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Old 10-01-2019, 05:35 PM   #1
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10 year old Coaches

I am new to the group and looking to purchase a Class A Motorhome. My wife and I want to travel the US for 12 to 18 months after we retire. We have been looking at many different motor homes and like the Tiffin homes. Our question is we have read and been told many campgrounds do not let Coaches in that are over 10 years old. To get into a Diesel we would probably be looking at coaches that are 10 or more when we actually start traveling. We have found a coach that we like and can afford of the 2013 vintage. Of course with Gas we could get into a newer coach. What are experiences of this 10 year rule. Thanks
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Old 10-01-2019, 05:42 PM   #2
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If the rv has been maintained washed/waxed and no body damage you should have no problems, but if it looks really bad that is a nother thing. Some high end rv parks might not let you in.
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I am new to the group and looking to purchase a Class A Motorhome. My wife and I want to travel the US for 12 to 18 months after we retire. We have been looking at many different motor homes and like the Tiffin homes. Our question is we have read and been told many campgrounds do not let Coaches in that are over 10 years old. To get into a Diesel we would probably be looking at coaches that are 10 or more when we actually start traveling. We have found a coach that we like and can afford of the 2013 vintage. Of course with Gas we could get into a newer coach. What are experiences of this 10 year rule. Thanks
Most campgrounds with that restriction ask you to send them a picture of the coach ... and if it looks like it has been taken care of - then it is not a problem.
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Old 10-01-2019, 05:43 PM   #4
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We’ve camped in RV parks hundreds of nights and never been asked the age or our coach. I think some parks have that rule so they can turn away junky rigs. I wouldn’t worry about it. If you keep your rig in shape, I doubt you will have a problem anywhere. (Note: our current “new” rig is a 2009 so hitting the 10 year rule. I am totally unconcerned about it)
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Old 10-01-2019, 05:43 PM   #5
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Our rig just turned 20. We have never had an Issue getting into a park. But I keep my rig in great condition also. Good luck and welcome!
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Old 10-01-2019, 06:03 PM   #6
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19 year old coach.
Never an issue.

We sent pictures one time, got approval to stay.

Then didnt.

We Found a nicer site 5 miles away that was $200. A month less.
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and then the exception...I asked a park recently that overall looked rundown itself and was just flatly told - NO. I asked about sending a photo or bringing it by -- NO. Oh well, they certainly didn't need my $, they didn't have any vacancy anyhow for a couple of months.
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Old 10-01-2019, 06:13 PM   #8
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Ours is an '04. I've heard of this rule, but no one has ever asked.
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When we had our '04 a year ago, we were asked at two different RV resorts both in Florida. Both very high-end. They just asked a few questions about condition, streaks, etc. After I answered, both parks were fine with us coming without pics.
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Old 10-01-2019, 06:36 PM   #10
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I too have stayed a bunch of places and never been asked the age of our coach. It's a 1996, and a little rough around the edges.

I guess we don't stay in fancy enough places for it to be a problem.
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Old 10-01-2019, 06:52 PM   #11
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This 10 year deal has been in place for about 10 years in many places where we have stayed

However they all went by appearances not age if you requested reservations

I think our very first park we knew that had the rule was Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
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Just tell them it's a 2010 (or 2015 or whatever) regardless of its actual model year. What are they going to do, run its VIN?

As a rule I would say that if they don't want your business you shouldn't give it to them. But if I were in your shoes and for whatever reason that wasn't a viable option for me, I would lie and feel absolutely no remorse.

For what it's worth, as long as your coach is cared-for, I'd love to have you as my neighbor. I don't care how old your MH is or if the paint is a little faded. I love looking at those old coaches that are obviously loved.
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We also have never had a problem with our 2006 MH.
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Many of the "10 year" parks are only concerned, if your booking monthly stays. In many parts of the country a monthly stay gives you "apartment rental .. HOME status" and they can not evict you without a several month long process, all the while receiving no payment.
There is always the odd, normally High end resort park that is hard corps on the rule for short stays.
In 4 Years full time, I haven't been turned away anywhere for short stays (2003 coach).... I'm sure the day may come. last year One park outside Phoenix wanted photos for a 2 month stay, I sent them and didn't hear back. I called they said they'd get back to me. They never did so I found a BETTER park and booked it. One day after my arrival at the new Better place the no call place called me ... where are you? We have you down for 2 months! I had totally forgot about them, They never took a deposit. I told them my story and said your loss and hung up.
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