Bob Gales

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Bob Gales

Coachland RV Park

Bob, how long have you been in business?

Coachland RV Park is a family-owned business that was acquired from the Resolution Trust Corp. (RTC) in 1990 after the prior owner, Brookside Savings & Loan, was taken over by the FDIC.

Who are your clientele at Coachland RV Park?

Coachland consists of the 131 space RV park and 100 space mobile home park, and was originally built in the l 970's. RV spaces are rented on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

We also have seasonal business for those workers here to help with specific jobs during the various seasons. Then there are others choosing to spend a few months in the Sierra who opt to rent an RV site for a few months.

The mobile home section of the park offers Truckee residents high-quality non-subsidized affordable housing. After acquiring the Park we added 65 new mobile home sites and became a Fleetwood dealer in an effort to provide new homes at attractive prices for those who otherwise were priced out of the local housing market.

In what ways does Truckee’s location help with your business?

Our guests in the RV Park come from all over the world to enjoy the beauty of the area. So it’s great for the tourists, as well as the full time people and families. The mobile home residents are primarily locals looking for a quiet, well managed community in close proximity to the downtown area, the new Rec Center, the middle school and churches.

We also have added a new two-acre ballfield in 1997, and a 2,500 square foot clubhouse built in 1999 for our residents' use.

Bob, what has been especially heart-warming for you since establishing Coachland in Truckee?

I have found that it has been most gratifying to see families raise their children from infants to high school graduates while living in the Park. Many have celebrated birthdays, family reunions, graduations, Quinceañera in the clubhouse and picnic areas with their friends and other park residents.

Conversely, what has proved the most challenging for you?

One of the challenges in running the RV Park is the need to keep up with the demands of the needs of the RV traveler. Technology advances require that we stay up-to-date with wireless Internet, digital television and 50 amp. service.

In what ways has the Chamber been a valuable resource for you?

We have found the Chamber to be most valuable in providing our potential RV guests with information from wherever they are through the Chamber’s website as well as their visitor center. It’s a real partnership!