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Old 01-10-2004, 06:47 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, 07:30 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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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, 08:06 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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Discrimination is the process of identifying differences and making choices based on those differences. Discrimination itself is neither good nor bad, it is simply a process that is deemed inappropriate when certain differences are factors in choice.

When this is not the case, discrimination is neither illegal nor unethical. Everyone who has selected an Airstream, based on its differences from other choices, has practiced discrimination.

Those who are "chosen" may feel those chosing have "discriminating tastes," while those who are not chosen may feel those choosing are "elitist." I don't, but instead thank God we still live in a country where those not chosing me, or my RV, had the freedom to do so.
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I'd call it "niche marketing"...

...like the local car lot that sells only used Volkswagens, or the restaurants that serve only Mexican food.

These places cater to snooty rich retired folks. It's a demographic sub-segment of the class of people over 55.

I've been in "family parks" that were essentially ruled by marauding packs of flesh-eating weasels, wearing baseball caps and t-shirts and riding bicycles.

Would I have stayed there? Not on your life! But plenty of other folks had obviously decided that letting the little weasels run free and learn nasty things from the pack had its advantages at Times When Daddy and Mommy Want To Be Alone.



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So what's a forty-something person, who's kids are to old (or cool) to be along for the trip to do? I also don't want to be terrorized by wandering packs of sugar addicted, squirt gun toting toddlers; since when is peace and quiet ONLY reserved for the 55 plus crowd?
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I've found most of the parks we stayed at last summer to range from pretty quiet to downright peaceful, and we were usually surrounded by tenters, and families of little weasels running loose. One state park had a campsite that was so full of crap I couldn't easily spot the camper underneith it all - we had to wonder how they could have created such a mess with stays limited to a two week maximum! Still, they caused us no trouble, only provided amusement everytime we drove by

Anyway, the only trouble we've had where we were disturbed was at a rally when the old folks woke up earlier than us and stood around outside our open windows chatting with the neighbors! The nerve!
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Re: I'd call it "niche marketing"...

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I've been in "family parks" that were essentially ruled by marauding packs of flesh-eating weasels, wearing baseball caps and t-shirts and riding bicycles.
Pedophobia: an abnormal and persistent fear of children.
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