Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > COMMUNITY FORUMS > General Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-30-2021, 07:34 AM   #1
Senior Member
hohenwald48's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Nashville, TN area
Posts: 4,510
RV/Trailer Parks

Are all "RV" parks turning into rundown trailer parks or am I just a bad park picker?
When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.
2019 Newmar Canyon Star 3627 on a 2018 F-53 26K chassis w/6 speed transmission
2017 Jeep Wrangler JKU with Ready Brute tow system w/Currie Tow Plate
Titusville, FL when not on the road
hohenwald48 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free! RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 07-30-2021, 08:24 AM   #2
Senior Member
groswald's Avatar
Tiffin Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 382
Seems to be the case at most of the parks we’ve been to in the last year (30 or so).

Many are transient workers (construction, oil field, etc), quite a few are “S&B homeless”, and a growing number are remote workers.

Regardless of how they come to be there, many do seem to have a lot of stuff (much of it junk/an eyesore), multiple vehicles, and poorly maintained RVs.

I certainly acknowledge their right to be there, but am frustrated by park managements’ lack of effort to maintain a clean and safe park, often in direct contravention of their own rules.


2016 Tiffin Allegro Open Road 32SA
2017 Jeep Wrangler JKU
2014 Thor Axis 24.1 & 2012 Spyder on Aluma UT10
groswald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2021, 08:32 AM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Florida
Posts: 460
Not all, but permanent residents sure seem to be a trend.
2021 Newmar Bay Star 3626
D20 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2021, 08:40 AM   #4
Senior Member
Ljwt330's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Capistrano Beach, California
Posts: 3,999
I will combine the comments of the posters, above.

There seems to be an increased need for permanent residences in RV parks, and some parks are accommodating that need. However, how each park adjusts to long term/permanent residents, varies. As stated, it's the responsibility of the management/owner of the park to maintain the "atmosphere." If they don't enforce the rules, things can degrade rapidly as some have indicated.

Bottom line, it's not the long term/residents that are necessarily the issue, it's the management of the parks.
Larry, Eileen, and Finley
2004 Alpine 36FDDS
Third motor home, first Alpine, no need for another.
Ljwt330 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2021, 08:48 AM   #5
Moderator Emeritus
TXiceman's Avatar

Vintage RV Owners Club
Texas Boomers Club
Oklahoma Boomers Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Full Time, TX Home Base
Posts: 20,220
Blog Entries: 21
Seems more and more permanate residents are moving into RV parks and they are becoming "trailer parks". We have seen this more and more over the past couple of years. They do not require the tenant to maintain a vehicle that can move the trailer or the motorhome is not even current on registration.

One park we have used in the winter in Houston area was sold to a corporation 3 years ago and the park has been on a steady decline. Residents pile junk under and around their trailers. People are not picking up their dog poop and tossing cigarette butts everywhere.

Amateur Radio Operator (KE5DFR)|Full-Time! - 2012 6.7L Ford Crew Cab Dually -2013 HitchHiker Champagne 38RLRSB - Travel with one Standard Schnauzer and one small Timneh African Gray Parrot
TXiceman is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2021, 08:57 AM   #6
Senior Member
TonyMac's Avatar
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Layton, Utah
Posts: 3,541
I am staying in a trailer park in my motorhome till my retirement paperwork is done, S&B is sold. They REQUIRE RVs to be current on registration and shown on the tags. Mobile homes, not so, but strict guidelines on lawns and grounds.

It all depends on what the management wants. I'd think now with RV space at a premium, they'd be jacking the rates and tightening the rules, as they have plenty of demand. And that demand might be gone soon.
2006 Monaco Safari Cheetah 40PMT
TonyMac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2021, 08:57 AM   #7
Senior Member/RVM #90
MSHappyCampers's Avatar

Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Columbus, MS
Posts: 47,924
It would be nice if RV parks had a section reserved for long-termers only!
Joe & Annette
Sometimes I sits and thinks, sometimes I just sits.....
2002 Monaco Windsor 40PBT, 2013 Honda CRV AWD
MSHappyCampers is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2021, 09:16 AM   #8
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2021
Location: Full Timers
Posts: 108
Not all but many. We've encountered a lot of people that have been forced into RV's because rent is taking half or more their incomes.

They find cash rigs and move them to RV parks where long term rates are more reasonable than rent. As long as housing values continue their "ridiculous meteoric rise" that far outpaces wages it's only going to get worse.
RS ODonnell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2021, 09:22 AM   #9
Senior Member
Talloaks's Avatar

Country Coach Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Kalamazoo MI
Posts: 285
Originally Posted by MSHappyCampers View Post
It would be nice if RV parks had a section reserved for long-termers only!

Yes, and that in fact is the approach in some parks.

As an example, San Pedro RV Resort in Benson AZ, where we have wintered in the past, has such an arrangement, and it appeared to work very well.

I think in answer to the OP's question, both perspectives are true. There certainly is an increase in "temporary" long-term residents in RV parks, but it is also true that one can make choices to avoid these venues by advance planning/research and the questions you ask when contacting a park for reservations.

If you are looking for the cheapest option, bear in mind that is also exactly what those longer-term people with the dilapidated sites are doing .
2007 Country Coach Tribute; Cat C9 400; 2012 Ford Edge toad; Roadmaster Blackhawk 2 10,000 lb tow bar; Demco AF1 Braking System; 2007 BMW K1200LT Hannigan Trike Conversion; Member, IEEE, NFPA, PMI, NRC SRO (Ret).
Talloaks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2021, 09:38 AM   #10
Senior Member
keymastr's Avatar
Outdoors RV Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 3,531
Some parks do it better than others. The park I am in makes sure the "junk" is kept to a minimum and while they do not discriminate on age alone, the rolling meth labs are not let in. We are just outside a major city so there are few parks available here, and most are not as nice as this one.

We moved here from the other side of the state after selling our home because my job went away and we had to relocate. Unfortunately my new work is in an area where the median home price is well over $1 million unless you want to commute 45 minutes minimum and then the median is over $800,000. With just 5 years or so before I retire and not wanting to stay in this area after that it does not make sense to risk buying a home and having the market crash forcing us to stay. So this is the best option right now. We would not be very happy in some of the parks we have nearby but this one is awesome with a great staff and neighbors who watch out for each other.
2020 F28 RKS Titanium
2017 Creekside 23 RBS Sold
2016 F250 Super Crew XLT Overworked
keymastr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2021, 10:05 AM   #11
Junior Member
Join Date: Jul 2021
Location: Charlotte
Posts: 9
I have seen a wide range of this as well over the past year and a half that I've been full-timing. Honestly, the longer-term residents who are at places for work tend to keep things cleaner than the partiers and families who show up for weekends and short trips. I lived in a park in southern Ohio last year that had a lot of permanent residents who didn't have a TV or current registrations on their RVs and they tended to treat their lot as their home. The park I'm at now definitely has a "premium" section devoted to larger vehicles that tends to be better maintained than the rest of the park. The management is definitely key to keeping the parks looking nice, and this one does a great job.
Andy + Shari (plus our furry friends Hektor, Max and Huge). Fulltiming since 3/2020. 2020 Montana 3855BR. 2016 RAM 3500 SRW Tradesman with Tow/Haul package. Curt Q16 Slider Hitch.
ams8bd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2021, 10:12 AM   #12
Senior Member
becks's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Fulltime/ SE Minnesota
Posts: 2,998
Sadly that has been happening. I don't like to see it, but fear it is here to stay.
06 TS-42-DS04 Spartan tag axle / 1040 watts of solar
2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn Hemi 4x4
becks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2021, 10:39 AM   #13
Senior Member
glwinger's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2018
Posts: 357
Originally Posted by MSHappyCampers View Post
It would be nice if RV parks had a section reserved for long-termers only!

I totally agree. Long term people should have their own out of the way areas. Most, but not all seem to collect a lot of junk on their sites. I'm not talking about landscaping or decks, etc. but stuff piled up that should have been thrown away years ago.
There is no need for these 'campers' to be in the main campground area.
2019 KZ 270thle
2015 Silverado.
2012 GL1800
glwinger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2021, 10:53 AM   #14
Senior Member
PKI's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2018
Posts: 712
The phenomenon was explained to me as follows: when the economy goes down, folks who run parks need cash flow. They take in long term tenants to make ends meet. Then when times improve, they do not move the long term folks out, because they represent steady business and generally are easy to accommodate.

With the new trend of RVers, the price of sites go up. That may stop the long term trend or it may set up the conditions for a new series of better parks.

We have seen a lot of long in the tooth parks. There are a lot of them in the Passport America system. But that system also has a lot of brand new parks that use the draw of half price to keep the park profitable until it builds a client base. Those also become long term parks when the site is not attractive to transit RVers.

So yes, it is happening. But it has always happened. Do not be afraid. Some of those folks are just as nice as you.
Travel Safe and with a Smile! Pat
PKI is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Winnebago Celebrates National Parks Through Support Your Parks Campaign DriVer RV Industry Press 0 06-29-2021 01:47 PM
finding good rv parks or state parks maxwell18 Monaco Owner's Forum 4 06-27-2018 12:52 PM
Length Restrictions Class A RV - National Parks/State Parks glester99 Class A Motorhome Discussions 22 10-09-2016 02:03 PM
3 month trip via TT parks - but WHICH parks? Help pls GoneFishin Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 3 10-10-2007 06:46 PM
Disappointed with 2005 Trailer Life Rv Parks & Campground Navigator CD set Jack Wilkinson Gear and Product Discussions 20 11-21-2005 02:25 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:41 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.