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Old 09-20-2014, 05:31 PM   #1
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When you are not welcome!

Recently I was trying to book a month reservation for next March. The form asked for the age of the equipment. I sent the E Mail and the next day was told our coach was to old. I understand them not wanting ratty motor homes parking next to $200k units but what is a person to do ? Our coach is 14yrs old but is in excellent condition. Just had new graphics put on and the style is not totally old fashion. We have been RV-ing for 40+ years and know how to respect fellow campers! unlike some of the big rig camper that have more money sense. I hope all the good guys tell these RV parks, this type of rule is not acceptable.

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Old 09-20-2014, 05:33 PM   #2
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Their property, their rules.

Lots of other places to go that want your money

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Old 09-20-2014, 05:45 PM   #3
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Hell Seniorgear you don't want to be with those folks anyway. They probably don't drink beer or fish for that matter.
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Old 09-20-2014, 05:49 PM   #4
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Seems like it should be illegal, but like others have said, not likely people you would want to be around anyway

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Old 09-20-2014, 05:54 PM   #5
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i have been told if you send them a picture of your rv they will bend the rules
i have been to a few parks that had that rule looked out at rv and all was might email a photo of your rv see if that helps
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Old 09-20-2014, 06:02 PM   #6
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I would bet if you drove there and tried to get in they would let you. Alot of private campgrounds with decent prices have this rule posted but don't enforce it unless your MH looks really bad. I have seen CG's with several older RV's in them even when they have this policy. It protects them from letting in some people you probably wouldn't want to camp next to.

It is the same problem here in Calif re the size of MH. Alot of the State campgrounds have a 32-35 foot limit but actually will fit 40 footers and a Toad. If you put more than the allowed length on the registration form they automatically tell you no. If you put down a shorter length on the form you get the reservation and nobody actually checks the length of your RV when you get there. The Campgrounds are filled with RV's longer than the allowed maximun length and it is no problem. The same thing would probably apply here if your MH is in good shape and clean, they will most likely not ask you what year it is as nobody will know the difference or care.
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Old 09-20-2014, 06:02 PM   #7
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They may have the best of intentions but even posting a rule like that does not set well with me. Owning a high end unit does not make you special. I don't like being around snooty people and I wouldn't stay in a CG like that if they paid me.

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Old 09-20-2014, 06:08 PM   #8
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My coach is 12 years by DMV registation however when an RV Park asks I always tell them 9.

They wouldn't be able to tell unless they looked at my DMV registration which they never will.

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I've been asked that question more than once. I tell them anything less than ten years. And they don't know the difference.
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Old 09-20-2014, 06:23 PM   #10
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Tejay, This is not an out of the ordinary practice and I would bet you have already stayed in CG's with this rule without knowing. I really don't think it has anything to do with having a highend unit or not...If they have that policy you could have a 14 year old high end Diesel Pusher and they will still tell you no if you try making reservations. I don't really think they are trying to be snooty(I could be wrong because I don't even know the name of this place) but if you have ever set up your MH in a nice place only to have an extremely poor condition RV pull in next to you with leaking hold tanks ect and other significant problems due to it's age and lack of maintenace it is not fun. For alot of private CG's they depend on good reviews to keep their customers coming, if they don't keep the place nice they go out of business. I really don't think they are going to turn away decent looking older MH's, but they have to have a mechanism in place to protect themselves. Like said before It's their park, their rules, that's because they are putting their money upfront to run the business. We may have to look for a different place to stay, but if they don't protect their investment they could be looking for a new way of making a living.
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Old 09-20-2014, 06:23 PM   #11
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Good point.... As long as your unit is on good shape what they don't know won't hurt them. I am currently staying at a CG where there is a newer 5r behind us that is less than tidy. I could care less who is next to us ... Tent, popup , TT , Prevost just as long as they are tidy. And for Gods sake no pink flamingos! We try to avoid CG's that are more than 50%fulltimers... Can't stand all of the crap laying around their sites let alone looking like Christmas Village!
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Old 09-20-2014, 06:25 PM   #12
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Dr4film and spsm...my point exactly, they will never check unless they see a really big problem. I bet if you read the rules on some of your favorite places they have this rule and you would never know it.
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Old 09-20-2014, 06:37 PM   #13
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As others have said this isn't a rare restriction but we also don't hear a lot of members posting that they were there and then turned away. It happens, but I haven't read a lot of posts complaining about it. It's the rule itself, and the problems caused when making reservations that seem to be the real sticking point with most.

If you use our search feature a look for "10 year old restriction" you'll find a lot of discussion on the topic.

My own opinion is that parks with this restriction generally fall into one of two categories. Many use it to give them an "out" when the 1948 hippie painted converted school bus pulls in and wants to make a deal on a three month stay... or, they fashion themselves as providing a (fill in the blank... "upscale"... "resort"... "motorcoach".... etc) environment for their clientele and, frankly, probably don't want folks who are "camping".

IMHO, both of these are legitimate business reasons to impose this type of restriction... but it understandably strikes a nerve with many.

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Old 09-20-2014, 06:37 PM   #14
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My position on parks that ask the age of the rig:

They have so much business they do not know what to do with it all so they need to turn away RV's simply because they are too old.

Thus the logical thing to do is to park elsewhere cause if the park needs to turn away prospective clients.. Then they do NOT need my money.

I might add... last time I did that my RV was like 2 years old and the other park, the one that did not ask,, Same price and way, way, way, way nicer.

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