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10 year rule....


So I have heard here, along with some other places, that there are campgrounds that don't allow RVs over 10 years old in their campgrounds.  I know that there are variances between campgrounds, but in general are these rules strictly enforced or are they used to keep the so-called "undesirables" out?  The reason I ask is there are some fairly nice older RVs out there and I might save some dough if I buy one in spite of the inevitable "deferred maintenance" items you will get.  I don't plan on having a clapped-out piece of junk but a friend of mine just bought a pretty nice 1986 model Safari Motorhome that looks pretty good so it got me thinking.   Also if these places are the "resort" types of parks?  I wouldn't generally use the "resort" amenities so that probably won't be my first choice of a place to stay.  Once again, thanks in advance for any help.



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I have heard of very few instances where this rule was hard and fast. IMO, I think parks have it on the books so they have an "out" if they don't like the way your rig looks in their park.

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Most have a qualifier on the statement as to theaffect that management will approve those over 10 yrs old if in good condition.

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I've heard of RV parks like that, but I wonder how common they are. I assume there would be other non-restrictive parks available as alternatives, right?

This made me think of my 2001 MH and then that Groucho Marx line: "I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member."

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It's most RV Resort Style Parks that are overpriced for most RVers! I wouldn't let it prevent my decision to purchase an older good condition RV!

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The most beautiful RVs are the well kept older units.

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Both motorhomes we have owned over the last 5 1/2 years were over 10 years old.  We have never been asked, reviewed or refused any time during those years.  We tend to enjoy National Parks and public camping over commercial parks.  We have stayed at 100's of commercial parks with no problem.  We keep a clean/waxed exterior so I think we look just fine when we roll in.

I've seen some pretty run down RV's that were under 10 years old.  Pride of ownership usually shows.

 



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Well I got my first affirmative answer today at a local Travel Trailer only dealer. I stopped to see if they handled any motorized RVs (they don't) but I got to talking to the owner. He said that he talked to a park in Florida and they would not let him make a reservation because his RV (motorized by the way) was over 10 years old. He said, it looks nice how about I send you pictures, they still refused. I asked him why he wanted to do business with them, he said it was the only place he could find. Maybe we know why now. And yes, it was a "resort" type park in case you were wondering. Thanks for all of the answers, I think that it can be an issue but usually isn't and I'm not sure would want to patronize that type of park anyway.

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In 10 years of fulltiming in 10+ year old Class A's, we've only been in one park that had the 10 year rule that I'm aware of. And they only applied it to folks that wanted a more than 30 day stay. The check-in clerk said it had something to do with the eviction laws. We were only staying a few days anyway...

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The eviction thing probably had to do with the over 30 day stay. Typically if you rent real estate (think apartment here) for more than 30 days you have to go through the eviction process to kick someone out. If it's less than 30 days you can kick them out on very short notice (think hotel here). That's probably what that was about. I've never thought about that in relation to RVs but it probably applies. I know of landlords that rent buy the week so they can take advantage of that. Personally, I just try to make sure my tenants can, and do, pay their bills. In five years I've never had to evict anyone except for 4 inherited tenants that didn't seem to know when the first was. Not that that's really on point, but I guess it's OK to hijack my own thread.

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We don't stay in commercial (private) RV parks often, but we have run into the 10-year rule multiple times in our 13-plus years. It's more of an issue when they have that rule but can't see your RV when you are making a reservation over the phone. In those cases, I always offered to send photos of the rig, but never was required to do that - they just took my word for it that it was in good shape.

We've never been turned away due to the age of our rig once the office sees it in person.

With that said, there are a few parks that will adhere to a hard and fast 10-year rule so that the staff doesn't have to make any subjective judgments. But most of the time, it's a more polite way to refuse an RV that doesn't meet the aesthetic standards of the park, and it is often a flexible guideline.



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I haven't bumped into that yet, but we are a 2017. I have been asked "what year is your RV?" a few times, which is probably them getting to that 10 year old thing. I saw Howard's 5th wheel after it was painted, and it looked new, better than mine . I think if you keep it "looking like new", there won't be a problem.

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I was calling around to find a park close to job I am going to. One asked age and said we would have to send in picture. I politely told them to forget about it.





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Glenn West wrote:

I was calling around to find a park close to job I am going to. One asked age and said we would have to send in picture. I politely told them to forget about it.


 I find it kind of silly since I'm sure we all have pictures of our rigs where they look beautiful.  Unless someone looks at the metadata to get the original date of the picture (and who in an office will do that) they are hoping that people with really bad rigs won't bother with taking a picture.  We've had to send picture a couple of times, no big deal.  

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Of course, everyone probably knows that Jo and I do our RV'ing different from everyone else, in that we stay in one place for extended lengths of time.

Twice, we've been asked to provide a picture because of age....

....but, not because of the age of the RV, which is only 8 years old.  They are more interested in pictures of us...

...currently 72 and 66, so well over the 10 year mark.

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Terry,

Were these 55+ parks? If so, I understand how you got in but you must have had to sneak Jo in.

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I am mostly this way because if they are that type of a park we don't want to be there anyway. We like nice people.



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Now Glenn there's probably a couple nice people in the parks where everyone could drown in a rainstorm, but like you I just don't want to go through all the chaff to get to the wheat. Beside, I'm pretty sure they cost more than I want to pay.

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arcaguy wrote:

Terry,

Were these 55+ parks? If so, I understand how you got in but you must have had to sneak Jo in.


 Actually, in both cases, we were going to be serving as "hosts."  I really do think they were more interested in us, rather than our rig.

Neither was a +55 park.  One was actually a retreat and reunion center in Oregon, and the other was a small RV park in Utah.  One of our other camp hosts in Utah lived in an RV that was over 10 years old.

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