly-paved driveway leading to the property with the campsites.
The second hurdle was transforming their mobile home park into anin the middle of a pandemic. The newly-hatched owner faced one of the problems brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic: a shortage in supply.
Getting rocks was as smooth as butter, thanks to the rock quarry nearby. Buying power pedestals, however, proved to be a challenge for Hanson.
Mostowners, whether relatively new or have been long-time owners and are renovating, share the struggle of finding electric pedestals for their properties. For the Seneca owner, it took 11 months of waiting.
Good things come to those who wait, and with his patience, the process of transforming the park was well underway. His resourcefulness played a big part too. Hanson shared that he did most land grading and underground utility work himself.
He also told Modern Campground that he plans to tap into the side of the business by adding tents, tiny homes, and soon. As for facilities, Hanson is looking into adding an on-site vegetable garden for his guests.
Because the hands-on owner is very much involved in building the park, he plans to build the tiny houses on his own, with each having a bath facility as the no-contact park currently does not have a bathhouse.
“I have a workshop on the property so I can build all of those tiny houses or those littleon-site and do it myself, “ Hanson said.
“For a husband and wife operation where we don’t have major outside financing, anything I can do myself allows us to expand—and probably expand quicker than if we had to go get private contracting to come and do all that stuff,” he added.
The park is expanding with additional sixunderway. There are hopes to offer around 25 to 30 campsites by next summer, seeing that the wooded property is nearby Clemson University. Hanson said that college football fans, families visiting for orientation or graduation, event-goers, and more are welcome to stay.
There are alsoopportunities such as hiking in nearby trails, visiting the lake directly across the street, or going to the public boat ramp and within a mile and a half.
When asked what his message was for aspiring park owners, Hanson said that enjoying the process is important.
“There’s going to be a lot of hurdles in the way. There [are] going to be things you have to figure out that you may not have an answer to. Even in the process of figuring that stuff out, find ways to enjoy it,” he said.
With his resourcefulness, creativity, and persistence, Hanson was able to make his family’s dream come true, transforming a seven-unit mobile home park into the roaring Tiger Mountain
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