What model year is your RV?


Are you driving a brand spankin’ new RV or something older? Many RV parks will not allow RVs more than 10 years old to stay (a subject to take up one day for your thoughts). So let’s see here how many RVtravel.com’s readers’ rigs would be banned from those picky RV parks.

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  1. 2007 Fleetwood Revolution 42′ LE. Great shape, exterior like new, runs great. Thought about trading up but this is built well. No one has asked its age yet. Live in it full time and very comfortable

  2. We have a 2003 NEWMAR MOUNTAIN AIRE bought used for $64000. Needed 6 New tires, air conditioners, toilet, levelers have been the only constant problem. Had 49000 miles on a diesel engine. We had it inspected, which cost a couple thousand dollars, had engine , transmission and generator oils tested. Thorough inspection before we bought so we knew if we could afford the fixes. $50000 later, with the exception of the aforementioned levelers and we are happy. We coul not afford to buy newer and afford a lot of fixes . We are now in the process of converting to let lighting as we like the brightness. Did a lot of research regarding recalls, talks with NEWMAR owners . The fact it’s 4 season with phenomenal insulation was another factor. We have no regrets and have less issues than people who bought New for $500000. We live in it full time. The bath and a half is also a nice feature.

  3. 2015 Artic Fox 27-5L has been a quality 5th wheel for us. We have used it both in Wyoming summers and Texas & Arizona in the winter time.

    Trouble free and comfortable

  4. Ours is a 2007. Decals have a bit more work to restore, but the rest is in pristine shape. Yes, we have done much maintenance and replacement of worn parts.

  5. We have a 2002 Mountainaire 38’ 2 slides that is beautiful inside, a little clear coat paint is starting to peal, not a problem. We had a ‘99 Bounder on a Ford F-53 chassis, the Mountainaire is on a Workhorse chassis with the 8.1L, the difference in performance and gas mpg is so much better I guess we’ll have to keep it on the road at least until Workhorse starts building chassis’s again, I wouldn’t go back to F53 again.

  6. 1999 National RV 37′ Tradewinds DP we bought in 2015 after looking at tons of Class A rigs and not finding anything we liked better. With the right quality age was not an issue for us.

  7. We have a 2017 35′ Keystone Cougar with 3 slideouts. We have put about 5,000 miles on it in the year since we bought it and we love it! Plan to spend 3 to 6 months a year in it after we sell the stick and brick in the spring.

  8. We bought our Ameri-Lite 21MB new in 2007. Other than a few hail dents, it looks just like it did the day we pulled it off the dealer’s lot. It sits on boards under the tires in the driveway next to the house. I wash it three of four times a year (we have farm fields all around us) . I wax it at least twice a year. We have replaced the tires once (we keep them covered). We’ve done some minor mods inside. We usually get to the local State Parks two or three times a year for two to four days.

  9. We have a 2015 Crusader 5th wheel and she’s a beauty. I’ve seen The Question on various websites while checking out future adventures but haven’t been asked by anyone I have actually spoken with.

  10. We have a 2005 National Dolphin that has 115,000 miles on it. It has been a good coach with only normal maintenance problems. We carry a Good Sam maintenance warranty which has taken care of major problems. It’s good until 150K miles.

  11. Our rig is a 2000 Dutch Star with 127000 miles have not found a coach we like as well Plan on keeping it. We purchased new and only had it back to the dealer once for a problem. Great coach and good quality workmanship.

  12. We have a 2004 Coachman Auroa that we had custom full body paint done in Indiana last year. It looks brand new! Four times I have had to send photos of it before I could book at 10 year or less RV parks. After staying at the lush accommodations we have decided that we prefer the campgrounds that take any year. We like the diversity of neighbors.

  13. We actually have two RV’s a 1994 Avion 36 ft. 5th wheel with two slides, one large slide for dining table and sofa and one queen bed slide. The second RV is a 1999 35 ft National RV Dolphin Class A with one slide for dinette and sofa.

  14. Also new to us, 2001 32′ CrossRoads All American travel trailer. Immaculate condition. 4-chair dinette, loveseat sleeper, one 14′ slideout, queen bed, Hensley Arrow hitch, McKesh mirrors, Honda EU2000i generator,

  15. We have a 2001 Tioga Triton V10. Bought it from a neighbor up the hill from us. It was in pristine condition when we bought it 4 years ago & have only done a few “upgrades ourselves. Have never had a park ask the age, but then we also have a few favorite campsites. we like to go primitive as my husband likes to fish. Use to use it as our “summer home” when we helped out at UGM kids camp. This year we took it to Salt Lake City to visit his sister. So glad we did, even tho it was hot as Hades. Boondocked in their driveway, and found a Good Sam park in Pocatello, Id twice.

  16. We have a 2005 Country Coach that is in great condition . We have looked at MANY new mid to upper mid price range class A’s and they all are poor quality, poor fit and finish, poor floor plans, etc. We decided to keep our money until (if ever) manufactures start building quality RV’s at Reasonable price point.

  17. Our 2004 Safari Trek is in very nice condition and although we have visited 49 of the 50 states, we have never been refused admission to a campground. Maybe we don’t stay in the ritzy enough parks, or maybe it is the condition of the MH, but it has never been an issue. I think if it ever became an issue, I would just move on and figure I didn’t need to be in that kind of an environment anyway.
    We have stayed in some parks with age restrictions, but never been questioned. When we pull in and see some of the newer RV’s and the condition they are in, I wonder if age is a good barometer to choose by.

  18. Our 2003 Rockwood travel trailer has been lovingly maintained and looks great. It looks much nicer and cleaner than some newer models I’ve seen!

  19. I used to own a 1987 Corsair Class C in Canada. At one time I was going to live in it and scouted around where I would like to live on Vancouver Island. Well I found the place I wanted. I proceeded to contact them and the first question is how old is your RV. At the time, My RV was 15 years old, but in excellent shape. They would not let me come in. But I left my email address with them incase they changed there mind. 3 months later I get an email, Yes you can come in now if you want. Well by then I had another place and I figured they needed to fill in spaces for revenue. That was a few years ago. Maybe now it is different. But I was so upset at that time. I was not trailer trash. When I hear that question I get so mad. You can be very well to do and love your RV and not want to get rid of it. As it turns out I now have a 2016 RV. Waiting for them to ask the question GRRRR…

  20. We own a 1997 Dolphin 36′ class A. It now has a new custom paint job and looks brand new. It’s now in our minds a 2016. We actually get compliments about it from rv parks with older model restrictions. ..lol.

  21. I have a 29′ 1988 Fireball fifth wheel. Yeah, it was in sad shape when it was given to me for a whopping $203, but reading about all the issues with new RV’s made me appreciate having an older one. I know the issues and I’m fixing them with no complaints. If this thing were new with even a tenth of the issues it has, I’d be raising the roof. Learning there is NO lemon law that protects RV buyers, I won’t buy new- ever. Besides- the older ones have style, class and sass. You can tell one from the other and they were built with pride.

  22. We recently bought our 1st RV – a 1978 GMC Royale – and love it! after looking at what was available in newer gently used RV’s and visiting several RV manufactures in Elkhart and seeing how they were built we were very discouraged about price and quality. then we happened to see a beautiful , totally refurbished 1978 GMC for sale and after a great deal of research found it to be the ideal RV for us. front wheel drive with air ride suspension, all aluminum /fiberglass body, engineered from the ground up to be the highest quality motorhome of the time.
    parts are readily available and anyone can work on or repair them across the US. There is also a very large group of club members ( GMCMI ) that are available to reach out to for assistance when needed anywhere in the us. on top of all of that we get a thumbs-up from everyone that see’s it.
    If we ever have a problem getting into a campground so be it – their loss not ours.

  23. I’ve only experienced two places asking for the age of the trailer. In both instances we were “within the age limit” but if we weren’t I would have out and out lied about it. How would they know? Demand to see your VIN? Ha.

    • Hey Tom , when I was in the Navy my best friends name was Molnar, he died a few years ago, I believe during an operation , was he a relative

      • Hi James. Can’t tell for sure. I have (or had) two cousins who lived in NY. One, named Gary, was in the Navy (as was I). He graduated from Great Lakes in late 63 (the day President Kennedy was killed!). Does any of this sound familiar?

  24. Ours is a 2006 Country Coach Inspire which we are as happy with today as we were when we bought it new at LazyDays in 2006, It’s so well made and drives very well, great to live in, so we’ll keep on traveling in it a few months a year and enjoying the RVing life.

  25. Because my 18-year-old rig is in pretty remarkable condition from being stored inside while not traveling, I have admittedly, upon occasion, fibbed about it’s age. When I preview a campground we intend to use and they show an age limit, I usually go ahead and reserve stating an age that just falls into their limit. When we show up and check in no one has ever asked to see The Behemoth’s birth certificate! I think it’s just easier for the campground to discriminate by ‘age’ of the rig age rather than ‘condition’. I can’t see them saying, “No dilapidated rattletraps allowed.” Then it becomes a “judgement” call.

  26. 1993 Gulfstream 5th Wheel, I bought it from the second owner who kept it in mint condition. However, the interior was in great condition but dated with colors and carpet. We only paid $2900 dollars for the rig. We put $5000 into it via 400 watts of Solar, a battery bank, and pure sine wave inverter. Painted the whole interior, new water heater, new rims and tires, new brakes, new gas lines and rewired a lot of the electrical. The unit has never leaked. I am a firm believer in not getting into debt for depreciating assets and figure the rig should last us indefinitely as long as I maintain the roof and keep it watertight. I was offered $10000 for it this summer at a park when the guy in the next site saw it. Not concerned with the 10-year rule as Provincial Parks in Ontario don’t care about the age of your unit. When we start traveling into the US for winters in a few years I will have to learn how to convince parks that it looks better than most new units so what’s the difference.

  27. Curious. How does a RV park know if your motorhome is 10 yrs (or older)? Are they asking verbally, or do they require proof, like registration?!

  28. Our was a new to us 2000 unit bought in 2005. Hurricane 34K with 12,000 miles. Was a factory recall on the side when done the factory did 14 other repairs,all minor but they did it. Don’t think Thor would do that today.

    • Thanks for letting us know, Ron! Yay! I figured out how to fix it. (Chuck usually handles these.) You can go in and click on your response now. (And I can go to bed now.) 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

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