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Old 02-27-2021, 02:36 PM   #127
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That's what I mean by voting with my wallet... If I like your product and how your business is run... I'll give it my support... If I don't, I'll take my business elsewhere..

No anger, no hurt feelings, and no desire to "convert" you to MY way of thinking..

In the end, I believe having a choice is mostly a good thing..
Exactly - I'm right there with you. I've done the permanent-resident thing at a park, both as one of the subjects of these "omg people LIVE here?" questions, and also as an overnight guest in another park that had other spots that were long-term. The only thing I find disagreeable is when someone lets their dog do his business ON MY COACH or directly at the foot of my stairs where I'm 80% likely to step right in it. That's just being a nasty person, the age of the rig has nothing to do with that.

But how the parks choose to try and exclude those who they deem undesired, seems to usually manage to tag people who are "not of excessive means" and that is a major turnoff for me to spend my money with them. I don't look down my nose at anyone who is struggling financially yet managing to enjoy their life anyway and has an older unit.

But I also choose to stay at truck stops and be self contained - both b/c the truckers don't care what I'm doing as long as it isn't impacting them, and I don't mind that they are making noise either as long as it isn't impacting me. We are freely living our lives and asking nothing from those around us other than the consideration to be allowed to live as we are.

There is a whole lot more of "live and let live" that society needs to embrace, but that's a dead horse for another beating.
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Old 04-02-2021, 07:14 AM   #128
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Age restrictions at CG

We have a 2006 Tiffin Phaeton 40QDH in beautiful condition. We have had to send pictures of our coach to some Campgrounds in order to be allowed to make a reservation with the 10 year rule. Also, some CGs only cater to Class A motorhomes. Have not been denied reservations yet.
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Old 04-02-2021, 04:58 PM   #129
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We like to stay at some of the higher end parks simply because they are well maintained and tend to have nice roomy paved spots. They also tend to cost a little more, which eliminates the economy campers anyway. They also will let in well maintained older rigs almost without exception.

We also enjoy state parks where there is room for us. I don't really care what you camp in as long as you are respectful, and keep your space relatively well policed.

If you wouldn't pay $75-100/per night to stay in a high end RV resort that you think might exclude you because of the age of your rig, why gripe about it?

If you are willing to pay and want to stay there... send them a picture of your well maintained rig.

I bet you get in.
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Old 04-02-2021, 05:09 PM   #130
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If they have the rule I don't even ask. Too stuck up for me. My money, my rules.
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Old 04-03-2021, 01:06 AM   #131
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We all key on the things that are important to us. When we plan a trip, we reserve ahead. It works for us. We like knowing where we will be staying each night, and work to keep a timetable that works for us. When I look at CGs I focus on the rules that impact us. We have two dogs (70# and 30#) and I want to make sure I know if a CG needs to see vet documents or has a weight limit. I also focus on size to make sure the CG will be big rig friendly. Our initial selection is usually made due to location of the CG. We try to stay at 300 miles per day, so I range in from there. If there are multiple options, I look at reviews, ease of access, safety, rules (for the dogs), and amenities. I pass my choices of CG to the CEO for final review and then book once agreed.

Our last trip was our shake down run with new coach. We stayed in two state parks (AL and GA), one KOA, and a resort CG. Our favorite was the KOA. It was just a small well run CG with a great ambiance. Only bad experience was in the AL SP. Nice folks, park was just not as advertised. Live and learn. The resort did have a ten year rule, but there was a great mix of old and new rigs so they must be flexible.

We have looked at CGs on our routes that had specific rules about size of dogs. When we exceed their rules, I just look to the next CG in my planning. Just like when I find a CG that is not big rig friendly.

We just aren't comfortable with spontaneous CG selection, others are.

There are so many options out there, find the ones you enjoy and don't fret over the things we can't control. Every CG owner runs their business as works best for them, just as every consumer spends their money as is best for us.
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Old 04-03-2021, 08:00 PM   #132
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What a coincidence this thread showed up in my email. I posted here a while back about being turned down in Alabama, sight unseen, and we were just rejected by a park in Traverse City, Michigan. Offered pictures and were told no. So Iíll spend my money elsewhere. And.... if I had any thoughts of trading up to that Diesel Pusher, ( I have ), Iíll just ignore them. Our rig has been under 24/7 365 upgrades and renovation since we bought it two years ago. Weíre only a few more improvements from being where we want it to be. With only 28K on the odometer, I think it will last for a while and at my age may be the first, last, and only rig we will ever own.
Iíve been to Traverse City when our ski club from college went there and through there with a Geology class a year later. Frankly, it ainít Aspen. So weíll take our funds elsewhere, and if I ever DO buy that Tiffin, Holiday Rambler, (put your choice of DPís here,) Iíll go to where the class structure is not dictated by ignorance and is open to everyone, not just as those with nasal drainage problems.
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Frankly, it ainít Aspen. So weíll take our funds elsewhere, and if I ever DO buy that Tiffin, Holiday Rambler, (put your choice of DPís here,) Iíll go to where the class structure is not dictated by ignorance and is open to everyone, not just as those with nasal drainage problems.
I totally agree, only been asked once, about 20 years ago when we had a popup. Like you said ".it ain't Aspen". Heck it was about one step down from a wally world parking lot.
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So .... I might get flamed here, but here goes. I once called to ask after a park in southern CA, and they had a 10 year policy. While on the phone, I asked ďwhy the policyĒ? They said they had had issues with older, not well kept, units breaking down and being abandoned there ... which leaves them with a huge headache in terms of disposal and loss of revenue. From that perspective, not as snobbery, but as a CYA move, the policy makes a certain level of sense. Perhaps that is why pictures, showing a well maintained, likely dependable rig, often work? Just some food for thought...
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