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Old 01-10-2004, 07:47 PM   #1
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Park Rules - Elitism or Discrimination?

I recently saw several ads in “Trailer Life” for RV parks. The ads say “55 or over only” and “no RVs under 21 ft” (some also mention rigs older than 10 years subject to approval - see other threads).

I understand the intent (I think) but would you rather camp next to a 54 year old in a nice new Bambi or a 56 year old in a 9 year old, 24 ft. SOB? If I promise not to hang diapers over the propane tanks, leave my chickens and kids at home and invite everyone in the park to the kegger shouldn’t my money spend at these parks as well? I also want to stay at clean, well run parks with good facilites and respectful neighbors. Do I have to wait until I'm 55?

If younger folks are to be encouraged to participate in (and spend money on) recreational activities that involve big dollar RVs, then the industry must change to accommodate them or slowly wither away. Any other opinions?
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Old 01-10-2004, 08:30 PM   #2
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right arm janet...

better not park next to me ....you might lose a chicken or two...and those diapers make good polishing clothes.....
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Hmmm

Since I'm over 55 and have a 31 ft A/S guess it's OK for me to park and bring 7 teenage grandchildren
I'll be sure and tell them to invite their friends along.

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almost enuff for a baseball team.....
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Janet,
RV Parks that place those restrictions say alot about their management, and it is discouraging. I dont think that I would be happy there (I'm 68 and my A/S is 31) and I dont think that you would be either.

The whole idea is to have fun, so select an establishment that allows you to have fun, and ignore the trailer trash crowd.

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I recently heard that the average age of RVers these days has dropped to 49. If that is the case, those parks will be missing out on a lot of business, and with all the media about vintage RV's, they will really miss the boat... land yacht... you know what I mean!

6 more months and I will be average.
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Old 01-10-2004, 09:06 PM   #7
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Only a bet!!!

Janet,

I bet those types of RV parks are not the types that you would want to visit even if you were allowed to !

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If these parks are right about sufficient market existing for parks with these exclusions, they'll succeed (i.e. do at least as well or better than they did before the exclusions). If they're wrong, they'll change their policies or go out of business. It's the American way.
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OK - I see your point. Do folks seek out these exclusionary parks? In a perfect world I would always choose to stay in generator free zones.
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I think these rules give the park operaters an "out", if you will. Take the 10 year rule for example. Let's say someone with a real junker, 11 years old pulls in and wants a monthly site. All the park operator has to do ask the age, and presto!, problem solved. Of course, if someone pulls in with a 2001, that was wrecked, I do not know what they would do.

I think they have the age 55 limitation to keep out kids. When I asked a manager of a campground if I could bring my dog, he said yes. He also said, "We love dogs and hate kids".
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BOY! We're sol ~

We're well under 55...
Trailer's shorter than 21'...
and 4x older than the 10 year limit!

Might as well just stay home ~ NOT!!!

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chickens?

I would draw the line at any rv park that would not allow me to bring my free range chickens. In my experience, those parks also do not stock pork rinds and vienna sausages in their store.
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I think Moe put it best. The owners of the parks are in business to make money. Their market will dictate if they are successful or not.

As for the question: Park Rules - Elitism or Discrimination?

Keep in mind that there are several Airstream exclusive RV parks.
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As for the question: Park Rules - Elitism or Discrimination?

Keep in mind that there are several Airstream exclusive RV parks.
No doubt in my mind "ELITISM " when you got it you know it! BTW we do camp with friends that have SOB's as well as tents.

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