The future of glamping starts here

It’s a fact: the camping world is changing. Today’s leisure travelers want the experience of glamping, but they need more opportunities to do it.

The North American Glamping Report 2022 shows the outdoor hospitality world is growing rapidly, and it’s largely because glamping is growing. As potential guests look for opportunities to join in on the fun, you can reap the rewards.

Glamping
increased by 155%
over two years.

North American Glamping Report

Why wagons?

According to the glamping report, glampers want them. When asked to rate a preference in accommodation style, covered wagons increased by six percentage points over 2021. In fact, family glampers preferred structures like wagons over cabins.

Covered wagons popularity increased by 27%, the highest of all structures, yet only 2% of all glamping structures are wagons.

That means there’s tremendous room for growth in this market. In fact, Sage Outdoors Advisory says covered wagons ranked third out of 12 in highest Average Daily Rate at $389, which means your investment can make huge income year after year.

16.6 million households
went glamping in 2021
vs. 6.5 million in 2019.

North American Glamping Report

PlainsCraft offers an outstanding return on investment

PlainsCraft Covered Wagons are built to be unforgettable. And most importantly, they’re built to help your business grow.

  • We offer wagons with full bathrooms, which generate an additional $30-$60 per night in annual daily revenue.
  • PlainsCraft wagons are classified as equipment for tax purposes allowing 100% write off in the year of purchase.(IRS Section 179). Talk to your tax accountant for advice.
  • Our wagons pay for themselves quickly. On average, you can recapture your investment in less than two years.

Let’s build something together

Are you ready to learn more about how PlainsCraft can help you grow as glamping is growing? Get in touch and let’s discuss how you can take advantage of this growing trend.

PlainsCraft launches new covered wagon product: the Pony Wagon

The Pony Wagon is the new covered wagon from PlainsCraft. It features a smaller footprint but has all of the character of a full covered wagon.

PlainsCraft Covered Wagons is proud to introduce our newest innovation, the Pony Wagon, which is new for 2022. We designed this wagon with a smaller footprint and fewer amenities. Yet we packed it full of PlainsCraft hand crafted quality and character. It offers heat and air conditioning and a fully insulated wagon top for ultimate comfort and low heating and cooling cost.

The Pony wagon is a great new covered wagon option for international buyers as multiple units can be shipped in a Conex overseas shipping container.

“We have had several interested potential customers who want the luxury and beauty of our wagons, but they don’t necessarily need all of the amenities we typically offer,” said Dennis Steinman, CEO of PlainsCraft Covered Wagons. “A smaller footprint also means we can ship more wagons to one truck. It makes it much more affordable to those smaller organizations.”

Steinman added about the new covered wagon, “We’ve had massive interest from the overseas market, so to keep up with that demand, we wanted an option that would allow for easier shipping overseas. We can ship multiple units in an overseas shipping container.”

The Pony Wagon features the following:

  • https://plainscraft.net/plainscraft-canvas-innovation/BonnetGard™ insulated wagon top
  • Twin over queen bunk bed with boarding ladder (sleeps 3)
  • 24” wagon wheel table with glass top
  • 12,000 BTU mini split heat pump
  • 4 – 115 volt outlets with charging ports
  • Additional furniture options available

Interested in learning more about our new covered wagon, the Pony Wagon? Fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch!

PlainsCraft honored with local and state business awards

As PlainsCraft Covered Wagons continues to grow its presence in the glamping and outdoor recreation industry, business leaders across Kansas are also taking notice of the opportunities the company is bringing to the state and region.

The Kansas Department of Commerce, led by Lt. Governor David Toland, honored PlainsCraft with the East Central Region Business Innovation award durings its To The Stars: Celebrating Kansas Businesses regional luncheon. The East Central Region of Kansas included parts of Kansas City and Kansas City’s major business hubs, including Overland Park, Olathe, and Lenexa.

PlainsCraft was also honored with awards from GO Topeka, an organization whose focus is to create economic success through economic development strategies for the Topeka and Shawnee County, KS areas. The company earned a Small Business Exporter award for its success and dedication to selling glamping wagons internationally. The company was also named runner up for the Emerging Innovation Venture award, which recognizing a business for achieving commercialization milestones in bringing an innovative solution to the market.

“What an honor to be recognized by both our leaders within our business communities, both within Topeka as well as the great state of Kansas,” said Dennis Steinman, Founder and CEO of PlainsCraft Covered Wagons. “We’re proud to be building something so unique right here in Topeka, KS. It’s humbling to know that our business leaders, both locally and state-wide, have recognized what we’re bringing to the business landscape here. We look forward to our continued growth and the major impact we know we will keep bringing to Topeka and Kansas. Ad astra per aspera!”

Skip the wait by ordering from our in-stock inventory

We keep our most-requested wagon packages in stock. Our popular Wagoneer package includes an air conditioner and heat pump, our proprietary Bonnetgard™ all-weather insulation package, and a lockable door with operating window.

Wagoneer Package

Includes:
Bathroom
1 king bed
1 bunk bed *
1–36” wagon wheel table/chairs 2–20” nightstands
Sleeps 4

* Bunk can be replaced with buffet table, which can hold a microwave, small fridge, and coffee maker

Please note these units are already built or in production and will be completed soon. Options and accessories can be added or removed. Get in touch for full details about the wagons we currently have in stock and the accessory options that are available to you.

PlainsCraft Covered Wagons finds sanctuary at Rooterville

As glamping continues to grow across the United States, one of the biggest opportunities is for agri-tourism, where farmstays allow guests to stay overnight and experience life on a working farm. One of the latest farms to join the flock of U.S. farmstays is the Florida-based Rooterville, a 20-acre farm that cares for hundreds of rescued farm animals, including pigs, chickens, cows, goats, and more. Rooterville has added two PlainsCraft Covered Wagons to its offerings, allowing potential visitors looking for ways to experience what it’s like to stay on a farm an opportunity to be inspired by the stories of the animals that have been rescued here.

Sign at the entrance of Rooterville animal sanctuary points to the farm

Rooterville is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to rescuing, caring for, and providing a permanent home to farm animals of all types. Founded by Elaine West in 2004, Rooterville was born when a breeding sow named Stella was rescued from a factory farm and nursed back to health on its 5-acre farm.

“This farm is truly a labor of love for me,” West said. “While we believe it’s already an incredibly serene and wonderful place to visit, we think the wagons are perfect for this beautiful space. The wagons will be near our pastures, where a horse and several cows graze, so they can go to sleep and wake up feeling the peace we’ve intentionally created here at Rooterville. We are working to make this a truly special experience for our guests.”

Rooterville continues to grow as it provides a home to animals and gives guests an unparalleled experience. West recently moved the farm to a new location in rural Melrose, FL, which is east of Gainesville. Visitors are welcome at the farm and tours include a chance to feed snacks to pigs, capture photos, and more. And now, visitors can go glamping on its grounds—thanks to Elaine’s addition of two PlainsCraft covered wagons at Rooterville—for an unforgettable experience. These wagons will be available for overnight stays in the spring.

Covered wagons at Rooterville

“We are thrilled that Elaine chose our wagons as an opportunity to give her visitors a high quality glamping experience,” said Dennis Steinman, Founder and CEO of PlainsCraft Covered Wagons. “We know this was a major purchase for a non-profit like Rooterville, but we know the wagons will be a worthwhile investment. We’re seeing agri-tourism continue to grow in the glamping community as campers look for unique experiences to enjoy alongside their overnight stays. An animal sanctuary like Elaine’s is going to be a massive draw for the new age of campers who support and live by the same ethical practices Rooterville follows. We’re excited to see her farm continue to grow and are proud to be a part of its success.”

Interested in adding covered wagons to your business? Get in touch and let’s build something together.

3 tips for planning a glamping budget

Three women sit drinking wine and chatting outside of a PlainsCraft Covered Wagon

If you’re considering adding glamping to your campground or land for 2022, it’s likely you already know it’s a prime time for this style of camping. The great news is it’s predicted to double in growth by 2028. What’s even better is the fact you still have time to plan your budget for next season to take advantage of glamping’s growth.

There are specific things to consider if you’re interested in a glamping business, however. It’s more than just the structure itself. You’ll need to consider all the costs involved to successfully start your glamping endeavor and plan for it in the way that makes the most sense. Here are three recommendations to help get you started when planning a glamping budget for the upcoming season.

Plan around your infrastructure when planning a glamping budget

The kind of infrastructure you have—or don’t have—can make a huge difference in what is feasible on your property. A location that already has power, septic, and water lines installed can add luxurious glamping options with few problems and without needing a separate line item for infrastructure within your budget.

If you don’t have that infrastructure in place but want it installed, you’ll need an estimate for the costs involved with putting that plan in place. Keep that in mind as you consider installing a septic system, adding power lines, or choosing to install full hookups like RV parks offer. These hookups may make it easier for you to add certain types of glamping accommodations to your property.

You may need to work directly with local contractors and the city to determine what type of budget you’d need to put in place for that type of work. It’s likely you’d even need to work with the state or municipality to obtain permits, which might add costs to your budget. Be sure to ask your contractor about whether permitting costs are included in their estimates.

There are also alternatives that can keep those infrastructure costs low if yours isn’t pre-installed. Off-grid solutions like solar power and composting toilets can prevent major costs for infrastructure but will still have an overhead. Keep that in mind as you plan and be sure to ask any of your glamping resources if they have those options available.

Understand costs associated with glamping structures

What types of structures are you most interested in adding to your land? They all have pros and cons, depending upon what you’re looking for. We always recommend you add more than one glamping option to your property to keep people coming back and wanting to try out all of your structures. But for the time being, if it’s just one type of structure you want to try, weigh those benefits closely to make your determination.

For example, a cabin may seem like a profitable structure, but keep in mind you’ll need to plan to work with your local municipality to build a cabin and it’s likely you’ll have to hire contractors. Meanwhile, a luxury tent or yurt might need a platform, but can be set up with less work and cost than a cabin. A PlainsCraft covered wagon comes with a day’s work of assembly and can be tied down, hooked up to power, water, and sewer, and ready for rental within the week.

If these structures don’t come with a bathroom option, you may want to begin looking into a separate bathroom facility as well. In fact, a 2021 study by the Kampgrounds of America says that 29% of first-time campers claim clean and well-maintained restrooms are part of their top considerations when staying at a campground. It’s why our wagons have bathroom upgrades—to provide guests with the clean, private bathrooms they want, which means our wagons are a turnkey glamping system.

To determine your glamping budget, contact the individual structure companies and be sure to ask about upgrades, including heat or A/C, bathrooms, furniture, and insulation packages to extend your rental capacity for the entire year and ensure an outstanding return on investment ROI). You can calculate your ROI on a covered wagon on our website to get a head start.

Remember the amenities

The more amenities available at your glamping location, the more guests will be drawn to stay. After all, the concept behind glamping is that it allows guests to enjoy luxury accommodations while in nature. In other words, they want the “roughing it” experience without sacrificing the comforts they desire most.

Simple glamping additions include some of the amenities and accessories that make these structures feel cozy and comfortable. While not everyone will want WiFi or a TV on their glamping getaway, if you think they might help be a draw, you’ll want to investigate what those options would add to your overhead.

The addition of a fire pit and grills could be an easy, low-cost addition as you’re planning a glamping budget. So, too, could coffee makers and microwaves. It helps to even think about any welcome packages you might want to include, such as a bottle of wine or coffee from local vendors as your guests look for a unique experience. Ask yourself: would adding a salt pool or hot tub increase the value of your offerings? If so, consider that for your budget as well. In short, the more amenities you add, the more you can create a stay that is Instagrammable (which translates to free marketing!).

Don’t forget to ask about what comes with your structures, too. PlainsCraft Covered Wagons offers interior design packages that include furniture and bedding. But don’t forget to add in a budget for comfortable mattresses to ensure an incredible experience.

Final thoughts for planning a glamping budget

While it might seem like a lot to think through, the more you’re prepared and willing to invest, the better return on investment you’ll be able to enjoy. Just make sure you’re considering all of the options you’d like and weigh it against what you’d like to charge for overnight stays to ensure you’re making an informed decision as you plan.

Interested in learning more about how PlainsCraft Covered Wagons can help your business grow? Get in touch and let’s build something together!

PlainsCraft Covered Wagons strikes gold with Banner Ranch

The days of pioneers heading west by covered wagon on the hunt for gold may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean travelers still can’t experience those bygone days. Banner Ranch, a 62-acre property located just east of Main Street Julian in California, is surrounded by everything a pioneer would have dreamed of: gold mines, the Pacific Crest Trail, apple orchards, plenty of wildlife, and breathtaking mountain views.

Banner Ranch is owned by siblings Melissa and Jon Block, who also own Tiny House Block, a community of tiny homes available for short- and long-term stays. Their themed tiny houses and resort have been featured on ABC Channel 10 in San Diego, San Diego Reader, and Tiny House Giant Journey. Banner Ranch is expected to create a similar buzz as tiny houses and wagon rentals add new intrigue to the historic community of Julian.

“When Melissa called us about putting wagons into Banner Ranch, we knew this partnership would be a homerun,” said Dennis Steinman, Founder and CEO of PlainsCraft Covered Wagons. “Is there any better place for a covered wagon than an old gold mining town? The Blocks have done an incredible job of creating an unforgettable experience for their guests and we’re so proud to be a part of that experience.”

Julian and Banner Ranch are an hour east of San Diego in the Cuyamaca mountains. It’s a perfect location for outdoor lovers, history buffs, or creative types looking for a way to disconnect. The location is available for events guaranteed to create extraordinary memories, and a General Store will soon offer snacks and local handicrafts.

PlainsCraft wagons will be available at Banner Ranch starting this fall. Banner Ranch is a member of CampCalNOW and the Tiny House Industry Association.

Gallery

Our wagons are handcrafted from the ground up with the highest quality materials we can find. Interested in seeing the wagons for yourself? Look through our gallery of covered wagon photos to see what you can expect.

Glamping Experience

PlainsCraft Covered Wagons are the perfect choice for luxury glamping accommodations at your resort, destination, RV park, or campground. Our wagons are built from the ground-up for your needs.

Covered wagons now available at Florida’s newest luxury Keystone Heights RV Resort

PlainsCraft Covered Wagons is proud to share its latest partnership with Keystone Heights, a gated RV community located in North Central Florida. This incredible new community provides visitors with a plethora of activities to enjoy within the fresh air of this sunny resort. Keystone Heights glamping brings even more fun to this area.

Keystone Heights, which is located northeast of Gainesville, opened in November of 2020. This luxury, gated community features unparalleled amenities, including a 2,700 square foot swimming pool and spa, a clubhouse, an activity center and Activities Director for resort-wide events, and more. In addition to PlainsCraft wagons, the resort offers short- and long-term RV reservations for both pull-through and back-in RV sites.

“We are so excited to find a home within the Keystone Heights resort,” said Dennis Steinman, Founder and CEO of PlainsCraft Covered Wagons. “We were so impressed with all Keystone Heights had to offer, and we can’t wait to see what kind of demand glamping in our wagons will drive to this unique location. Not only is Keystone Heights a beautiful resort, but the amenities it offers make it a great destination for travel enthusiasts. We know the addition of PlainsCraft wagons will be a successful endeavor for the Keystone Heights team.”

PlainsCraft wagons will be available at the resort starting July 1. To learn more about Keystone Heights glamping, visit KeystoneHeightsRV.com.