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Old 03-18-2015, 05:37 PM   #57
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I see three different situations with park and campground limits. The first is physical limitation. This can be a maximum size because of campsites or tight turns. I also see restrictions out west for "hard sided campers only" because of bears.

The next are regular privately owned campgrounds that don't want older rigs or have size or type limits to keep them more exclusive, limit liability, or for whatever reason they see fit. I feel many of these will flex with an older, nicely maintained rig.

The last are the condo association campgrounds with individually owned sites. Because of the bylaws and restrictions set up with the association, there is usually no flexibility with transient site rentals. I ran into a few of these in Michigan where my brother was staying in his class A motorhome and we were unable to stay with a travel trailer. Really tics one off when a new Airstream is unacceptable but an older ratty 5th wheel is ok.

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Old 03-18-2015, 05:39 PM   #58
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Originally Posted by Protagonist View Post
I get my tongue wrapped all around my eye-teeth and can't even see what I'm saying.:
I am so adding this to my list of one liners.
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Old 03-18-2015, 06:16 PM   #59
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Have never been refused admittance with my Airstream, though last year we were stuck for an overnight in a park in NJ that was well-populated with derelict trailers. If it hadn't been late, I would have pulled out. I didn't realize how bad it was until daylight the next morning. Not sure what the "business model" was for the park owner.
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Old 03-18-2015, 08:08 PM   #60
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Yeah...just because some people have an older RV or live in a campground means they're cooking meth.

THESE are the kind of snobs that give Airstream owners a bad name.
Sorry my comment bothered you. I profiled the individual that wandered over to bum a cigarette (I don't smoke) who was mostly toothless, around age 30 going on 60, skinny as a rail and talking 100 miles an hour. Meth is a serious problem. It destroys lives and can make its victims desperate. You can make a batch in a two liter soda bottle. Sadly, it is not uncommon in our state. By appearances, it looked like a lot of the older RV's were pretty permanent fixtures. Maybe the cinder blocks instead of wheels, or piles a crap under and around them, or the four or five vehicles crammed in and around. I get it, people have to live somewhere, but its was definitely not what the internet website marketed. I was just passing through so just ate dinner, went to bed, and left early.

But beyond all this my bigger point, that you missed or I was unclear on, is that its not about the age of the RV but the people that inhabit those things. I'd wager to guess that the RV Parks believe owners of new RV's spend more, are more likely to be lawful, be respectful of the property, stay neat, pay their bills on time, you get the idea. I'll stick my neck out even further and wager most RV travelers would prefer not camp next to a some homesteader hoarder with five pit bulls wandering in and out. Some RV Park owners have decided there's a market for experience predictability of a certain caliber and have chosen to use RV age as the filter and I'm okay with that.
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Old 03-19-2015, 06:29 AM   #61
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Was only almost refused a site once. On the Fl panhandle at a campground I was at first told I couldn't stay until an employee who had been looking at my rig came inside and winked at the clerk as if to say okay. We were led by golf cart to the rear of the campground past several nice sites to a site next to the sewer pump house. I asked why here and he said that was the only one he could give us. I followed the cart back to the office and kept on going, hadn't paid yet. Oh, this was in 06 I think and we still had the Interstate. Back then they were still looked down on because they were considered a conversion van. Oh yea, Protagonist there really is no dif between snobbery and elitism, because the perception and result of the action is the same. One muspt look at the intent of the words, not just the meaning. Peace,jim
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Old 05-22-2015, 08:15 AM   #62
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Seems to me that if the park owner chooses not to rent to someone that is totally their privilege. The government has their nose in way too much of our business anyway. How would you like it if you spent hundreds of thousands building a nice rv park and you had to rent to whomever pulled in, complete with leaking sewer hoses, dripping water, wind torn awning pulled out and on and on. I have seen this too often in parks and then i get to choose to drive on, which i do. Like has been said, you let the camel get his nose in the tent the next thing the whole camel is in the tent.
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Old 05-22-2015, 08:44 AM   #63
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I've seen a fair amount of that over the years, especially RV parks that are Class A Motor Homes only. Most of the Class A Only restricted parks are individually owned lots (condo) and deed restricted to keep up appearances and protect property values. In Las Vegas I witnessed a camper pull into "Outdoor Resorts Motorcoach Resort" in a Super C, brand new diesel almost 40ft, full body paint just a gorgeous piece of equipment get turned away because it was not a Class A. Shook my head on that one!
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Old 05-22-2015, 09:04 AM   #64
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I've heard of these restrictions and they seem to mostly apply to the upscale resorts and long term snowbird parks. Such places will also have restrictions on the size, breed and number of dogs you have but that is another topic.

In the eleven years I've owned my 1979 AS I have stayed at parks with RV age restrictions twice. Oddly enough when booking my reservations, neither place asked the age, just the length and type of rig. I didn't even mention it was an Airstream. Both times when I showed up the person at the check-in desk said something like, "Ooh nice looking Airstream." No question about what year it was and they let me in. Note that on both occasions we were staying in popular tourist areas with other parks to choose from, so there were plenty of options if they hadn't let me in.

Overall I think vintage Airstreams, in good condition, are welcome almost anywhere.

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Old 06-17-2015, 02:40 PM   #65
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Heres the bottom line up front: Dont stay at Alton RV park in Galloway, OH.

I was just turned away from my first place today. I have been traveling for several months now, over 24 states and well over 50+ RV parks. As I wrap up my trip I was excited to head home to Columbus, Ohio after having left there 6 years ago when I began my military service. The plan was to stay in the A/S for the first few months (august - october) while I job search and finish up the final semester of my masters degree.

I placed my 2nd call in a week to Alton RV park because they did not follow up with the first phone call. When I told them I had a 1975 they responded "absolutely not" so I suggested that I send them an email (which i already had drafted and ready to hit send) with pictures of my Airstream before they made a decision. That didn't matter either. When I tried to connect on a more personal level and tell them I was trying to move back to Columbus after being overseas in the military for 6 years and I wanted to stay in the A/S until I had found a new career and house - they cut me off and said "dont care. it has to be 1995 or newer because older ones look like crap." My final attempt to persuade the lady on the other end by saying "Airstreams have looked the same for over a half century and you wouldnt even be able to tell the difference" didnt work either.

For a place that is located less than 2 hours away from Jackson Center they were unbelievably not understanding of the airstream brand.
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Old 06-17-2015, 05:05 PM   #66
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Some RV parks with age restrictions at least look at the rig and then decide. All of them I have dealt with let old Airstreams in. Even with the 10 years old requirement, they had full-timers living permanently in their park in 60's and 70's Airstreams. That park you mentioned is unreasonable and I will be sure to never stay there.
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Old 06-17-2015, 07:37 PM   #67
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I had a 1994 mobile home trailer I moved into a park with a 10 years old age restriction. After showing the manager photos, she let me in. It had just been power washed. When the movers brought the trailer, the neighbors thought it was brand new.
I went that route because the trailer was paid for free and clear, I was debt free, and did not want to go into debt. Every bill in that house- lights, satellite TV, lot rent, internet, lot rent, insurance, and property tax averaged just over $300 month. Many years of inexpensive living. I bought the trailer from my sister for $13,000, lived in it 10 years, and sold it for $13,000. The person who bought the trailer bought my metal carport and shed for another $1,000. There is no less expensive way to live.

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Old 06-18-2015, 12:03 AM   #68
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Thanks for your service to the country !

I'm like you, the state of Ohio (you'd think) should have more respect for such a legendary product, built in their state, and above all, a vet !


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