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Bushman's RV Park is located in Bullard, which is a city on the eastern side of Texas. The business is open year-round and offers 97 RV sites and five tent spaces. Each RV site comes equipped with water, sewage, and electricity. Other amenities that are offered include a catch-and-release fishing pond, a rec room, a laundromat, and several pavilions with grills. Bushman's RV Park first opened to the public in 2010 and has been run by the same owners ever since. The owners also run Kiepersol, a restaurant found nearby. Lake Palestine is found west of the property, and guests can drive about 45 minutes north to find Tyler State Park.
Bushman's RV Park has a total of 97 RV spaces available to patrons throughout the year. There are also five tent spaces for guests who would like to pitch a tent instead. The business offers short-term visits for those who would like to stay for a few days or weeks or long-term stays for people who are planning on being in the area for an extended period. The RV sites have full hookups, including water, sewage, and electricity. Some of them only have 30 AMPs of power, but others have up to 50 AMPs. About 25 of the RV sites are pull-through spaces, while the rest of them are back-in only. Most of the sites have a metal table that guests can utilize. There are picnic tables at the pavilions surrounding the main buildings and four fire pits scattered around the property. According to the managers, the RV slots that are closest to the fishing pond are considered "premium sites and tend to be more sought after by patrons.
The main office doubles as a store and sells things like camping supplies, snacks, t-shirts, wine, and more. There is also a laundromat, indoor swimming pool and hot tub, fishing pond, seven bathrooms with showers, a rec room, volleyball court, and four pavilions. The swimming pool is open daily from 10:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M., while other facilities are available anytime. The fishing pond is a short distance from the main office, but occupants can find most of the other buildings within a close approximation of each other. Due to the fact that the fishing pond is on private property, guests do not need to have a fishing license. It should be noted that fishing in the pond is catch-and-release only. The pavilions and fire rings are scattered throughout the property, and the pavilions have grills that visitors can use at their leisure. Occupants can use the rec room for rallies and get-togethers. Inside, one can find a kitchen, pool table, and seating for up to 50 people.
The business is found in Bullard, which is a small town, but the city of Tyler is located about 15 minutes away by car and offers opportunities for patrons to shop and find other attractions. Bushman's RV Park is found among many farmlands and hills. One manager states, "Off in the distance, you can sometimes see sheep and cows." There is one walking trail that is found on the property that can take guests near the fishing pond.
Tyler State Park is about 30-40 minutes away from the RV park and offers activities such as hiking, camping, bird watching, fishing, biking trails, and more. Another attraction that can be found nearby is Lake Palestine, which offers water activities such as boating and fishing. The managers also enjoy telling guests about the restaurants in the area. One that they often mention by name is Milano's Pizza, which is in Bullard. Another eatery they bring up is Cocina Mexicana, which is a short distance north of the RV park.
Bushman's RV Park managers would like their guests to feel welcome, comfortable, and at home when they arrive and throughout their stay. Customer service is one of their main priorities, and they enjoy talking to people. According to the managers, "We try to go out of our way to help them with anything while they are here. We also try to make sure that every interaction we have with them is friendly." Since the office is also a store, they see people frequently there and when they are going about their daily maintenance of the grounds. The managers believe the business is most known for "its cleanliness and the facilities [we] offer."
The best seasons of operation tend to be during the summer and fall, specifically throughout the months of March and April, as well as September, October, and November. The managers believe this to be the case because it is when the temperatures are generally not too hot or cold for activities throughout the day. With regard to the typical demographic of visitors coming to Bushman's RV Park, most people tend to be retirees and families. One of the managers mentions that many people stay at the RV park because they are looking at building or buying a house in the vicinity. He estimates that about half of their patrons are repeat guests.
People who have stayed at the business occasionally leave reviews of their experience. Some of the more commonly mentioned aspects that are stated in these reviews are the staff's friendliness, the amenities that are offered, and the cleanliness of the grounds. One person who recently stayed at the RV park wrote, "The park is nice, well kept and private. A little private lake for catch and release fishing is available. The pool is small and covered with a small heated jacuzzi next to it, and the staff was friendly."
There are several policies that the business has in place that they would like visitors to abide by while they are staying at Bushman's RV Park. Quiet time begins at 10:00 P.M. and continues until 7:00 A.M. Pets are permitted at the property as long as the pet owners pick up after them and keep their animals on a leash. Smoking cannot be done inside any of the buildings, but it is permitted outside. People are allowed to host their own personal events at the business, including birthdays, family reunions, and rallies. Rallies are the most common event that takes place at Bushman's RV Park, which are groups of people, typically about 15 to 20 RVs, who will come and use the rec room. These rallies often have a captain, who is the person in charge of the rally, and they usually organize their event with the managers.
The owners of Bushman's RV Park have been running the business for about 12 years. They are also the original owners that started the company in 2010. Aside from the RV park, the owners also run a restaurant called Kiepersol, which is found a few minutes away by car past the north side of Bullard. Kiepersol has a winery, vineyard, and distillery tasting room.
Before the business was established in 2010, the land was used mainly by local farmers as farmland to grow crops or let cattle and sheep roam. One of the managers mentions that there have not been many changes made since it was built, except for the general upkeep of the grounds.
The co-managers of the business enjoy interacting with and learning about the people who stay at Bushman's RV Park. One of them remarks, "It's been fun getting to know everybody."