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Old 08-31-2014, 01:07 PM   #1
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Ten Year Rule??

I've heard it said that some campgrounds won't accept RVs 10 years or more old. To what degree is this true? Perhaps it once was true.

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I think it applies more to RV resorts and less to campgrounds. There's one about 5 miles from me and yes, they have a 10 year rule. Some resorts also have a "size" rule. Before anyone gets their undies in a knot, remember not all "old" trailers are as loved and as well cared for as most all molded towable owners take care of theirs.

I'm betting I could tow my 1988 16' Scamp into the resort close to me and be accepted. It would be pulled by a shiny new Ford F-150 and my trailer is well kept. I could also point them to the Scamp Trailer manufacturer site since these trailers haven't physically changed the outside look since the beginning of time. Of course it's a 2008 model Now the size, not anything I can do to stretch it...
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Thanks for the quick reply. I'm trying to figure out the "rules of the game" before I start to play.

I wish I could ask "what do I need to know that I never thought of?" I guess I'll have to be ready for some surprises!
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... . Of course it's a 2008 model Now the size, not anything I can do to stretch it...
When you check in provide a magnifying glass!
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Alan, fortunately most campgrounds and resorts have websites. If you know where you want to go (with and without reservations), perhaps it would be wise to check the websites for restrictions, along with amenities that are important to you... hookups to pools!
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When you check in provide a magnifying glass!
It's not THAT small But I do know from reading, some resorts won't take anything smaller than 25' (or maybe bigger?) that even lets out Ten Forward
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In my experience, that campground and RV Park"rule" is flexible. Usually based on looks. Vintage rigs can be accepted. Mostly there is concern about electrical wiring that could lead to fires and/or undesirable clients/campers hanging around to make a"home"out of a site intended for short-term use.

Friendliness goes a long way.
I wish I had known - electric service comes in different amps. I use 15 amps (get an adapter plug) or off grid solar. I can ask for a tent site and get better rates. Staying a week or a month can bring the price down as can using AARP or Senior rates. Ask about membership rates and rules.
I keep in mind that knowledge is power. Oh and one RV Park thought I broke thier electric meter because I was not plugged into it. They got angry and started charging a minimum electric rate of $8 .... darn pay what you use wasn't in their vocabulary. ....
It's all an adventure!
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Oh yes Donna that is true. There are RV resorts like the Encore network that won't allow small rigs at SOME of thier resorts. Thousand Trails can accept Scamps and even have good membership rates about $100 less than their neighbors for 3 month or longer stays. I thought about that because it was about the same 'rent' as a low income apartment.
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It's not THAT small But I do know from reading, some resorts won't take anything smaller than 25' (or maybe bigger?) that even lets out Ten Forward
Donna:

How ironic! I've spent some time at the Airstream forum where there was a discussion of state parks whose sites were too short for 25 footers.

You've helped me refine my thinking some. Perhaps I'm concerned about unwritten rules. At hotels/motels I've found pet rules online that were obscure to misleading. For example the statement "accepts pets up to 20 pounds" will sometimes exclude cats. That is an issue that I know enough to inquire about in advance.
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I've heard it said that some campgrounds won't accept RVs 10 years or more old. To what degree is this true? Perhaps it once was true.

Frankly, I wouldn't want to stay overnight or for a month at a snobby resort. Just not the type of people I am comfortable with. However, I have never had a private campground turn me away, and I prefer State Parks because they tend to be more rustic, and they cannot discriminate.


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We have camped for many years and have only faced the rule once (10 years-25 feet) camping over 3000 nights, half with units under 25 feet and over 20 years. We've only come across it once and were accepted without a blink.

As to fiberglass trailers it's very hard to tell their age....no one believes ours is 23 years old.

Maybe we only stay at the right places.
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Alan, you really won't find size/age to be a problem in 90% of the parks, honest. RV Park Reviews, is helpful. But, snobbery aside, most of us don't want to camp next to a bunch of trailers where duct tape is holding them together either. Life is harsh, but if I'm paying money to stay somplace, I'd like my surroundings to be pleasant. YMMV

Now BLM and free sites, all bets are off.
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I've heard it said that some campgrounds won't accept RVs 10 years or more old. To what degree is this true? Perhaps it once was true.

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Any place that minimum size and age limits I don't want to be there. National Parks, National Forests, have very nice campgrounds. Most don't have electrical hookups but that's fine with me. If you insist on RV Resorts, you takes your chances and pays the price.

RV Resorts, State Campground == $25 to $50+ per night
NP and NF = free to $15 per night.
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Alan, you really won't find size/age to be a problem in 90% of the parks, honest. RV Park Reviews, is helpful. But, snobbery aside, most of us don't want to camp next to a bunch of trailers where duct tape is holding them together either. Life is harsh, but if I'm paying money to stay somplace, I'd like my surroundings to be pleasant. YMMV

Now BLM and free sites, all bets are off.
I'm not sure if I am making mistakes with my postings. I don't want to become the odd guy out. ..have I started wrong or gotten pigeonholed as not worthy to be a member of the forum?
I'm asking because I want to know and don't want to take things personal unless they are.
You have the flavor of the group.
Thanks in advance.
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