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Controversial 10-year-RV rule explained

Have you heard of the “10-year rule” at RV parks? If not, you’ve probably not been an RVer very long.

Here’s the rule, as it applies to camping in an RV park: If your RV is 10 years old or older, you may not be allowed to stay. If you’re asked while making a reservation the age of your RV, you might be turned down if it’s 10 years or older. The rule is never, to our knowledge, applied in public parks, like state parks and national forest campgrounds. It’s exclusively enforced only at commercial RV parks. Many parks, of course, have no such rule.

While many RVers with well-kept RVs even older than ten years have never encountered this rule, others have, some plenty of times especially in snowbird states like Arizona and Florida. And to many, it may seem downright unfair.

The rule is there mostly for one reason: It allows a park to turn away junky RVs. They’re an eyesore to other RVers, and if enough of them are present in a park, other RVers with well-kept rigs will choose to stay elsewhere.

Some RVers with well-kept rigs will fudge about the age of their RV, saying its a 2013 model rather than, say, a 2011. If the RV is a mess, the park management may ask for proof of its age in order to easily justify turning the RVer away. However, if it’s in pristine condition, it’s unlikely the RVer will even be questioned.

This video from the folks at Drivin’ and Vibin’ does a good job explaining the rule and how it is applied at RV parks.



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Diane G
6 days ago

They are in planning stages of building a 700 plus site rv resort next to our subdivision in Florida. At a meeting the lawyer said rvs must be worth over $200K, must do a credit check, and cost would be about $200 per night. Personally I think this is crazy,

M.J.
1 month ago

I am staying at one in Florida right now. It was the least expensive around and had an opening so I wasn’t expecting a fancy resort and wasn’t wrong. Lol. When I booked they asked me what year my RV was. I asked them for pictures of the campground since there were none on their website. For 2 days They didn’t want to send me pictures. I told them that without pics I could not tell whether they were a luxury resort or a run down homeless camp. They assured me that they were neither and sent me 1 carefully framed pic of the site I would be on that of course did not show anything around it. I bet 3/4 of the sites here are permanent residents (cheaper than renting an apartment or house) and at least half probably haven’t been moved in at least 10 years. Most have all their junk piled all around their trailer. I am ok with that because we are just sleeping here while visiting our son but it sure makes me laugh that they asked about the age of our unit.

Tom H.
1 month ago

We just left a RV Park in FL where thar rule exists. If your older RV is in good shape, presentable, they normally wouldn’t turn you away. To be honest the worst looking rig around us was much newer than 10 years.

Marvin
1 month ago

Well, it does happen in a range of “campgrounds”, but I have only been asked a few times. Usually, they ask for pictures and that is all it takes. The exception for me was a so-called “higher end” resort (based on a roadside emergency taking our driving time, we needed it) that wanted a hundred bucks a night. When I saw the actual “resort”, I decided I would stay elsewhere. RVs were not the problem, the facilities were.
I prefer state or national facilities, or boondocking.
The thing that aggravates me is, it’s the ones driving these expensive pushers that complain about everything showing up in resorts and then complain about kids in a state park CG…. I have witnessed those folks on several occasions…..

Deej
1 month ago

I own a well kept 2008 Casita travel trailer. It is in great shape inside and out. I have never had a problem getting into an RV park/campground. I hadn’t even heard of the 10 year rule until this summer. I was traveling/camping along the Washington and Oregon coastlines. While looking online for our next campground in Oregon, we came across one that wanted a picture of our Casita before we could request a reservation. I chose to just ignore this campground and find another one. It’s hard enough to find available campsites right now without this rule.

Paula
1 month ago

I’ve sent pictures and never been turned down. I have been turned down because my Class C was not 26′ long, even though it is with the back slide out.

Sheltiebrat
1 month ago

We have run across it a couple of times over the years, my favorite 🙄 is there’s no fudging the ones that ask you for your registration at check in.

Marvin
1 month ago
Reply to  Sheltiebrat

Yeah, if they want my registration,they can sell the site to someone else. They have no legal NEED for it. Their park, their rules, but my money and my choice on where it is spent…..

Free to saywhatIlike
1 month ago

Ask them to sent you the photo of their RV park (not sold photo ) ask them when was the place update with stuff (pool ,Spa tub, new restrooms ,water line etc?

Jim Wolf
1 month ago

10 year rule should be a suggestion, not a rule at all. Rewrite it stressing importance of good maintenance and unit appearance.

Frank
1 month ago

Do these campgrounds understand that most of them themselves are well over 10 years old and some in desperate need of a makeover as well?

Brenda
1 month ago

For some reason that “10 year” rule must be a convenient number. Our local tax assessment office used to lower property taxes on rigs 10 years and older. When our rig turned 10 last year, we went in for our adjustment. Seems they have now extended that rule to 15 years!! Clerk didn’t have justification. Apparently that is just another convenient number.

Some days you just can’t win.

Dennis G.
1 month ago

We have not been denied with our 1996 Flair, however we have been questioned.
One park with that rules looked at our RV in the registration lane, and said it did not look that old to them. I’ll take that as a compliment.

Steve Murray
1 month ago

Just Lie to them about the Year.
They never check. ( Unless your rig is a Dumpster).

Ivor
1 month ago

We have been full timing for 5 years now and have stayed at literally hundreds of campgrounds across the country with our 2003 Motorhome. We have NEVER had anyone try to turn us down.
However, we have always asked and read the campground policy and if there IS a 10 rule, we have found it is usually the fancy “Resort” type campgrounds and we don’t want to stop there at $100 per night anyway.
The only other times the 10-year rule might apply is if you’re going to be staying for a month or more – they don’t want people dumping their derelict RVs in the campground. (You’d be amazed how often this happens).

David Needham
1 month ago

We travel in a 2000 Fleetwood Bounder DP, 39z, we have not been denied at any campground as of yet.
It is in Great shape.

Donald N Wright
1 month ago

I have seen junkie new ones and beautiful old ones. However, no campground owner wants one that is going to die on his property, and he cannot get rid of it. Some campers follow “leave no trace”, other campers follow “leave your trash everywhere”. What would you do?

Rich Edmonston
1 month ago

Silliest one I encountered was a park insisted on photos of all four sides of a three year old class A before accepting my reservation. Did it because I was in a time bind but found another park for future travel through that part of Texas.

Bill
1 month ago

You alway make the headline read like regular family campgrounds have this 10 year rule. When in fact it’s just the very high end RV resorts that have these rules. Enough with the click bait about “campgrounds” having a 10 year rule.

Ed Wullschleger
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill

I would have thought you were right until I encountered this rule last year at an RV park in Montrose, Colorado, with all gravel sites and no special amenities. It’s just the kind of park I like and we’ve stayed there a few times in the past, but now new management apparently thinks its “high end” like the kind you’re referring to. Our trailer was 7 years old at the time, so we had no problem with the rule, but I don’t expect to stay there again. Just doesn’t feel friendly anymore.

Stephen Heinrichs
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill

Disagree. I travel in a 1976 FMC and never camp in”high end” campgrounds. Many times I have encountered the rule on the list of rules while checking in, but I have never been denied entry. I see them looking out the window and that is all it takes as I take care of my coach.

Steve flippo
1 month ago

I don’t want to stay somewhere that has a 10 year rule. I have seen 20 year old rvs that look better than 10 year old ones, or even 5! People are what I object to. I’ve met great people in converted busses, and trash in 100,000 dollar diesel pushers. Anyway, it’s camping. Who cares if I park next to a trashy looking trailer? Just move the next day if it bothers you so much.

Bob p
1 month ago

We had an 18 yr old Newmar Class A that looked no more than 2 yrs old and never had a problem. As a matter of fact several times in routine discussions when someone found out it’s age they couldn’t believe it. If you keep up with routine maintenance and cleaning you’ll never be rejected. A three yr old unit will look bad if nothing is done to protect it from the weather.

Diane Mc
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob p

Ditto. 2002 Newmar Class A. Most people are shocked if the age comes up. Recently made a reservation at a new RV resort in Florida. She asked age. I told her and said I can send pictures. She said to send them and they would review & get back to us. Sent them after I hung up the phone. Within 5 minutes she called and said your site has been booked, your coach is gorgeous :-).