Zoom Call 9.27.22 Leanne Smith Ranches to RV's

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 Leanne Smith  Ranches to RV's

The Zoom call of September 27 was presented by Leanne Smith, an ActiveRain member from Kingsman, AZ the High Desert in NW Arizona. This is the Mohave Desert and can get hot and dry.  It is also extremely picturesque and is sought by people looking for the beauty and simplicity of the desert, yet still retain some conveniences.

As many people choose to travel for their vacations, there are 2 ways in the desert to vacation with an RV: within a park, or on a plot of land that one owns.

Kingman AZ is in Mojave county and is along historic Rt 66, which brings a lot of tourists. The town boasts a lot of Western history and claims Andy Devine as a once frequent visitor as he had family in the area.

The photo at right is a private property, entrance driveway and at the rear is an RV.  For people living in the area, there are strict rule regarding services, especially septic.

For short terms, the tank within the RVs should be sufficient, If staying longer than 14 days, on a visit or 30 days within a year then it is required to have a septic system, and the requirements for these are also strict. A functional system can be installed for $7-10,000.

Water is also an issue that needs to be carefully addressed. If the owners have storage facilities on their land, they can have water hauled in from a nearby town. Many of the people that have more permanent accommodations may even elect to drill their own wells, but that could also get costly at $25/ft and some wells can run as deep as 1,000 ft.

Most plots are completely off grid, so power is either solar, generator or for those that want service provided they should expect to pay high cost as they are required to pay per foot of run as well as poles.

The area is open range, so cattle. wild horses, and elk are quite common as well as typical critters common to the extremely rural areas.

As the cattle free roam, drivers have to be quite vigilant as they drive especially when coming along the turns created by water, or washes. 

The cattle like to rest on the roadbeds as they tend to be warmer when the temp start to turn and if one were to hit a steer, they would not only have the cost to repair their car, but also the cost of the steer to the rancher.

When seeking an RV camp, there are tight rule that need to be addressed. Not all parks may offer the same conveniences and town and county ordinances are strictly enforced.

The chart above shows some of the standard costs to stay in an RV site.  Some people will choose to find a plot of land and bring in something more permanent for their retreat.

Some people elect to get a permanent location for their RV's but will build structures for shelter from the sun as well as storage and water storage as well.

The most common vehicles in the area would be 4-wheel drive especially as roads can get washed out during monsoon storms. Not all roads are county maintained so the ruts need to be carefully avoided.  

Desert living is a different lifestyle and should be seen as living off the grid, but it offers serenity and quiet.

Sunrises and sunsets are beautiful with colors that just make one stop to appreciate nature in the desert.

 Leanne is an accomplished author and has written a book entitled Be the Red Jacket in a Sea of Gray Suits.  


It has spent time at the top of the Kingman AZ Daily Miner best seller list

It was a different type of Zoom call on a very unique area with a less hectic lifestyle.

 Leanne Smith  Ranches to RV's

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Comments (15)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed Leanne was very knowledge about RV living, and had a lot to share.  She shared a lot that I did not know.

Sep 28, 2022 02:18 PM
Leanne Smith

Glad I add to your knowledge bank George Souto 

Sep 28, 2022 03:12 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Ed Silva so appreciate the summary and the opportunity to share the uniqueness of living in the high desert here in NW AZ, Mohave County.  Again, thank you.

Sep 28, 2022 03:13 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I'm so sorry I missed this call! I have a friend who is starting a cross country RV journey for the next year!

Sep 28, 2022 03:38 PM
Leanne Smith

This area has numerous RV Parks with a lot of folks like your friend just traveling through. Your friend has probably discovered some of the free programs that have zero parking fees to discounted parking fees.

Sep 29, 2022 06:29 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Ed - I appreciate the writing of Leanne Smith and anticipate her posts.  I am sure her presentation was interesting as she certainly understands the roots of dirt.  Land-wise and digging deeper into the world of connecting marketing ideas to everyday communication.   

Sep 28, 2022 05:13 PM
Leanne Smith

Good morning Michael and thank you for those very kind words.

Sep 29, 2022 06:30 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Ed another good recap of our Tuesday Zoom meeting. I learned so much from Leanne Smith's presentation!!!  I'd never thought about everything it takes to live in the desert. 

Sep 28, 2022 05:34 PM
Leanne Smith

Kathy Streib happy to read that I added to your knowledge. Yes living in the high desert is quite different and has many unfamiliar challenges for those living in the cities.

Sep 29, 2022 06:31 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign


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Sep 28, 2022 05:36 PM
Leanne Smith

Thank you for the feature.

Sep 29, 2022 06:31 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Smith is one that I’ve heard a good thing or two about! Sounds like some good prospects are out there

Sep 28, 2022 09:28 PM
Leanne Smith

Good morning and yes there are some good prospects out here.

Sep 29, 2022 06:32 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Ed... I was sorry to have missed this presentation as I know nothing about RV living and not likely to try and discover the joys of RV living... but I do love learning about lifestyles that are not familiar to me.

Sep 29, 2022 04:23 AM
Leanne Smith

Agreed a totally different life style. Good morning.

Sep 29, 2022 06:32 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Ed, for telling us about this Zoom session.

Have a great day.

Sep 29, 2022 05:07 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Leanne Smith knows her area well.  I have driven through the area many times but I have not spent much time in the area.

Sep 29, 2022 05:08 AM
Leanne Smith

Brian England next time stop and we can have lunch.

Sep 29, 2022 06:33 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Ed,
What a great recap of the meeting. Leanne Smith's presentation was very interesting and quite detailed. She and her husband have carved out a very different lifestyle for themselves from what they had in Indiana. And, I love that she's become the expert in selling "dirt". It's not as simple as it sounds, if you do it right.

Sep 29, 2022 05:24 AM
Leanne Smith

Selling dirt may not give one a six figure income, but it provides other benefits. Good morning Carol Williams 

Sep 29, 2022 06:33 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Missed this Ed, but what an interesting way of living with cattle, wild horses and elk roaming free. The sunrises and sunsets must be magnificent.

Sep 29, 2022 06:44 AM
Leanne Smith

I believe one reason our sunrises and sunsets have such color is the air if fairly free of pollutants. Good morning.

Sep 30, 2022 05:49 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

This was such an interesting call. So many different elements to selling land than what we have in our local market. This is what makes real estate so interesting.

Sep 29, 2022 08:53 AM
Leanne Smith

Yes our market has depth and breath.

Sep 30, 2022 05:49 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Ed:

I thoroughly enjoyed Leanne Smith 's presentation, AND you well done and very thorough recap. I am not interested in the RV lifestyle but enjoyed learning so much about it.


Sep 29, 2022 09:30 PM
Leanne Smith

Good to read you enjoyed the presentation.  And a Freya's Good morning to you.

Sep 30, 2022 05:48 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for sharing the recap of the zoom call Ed Silva. I appreciate you 🙂

Sep 30, 2022 08:22 PM