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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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?… Read more »

Booneyrat

Many “RV Resorts” want only the newest rigs in their park,which is fine if you are filthy rich enough to own one.But…many of us “little people” are not that fortunate,so we have only what we can afford.And because of good old American greed real estate prices and rents have blew the roof off affordability,so many of us live in our “little people RV’s” in places that Toby calls the trailer hood.To each their own,just keep your pedigree mutt away from my wiener dog.

Brenda

We have a 2005 Dutchstar MH. We only stay at COE and State Parks except for an occasional overnight stay so have not been turned down. Besides the age of an RV our problem is with the pet restrictions. Our Old English Sheepdog is not on a breed restriction but weighs about 72 pounds. So between private parks having an age restriction ….if you send them a picture you might be allowed….which to us is something we won’t even bother to do and scratch those parks off of our list. But the pet size restriction has found us staying at… Read more »

Carol

We have two large dogs and have had to deal with weight restrictions also. They bark some, but not as much as those tiny breeds which are allowed. Just as RV age restrictions, it all depends on the owner and how well they care for their property/fur babies.

Bill McGough

We have never been turned away but then we never stay at high end resorts. We stay at family friendly campgrounds with our grandkids.

Sherry

We have a 2005 GT jamboree. We have completely refurbished the inside and the outside looks great also. We have looked at new RVs and find the workmanship shoddy with less storage. We full time. We have been turned down several times mostly in the west. I believe this is truly discrimination. When you rent an apartment you are not turned down because your older car is paid for. At a park in Portland OR next to RR tracks hauling fuel and nothing special I watched RV after RV turned down no matter how good it looked. I also think… Read more »

Booneyrat

Spot on.

Silverlining Skipper

My 2002 class B Pleasure Way has never been turned away but let me add a little clarification. We travel primarily on secondary roads and tend to stay in parks that have few upscale amenities. We have stayed in a few places with a posted 10 year age limit but have never been refused accommodations. Keep the rig in presentable condition and you’ll probably have little need to be concerned.

Primo Rudy's Roadhouse

I have a 2007 Fifth-Wheel toy hauler. In my mind 2007 was just yesterday. I bought the trailer 3 years ago and found one campground description stating anything older than 10 would need approval in order to stay. I decided to stay someplace else, don’t remember why. We usually stay in state parks or COE and have had no problems with the age of my trailer.

Gigi Raygor

We used to stay at a nice park near San Diego for the winter, they had a 10 year rule, but our RV was in good condition. Funny, but every year, (3) we just raised the year of the RV. Never had a problem, same park, same RV. Sadly that park is no longer there, the land has been turned into condos.

Roy

We have never been turned away. Our motorhome is 16 years old, in excellent condition. We never ask in advance and get more compliments regarding the appearance of our motorhome rather than questions about it’s age. I do respect the rights of the park owner to set their own rules.

Cheryl DeNoi

We own a unique & rare RV, an 1983 Apollo Sceptre. There were only 44 ever built from 1982-1984 and ours, as ordered, cost $200,000 (that’s not a typo!) and is better built, inside and out, than most new RV’s. If we’re ever asked we often refer them to the many articles our RV has been featured in over the 15 years we have owned it….we have never been turned down. It’s all about how you’ve maintained it over the years….

Rich

In 8/17 we bought a ‘99 motorhome (32’) which has been in MN. But,not only does it have only 36,000 miles, it has been covered every winter with a custom tarp. So the outside looks great – no body issues, no fading of the decals , etc.
If we would ever be denied a site I would be upset.

littleleftie

We own a 2004 fibreglass 13′ trailer. It is well taken care of with a beautiful shiny coat. Although we haven’t ever been refused a spot based solely on age of the trailer, we HAVE been refused a spot because we weren’t self-contained. The park had bathroom facilities available but apparently not for anyone to actually use!! Places like that we don’t want to patronize anyway, so we were happy to move on.

Terry Monos

If you take care of your unit,wash several times a year,wax yearly and repair items correctly you should not have issues. Our Class A is 2000 and never be turned away. Just like at home,you want your neighbors taking care of their house.

Emery Leraand

We drive a 60 year old converted bus and it starts lots of conversations, but so far it has not caused us to have to move to a different site. May be that we are not looking for the fanciest place to park.

Gene Bjerke

We drive a Class B on a Sprinter chassis, which has barely changed over many years. You cannot tell by looking what year it is. Tell them whatever they want to hear.

As to age discrimination, Ho-Hum CG near Carrabelle, FL was successfully sued for age discrimination by someone who did not even own an RV and had no intention of staying there. All kinds of crazy stuff happens.

Einar Hansen

Most of the campsites that we have stayed at it was OKAY as long as it was registered.
But we have seen friends of ours at the seasonal sites where we are at with no registration on a 20 year old trailer in very good shape asked to get a newer camper or leave the Campgrounds!

rvgrandma

When you are traveling most parks don’t care as long as you look nice – not a piece of junk. Of course there are always exceptions. For long term is when it is more likely to be enforced. I have not moved from the park I am in because my MH is 19 years old. Unless I want to move into a dumpy park, I have to stay here where they grandfathered us in when they changed the rules last year. But the rule was nothing older than 2000, this year will be 2001. A park down the road I… Read more »

Chuck

I have not been turned away but I’ve only stayed at COE and state parks. I don’t care for snobs and don’t react to them very well. It’s easier for me to stay at areas where the neighbors are concentrating on having a good time rather than on being better than the person next to them.

Glenda Alexander

When the rent at the RV park in Austin where I had lived for over eight years went up much too high for my budget, I checked with all the other RV parks in Austin and in nearby towns to find another place. Not only did they refuse me because of the age of my motorhome but one park even refused with the added stipulation that it had to be at least 30 feet long! My 2001 Lazy Daze is 26 feet long. I’ve taken good care of it and had just had it detailed, so it looked new. That… Read more »

Tom

We don’t frequent high end (or high price) parks and have never been turned away. Have stayed at some really nice places with our 15 yr old MH.

james ham

Actually there is another form of age discrimination in the campground industry: the 55+ Park. There are a lot of those parks in Florida. A few parks secretly discriminate against families with children either in site placement or per person charges that are outrageous. Another form of discrimination we have seen are price-related. Some places only accept Class A units, no Class B or C allowed. One campground had FHU at every site and therefore prohibited small fiberglass travel trailers and pop-ups that did not have a full bathroom with self-contained tanks. We have a 1996 Gulf Stream Class C… Read more »

HOWARD W SCHILLER

Our Southwind is a 2001. The paint and decals still look good as it was store indoors until we got it in 2016. We put a cover on it when being stored. Never had a problem at any campgrounds.

Jeff

Our 5th Wheel is nearly 5 years old. I keep it in a Covered Shed all year long to protect against the Elements. I keep it clean, waxed and Shiny! There isn’t a Park we go to, where someone doesn’t ask how old it is and says it looks brand new. So, the pride I take in my RIG is immense. This will be our last RV, as we have owned 8 different ones over the years. So, if the problem ever arises about the Age of our RV, IT WILL ALWAYS BE 8 or 9 years old! But never… Read more »

Diane Mc

We have 2002 Class A. New paint 2 years ago. People can’t believe it’s that old. Prior to that, many years ago, we stayed at a resort in Florida and just told them a date that made it 9 yrs old. Now with the new paint I would probably tell them the truth.

Tommy Molnar

Before we got our 2012 travel trailer, we had a 1997. We were never asked about its age. But, we kept it up and it looked as new as we wanted to claim. And as someone else mentioned, we would just lie (misspeak?) and say it was whatever would make it 8-9 years old. If your stuff is decrepit and falling apart, that’s what I think they are trying to prevent from coming into a park.

Doug/ND

We don’t park in high – overpriced resorts. We prefer state/national parks with security. We have a motorhome to enjoy some nature, away from home. If you have to have a pool, game room, pavilion, acres of concrete – fine; but sort of defeats the primary purpose! Hilton offers those features. Besides, we have nothing in common, except rubber tires – with that level of traveler. We enjoy our 25 yr. old Winnebago Class A, in Class “A’ condition and appearance. (1994 with 32,000 mi!) PS: If we fly anywhere – we fly or travel by rail lst Class –… Read more »

Matt Colie

We are owners and members of some a GMC chapters. The newest is 41 this year and ours is 46. We have never been refused, but a wagonmaster was and so a 33 coach rally was rerouted to a friendly campground.

Bob p

If I were asked I would simply answer that it’s 7 or 8 years old, it’s really 17 years old but it doesn’t look it’s age. I feel the same way about that as I do about a HOA, I wouldn’t live in a place with a HOA because I keep my properties up.

Robert

I would never knowing go to a place that has a age limit.

James Y. Gochnauer

I’ve never been turned away as I go to state parks and not resort types.