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mlts22

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Posted: 08/07/12 12:15pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I know this question comes up, but realistically in people's experience, how important is the 10 year rule when it comes to finding a CG/RV park/resort spot?

I do know that virtually every single CG in this part of central TX (example here) have something stating, "any rig over 10 years old must be approved by management" or similar.

I know this is considered a way to get people out who are obnoxious without having to play the "we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone" game, but will having an older rig really be an issue?

The reason this came up is that I found an older (2003) class C in very good condition (no leaks, maintained), and it is a good deal, even with me replacing some of the appliances for prophylactic reasons. However, if being booted out of campgrounds is an issue, I'll just wait until I can pony up the cash for a new rig.

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Posted: 08/07/12 12:22pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

All they care about is looks,, if it is in good condition,,not a problem,,even older.

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Posted: 08/07/12 12:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey, look at our rig...never had a problem with the "10 year or newer rule." We have never been asked how old our trailer is....


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I for one and probably a part of the 1% who doesn't have a problem with the 10 year rule. Before I get flamed for that remark, let me say that my MH is an '01 so I'm now 11 years old. I have never been turned away from any campground nor have I been asked how old my MH is.
As long as your RV is well kept, clean, no blue tarps (?) I doubt that any park will turn you away. In another few years, the non-full-body-paint MH's will stick out like a sore thumb and my thinking may change. But, the percentage of 10 year rule parks is very small, unfortunately the majority of parks will let anything in as long as they have the price of admission.


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My fiver is sixteen and never had anyone question it. And if they did its probably not a place I would enjoy anyway. JMO


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unfortunately the majority of parks will let anything in as long as they have the price of admission.


And what's wrong with that? Camping is one of the lower cost ways for families to travel and not everyone can afford newer/nicer rigs.

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I agree with appearance being more important than the age. But the rule does give the park a legitimate way of excluding run down RVs. You really do not see that many on the road that look that bad, but occasionally you see one that many people would probably not want to park next to. I know that is basically profiling, but likely as not it reflects the personallity of the owner. And the park owners want to keep as many of their patrons happy as possible.
If your rig looks good, you will not likely have a problem even in parks with that rule.

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Posted: 08/07/12 12:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mlts22 wrote:

The reason this came up is that I found an older (2003) class C in very good condition (no leaks, maintained), and it is a good deal, even with me replacing some of the appliances for prophylactic reasons.


How clean & maintained is it if you are having to replace appliances to prevent disease

If the exterior of rig is clean, intact and well maintained then if should be a non-issue.
The 10 year rule is an easy way of turning away rigs that are broken down......although I have seen some that were in pretty rough shape and only a few years old.
Personally I think the 'right to refuse service' should cover all situations and 10 year rule shouldn't be necessary.


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I have never had an issue with age as of yet! My rig is 30 years old. I agree that condition/ aesthetics have a lot to do with the decision.


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