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Old 11-16-2013, 11:34 AM   #1
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Hello Fellow Airstreamers,

It has been a while since I have posted but I have been lurking now and again. My wife and I have sized up to a 1979 31ft Sovereign with the rear bed and center bath. It is so much roomier then the 23ft we were full-timing in until very recently.

The time has come for us to leave North Carolina for a while and tow to Southern California (Claremont/Pomona/Upland area) for 6 months to finish graduate school. The most frustrating thing has been RV parks will not accept us for more then 21 days because our camper is over 10 years old. Our new to us 31 ft coach could use some exterior TLC but rv park owner have not seen the coach. The management says they have a blanket policy of 10 years or younger for stays longer then 21 days.

Anyone experience this before? Any ideas for parking near the Claremont Colleges area affordably?

Thanks!
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Old 11-16-2013, 02:04 PM   #2
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It's an Airstream - they will have no idea of the real age. For as long as the trailer doesn't look like a wreck, call it a 2007 anniversary model and be done with it.

The 10 year policy is in place to discourage wrecks, if you turn up with a nice looking AS, nobody will ask any questions.
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Old 11-16-2013, 06:21 PM   #3
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Unless they own an A$. Or would like to own one.
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Old 11-16-2013, 06:24 PM   #4
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Unless they own an A$. Or would like to own one.
Not going to happen. An owner or aficionado of Airstreams would never run an RV park with a 10-year rule in the first place! They might open a "Vintage Only" park where they don't let in anything younger than ten years…
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Old 11-16-2013, 06:47 PM   #5
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I have run into the same restriction. I just tell them it is their loss and find another park that is more accommodating. You can't fix stupid.
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We've stayed at several such parks where the "No over 10" rule exists. We've never had it enforced though. When I first started "Work-Timing" the park I approached had the rule. I showed them pictures of our 73 and 76 and they quickly exempted our rigs and welcomed us in for a long term stay. The general consensus is that many rigs (SOB's) lose curb appeal around the 10 to 12 year age. As such many places don't want to deal with shabby or rundown in appearance RV's. Airstreams tend to be the exception and I think most folks could not tell the difference between a 1979 and a 2009 if put to the challenge.
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:02 PM   #7
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There's a beautiful high-end RV park here in Bend that I visited before we got our trailer just to look things over. They're very friendly and not snobbish at all, but they have the 10 year rule. I told them I was getting an older Airstream and was disappointed I wouldn't be able to stay there. Their response was an immediate "Oh, we exempt Airstreams from the rule. We love Airstreams.".

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Old 11-19-2013, 09:05 AM   #8
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Thank you for the responses. Maybe the solution then is to polish the 31 ft and then roll into the rv park and see if they will let us stay or not based on our appearance. It is a long drive coast to coast for a maybe but that may be the way it has to go. I have to be back at school before February so I have might be able to get it all done.
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:18 PM   #9
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Update: I figured there was no time like the present to power wash and see how the skin looked. We thought that the airstream was that cloudy silver white and mostly needed a good scrub, paint stipper and then the buffing process.

WRONG!!!! The PO painted it with a dull rubber silverish color paint. It is now even worse looking as the pressure washing has peeled little of the paint away here and there and left an ugly mess. Also, they applied gunk on the roof, under the paint but over rivets. They must have had leaks or something. I might not have time to fix this before I am due back in Southern California. I definitely will not be permitted to stay for very long at any of the campgrounds until this is stripped and polished.
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:30 PM   #10
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Polishing is time consuming and hard work but from what I gather it is a doable DIY job. And do they ever look great polished! They'll give a VIP spot in the park. Go for it!

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Old 11-20-2013, 11:22 AM   #11
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Every time this subject comes up, I find it interesting that posters here find it difficult to understand the concept of private property rights when it comes to setting rules and regulations.
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Every time this subject comes up, I find it interesting that posters here find it difficult to understand the concept of private property rights when it comes to setting rules and regulations.
Not so odd. Not everyone camps on private property. A lot of us prefer State Parks, National Parks, CoE, BLM…

The point is well-taken, though. A private campground owner has the right to set whatever rules they wish, as long as those rules don't violate laws or local ordinances. He or she also has the right to determine how rigorously to enforce those rules. Just because one makes an exception for Airstreams doesn't mean anyone else has to.

Now, if the rule was "10 years or younger" and you were turned away with a 9-year-old trailer, you might have a case. But if you were turned away with an 11-year-old trailer, then you have no grounds for complaint just because the rule was enforced.

You always have the right to vote with your feet— or wheels in this case— and take your business elsewhere. You even have the right to politely ask the recalcitrant campground owner, "Well, since you won't take my money, where do you suggest I camp?" Which reminds him that his policy is putting money in competitors' pockets. But if you do that, please ask politely; if you're rude about it, he'll be glad you're not staying at his campground.
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Old 11-20-2013, 01:00 PM   #13
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First, I will need to think about the work involved polishing it since I have successfully made it look worse instead of better. That rubber paint is going to be messy to strip.

In the Southern California area, I have not found one (via phone call only) that doesn't have the 10 year or younger rule. I could always move to a different location every 21 days. That might not put me close to school but could work. I do hope that they see a gleaming silver Airstream and let me stay on longer after my arrival.

It will be up to them to judge and deems us presentable enough.
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Might be fun to pull into one of those places with a 1998 Rolls Royce towing a 1998 Airstream and see what they say.
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