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Old 12-03-2013, 03:54 PM   #1
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Campgrounds Only For New(er) Rigs?

In making plans for our Christmas vacation trip to Florida. I contacted an RV resort in Tampa for a two-day stay. The place had great reviews, is highly rated by Woodall's, Good Sam, and others, and seems to have lots of amenities. Today I received an email response from the resort, with this note:
We appreciate your interest in our RV Resort, however we do abide by a 10-year or newer policy. I have listed other parks in the area, hoping to help with any inconvenience our policy might play in making the plans for your trip.

Has anyone else run into this type of policy? Nowhere on their website is any mention of this "age of camper" policy noted. I should have wondered why they asked for the model year of our trailer (1986 UHaul VT). I'm guessing they allow only recent units to avoid old, beat-up trailers. I responded and thanked them, enclosing a picture of our beautiful trailer. I have since found another campground about 20 minutes west of this resort, so we are set for the trip.
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Old 12-03-2013, 04:07 PM   #2
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Yes : We have encountered both age and size restrictions. Several campground we stayed at also required you to have on board bathroom facilities even though the campgrounds had shower /bathroom facilities of their own
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Old 12-03-2013, 04:14 PM   #3
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Hi Kevin,

I have seen this before, but never stayed at a park that had this rule. Our FG rigs, if clean and polished, look new at 20 or 30 years and I don't think they would balk. I think they just don't want ratty, beat up rigs in their parks. The stick-builts seem to age less gracefully.

I would call and ask and maybe send a photo.

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For sure. I'm guessing it is a way to keep the junkers out of their campgrounds. I understand that but it is a shame that most of us that have respectable looking rigs get penalized.

Our Stream is 40 years old but looks almost new.
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Profiling - Do you by any chance have any Grey Pupon?

Not only would it keep junkers out of the parks but would keep those people who are less fortunate (Ones that can only afford a junker) out.

Discrimination.
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Profiling - Do you by any chance have any Grey Pupon?

Not only would it keep junkers out of the parks but would keep those people who are less fortunate (Ones that can only afford a junker) out.

Discrimination.
Answer... "But of course...I always "Poupon Dijon"!

Heck my Ranger tow vehicle is 13 years old, but I don't tell the campground Eggy-Sue's Age, especially if they ask.(She'll be 10 in June)
Below is a recent photo....
If it was a decent campground you wouldn't be able to see the other trailers from your site, so maybe that's a way of weeding out the "slab cities"
We had a ScampCamp once at a CG which had that rule, but they made an exception for Scamps and fiberglass RV's.
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Here's a recent photo....
Looks like brand new! It has central air too... Nice!
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I think that the ratings folks should be notified. As a member of Good Sam's, I think I will.

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Old 12-03-2013, 06:18 PM   #9
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I've heard of and read about this policy many times but have not encountered it myself. I'm surprised I haven't though. On my last trip down from Alaska to California I had called a park in Leavenworth, WA called the Icicle River RV Resort. I had never been there, knew nothing about it, but it was a convenient stopping point for me for the night. When I called the previous day the host I spoke with was super nice and although they were "full" due to the Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival taking place that weekend, the host promised to find a space for me. I told her I would be a late check-in, and I was, arriving well after dark.

Upon arrival they greeted me warmly, checked me in efficiently, and personally guided me to my space and spotted me as I backed in. Incredibly nice hosts which was very welcomed after the long day's drive.

And a hellacious drive it was, all the way from Prince George, BC and through some really nasty weather. I was beat. My truck was filthy. And my Bigfoot, after being dragged all the way from Alaska, must have looked like war surplus.

That night I didn't really look around the resort after I parked. All I knew was the place was crammed full and I could hear the rapids from the river somewhere behind my space. I was completely beat so I got set-up quickly and went to bed.

The next morning I got up and opened my curtains, looked around and realized I was in a sea of quarter million dollar Class A RVs. There were also some Class C rigs, some fifth wheels, and a few travel trailers. But all of them were new and spotless. I can only imagine what people thought upon waking up and peering out their spotless windows trying to figure out what time of the night me and my forlorn rig showed up to take a nice spot among them.

I'm sure there were some comments made, although not at me directly. The people I encountered were actually quite nice, and upon seeing my Alaska license plates, were more interested in hearing my story than complaining about my humble, dirty trailer.

Anyway, I lucked out and my one-night stay there was pleasant. But I can imagine how the "serious" Class A types would want to keep the "riffraff" out of their regular domains.
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We avoid the places that list themselves as a "Resort" because some of the people there can be snooty. We recently stayed at Fort DeSoto near Tampa. Nice campground, but windy, and had to drive 50 miles through heavy city traffic and tolls to get there. Well probably not that far, but it felt like it!!
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I had checked on one of those really nice places that you
actually purchase the lot. After reading through the website,
it was obvious that us little guys were absolutely not welcome.

That's okay, I will just go where I am welcome.............LOL
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We avoid the places that list themselves as a "Resort" because some of the people there can be snooty. We recently stayed at Fort DeSoto near Tampa. Nice campground, but windy, and had to drive 50 miles through heavy city traffic and tolls to get there. Well probably not that far, but it felt like it!!
Our son just moved to Brooksville, Fl.
Where he was before there wasn't a good place
for us to stay. We wound up staying in his warehouse.
Which I was glad to use. But now it seems to be several
Camp Grounds around Brooksville. So we'll be looking into
that in the near future.
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It seems to me that "exclusive" campgrounds have lost the meaning and beautiful texture of life - by restricting themselves and their environment to others just like themselves with pretty new toys, they are going to miss the taste and feel of "edgy life" which is much more fascinating. That's one reason antique furniture and buildings are valued over sterile modern stuff - character - not vanilla conformity. The most interesting people you meet are the "common people". Oh well - it is their loss and the sad part is that they probably will never realize what great experiences they are missing.
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I'd probably say something like if you can't guess the age then I'm not telling, lol.
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