Is your RV 10 years old or older? Any problems being denied a site?

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There’s an unwritten law about RVing that states if your RV is older than a decade you will not be allowed to stay at certain RV parks, resorts or campgrounds. While this “Ten Year Rule” is strictly applied at only some destinations it, nevertheless, exists.

Not only does it exist, but to the chagrin of many, it’s totally and completely legal.


The other sad truth is that it’s only a strictly observed rule at a small number of resorts, but a “soft rule” at many others. While not on paper, the campgrounds enforce it in their own way. Some will request a photo of your RV before saying yes or no.

How? How could a rule like this exist and, let alone, be legal?

It’s the same reason stores and restaurants can put signs in their windows that say, “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service.” Privately owned businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone who does not adhere to their community guidelines. Read more. But first, would you take a minute to answer the survey below? But only if your RV is 10 years old or older. And please leave a comment.

 

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J.O.

I usually camp in Provincial parks. They only ask your trailer size, not your trailer age. I was asked once at a private site for the age. When I asked why, it’s because they didn’t want homeless people who live in RVs that are not road worthy at their sites.

patti panuccio

Campgrounds do have every right to their rules, however, my complaint is they don’t advertise unit age discrimination. Nothing worse than driving out of your way to a campground and being refused particularly if you can’t get anyone on a phone or get anyone to answer an email.

Kristin Winn

I was truly offended the first time I was asked how old my RV was. It just reeked of class discrimination to me. I needed to stay in that park because it was the only one available on my route, but I won’t return.

rick louderbough

My 1990 Chinook Ford has never been turned down despite its original faded paint. The rest of it looks so sharp people just stare at as I go by. Lots of campground interest too w lots of questions about Chinooks.

KB

we have a 42 foot Newmar Mountainaire Diesel Pusher with full body paint. It does not look over ten years old. It looks better than some recent units. We’ve never been turned away.

Nels

We have a 2000 model year 23 foot Royal Classic with less than 60000 miles on it. It is in great shape and I would not expect to be turned away. Having said that, there are RVs out there a lot newer than mine that look like they barely survived a tornado. They are rusty, dirtier than is normal, broken windows, add-ons that make the rigs look downright awful. Some of these rigs I would not want parked near my home. That is usually how I judge an RV, not by its age.

Bret

I checked in the survey that we call ahead, but the reason we do is to learn if they have the rule. If we learn that they do we suddenly change our minds about going there. There is just something about the attitude projected by a park with a rule like that. They just do not get our business. We really prefer to boon dock, did one nearly three month trip having spent only $35 on campgrounds.

benny the ball

My camper is 13 years old, still looks good, so I just tell them it is 8 years old. Was never questioned after that.

Don Baker

We have a 2005 40′ Country Coach Inspire and have never been turned away but have also not tried to make reservations at some places that have the rule. We have found that it is usually not a big deal if we are only staying a few days but more of a problem for long term stays. We have had to provide photos and have the manager inspect the coach prior to giving the OK.

Dan Coffey

Our 2007 Discovery was 10 years old and two parks in the Phoenix areas would not take our reservation. A third ask and then agreed to let us in.

josh

We have had 3 rigs, we restored our truck camper, rig # 1 1978 KIT Kamper. Only issues we had was 1 RV park in Chico Ca, Said our rig was utterly beautiful but sorry we have 10 year rule and cant bend it. The park when we looked had at least 10 rigs in there mid 80’s terrible shape, yeah but we weren’t allowed in, I told my husband probably dodged a bullett on that one, we rode on up to Paradise Ca and got a spot there no biggie. I think People will find it most prevalent in AZ,CA,and WA. Maybe TX. Outside of that its never even come up.

Our rig now is even better, but we are still over 10, I think we are going on 15 now, Anyway we were aware of this since 2010 so when we got our upgraded rig in 2016 we just made sure to outfit it to be offgrid capeable if we ended up turned away.

I see both sides of the coin. But- The fundamental FLAW in their THINKING –Is that a newer rig is safe and an older one is not. Any rig made post crash in reality is actually most likely a total Piecer. I would not waste a dime on . The structure and all the entails is seriously suspect and fundamentally they are worst than older rigs safety wise. If it was made with LCI components you can take failure right to the bank.

In any case, folks need to make sure they can boondock if they need to then they dont have to worry about it. Have your portable gens, some gas, inverter, water , map, ect… if you have to overnight few places cool beans,

RV Park owners have become an issue for rvrs in general. in many ways its not about providing a fun place to camp anymore, its about how everything looks, and really the 10 year rule should be abandoned in favor of condition of unit rule. Even a rule about blocking any camper whos manufacturer is found to highly negligent might not be a bad idea for NEW RIGS. 10 years means squat with brand new units falling apart in 6 moths or less.

Those of us that put hella time into our rigs and make them utterly awesome, do so because WE DIDNT FINANCE, AND BOUGHT USED, and because we did this we HAVE MONEY TO PUT INTO THEM.. So OF COURSE we cant be under ten if we are responsible sensible buyers who shopped inside our practical limit.
We paid 16K cash for our rig, and thus were able to put as much into it as we reasonably wanted.

yeah it would have been MUCH better if we went 0 down on a 15-20 year note , spent 100K plus for a new rig that is total trash, just to avoid the few possible parks that say no, yes makes much more sense to let those parks dictate to us our personal finances. Not. Happening.

How about a park that is NOTHING NEWER THAN 2009. That would be a change.

What would be really cool is if Rvrs just didnt need parks AT ALL. Thats really what needs to happen to make any changes, people need to stop going to them and when they start folding they will see the error of their ways and shift focus. Dont think that will happen any time soon but we will do our part.

Take care.

Gayle

I have only been asked once if my RV was 10 yrs. old or older, I responded it was but assured them it was well taken care of. I was permitted to stay. Upon arrival I had to laugh as there were several derelict seasonal RVs on site. Also,the park’s website said nothing about the 10 year rule on it, if it had I would not have contacted them in the first place.

Don Callahan

If you own a converted school bus, good luck. Also if you own a pre 80s motorhome with dated cab such as shown in the photo you may have a problem. One Camp Ground wanted me to e-mail a photo of my 1995 Winnebago. It looks the same as the 2017 since it is on a Ford Gas Chassis.

brenda

Have always purchased used, well kept units. The design of our current Class C has changed very little over the past ten years, so I doubt anyone would know the difference if we cut 5 years off its age.
(Wish I could say the same about myself!)

Our Discovery MH was also older and in excellent shape…we got a lot of comments on how great it looked “for its age.” BUT, the design of that unit changed over the years and that style change is what dated it. (It was a little like a woman who gets a facelift/makeover but still wears her 20-year old outdated clothes!)

Agree with others who have said that any campground that states “over ten years not allowed” will not get my business to begin with. New is not better…just more expensive.

Nancy

In the past year I have worked in two RV Parks that have age requirements. Both are willing to look at pictures before denying a stay. I have a 1995 Safari Trek that still looks decent and have not had problems, but if I see a park has age restrictions, I usually just go find another park.

Nick

I have just refused to call for a reservation if I see that rule stated. In our travels, I have never been turned away because of older trailer.

Michael McCray

I retired from the Houston area 2014. I’m actually from Portland, Oregon. My family is in Oregon, including 3 sons, and about 15 or so cousins, and especially, 1 (and probably only) grandchild.

For my first trip, I headed to Portland to visit family (not grandson yet). Halfway to that destination I started calling RV parks. To my dismay, all the parks withing a reasonable distance from NE Portland, had the 10 year rule. Further calling found that all, but one, RV Parks in the greater Portland area, including Vancouver, WA, had the 10 year rule. My Winnebago was 15 years old. The one exception, Jantzen Beach RV Park was accessible only from I-5. I-5 is continually jammed due to the traffic coming and going across the bridge to Vancouver. It’s very inconvenient.

So whenever I go back to PDX, I have to get creative. My ex-wife allows me to park my RV at her place and a cousin allows me to stay with him. His back yard is fenced, so I can stay with my 2 dogs.

Not only inconvenient, it just pisses me off. I was born in Portland. I owned a business for 30 years. I’m sorry I cannot afford a newer RV.

Think of all the revenue that’s just passing through the area because their RV is over 10 years old.

Howard Roark

Never been refused with our now 14 year old class A. Here is what I think is going on with the age rule. As many have noted, in the past several years many folks have been priced out of the housing market and/or have fallen from the ‘middle class.” Many have resorted to RV’s that, to be kind, are “showing their age.” Put yourself in the position of owner of an RV park. How do you make sure your investment is not devalued by the presence of several shabby looking RV’s? You put up an age restriction so that you can make exceptions. Otherwise, you will be making subjective assessments up front. This way you can at least have the defense that “well, I inspected it and it didn’t look that old.” I have heard more than one CG owner or manager comment that he “wished he had never allowed that junky RV to enter.” Now they are stuck with it. Yes, I realize that the junky RV is someone’s home and I feel bad for them, but no one has an inherent right to park their RV on private property.

David Harrison

Ref. 10 yr old RV’s, we have a 5th wheel that is older than 10 yrs, beautiful condition, have found that we can stay a week, two weeks, even three weeks, but when we tried to book for a month, sorry, your rig is too old. ???? This was in central California.

Gena

Our Class A 40′ is 20 years old & we are the original owners. We gave up pricey parks years ago. State & Nat’l. parks are spectacular & boondocking is our norm. We are on the road 6 months of the year & garage the MH when not on the road. It looks good & my husband & I works hard to keep it that way. Why do people try to convince a park they are within the 10 year rule or why they are “special” & should be able to park? Why give your hard earned money to them? Go to a park that welcomes you with open arms or try boondocking.