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Old 11-12-2013, 11:56 PM   #1
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Any problems with Sprinter-based RVs not being allowed in RV parks?

We currently have a '71 AS Safari, and were recently surprised to learn on checking out an RV park in Anaheim, CA that they don't allow trailers over 10 years old.

I later came across another RV park (don't remember where) that requires RVs to be at least 30' long.

How common is this problem? I ask because we are thinking of leaving our Safari in a permanent winter location, and getting a Sprinter-based RV for driving around the U.S. in other seasons, and wonder if we'll find our welcome mat taken up in some RV parks if it's too short or too old.
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:21 AM   #2
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I have only run into that once, at the Panama City RV Resort. They do not accept a Class B and the unit had to be over 28 feet.

I think those parks that try to sell lots are more prone to this. Other that this one park, I have not had problems.
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:29 AM   #3
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Well, we have never run into this once, in 6 1/2 years and 142,000 miles around the entire country.

It has to be highly unusual, and any campground or RV park that has their nose this high in the air doesn't need our business.

There are plenty of friendly places out there.

Do what you like and don't worry about snobs.

They just aren't worth the emotional energy.



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Old 11-13-2013, 06:34 AM   #4
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I later came across another RV park (don't remember where) that requires RVs to be at least 30' long.

How common is this problem? I ask because we are thinking of leaving our Safari in a permanent winter location, and getting a Sprinter-based RV for driving around the U.S. in other seasons, and wonder if we'll find our welcome mat taken up in some RV parks if it's too short or too old.
That's a new one on me. I've seen a few "RV Resorts" that advertise as Class A/5th Wheel only, but I avoid RV resorts on general principles anyway. I think they're overpriced, especially considering that the price includes amenities that I'd never need or use.

I haven't traveled as extensively as some, just Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas so far. But I also have never gone to the same place twice, so far. With so many places I haven't seen, why go somepace I've already been? But I have never been turned away for driving a Sprinter-based RV. In fact, out of seventeen camping trips to date in my Interstate (and several road trips that weren't camping trips), there has only been one trip that didn't involve admirers coming over to ask for the nickle tour and ask questions about it.

Many of the admirers are owners of Class As that are looking to downsize from a 3mpg behemoth that is too long to fit many campsites and too tall to fit under the trees without scraping things off the roof. But I'll admit, I started getting more questions from Class A owners once I started pulling a toad (albeit a small one, a Honda Fit hatchback) same as they do.
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:49 AM   #5
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It is becoming common practice in the RV parks (pardon me…..RV RESORTS ) that I service to have rules about minimum length, age and type of RV. Many here have a minimum 26' length for either a trailer or motor home.

Then you have the Class A ONLY resorts that will not accept any RV other than a 26' or longer bus-type RV.

Then you have the age rule, where management reserves the right to decline any RV if it is over 10 years old, although most of them don't pull that card unless the RV you have is an eyesore, and they take +10 year old nice rigs all the time (tell that to the guy with a pristine and perfect Prevost from the late 90's!).

OH! Almost forgot about the 'must be built by a recognized RV manufacturer' clause. That one is to keep out the hippies (are there any left? ) in their converted school busses.

Many have all of these rules in place and generally will use their discretion about applying them. Many won't ask to see a vehicle registration either…..so my suggestion is to tell them what you want. If your rig is kept up and looks nice, there is usually no problem!
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If your rig is kept up and looks nice, there is usually no problem!
I would imagine that the big Mercedes Benz logo on the grille of the 2011 and newer Sprinters will go a long way to soothing the sensibilities of the snobs out there in RV Resort land.

And if you buy a pre-2011 Sprinter with a Freightliner or Dodge grille, you can buy a Mercedes grille to retrofit, if you want.
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I recently booked a space at the Mission Bay RV Park in San Diego that advertises no Class B's. I told them I had a new AI and they ok'd it. So much for snob appeal!
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I would imagine that the big Mercedes Benz logo on the grille of the 2011 and newer Sprinters will go a long way to soothing the sensibilities of the snobs out there in RV Resort land.

And if you buy a pre-2011 Sprinter with a Freightliner or Dodge grille, you can buy a Mercedes grille to retrofit, if you want.
Well, the MB star might impress some but you won't find this Freightliner Sprinter owner spending time or $$ to change out the grille. I mean, it never crossed my mind to be embarrassed by the Freightliner grille. After all, Freightliner is a Daimler brand just like MB is. Just sayin...........
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Well, the MB star might impress some but you won't find this Freightliner Sprinter owner spending time or $$ to change out the grille. I mean, it never crossed my mind to be embarrassed by the Freightliner grille. After all, Freightliner is a Daimler brand just like MB is. Just sayin...........
I don't blame you. I've actually considered getting a Freightliner grille for mine, just because that Mercedes grille tells riffraff and other micreants that there are shiny toys inside. But then again, I'm not trying to get into an RV resort with restrictive entrance requirements, either.
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Well, folks are gonna be folks.

Many in the big rigs are openly envious of the mileage Class B's get. We know that because they ask, we tell them, they shake their heads and cite 8-9 mpg.

We all make our choices.


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