Week 374 - Rancho California RV Resort - 10-13-2013
Rancho California RV Resort
We left Oceanside California and headed inland to Rancho California
We have been to this resort twice before, but never did an in-depth
report. Rancho California RV Resort was a development of the Outdoor
Resorts corporation and now is in the process of belonging solely to
the RV site owners of the resort.
Rancho California is 17 miles east of Temecula on California Highway
We rented our site from the owner. You can also rent from Fairway
Associates, the onsite realty that also sells sites. We have close
friends that own lots like these. But, for us this is the nicest
site we have occupied in the 343 parks/campgrounds that we have visited.
As the resort is covered in grass, Mandy gave her approval, woof!
Our home for the day has a nice collection of outdoor furniture,
lounge chairs, BBQ, lighting and fire pit.
Water just makes people happy and it worked for us with views like
this from our backyard.
This patio is fun day or night. When you must go inside, hookups
include 50 amps, water, sewer and cable TV. While our site is so
nice that you really don't need any facilities, there are plenty
1) The large clubhouse (there are two) has a huge kitchen, dining
seating for 400, a dance floor, stage and bar (when catered). 2)
This pool is one of five (one is for owners only). All pool areas include a spa and
restroom/shower facilities. There are also a number of laundry facilities in the resort.
The closest full grocery store is in Temecula. Thus, it is
convenient to have a onsite store and restaurant. The outside patio
is well-shaded for sunny days.
Many of the 593 sites border on the 14-hole golf course or one of
the 26 ponds. Upon completion the golf course will increase to 18
We took enough photos of the golf course, water and grass areas to
fill this entire travelogue. We had the difficult job of picking
just a few to present.
1) Mandy turns her nose up at dog parks without grass. This one made
her happy and has lots of chairs for the parents. 2) The
fitness room is small, but based on how many mature adults actually
workout, most likely it is adequate. And the views out the windows
are grass and water, like the rest of the resort.
This complex contains the office, small clubhouse, fitness center,
WiFi and realty office. We have attended church here several times
and the group of owners that attend are very committed to their
spiritual walk. On the Sunday after Thanksgiving in 2006, we
attended with our daughter Melissa. When the floor was opened to
those who wished to express their thanks, their passion was so
intense that it brought us to tears.
Do you want to live here in your motorhome or fifth wheel? Now is
time to buy! We sound like salesman, but its just the truth. We
have visited a dozen ownership parks across the nation and the
prices here today (10-2013) are very reasonable. Lowest prices are
for "undeveloped" sites as shown here. 1) Site 270 is listed at
$49,500 2) Site 550 as $98,500. Why the difference? 270 is a
standard size lot, 40 feet wide by 80 feet deep. The concrete pad is
18 by 60 feet. Site 550 is a very large corner lot. In addition to
the mortgage, the HOA dues are $395 per month (10-2013). The dues covers the
mowing of all grass, even on your lot, daily trash collection,
water, sewer, cable TV and all the golf you want to play.
Development of the sites is up the owners. Given an approval by the
HOA architectural committee and use of a licensed and bonded
contractor, create what you want. Very popular are outdoor kitchens,
tables and seating, covers ("pergolas" to some).
This large lot has huge covered social areas. Screened side walls
block the wind and some sun. Roll them up for open area patios.
The park allows only Class A motorhomes and large fifth wheels, new
to 10 years old. 1) This fifth wheel site has a very large patio. 2) Here is a view from under a covering on a different site.
While this looks like one of the many community buildings, it is an
enhancement for one owner's site.
A very noteworthy point about Rancho California is the weather. Of
all the ownership parks we have stayed at, this is the only one we
would consider IF we wanted to live there ALL YEAR. The
temperatures vary slightly up and down from the weather in North San
Luis Obispo County. All the other parks are either too hot to stay
in the summer or too cold in the winter.
And like every park we visit for an extended time, it is filled with
really nice people that are a joy to be with. And then there is that
No Mandy, we are not buying now, but nice pouty look, way to go
Some think that people buy pets that look like them. What to you
Next week we are off to the Phoenix area to visit Ellen's cousins.
Special thanks to Candice from Fairway Associates for taking hours
to give a tour of the facility. She knew we were writing a
travelogue and not buying. Candice, it was pleasure to spend time
with you, thanks.
With love, Pete, Ellen and Mandy
Photos from Oct 2013