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Old 10-17-2013, 11:55 AM   #1
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Question Ten Year Old Motorhome rule at Campgrounds

We are not RV'rs yet but close. We will be purchasing a used Diesel Pusher in the 38 to 40 ft range within the next couple years. I have read and heard that campgrounds have rules relative to age and size of your motor home. If purchasing a 2002 American Eagle or Monaco Signature will we be limited on choice of campgrounds in 2015?


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Old 10-17-2013, 11:59 AM   #2
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I have been asked the year of our motorhome when making reservations, and when I questioned why, the establishment said that they have restrictions based on the age of the coach. Mine is new so I didn't have an issue.. but I've heard of others who were denied reservation with a coach over 10 years old, UNTIL they sent in pictures of their 10+yr old coach, at which point they were allowed to stay (apparently their coach was clean and well kept).

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Some CG's have that rule but as long as you can provide a photo showing it's well kept you should have no problem.

If you do a Search here on the 10 year old rule, you'll find many past threads discussing the issue.

As for size, you may have issues in older campgrounds or some national parks. Those places were constructed long before our BIG RIGS came into being. You'll just have to phone ahead to see if you'll fit on RV sites.

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Old 10-17-2013, 02:49 PM   #4
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Yes a few do have such a rule, mostly to enable them to turn away dilapidated, unkept RV's. A very few do so because they are a high-end destination ($100 + per night) and only admit class A motorhomes. It is their business to run as they choose, nothing wrong with that business approach.
Our MH is a 2000, and has been guessed at 3-4 years old. If I'm not asked, I do not volunteer any information. If I'm ever turned-away I'll simply leave. There are far too many CG's begging for customers to get offended by such a rule. FWIW, we have never even been questioned, let alone turned away.
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Old 10-17-2013, 05:23 PM   #5
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One CG near us has a 15yr rule and there are no exceptions. If you want to stay more than 1 or 2 nights they then want a copy of your registration to prove it.
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Mostly they will be RV Resorts the ones I've seen have individual owner lots so you can understand their rules.
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:05 PM   #7
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A few "RESORTS" will stick by this requirement. If your rig looks good, just subtract 9 from the current year and tell them it is a 2004 (2013-9 = 2004).

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I don't need them-have only seen a few(in my good sam camping book) so I don't bother calling.If drop in would just leave.
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I understand that some people are offended by the rule but I personally don't see anything wrong with it. It doesn't matter if it's a $100 a night resort or a $35 dollar a night campground...unsightly is unsightly. Up until two weeks ago we owned a 2003 MH and I would have gladly e-mailed them a picture of our unit if asked. But to date we have never been asked. Them asking me the question lessons the risk that I will be camping next to something unsightly. However just because it's a newer unit doesn't necessarily mean your neighbors will be clean and respectful.
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Originally Posted by webs53149 View Post
We are not RV'rs yet but close. We will be purchasing a used Diesel Pusher in the 38 to 40 ft range within the next couple years. I have read and heard that campgrounds have rules relative to age and size of your motor home. If purchasing a 2002 American Eagle or Monaco Signature will we be limited on choice of campgrounds in 2015?
We have never had any campground ask us for the model year of our coach; they are more interested in the length of it. Since most people have no idea what year model an RV is, just tell 'em a little fib. If your coach is well kept, they probably won't have a problem with it.
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I don't see anything wrong with having restrictions. After all, a campground is not a cheap thing to buy and maintain so the owner doesn't want a bunch of junk in there running out the other people.

All you have to do is keep the unit clean and in good repair then there will be no problems
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Another reason we try to avoid campgrounds when we travel. Our coach is old. We bought it in 2008. We have spent countless hours and many thousands of dollars on it updating and improving it to be in as close to new condition (as best as we can). To have someone consider refusing to allow us to park in a campground because our coach is too old, we consider to be an insult.

I will bet that if a shiny Prevost bus pulled in that was the same age as our coach, the campground owners would open the gates and welcome them without a single question.

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We've hit all 48 states and nobody has ever asked the age of my coach.
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Many CGs don't strictly enforce the age rule unless somebody rolls up in a trailer trash rig. It's hard to say, "No ugly, rusted, oil dripping, smoking, worn out, duct taped, primered campers allowed..."

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