We educate buyers and sellers so they can make an intelligent, informed decision.
After all, we are dealing with a buyers life savings and a sellers retirement.

Darrell Hess & Associates is:

A consulting and brokerage firm with over 30 years of experience specializing in the sale of campgrounds and RV parks. Licensed as a real estate broker in ten states,  Darrell and his staff have been involved in the sale of over 300 campgrounds and RV parks.  These sales were located in 32 different states.  Buyers have been individual investors, owner operators, partnerships and investment groups.  These sales have given them a thorough understanding of the purchase and sales process. 

What separates us from other brokers?  Why do we sell so many more parks?

It is my office structure of salaried brokers, not commissioned based brokers. 

The company includes associates Melinda Mimms, Brenda Lang and Angela Oliver, all licensed real estate brokers.  Melinda has been with the company for 23 years, Brenda for 19 years, Karen for 10 and Angela for 10 years.  Working as a team we fully understand the 1000s of details that need attention in the marketing, negotiating and the sale of each RV park.  When you work with Darrell Hess & Associates you get 4 professionals providing hands-on, personal service.     


Darrell, Angela, Melinda, Brenda (pictured above left to right) are well versed in the areas of campground valuation, marketing ideas to increase profitability, and obtaining bank financing for RV parks.  Our comparable sales information and statistical data on average income and expenses is frequently used and highly regarded by appraisers of campgrounds and RV parks throughout the United States.  Darrell is considered one of the country’s experts in the valuation of campgrounds and RV parks and is ranked if not the top, at least as one of the top 5 brokerage companies in the industry.

My company philosophy is to educate buyers and sellers so they can make an intelligent informed decision.  When you deal with one of my brokers, you don't have to wonder if they are telling you something just to earn  a commission.  They get paid a salary to answer your questions honestly.  Their salary is not dependent on whether you buy or sell the park. 

Darrell, Melinda and Brenda are sought-after speakers and have conducted workshops for many camping associations, including the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), the Yogi Bear Jellystone Camp Resorts franchise system, as well as many state campground associations.  Topics have included "Help, I Need Financing"; "Campground Valuations"; "Marketing Ideas"; and "Tenters and Cabin Renters", to name just a few.   

Darrell's professional career began when he graduated from Florida Southern College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing/Management and opened three clothing stores.  During this time, Darrell obtained his Florida real estate license and began practicing in the traditional residential real estate market. He then changed to commercial and became a Business Broker.   In 1982, he sold his first campground business.  In 1983, he quit practicing other types of real estate, and other business brokerage, to specialize only in the sale of RV parks and campground businesses.  He obtained his North Carolina broker’s license and established a campground brokerage office in North Carolina which is central to most of the east coast states.  

Along with their website, www.CampgroundsForSale.com, they have published 3 guide books specifically for buyers and sellers of RV Parks; 

Conducting the "original" Campground Buyers’ Workshop in 1985, Darrell has presided over 90 such seminars. We are flattered that others are now imitating this successful workshop.  

The two-day workshop is approved for credit by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) Certified Park Operator’s Program. To date, his Campground Buyers’ Workshops have generated buyers who have gone on to purchase over 300 campgrounds.  These results prove educated buyers are the best buyers.

If you are Thinking of Selling, click here to learn more about how our
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  • Jeff Sims; former owner of Compton Ridge Campground and
    current  Director of State Relations/Program Advocacy with the
    National Association of RV Parks (ARVC), 417-337-0451, jeffsims308@aol.com

  • Linda Profaizer; former President of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), lprofaizer27@gmail.com.

  • Steve Albrecht; former owner of Staunton/Walnut Hills KOA, current Business Development Consultant at Kampgrounds of America (KOA), 406-690-6377, steve24463@gmail.com
  • Ron Vitkun; Yogi Bear Leisure Systems Inc., Directors of Franchise Sales, and former owner of  Yogi Bear's Park at Hagerstown, 240-675-7901, ron.vitkun@gmail.com
  • Dave Gorin; Gorin Cohen Consulting Group, consultant, park owner, and  former Executive Director of the National Association of RV Parks (ARVC), 703-371-7467, david@davidgorinassociates.com

Call (828) 452-1535 Darrell Hess & Associates, 
Darrell Hess, as a Business Broker, is licensed as a
real estate broker in the following states:
Darrell and Associates also work as a Business Brokers in many other states.

367 Dellwood Rd., Bldg E-2, Waynesville, NC 28786

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