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Old 09-20-2011, 10:10 AM   #29
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Well, it's not just discrimination at the welcome mat.

At times I determined that when reserving in advance and describing our real length for the reservation at arrival we found ourselves tucked away in some pretty crappy sites only to be told "sorry, that's all there is available" yet I could see other, better open sites that were clearly available. So...I began to exaggerate our length by a few feet for the reservation and presto, we started to get better site locations. My belief is that some RV parks discriminate in various ways and at times pander to the bigger, better RV (MH) customers even if or especially if they are last minute drive ins.

Am I right or just paranoid? :-)
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:21 AM   #30
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Well, it's not just discrimination at the welcome mat.

At times I determined that when reserving in advance and describing our real length for the reservation at arrival we found ourselves tucked away in some pretty crappy sites only to be told "sorry, that's all there is available" yet I could see other, better open sites that were clearly available. So...I began to exaggerate our length by a few feet for the reservation and presto, we started to get better site locations. My belief is that some RV parks discriminate in various ways and at times pander to the bigger, better RV (MH) customers even if or especially if they are last minute drive ins.

Am I right or just paranoid? :-)
Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean their not out to get you!
We have had them try to put our 13 Scamp in the tent areas, when sites with hook-ups are available. This is strange to me since we pay the same fees and use a very small fraction on the facilities compared to bulgemobiles.(besides our camper is cuter.)
We have several times recieved special treatment in a good way due to the size of our camper, as well. Like getting a small site in a full campground that the big rigs were afraid of, or once a site close to the ocean because a tree limited access.
I do remember having to repeat "13-yes-13ft" several times though.
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:41 PM   #31
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I totally agree with McBrew, how are they going to tell the year of a well maintained or nicely restored fiberglass trailer? "Yeah, of course it's less than 10 years old, doesn't it LOOK LIKE IT????
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:15 PM   #32
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Strangely enough I just bought a 10 year old trailer!

Yep, I'd be really impressed if any campground could accurately tell it's age. There's a few bits I need to get at with a wire brush and some spray paint, but overall it doesn't look much different than a new one.

So far good luck, at least at Doheney State beach, they let me right in.

I think I should be able to lie my way into snooty parks for a few more years at least.
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:57 PM   #33
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I was turned away at an RV park on the Oregon coast once as they only took trailers 24' or longer. Have been at others that will not allow any tent trailers or trailers with any kind of canvas showing (nope it had nothing to do with bears). Others have rules that all trailers must be self contained - own bathroom and built in holding tanks.
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Old 09-21-2011, 11:22 PM   #34
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The requirement to be self-contained usually stems from their not wanting to maintain bathrooms.

We encountered one in Lake Havasu that locked the bathrooms at 10pm. We were in a popup, good thing we had a portapotty.
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Funny enough the ones that I have been to that required the units to be self-contained where some of the more upscale type RV parks(with fees to match) with nice heated tile floors in the washrooms etc.
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Old 09-22-2011, 05:18 PM   #36
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We got wedged between a million$ motor home and the biggest 5th wheel I've ever seen.it was pulled by a 370 Pete! We never saw the sun all weekend lol!!!
We did see a rig this summer that was of questionable construction. It was made from an old pickup box and fram and halfshell camper top. I'm all for self reliance and inginuity but this rig was pretty rough. I could easily see this person being turned away.
The reasoning could be liability insurance related and not snobbery.
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We got wedged between a million$ motor home and the biggest 5th wheel I've ever seen.it was pulled by a 370 Pete! We never saw the sun all weekend lol!!!
We did see a rig this summer that was of questionable construction. It was made from an old pickup box and fram and halfshell camper top. I'm all for self reliance and inginuity but this rig was pretty rough. I could easily see this person being turned away.
The reasoning could be liability insurance related and not snobbery.
Ya think it's being so ugly might cause extreme emotional distress among other campers? The campground could have no more liability for allowing it in than Burger King would.... I suppose it might ruin appetites and scare off customers there!
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:38 PM   #38
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I was turned away at an RV park on the Oregon coast once as they only took trailers 24' or longer. Have been at others that will not allow any tent trailers or trailers with any kind of canvas showing (nope it had nothing to do with bears). Others have rules that all trailers must be self contained - own bathroom and built in holding tanks.
Carol, sounds like you were trying to get into "that" resort in Pacific City. Beautiful vistas, but only catered to big rigs. You wouldn't have liked it... no one ever came outside of their rigs (my Aunt was the parks hostess several years back)
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Old 09-23-2011, 11:41 AM   #39
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There are some RV parks with this attitude, but I've never run into one personally. I would guess it's a fairly small percentage of all such parks.

Exactly! And honestly it's for the protection of other guests. Having owned a Rv Park, I know that had I not had that "rule" there could have been some huge issues in the park.


That rule allowed me to prevent discomfort to/of/for my guests. I didn't use the rule often, but it certainly was back pocket CYA................ Especially when I had people of the unsavory type want a seasonal site.



As a business owner you have to protect your business. All business owners have the right to refuse service. Frankly, some snooty resorts take it a bit over board. But in my opinion they have the right to service the customers they want to. When we had our Class A, I ran into this rule. The Park was nice enough to tell me to come on by and let them look at that Rv (despite it being over 10 years old)...... Once they saw it/us they realized we were most likely good guest and allowed us to stay.



The people who bought our park, didn't use the rule. First year they had it, they learned a valuable lesson! Not only did the allow their guest to be uncomfortable due to a group of seasonal guest but they ended up having to tow out a trailer that the seasonal guest abandoned in the park. It was a mess, that cost them $$$ and time, cause getting something declared abandon is not an easy task. So if I ever owned another campground, rvpark believe me I would use the rule!
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We've been excluded for both reasons.

When we had a motorhome we were excluded for age once. When we had a stick built trailer we were excluded because of length.

With Fiberglass Trailers it's very difficult to tell a 1991 Scamp from a 2006. People never believe me when I tell them ours is 20 years old.
If the park asks, of course, yours is five years old, and they could not tell when you lie aboit it....a egg can get away with it.

As for me, I am a boondocker. I stay at camp grounds, usually at military bases, only once in a while.
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Exactly! And honestly it's for the protection of other guests. Having owned a Rv Park, I know that had I not had that "rule" there could have been some huge issues in the park.


That rule allowed me to prevent discomfort to/of/for my guests. I didn't use the rule often, but it certainly was back pocket CYA................ Especially when I had people of the unsavory type want a seasonal site.



As a business owner you have to protect your business. All business owners have the right to refuse service. Frankly, some snooty resorts take it a bit over board. But in my opinion they have the right to service the customers they want to. When we had our Class A, I ran into this rule. The Park was nice enough to tell me to come on by and let them look at that Rv (despite it being over 10 years old)...... Once they saw it/us they realized we were most likely good guest and allowed us to stay.



The people who bought our park, didn't use the rule. First year they had it, they learned a valuable lesson! Not only did the allow their guest to be uncomfortable due to a group of seasonal guest but they ended up having to tow out a trailer that the seasonal guest abandoned in the park. It was a mess, that cost them $$$ and time, cause getting something declared abandon is not an easy task. So if I ever owned another campground, rvpark believe me I would use the rule!
So, if some unsavory types show up to your park in an 8 year old trailer and then you have no recourse to but to let them camp? I don't mind a park refusing service, based on an unkept, unsafe, ill-equipped or unsightly trailer, whatever, but doing so on the age of my trailer smacks of elitism and/or lack of respect for the work, time, money and skill that goes into a good vintage restoration or an meticulously maintained older trailer. But I now understand, when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail and that rule is the standard hammer for this issue it seems. Regrettable.

The first two parks I called made no bones, nothing older than 10 years, period. They hadn't seen me or my trailer, I didn't own one yet! If they had added, "But of course we are reasonable people, send us photos or other reassurances and we will consider an exception" I wouldn't have thought much of it.
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Hi: All...We stayed in a park near Dixie Caverns in Va. that looked so seedy I felt uncomfortable leaving our 5.0 alone. Not until some fulltimeing snowbirds in their bulgemobiles started to flock in did our comfort level increase.
The ten yr. rule must have been thought up after some of the antebellum seasonal units in this park were installed.
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