Profile Response: Ken Shrensel, Manager of Far Horizons, Tucson, AZ

HWWLT Logo on yellowKen Shrensel spent most of his career in hotel management. Six years ago he saw an ad to manage Far Horizons RV Park, applied, and got the job. “I’ve only spent one night of my life in an RV, but I thought it would be less stressful than running a hotel. I like it. It’s less corporate.”

Far Horizons RV Park opened over forty years ago. The park has 514 sites for motor homes, trailers, and ‘Park Models’, mini-mobile homes up to 400 square feet that are movable in theory, but in fact are quite secure. “We have up to 1000 residents in the winter, since most are couples, but only about 150 people live here in summer.” In winter, the staff grows to twenty people, three or four focus on activities for the residents, all of whom are 55 or older. “We have one family with a grandfather, father and grandson; and the grandson is over fifty-five. That means the grandfather is pretty old.”

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People rent sites by the night, week, or month ($43 / $245 / $700 per RV in high season). Park models pay about $5000 a year for their plot, which includes a concrete patio, a metal storage shed, and a set of wooden steps to access the dwelling. Most park models are permanent; they enclose the apron beneath the unit and add a shed roof to create a carport.

IMG_5455Far Horizons is a top shelf RV park. The activities building includes a large community room for lectures and dances, arts and crafts studios, a large pool, outdoor kitchen and laundry/ shower facilities, all of which augment the tiny private spaces found in Patio Models.

I ask Ken how Far Horizons has changed. “It used to be more RV’s, now there are many more Patio Models. We have more young people, closer to age 55. They are more active. Our activities reflect that. Recently we added pickleball, zumba, and an outdoor fitness area.”

How will we live tomorrow?

IMG_5451“We will downsize. The days of the McMansion are ending. I live in a 1500 square foot house. It’s easier to inhabit than a larger house; easier to maintain. The tiny house movement is gaining traction.”

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About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, theawkwardpose.com is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog, www.howwillwelivetomorrw.com, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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