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Old 01-25-2013, 01:10 PM   #1
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Trailer age restrictions on campground season passes?

We are planning to use our, yet to be purchased, trailer as a cottage replacement (cabin or summer home if you're not from Ontario) until the kids are old enough to travel wider, in about two, perhaps three years. I was planning to get ourselves a season pass in a nice park on Lake Huron, then leave the AS there for the summer.

Our plan, up to earlier today, was to purchase a mid to late 1980's model, ideally a 34' triple axle.

Whilst I was doing some research, talking to campgrounds, the owner casually mentioned that they only give season passes to trailer ten years old and younger.

Is this a standard hurdle? Seems to me a well kept AS should be an asset to any campground, no matter the age. If this is true, we will either need to change the budget, or our plans.

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Old 01-25-2013, 02:13 PM   #2
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Might talk to the camp operator about a variance. Sell her the virtues of an airsteam eh!!

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Old 01-25-2013, 02:19 PM   #3
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Crap shoot. I have been denied access to a campground with a brand new $15,000 pop up. The same campground denied access to a 1954 Brill motorhome that looked like brand new because it was a "conversion". I have been to others that had the restriction, but did not exercise it unless they felt the unit was too shabby.

I would have a conversation with the owners, provide pictures of your intended unit and ask for something in writing.

Good luck with your research.

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Old 01-25-2013, 03:08 PM   #4
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I have found the same in several campgrounds in Northern Florida and Gulf Shores Alabama area. The parks are private property and can make their rules as they see fit. The parks that I have seen this plainly state their occupancy rules on their web sites and signs at the parks. Frankly they are all pretty much out of the range of cost that I would pay for a place to park my 1964 trailer anyway.
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My attitude about this has developed into "If they have a blanket policy like that, they're probably stuck up and I wouldn't enjoy staying there anyway."

Says the guy with the 38-year-old Argosy that could use a new paint job...

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Old 01-25-2013, 04:41 PM   #6
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The "No RV Older Than Ten Years" is a pretty standard rule in resort areas. It is certainly the rule here in Mesa, AZ in the RV Resort where we are spending the winter.
That said, the rule is often ignored at the convenience of the management and invoked when the RV owners either don't fit the image the park wants to maintain or won't abide by the park rules.
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In my perfect world anyone towing an Airstream should get a free pass.
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:53 PM   #8
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I agree that talking to the manager, and making sure he knows it's an Airstream, is the way to go.

Owners don't want their camps looking run down, hence the 10-year rule. But an AS will upgrade their look, and this the owner/manager will understand.

He also won't know how to tell the age of an AS...
If it's to be, it's up to me.
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If it does not look 10 years old

I ran into this a few years ago at a 5 star RV resort that we wanted to stay in with our 1976 31' Sovereign. The person on duty told me about the 10 year rule, I said could you step over to the window and tell me if you see a 10+ year old trailer sitting out there. It was clean, shinny, new tires and aluminum wheels and looked good.

He turned to me and said looks like a 2008 commemorative model to me. We stayed there a month.

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Old 01-25-2013, 05:24 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by andreasduess View Post

Is this a standard hurdle? Seems to me a well kept AS should be an asset to any campground, no matter the age. If this is true, we will either need to change the budget, or our plans.
It's a common requirement. At first glance it sounds snooty and discriminatory. Visit some RV parks though and you will very quickly understand the root of this requirement. Age is not kind to most cheap RVs. Those are the ones most people buy. After 10 or 20 years, they can look like hovels. Bundles of blue tarp and rope and duct tape and moss is not something I want to be parked next to. Neither do you.

So, they put a rule like that in, as an effort to combat grunge from sneaking up on them. It's not actually age in years that worries them, it's aging appearance. If you have a nice older RV, take some pictures and show the management what you have. I have seen plenty of older "nice" units parked in parks with age restrictions. Which tells me that it's all about appearance. It would be hard to uphold a rule like "bad looking RVs not permitted." But it's easy to uphold "nothing more than 10 years old."

IME, rundown RVs are usually found in rundown RV parks.
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The flying saucer RV park in denver has that rule and our 45 year old AS did not trigger it. On our way out i asked why and was told AS's are exempt.
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What is see a lot of in Michigan are RV resorts that only allow larger motorhomes. A the same time we are buying our new 28 International my brother is buying a 41' diesel pusher. He prefers these places to stay but they won't allow travel trailers. A few will also allow 5th wheels which makes no sense to me. Frustrating.
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Hi from AZ. . . We stopped in a nice looking RV park near my son's college in NC, and while giving us the spiel, they mentioned they only allowed Class A motorhomes & 5th wheels (?), no trailers or Class C MHs. When I said we'd look elsewhere with our Airstream trlr, they fell all over themselves assuring me our AS would be fine ! Something about that snobbery never allowed me to go back. Regards, Craig....(the other nearby choices reminded me of the movie 'Deliverance', you know 'paddle faster, I hear banjo music'
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:31 PM   #14
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Most folks will believe anything you tell them about an Airstream,,, I told one park owner that ours (a 2011) was a '62, but that I was the original owner and took real good care of it,,, he replied that the good care showed and it was a shame they don't still make them anymore.

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