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Are There Campgrounds and RV Resorts That Do Not Allow Older RVs?

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Some Campgrounds Don't Allow Older RVs

Some Campgrounds Don't Allow Older RVs

Some Campgrounds Don't Allow Older RVs
Are There Campgrounds and RV Resorts That Do Not Allow Older RVs?
Are There Campgrounds and RV Resorts That Do Not Allow Older RVs?

Are there places that older RV's are not welcome?

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ANSWER Thanks for your question. The simple answer to this question is YES there are some RV Parks, Campgrounds and RV Resorts that do not allow older RVs to use their facilities.

These are primarily RV Resorts that cater to the "wealthier RVers" and want to keep their resorts from looking like a used RV Dealership. Some of these resorts have what is called the 10 year rule. If your RV is over 10 years old, you are not welcome at their resort, regardless how good your RV looks. Some will let RVs older than 10 years old in as long as they look good.

How can they do this you ask? Well, just like a restaurant, these private facilities have the right to refuse service to anyone for almost any reason. For example in a restaurant you have seen signs saying "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service". Well, in some of these RV Resorts they should have signs saying "Your Old RV Ain't Staying Here".

Luckily, for all RVer's these exclusive RV parks and resorts are few and far between. But the ones that do exclude older RVs from their campgrounds, do have the right to do it.

All RV Parks, Campgrounds and Resorts have some set of rules for example some common rules are No tarps or clotheslines allowed, No cluttered Campsites, tents allowed in RV Campsite, No washing your RV in Campsite, certain dog breeds are not allowed, in some cases pets are not allowed at all and some are adults only.

If you own an older RV and you are concerned about whether you will be allowed in the resort or campground, visit their website or call them and find out what their rules are.

Our family has over 40 years of RVing and in those 40 years we have owned many types and vintages of RVs and we have never been refused entry into any Resort, Campground or RV Park. I will admit that in retrospect I wish that some of the places we have stayed had refused us entry, after seeing what their park actually looked like on the inside.

To be honest, I don't think you will have many problems with this issue during your RV adventures. If you do, just remember that there is always another campground just down the road apiece.

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LOL!
by: Alex

Those of you who are defending the campgrounds for doing this sight unseen and even for overnight stops are either actually campsite owners/managers trolling this thread or, delusional or lacking the ability to understand the implications or long term effects of this trend.

These places are owned/operated by the same people who cry and complain about revenue loss when they see an RV in a Walmart parking lot.These people fight and lobby to try to make it illegal to camp there anyplace other than their parks and then try to put unreasonable and broadly discriminating limits and restrictions on what they will allow in.

This is ABSOLUTELY immoral and should be fought tooth and nail! They can not be allowed to have the best of both worlds- in areas where they have fought to have city ordinances put into place to prevent boon docking or overnight parking at locations other than themselves, they should , then, be legally OBLIGATED to accept any and all RVs. YOU DO NOT GET THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS!!!

If you do not want to let certain people stay at your park, then stay the heck out of local politics that effect this subject, you greedy, sleazy slime ball crooks.
And, anyone who believes that this is fine and embraces it is just as guilty, or, not capable of using logic. The original breed of RVers had a very adventurous spirit mixed with the desire to be able to relax and enjoy nature and to be able to drive across the country and enjoy it. If some people come along and have a different viewpoint, that's fine, but, you WILL allow the rest of us to still enjoy our viewpoints and continue to enjoy RVing and camping in our way, as well. You don't really have a choice.lol!

I have always enjoyed laughing at how certain snobby and entitled (feeling) people think that they have a right to force others to change. it doesn't work, certainly not long term. Reality always breaks up their delusions.

NOW, that being said...if this park is in an area where they have not forced the municipality to pass ordinance about overnight parking on private property with permission, then they should definitely have every right to put these kinds of rules in play, I also understand completely if they are just referring to long term residents. They have every right to run there camp the way that they see fit as long as they do not "Rig the game" by making themselves your only choice of spot. that sounds an awful lot like monopoly and is accomplished by very shady means most of the time. these practices, at least in certain circumstances may very well be illegal!

Do we want everyplace to become on big Nova Scotia?

just boycott these morons and move on, if there is no place to move on to because of their manipulations and machinations, sue the crap out of them.



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Are trailers really RV's?
by: Anonymous

In my view, the problem has a lot to do with the industry calling travel trailers and fifth-wheels, RV's. They aren't vehicles at all, because they don't have an engine and you cannot travel in them. And the overall build quality of a travel trailer or fifth-wheel cannot be compared to a Class-A motorhome of similar size.

Plus, a Class-A looks better. But, the industry did this to make customers feel better about their purchase. It's ridiculous that some RV parks would turn away a 10 year-old Prevost or Class-A Winnebago over a brand new travel trailer that costs less than 10K.

If I owned an RV park, there would be a 30 year limit on Class-A RV's, a 20 year limit on Class-C RV's, and a 15 year limit on travel trailers and fifth-wheels for monthly renters.

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Just bought a 1989 Nomad in pristine condition on the inside, but rust on the hitch
by: TheBraveNomad

I had no idea this could even be an issue. I just purchased my first camper to pull behind my 2013 Toyota Highlander. In other words, I have a brand new expensive SUV pulling a 27 year old travel trailer. I am in no way "trailer trash"! This issue worries me & I hope I never run across such discrimination.

I just bought it 4 days ago & haven't even had the trailer hitch installed on my vehicle. Thanks for making me aware of this issue. I'm working on "Glamping up" the inside, but outside renovations will come down the line. I live in Nebraska where there are not many RV Parks. Praying I will be OK. Planning on taking my maiden voyage in the Spring.

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What if....
by: Thinker

What if 50 OLD RVs all came in, one right after the other, into a RV Park that discriminated by age? What if 100 Old RVs did that? And I do mean that the drivers are all lined up, waiting for there turn. Then, what if the 51st RV or the 101st RV was a brand spanking new A model and just drove away because they assumed that the park was all full? Just think of all the money that foolish park owner would be losing!

Or what if....all those with those old RVs all banned together to create their own parks in States where parks that allow old RVs don't exist? And, if you made those parks so over the top swank - what would happen to those other parks? Wouldn't they then maybe go out of business? This may happen especially, if your park for all RVers has more space, more privacy, glam pool for kids, glam pool for adults, wading pools and the likes. Put in the golf course, kiddie golf, mini-golf. I can't see how this could possibly lose. Of course, all the usual needs of RVers would be had - all the hookups and all.

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older rvs
by: Happywandererusa

I agree with your point that the park owners are looking for a way to avoid problems by imposing blanket rules.
However the point that is missing is that while an owner of a park can be discriminating they can not discriminate.

We all know that discrimination due to race, religion, age, sex etc. is illegal. But did you also know that there are a lot of other actions which have also fallen under the civil rights act.

What most people do not know is that a property owner who offers a public accommodation does not have an absolute right to refuse service to just anybody their right to discriminate is governed by state and federal rules including the civil rights act.

What I object to is the implication that if you have a older unit you are automatically an undesirable. How many of you remember when this kind of attitude inflamed the civil rights movement in the 60's which in turn brought a slew of new rules and legislation?

Granted parks have been turned off by a few who spoil it for the rest of us.But, it seems to me that park owners are trying to avoid their responsibilities which they assumed when thy offered their accommodations to the public.

My hope is that they start making judgments based on the people not the age or preconceived economic status of their guests. Because it only takes one group of "disadvantaged" guests to file a title42usc suit to open the doors to a lot of unneeded state and federal rules regulations.
K

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Restrictions for simplicity's sake
by: BeCeejed

Age requirements for RV parks are done mostly for simplicity's sake. The Park doesn't want to have to deal with, as someone in the comments suggested, the 'Cousin Eddies' of RV parks. Nasty trailer, nasty habits, unconcerned for others. People don't like staying in trashy parks.

We all know that the age of an RV does NOT denote trashy living or behavior. For legal reasons, parks like to have 'reasons' to justify using their right to refuse service. One would never want to be in a situation where they were accused of refusing service to someone because they were brown of skin or other discriminatory practices. So instead they refuse service based on age of RV or other explicit descriptors that help preserve the cleanliness of their park. Regrettably, these measures hit low income campers who may have excellent rigs. But enough people have RVs in the range to keep their customer base going.

The unfortunate answer to reducing the innocent bystanders being hit by this is MORE SPECIFICITY. "Your vehicle cannot have peeling paint. Your paint cannot be aged or yellowed. No visible dents. Recent inspection proving sewage / electrical / propane systems are in order." Etc etc. Now their customers are filling out forms and forms to get a spot! Good Grief.

In short, Age restrictions are the easiest way for Park companies to Cover Their Butts. Its a simple measurement that tends to block out all the undesirables without hitting the bottom line. Most of the parks don't care about providing a great place to camp for everyone. They just want a great place to camp for enough people to turn a profit. Depressing!

There are ways around it of course! Many parks will give rigs a cursory look over your RV and never ask its age if you just 'show up' without sending pics/asking ahead of time, and if your rig looks good. Not everyone can do that though, its not always easy to pull out and move on to the next spot. You can find out if they have spots open when you call by giving a false age of your RV on the initial query, and then never reference the call again when you 'show up', as if you were a different person. You're basically looking for ways to circumvent the beurocratic filter, and get the park PEOPLE to see you not as a reservation but as another PERSON. No matter the policy, people will generally be more generous to judge a clean person with a clean rig face to face rather than on the phone/e-mail.

Hopefully the vintage restoration movement and the DIY Camper movement flood the market with campers wanting to trek out in well loved and well crafted rigs rather than buy the new flashy thing with the out-of-place moose-and-mountain painted on the side. If there aren't enough people to camp in the newer models, parks will be forced to use MORE SPECIFICITY, and they'll find the simplest route to it, and camping will hopefully become a less painful process for those of us with less of a budget but no less heart, skill and love.

Circumvent the simplification wherever you can! The more we see people in well-kept older RVs, the more the parks of the world will factor them into their economic model.

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Can my 'Do it Yourself' panel truck conversion be allowed
by: Anonymous

I have an older Panel Truck, with a colorful commercial type 'wrapper' saying 'Above Simple, Subline' with a custom 'Shabbie Chic' Interior including a sink, Porta Pottie with holding tank, and a Futon. Will I have any problems having RV Parks welcoming me to their park? Can I have an unspecific web domain address and or telephone number printed on the Truck as well?

I want to attrack 'Greenies' who want to experience how it is to reduce a 'carbon footprint by less is more vacationing.

Note From RVing Al I would not be surprised if some of the pickier RV parks or resorts would refuse to let you in, even though they have no problem with an RV from a national RV rental company that is wrapped with advertisements, that include phone number and websites.

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HATE DISCRIMINATION OF ANY KIND, PERIOD
by: Karen. Ontario Canada

We have a lovey 24 year Coachman, sports coach that has been in our family for 15 years. She has taken us all over Ontario, to Washington DC and to Cape Hatteras North Carolina. We have always been Transient campers, spending a few nights to a full week @ times. Now looking for a seasonal space for 2016 is proving impossible. We've been searching close to our home so we can enjoy this season without all the travel. Kawarthas a no no so far..Shame on this discrimination.

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older rvs
by: Anonymous

A growing segment of the population choose to restore and enjoy older RVs for there nostalgic and historic value. They are in no way deadbeats.

Many manufactures have recognized this growing trend and are starting to offer retro RVs.

I noticed a recent ad for a vintage RV park in the San Diego area.

We consumers all vote with our dollars, perhaps when the word gets out about how much busine$$ RV parks are losing with their 10 year rule attitudes will change.

K


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OREGON :(
by: New RV'er

I was very recently turned away from 2 rv parks in Southern Oregon. Both claim that the 10 year rule is state mandated???? I have only checked with a couple of others but they claim the same.

Has anyone rv'd in OR and where?

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Hmm..
by: Anonymous

Being rigid and inflexible about anything is a bad idea. There are exceptions to every rule, and there are reasons for that. I thought wisdom was supposed to come with age, but I guess that's not necessarily the case. Tsk, tsk, tsk..

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Snooty doesn't mean quality.
by: Jamie

There are a few RV parks in Lower Alabama that are like that. Just because they are elite on age, doesn't mean they are nice once you enter them. No shade, just cement. As far as the eye can see.

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People Forget
by: Silver Streaker

This is such a sad commentary on our current society. Everyone wants new, shiny, and current. We, in America, value little and throw away anything that is aged.

We have traveled the Western United States with our classic 1977 Silver Streak. Many times we have been told that we can not stay and 'to keep on moving', yet, our trailer was made by Silver Streak for 'a life-time of use'. Too bad Silver Streak didn't realize what a snooty society we have become.

My trailer has aged well, looks as it was designed, but because it is not some new piece of junk, I have to search like a vagabond to find a park in communities I want to be in who will allow me. We used to cringe and cower with shame each time we pulled into a park, 'how will they treat us, will we be told to leave?'

After 20-years of owning this beautiful well-built treasure, I have changed, I refuse to 'send a picture forward' to parks for approval. Now, I pull in, I let them see it 'upfront' and if they don't want me I move on. I respect the right for parks to allow only newer trailers, but unfortunately they are catering to a bunch of new snobby trailerites who have forgotten the fun of traveling and that their grandparents never cared about the newest and best rig, just the experience.

What a tragedy. By the way, my trailer is up to code, and does not leak sewage! It is, however, a stellar testament to American RVing, and I am proud to own it. I'm going to keep traveling and I will keep finding parks that are reasonable in rules and thought.

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Sad camper :(
by: Julie

i'm glad I ran into all of your comments. We have been having a terrible time finding a campground that allows older RV's into their grounds. We did not realize this would be a problem...Yes my husband and I could get an RV that is less than 10yrs old, but we choose not to take out loans and choose not to drain our savings...it's sad bc our RV is very nice and clean inside and out...what happened to camping being a cheaper way a family can go on vacation...it sucks can understand where they don't want junky falling apart or really dirty units coming in, but not all are junk....what happened to turning something old into new Everyone is about new new new :(

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Avoidance is the key
by: Anonymous

With new apps available like RVParky you can post comments and reviews of each park you go to, and can let others know if they have an age refusal policy. Better to avoid them completely than to be refused entry at the gate.

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Old RV
by: Tess

I have a fully restored 1960 Scotty 15 foot. We are a member of the Scotty club and we love camping or glamping as it is called now. I have not run into any of these places and hope I don't. Find a group and camp at friendly camp grounds with your group. We get special discounts because our group has 10 member trailers that camp together. Call ahead for reservations and rules if it is a new camp grounds. Have fun and enjoy your camping. you do not need to camp where you are not welcome.

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not right
by: smart cake

all of the camp grounds in columbia, south carolina will not let old campers in, my old camper is better than all of the new ones, I can not find any where to go for long term stay, there should be a camp ground for just old campers that way it will be a place of good, nice, and friendly people, the people that have those newer campers are rude, and trashy

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yes
by: Anonymous

Yes I found one in Ontario that won't let anything older than 2000's in their seasonal. I don't know about overnight camping.

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Older RV bans
by: Anonymous

I have seen this rule as well, though it has always applied to seasonal campers. It was meant to discourage dilapidated units from being an eyesore in a nicely kept park. If I ever thought a park was discriminating against older trailer for 'snobbery' reasons, I'd never give them my business. My trailer is only 3 years old, but I hope it'll be vintage one day!

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Older RV
by: K Austin

We are FT RVers, 5 years now. Travel in a restored vintage 1973 35 ft Holiday Rambler TT.

We have never been unwelcome in any place. If anything we give viewings . A lot of it comes down to how you look .

I suggest keep clean, polished and looking good. Vintage is in a class of their own.

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older rvs
by: Anonymous

maybe I'll open a vintage only RV park!

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Just what we need... legal action?
by: SouthbySoutheast

I'm saddened to see the many threats and suggestions to "litigate" the owners of RV parks with age restrictions for coaches. I'm sure many of the same people in favor of legal action are the same citizens advocating an "owners right" to run their business as they deem acceptable, whether it be a restaurant, dry cleaners, night club, or RV Park or Hobby Lobby.

It's the owners prerogative to allow or not. If you have an older model (I do, an 87 Chieftain)and enjoy it this is just another hurdle to overcome. And as owners of older RVs that we enjoy, its not the first time for that, right?

Lighten up and don't seem so shocked that someone doesn't want a repeat of the last time Cousin Eddie stopped in their establishment. Unfortunately, many of us just happen to follow Eddie through the gate and get lumped in with him by virtue of having a similar MH. Even one that is in tip top condition for its age. That's life.

Simply avoid these places and identify them whenever possible so others can avoid them as well.

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Lots of self selection.
by: Anonymous

The RV world is like any collection. There is lots of self selection and self sorting. I wanted to belong to a specific ethnically based organization that had lots of specific activities I would have loved to participate in but I have a travel trailer and they only permit members in Class A motorhomes. The answer it to just move along. There's a nicer place at the next exit anyway. The places with that kind of restriction are generally more expensive anyway.

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older rv
by: Anonymous

Refusing entry to older RVs is economic discrimination at its best and, as such, should and may be illegal. Cleanliness and avoidance of tarps and other unsightly items on the RV is understandable, however, many people cannot afford to run out and replace an RV every year.

We own a 1981 fully restored Silver Eagle bus RV conversion which is flat gorgeous. Frankly, I won't even try to stay in any park which has a 10 year criterion as I feel it is discriminatory.

I wish I know how to fight this under the law, as I believe it should be fought.

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don't have a choice
by: Anonymous

Due to a long string of bad choices, we are in a forty year old rv. The previous owner(s) didn't take that good care of it. We have been turned down from most parks we've tried to go to. Some have been sight unseen, some only after seeing our rig.

We're not bad people we just made bad choices. The discrimination we are facing is unbelievably degrading and disheartening.

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Older RVS
by: Anonymous

Most of the time these parks have an age restriction for long term stays, not overnight stays.

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Older RV's?
by: MrTommy

If you really want to stay in some of these places, and your RV is in good shape, simply lie to them about the age. Are they going to make a VIN check? All that yellow plastic vent stuff on even new RV's? Simply paint it white (like the manufacturer SHOULD have done in the first place).

I can see parks not wanting junker RV's coming in (and we all know what I'm talking about here), but well kept, looks like new older models should have NO problem sliding in.

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Embarrass them!
by: Anonymous

It is NOT just fancy RV resorts that make these rules. I have run into this a number of times, most recently at "Atlanta Marietta RV Resort" which is by no means a resort, but an ordinary RV park near Atlanta.

They insisted that I could not stay there in my 1993 Prevost Royale (which most people think is NEW). They claimed it was because older RVs tend to leak sewage. Right! I later sent them a photo of my coach and they then said I would be welcome. I avoid this place and any others like it.

How would you like a restaurant who judged your car and if they didn't like the looks of it, refused to let you park or eat there? Or a store, drive-in theater, or car wash that had such "age rules". I object to the "we are going to judge you" attitude. What they SHOULD do is have appearance standards, like "no visible rust" and "no peeling paint" etc. if that, which would be similar to homeowner association covenants.

Arbitrary age rules are NOT the way to go. And RV parks continue to complain about Walmart offering free overnight parking!

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Older RV and "discrimination"
by: RV Rick

Let's see, a private campground that has a 10 year rule, they should be sued by an "intelligent" person? What intelligent person would waste a penny on suing a private entity for discriminating against an object?

If that campground said no Black people, go at it, but they can set their own rules, it is private property. As long as they are not doing anything illegal, whichever 10 year rule is certainly not, why would anyone have a problem with that.

There are car shows that only allow cars older than 1972, should they be sued? Some parks have noise ordinance rules, do you have the legal right to blast your music all night long? As far as the posters saying their RV even though it is over 10 years, who is to say that just because you think it is wonderful, others may not. Simply go to a park that allows what you have. All private entities should be able to make their own rules as long as they are not immoral or illegal.

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Old RV? No problem!
by: Judy Bryson

I LOVE parks that turn away old RVs. That just means more wonderful people coming to my park! ;)

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Fifth Wheels Not Welcome
by: Anonymous

I know from experience that there are also campgrounds that do not allow fifth wheels - no matter how new, large or well-kept they are.

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state park
by: Jackie

Our trailer is 3 years old and my husband take fantastic care of it but my daughter's family camp in a Scottie that is probably over 30 years old. My son-in-law has fixed it up and it works great for them and that is what they can afford.

I would be furious if we went to a campground and they let us in and turned my daughter away!! Outrageous! We have camped in a few private campgrounds and enjoy full hookup but my favorite parks are still state or county parks!! You camp for 18 to 30 a night, the sheriffs patrol and they always have super nice people working there and never turn any one away because their trailer is not "nice" enough!

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Class C's not allowed
by: Anonymous

We owned an older Class C for a while and one nice campground in Colorado would not allow Class C's. Only Class A's.

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Older doesn't mean bad
by: Anonymous

Too bad not all of us can afford brand new RV's. Some of us have nice "older" RV's that are affordable for our families. Sorry I don't want to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a brand new RV that I have no business owning.....

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Would not want to camp there on principal anyway.
by: Anonymous

I can understand a rule like RVs must be in good shape but not an arbitrary age limit. Therefore I am of the opinion that if some campground wants to discriminate against me, I don't want to camp there anyway. I will take my business elsewhere. That being said, there is a crappy old run down bus that has not moved in 20 years in one corner lot of the place I am in now. The owner is a "seasonal" and the bus is falling apart and looks just awful. It gives that whole corner of an otherwise nice place a junkyard look. I can understand not wanting old ugly junk in your campground.

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Old RV's
by: Anonymous

I would like to see one intelligent and gutsy person sue these resorts under "discrimination." The rule should not discriminate against the vehicle's year but on what condition it is in, another words, how it looks. For example, I own a 1990 Toyota motorhome with a V6 engine. I plan on remodeling the exterior along with the interior soon. The exterior will have a smooth finish with no cracks around the windows or the bumper. Anything dented or messed up will be replaced. Should I still not be allowed into the facility? That would be preposterous not to let me in after I spent all that money making it look like new. Don't you think?

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bakersfield old rv unfriendly
by: ceantanni

I have found that rv parks in bakersfield do not allow older rv's i found 1 that did only to find out (i have a double no no, old rv AND media unfriendly dog breed) that the 1 that WOULD allow my old rv would'nt allow me because i have a pitbull.

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old rv's not allowed
by: Debra

There are many rv parks my husband and i checked out because of just this problem and not only will they not let you have anything older than 10 years some of the parks don't like children . Thank goodness we found a few that does . They should never discriminate but as always it happens .

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