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Old 03-23-2011, 12:09 PM   #29
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I think the 15 year thing is a polite way of saying "your trailer looks like crap you cant stay here"
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:25 PM   #30
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Parks often have mechanisms in place to keep out folks they don't want. Of course, some parks do it purely out of snootiness, but others do it to keep a more campground-like feel to the place (=temporary abode while on vacation/snowbirding). A really common mechanism is the fabled 10/15 year rule, which excludes really ratty "hunters special" rigs.

We also practice exclusion, but not with a 10/15 rule. It's pretty simple. All of our rates are stated as a broad range. If somebody comes in that we don't want, we quote the highest rate. They leave. (It does require developing an antenna for instant decisions.)


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Old 03-23-2011, 12:52 PM   #31
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I'd also like to know why there is so much fear of people who are down and out.
The problem I've heard described is one of people traveling in RVs that do not have the capacity to support what they are doing and who therefore place undue reliance on campground facilities.

It is rare to find a 20 year old SOB that is fully functional. I was parked next to someone last fall who had such a rig. There was some corner delamination and the freshwater tank and frozen and cracked and reportedly had been colonized by wasps. These last were, thankfully, exterminated by the time of my neighbor's arrival.

That particular campground had a sufficient number of privies and showers on site that it wasn't a problem, and since there were nearby restaurants, there was no need for my neighbors to prepare food in their trailer.

On the other hand some campgrounds I've stayed at that have full hookups don't have showers or bathroom facilities, at all, for guests, so such a setup wouldn't work.
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Old 08-25-2011, 12:21 PM   #32
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I pulled all the vinyl graphics off my alfa to help hide the age. But I can't lie after '07 when they closed shop.
I was wondering how the AS managed to skirt this, thanks all for the posts.
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Old 08-25-2011, 12:55 PM   #33
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All of our rates are stated as a broad range. If somebody comes in that we don't want, we quote the highest rate. They leave.
Now I know why it was so expensive in Angel Fire, but I wouldn't leave!

The only place I can remember an age rule was in Bend—maybe it is the place Bob was going to. It was a "resort" and expensive, but the only place we could actually find in Bend. Sometimes directions in Woodalls and AAA are impossible to understand and this was one of those cases. I should have found other places on Google maps the night before, but neglected to—next time I will.

They were very picky about where we could park the trailer and where we could park the truck. Next to us was a truck camper that had to be on the RV part of the pad while the truck had to be on another part even though the truck never went anywhere.

Another age rule is that we have to be 55 or more. I've seen that in a few places and I wish they would card me to make sure I'm old enough, but they never do. I never ask whether that means both of us, or just one. If both, that discriminates against trophy wives and should be illegal.

I suppose there are campgrounds where you have to be old and your trailer has to be young.

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Now I know why it was so expensive in Angel Fire, but I wouldn't leave!

The only place I can remember an age rule was in Bend—maybe it is the place Bob was going to. It was a "resort" and expensive, but the only place we could actually find in Bend. Sometimes directions in Woodalls and AAA are impossible to understand and this was one of those cases. I should have found other places on Google maps the night before, but neglected to—next time I will.

They were very picky about where we could park the trailer and where we could park the truck. Next to us was a truck camper that had to be on the RV part of the pad while the truck had to be on another part even though the truck never went anywhere.

Another age rule is that we have to be 55 or more. I've seen that in a few places and I wish they would card me to make sure I'm old enough, but they never do. I never ask whether that means both of us, or just one. If both, that discriminates against trophy wives and should be illegal.

I suppose there are campgrounds where you have to be old and your trailer has to be young.

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Wait a second, I understand the trailer rule entirely and that they have full right to do so, using it as an appropriate way to screen people who may be coming in (and would likely violate other specific rules in the fine print such as quiet hours and the like), but it acts as an easy way to say no.

However, I do NOT understand the age rule. A different price, sure. A different part of the park even, sure. But flat out denying service to a person because of age is offensive. What is the purpose? Are they getting government tax breaks or under a different set of regulations for certain age brackets of customers? If so, then I understand, just as a community senior center housing has minimum age restrictions.

But if it is being done due to the belief that someone who is younger will inherently be rowdier, noisier, or more immature, I am incredibly offended and I would tell them so upon being refused service (in a polite manner of course- not sarcasm). They might as well not serve certain races then too. Or females for that matter.

Sorry for the rant. I'll stop now.
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Now I know why it was so expensive in Angel Fire, but I wouldn't leave! ... Gene
You ain't seen nuthin! This morning's paper brought a story about the resort's planned RV resort, a mile or so (as the bird flies) from us. We were a little nervous until we read the end of the article. Their intended nightly rate is $160.


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Maybe the parks that restrict access to people under a certain age are run by people who were never young.

But, when I'm in a restaurant with kids who scream, bonk people over the head with a spoon, go around to the tables being cute and other violations of what I think is appropriate restaurant behavior, then I am all for age restrictions. And then there are the people with cell phones talking loudly in restaurants….

And, when I was young and was looked down upon for having a beard (it is great not to have to shave!), wearing jeans, liking rock 'n' roll, and having long hair, I resented those fogies who were so judgmental about me—not realizing I was just as judgmental about their discriminatory attitudes.

People don't like people who don't look like them and act like them. This is reflected in age restrictions for people and RV's. We were near the ugliest, most beat up trailer I've ever seen at a campground in Big Sur. The people were very nice.

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wow! i had no idea rv parks did that. ..so how do you avoid it? i suggest boondocking. never really saw much point paying to sit in a crummy little rv park anyway. if i wanted to live like that i would move to the city and find myself a nice safe little gated community with a guard house and ticky tacky mcmansions all piled in on top of each other and the h.o.a. to tell me if my grass was getting too long or what color i'm allowed to paint my front door! glad i got this little tid bit of info. i would rather sit in a walmart parking lot than deal with that kind of crap! i just figured a camper was for precisely that ....camping! geez that's just sad and pathetic in my opinion....and that's all i have to say about that
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wow! i had no idea rv parks did that. ..so how do you avoid it? i suggest boondocking. never really saw much point paying to sit in a crummy little rv park anyway. if i wanted to live like that i would move to the city and find myself a nice safe little gated community with a guard house and ticky tacky mcmansions all piled in on top of each other and the h.o.a. to tell me if my grass was getting too long or what color i'm allowed to paint my front door! glad i got this little tid bit of info. i would rather sit in a walmart parking lot than deal with that kind of crap! i just figured a camper was for precisely that ....camping! geez that's just sad and pathetic in my opinion....and that's all i have to say about that
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Old 08-25-2011, 04:24 PM   #39
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I'm all for keeping away the immature. Believe me, I get really frustrated with how inappropriate common courtesy has gotten. I am probably one of the few people my age who seem to stand behind that no cell phones at the table or restaurant rule (an age which I specifically don't state on the Air forums because I know it means I will get less attention and respect in forum posts when I need help on certain topics). There are many honorable qualities which have been thrown out the window with 75% of the recent generation.

However, I do recognize the fact that it is private property and thus everyone is entitled to do as they wish. It just irks me. I could just as easily comment that I am offering courtesy parking, but only to people under the age of 55. Because those over the age of 55 are more prone to vision-related issues and I don't feel that they should be driving on my property for the risk of causing an accident. However, everyone is welcome to park on my property, which I don't currently have...haha...

Besides, the bottom line is I love all Airstreamers equally. And maybe I don't usually get too frustrated because I have many similar values, and have things like a 1959 Pacer, a 1962 Western Flyer Stratoflyer bicycle, and a 1948 JC Higgins Colorflow bicycle, all of which are almost twice as old as me...

So lets hear it for the Airstreamers, young and old alike
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