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Old 02-11-2015, 08:53 AM   #1
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RV Resort Restrictions

Does anyone else get tired of hearing that you have to have a newer (within 10 years old) motorcoach or 30 ft+ 5th wheel to camp at certain RV resorts? I have been looking into long term leases and lot ownership at some nice RV resorts and am constantly running into these restrictions. It is incredibly frustrating. My airstream is 10x higher quality than many of the 5th wheels they'll let in, but apparently no one cares. Am I the only one ticked off about this?
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Old 02-11-2015, 09:03 AM   #2
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To the average person all airstreams look the same. If I put armorall on my tires, my 1999 looks like a 2014
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Old 02-11-2015, 09:14 AM   #3
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I've noticed a few stating the 10 year rule but not mentioning they type of RV or length. If they specify a minimum length that is their rules and you'll have to take your business elsewhere. They are a private business and should be able to set their own policies even though we might disagree with some of them.

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Old 02-11-2015, 09:34 AM   #4
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I agree that most Airstreams look the same (at least for the last 15 years or so) so just put an age on the check in form that works. My 2012 will soon be a 2014!
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Old 02-11-2015, 11:23 AM   #5
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Private companies, it's their decision probably to lazy to qualify legitimate exceptions, such as a good looking older AS. Does not bother me, in fact I would not want to camp anyplace that did not want my AS. Lots of places we have found love to have an AS or more in their facility - adds class.

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Old 02-11-2015, 11:30 AM   #6
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I gave never come across this situation before, so no it does not bother me. If it did come up, no big deal as there are plenty of other places that are very happy to have my business.
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Old 02-11-2015, 11:49 AM   #7
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If you get to know the owners/managers of a campground they'll tell you horror stories of construction gangs moving in with an ancient, beat to crap fiver, that has 15 to 20 workers sleeping like stacked cordwood with all of them using the camp showers heavily, and drinking and carousing all over the place.

The goal is to refuse beat up units in bad repair full of people who'll trash the campsite and the surrounding area the way they've already done to their trailer.

Unfortunately an older SOB will generally look like hell - with carelessly applied tar on the roof and dripping down the sides, paint that's oxidized, fiberglass that's becoming more "fiber" every day, and the ratty remains of an awning whose fabric started to deteriorate seven years ago.

Of course some Airstreams can look that bad too, like the one recently shown with hail scars and about six inches of foam slathered on top.

When they ask how old your unit is, say "it's an Airstream" and don't be surprised if that's all the answer they want to hear.

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Old 02-11-2015, 11:55 AM   #8
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We have run across this a few of times in our travels. It does not seem fair to draw a line on the calender and be so inflexible. We have a fully ground up restored 2013-1964 Safari that has more high end amenities and upgrades than the new 2015 AS do. However because of the original year of manufacture, I can not stay in those places. I guess I could say it was a 2013, however I am proud that it is a 1964. So I stay elsewhere. As most of us know, that is there loss.
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Old 02-11-2015, 12:25 PM   #9
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Before I traded her in for my AS my 2001 well maintained Bigfoot got a year younger every year after she turned 10. No one batted an eye.

I think the RV park owners (some of them) want to discourage their RV park from looking like a homeless camp. There are plenty of those around here (homeless camps and RV parks that look like them).

It's the "motorcoach resorts" that drive me nuts.....like they're all that. Just in their minds. I feel for them and all of that tonnage they haul around. It has to be a drag.
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We ran into that situation in Parker ,AZ at a RV park that was located in the industrial area of town . We were in our new 17' Casita and they said we were to small. They had length and age restrictions. To Bad, their loss of a nights rent.

We found a nice RV park on Lake Mead that was nicer and was less expensive. While there a fellow Casitan dropped in and we had a great time.
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Does anyone else get tired of hearing that you have to have a newer (within 10 years old) motorcoach or 30 ft+ 5th wheel to camp at certain RV resorts? I have been looking into long term leases and lot ownership at some nice RV resorts and am constantly running into these restrictions. It is incredibly frustrating. My airstream is 10x higher quality than many of the 5th wheels they'll let in, but apparently no one cares. Am I the only one ticked off about this?
There was one RV resort in Alabama that didn't want to let me in with my Class B and toad, until I mentioned my class B was an Airstream Interstate. Then it was all, "Welcome! Glad to have you!" My Interstate was the smallest RV in the whole place.
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Old 02-11-2015, 01:49 PM   #12
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The first time I made a reservation at Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort, they told me they had a 10 year old rig rule, but made exceptions to the rule if you passed their exterior inspection.

At the time, we had a 1963 Flying Cloud with a year old polish job and they allowed us to stay.
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Any 'Resort' that allowed me in I wouldn't want to stay at anyway. :


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Any 'Resort' that allowed me in I wouldn't want to stay at anyway. :


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