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Old 09-16-2021, 04:21 AM   #1
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10 Year Point?

Been surfing the campground reviews looking for new adventures. Notice an oddity (to me) about reservations. Some campgrounds won't give you a spot if your rig is over 10 years old.
I can understand not wanting someone to "bring a POS" into their little slice of heaven on earth. And I can appreciate the level of upkeep needed to maintain the appearance. But is there something distinct about the 10 year mark? Should I be expecting my TT to fall around that time?

Just trying to be prepared.
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Our resort has a 10 year rule too but if you send them a photo with the reservation, they will allow it. I think they just don't want any "Partridge Family" RV's in the park.
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Been surfing the campground reviews looking for new adventures. Notice an oddity (to me) about reservations. Some campgrounds won't give you a spot if your rig is over 10 years old.

I can understand not wanting someone to "bring a POS" into their little slice of heaven on earth. And I can appreciate the level of upkeep needed to maintain the appearance. But is there something distinct about the 10 year mark? Should I be expecting my TT to fall around that time?



Just trying to be prepared.
The 10 year rule has been around for years. It's not a new thing.
But some places use their discretion and if it's older but in good shape, they MAY give you a pass.
It's becoming more and more common in the past few years
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The 10 year rule has been around for years. It's not a new thing.
But some places use their discretion and if it's older but in good shape, they MAY give you a pass.
It's becoming more and more common in the past few years
I'm okay with the rule given it's their campground and they get to make their rules. But was trying to find the significance of the 10 year point. Why not 8 or 15? Or any other time-frame. Is it just an arbitrary number that has become acceptable?
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I think the 10 years is just a random number to keep the Breaking Bad and Cousin Eddie type of rigs out. I have no intention of replacing my camper every 10 years, but keep it looking new. I haven’t run into the 10 year rule any place we’ve stayed, but understand that some will give you a pass if you send them a picture when making reservations.

As an aside, there are plenty of vintage RVs I’d rather camp near than some of the newer rigs that aren’t cared for!
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...there are plenty of vintage RVs I’d rather camp near than some of the newer rigs that aren’t cared for!
Thanks. I can certainly agree with you on this point.

In my head; I thought if a vehicle was road worthy I assumed it to be at least moderately cared for the safety of the inhabitants. But I have no solid basis for that conclusion.
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I've heard a lot of discussion concerning this "10 Year Rule", but in over 40 years of camping, including YT, BC and the lower 48, I've never come across a CG with this rule. I imagine somewhere there are some Hoity-Toity so called RV Resorts that have this rule and charge you $100+/day for a country club stay. Not really my idea of camping. How did it come to be the "10 Year Rule"? Who knows, probably figured it sounds like good round number. I know of no places in AK with this rule. Half of the RV's in AK are over 10 years old.
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I know of no places in AK with this rule. Half of the RV's in AK are over 10 years old.
Thanks for the feedback.

I'd like to think that I'll keep my TT for over 10 years; given I bought it brand new, it wasn't exactly cheap to get, I'd classify myself as fairly handy, it's perfect for me and the Mrs and one dog, and I really like it.
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Heck my motorcycle is already 17 years old and I'm not planning on getting rid of that anytime soon.
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Heck my motorcycle is already 17 years old and I'm not planning on getting rid of that anytime soon.
In 2017 I sold my 1995 Terry trailer. Looked every bit as good as the new trailers I looked at to replace it. 22 years old and I never had an issue with ANY RV park my late wife and I wanted to stay in.

Funny how regular maintenance (like washing, waxing, and repairing any of the normal dings and dents) can keep an RV looking good.

I think that if people looked into the "10 year rule" they'll find it had it's beginnings back when there was no regulation of RV construction and many had severe issues with electrical and propane systems. In my state alone the Dept of Labor and Industries, which oversees safety code administration in our state, now requires one of their certification stickers on each new RV sold in the state. Mine has two, one from RVIA and the other from WA Dept of L&I. The "rule" is more likely today being used to keep "Skoolies" and "mobile hippie shacks" out.
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Thanks TitanMike.

I'm a firm believer that this kind of stuff gets started because of a single incident. In this "litigation happy world", it's easier to have rules out in the open you don't need to enforce than to create one on the fly to deal with an "infrequent incident".

Can't tell you how many times I've had to have someone move a vehicle and their reply being - "It doesn't say no parking".
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Our resort has a 10 year rule too but if you send them a photo with the reservation, they will allow it. I think they just don't want any "Partridge Family" RV's in the park.
Rusty

So much for inclusion. Glad I don't partake in parking lot campgrounds.


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But is there something distinct about the 10 year mark? Should I be expecting my TT to fall around that time?
It's an arbitrary rule. Probably put into effect by someone who didn't want to do the math to impose an ie. '12 year rule'.
Rv's don't fall apart at 10 years unless routine maintenance hasn't been done. Of course, that can happen after only a couple of years if the rig has not been taken care of. (Water is not your friend when it comes to long life.)
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So much for inclusion. Glad I don't partake in parking lot campgrounds.
I second that all the way!!!

When I see a campground (very rarely since I’m not searching for those kind) that has rules like this then I know they are probably a “Snooty” (Hint…. Way too many rules) campground and not one that I would even dare want to stay at.
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Our resort has a 10 year rule too but if you send them a photo with the reservation, they will allow it. I think they just don't want any "Partridge Family" RV's in the park.
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Sadly, that bus was purchased as a prop and then junked after the show was cancelled. If that bus was around today it would probably fetch close to $1 million. Nobody was thinking nostalgia back then.
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In 2017 I sold my 1995 Terry trailer. Looked every bit as good as the new trailers I looked at to replace it. 22 years old and I never had an issue with ANY RV park my late wife and I wanted to stay in.

Funny how regular maintenance (like washing, waxing, and repairing any of the normal dings and dents) can keep an RV looking good.

I think that if people looked into the "10 year rule" they'll find it had it's beginnings back when there was no regulation of RV construction and many had severe issues with electrical and propane systems. In my state alone the Dept of Labor and Industries, which oversees safety code administration in our state, now requires one of their certification stickers on each new RV sold in the state. Mine has two, one from RVIA and the other from WA Dept of L&I. The "rule" is more likely today being used to keep "Skoolies" and "mobile hippie shacks" out.
The rules don’t work in west coast states. Heck, one can even set up camp most anywhere.
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Just to run my own thread off course - what would actually be considered wrong with the Partridge bus (other than age) that would cause it to not be admitted? Can't remember if they lived it on tour or just used it to get to and from venues.
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Just to run my own thread off course - what would actually be considered wrong with the Partridge bus (other than age) that would cause it to not be admitted? Can't remember if they lived it on tour or just used it to get to and from venues.
Probably not visually appealing with the gentry. They couldn't possibly endure looking at such monstrosities after paying $100/day for their piece of the parking lot?


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No need to get upset about the 10 year rule. We have stayed at plenty of RV parks that have that rule. Some are fancy resorts and some are run of the mill parks.
Some require you send a picture when making reservations and some inspect at arrival.
We have owned an RV that old and travel with folks with older RVs. Our current RV is that old now.
I have never been turned away or known of anyone turned away. Parks use that rule to have some control over their level of clientele.
If you take care of your RV at all, you will not have a problem.
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Our "other" TT is a 31-foot 1985 Airstream Excella. It's funny how Airstreams are never
discriminated against by these 10-year rule parks.
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