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Rendez-Vous RV Park & Storage Owners and Staff

“We stayed here for 2 nights. Absolutely the cleanest and most organized park we have EVER stayed at. We highly recommend it.”

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“Well laid out and large sites. Staff at check-in are very helpful and pleasant. Quiet and peaceful.” “Very clean showers and laundry and the campground as a whole is very clean. Marcel and Louise are the best hosts you could ask for.” These kinds of comments are the norm, not the exception, in reviews about the Rendez-Vous RV Park and East Side Storage located beside Cecil Thompson Park in Northern Sunrise County. This is a testament to the owners’ high standards and vast personal experience in RV parks of every kind. Marcel Ruel, 59, and his wife Louise, 58, built the park in 2010 as a “retirement project.” After a long career with Ruel Concrete, the company Marcel founded, he was ready to pass the torch on to his business partners

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and take life a little easier. Inspired by their own RV adventures, Marcel and Louise decided to create an RV park that had all the best aspects of the parks they have enjoyed over the years. “People often say that we must be learning a lot about our industry because we live it for six months of the year, and it’s true. We wanted to find something where we could get away for half the year and have fewer staff. We didn’t want to quit working cold turkey,” said Marcel. “I grew up in the hospitality industry. I used to do my homework by the switchboard of my parents’ motel and work the plugs when someone made a call. So, we started a hospitality and self-storage business.” The business now has 110 serviced sites (one in a heated shop), 106 RV storage sites and over 100 self-storage units. In addition, the park has a convenience store, public laundry facility, public washrooms, public dump station, propane, free Wi-Fi, a common space and a large tent for group events like

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weddings and memorial services. An economical overnight option is to rent one of their on-site holiday trailers or their furnished cottage. As part of the storage business, they also have a U-Haul franchise, which includes moving supplies (and muscle). Their park is also part of the Good Sam RV Park & Resort Network, an indication to Good Sam Club members that the park meets topnotch standards for a quality camping experience. “A lot of RV parks have holding tanks for the sewer. I’ve been stuck next to one, and it smelled pretty [bad]. We’re hooked up to municipal services, so we have direct sewer, electricity and municipal water. You get potable water and no sewage holding tanks,” said Marcel. As their reviews suggest, cleanliness is an important value of the Ruels. In fact, they not only keep their RV park squeaky-clean, as part of their contract with Northern Sunrise County, they

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Move Up Magazine ~ Issue 23  

In this issue: 5 Fresh Perspectives: Businesses with Worldly Insight, Firefighting on the Front Lines, Stand Up Paddle Boarding in the Peace...

Move Up Magazine ~ Issue 23  

In this issue: 5 Fresh Perspectives: Businesses with Worldly Insight, Firefighting on the Front Lines, Stand Up Paddle Boarding in the Peace...

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