After reading my blog The View Is The Same, from a couple of days ago, a reader sent me an e-mail expressing her concerns that she might be turned away from a lot of campgrounds that have a rule banning any RVs older than ten years.
This is a topic that comes up from time to time, and to hear the RV salesmen tell it, unless you buy a brand new (or slightly used, if that’s what they’re peddling) RV, you will find yourself wandering aimlessly, an outcast turned away at every RV park in the country, unloved and unwelcome.
Yeah, it sure sounds grim for those who can’t afford, or chose not to, invest the money into a new RV, doesn’t it? I mean, a Flying J truck stop or Wal-Mart parking lot is okay for an overnight stay now and then, but who wants to live there?
Well, the good news is that while there are some RV parks that have, and enforce, a ten year rule, there are many, many, many more who will welcome the owners of older RVs with open arms. We fulltimed in a homebuilt 1976 MCI bus conversion for over eight years, and stayed in all kinds of RV parks, from upscale “resorts” to small Mom and Pop places, in every corner of this country. In all that time, we were never turned away when we pulled into a campground.
That included campgrounds that did have a ten year rule. At those places, we called ahead and told them what we drove, we were polite, and always said we understood if they did not feel comfortable with a bus as old as ours. In every instance, we were invited to come by, and when we arrived, they glanced out the window at our bus, and said no problem. Our bus was old, but it looked good, which helped. And I believe if we would have just shown up unannounced, or acted hostile or defensive, the reception would have been different. It’s that old thing about catching more flies with honey than with vinegar.
Now, while I said we were never turned away at any RV park we went to in our old bus, I am sure that there were some resorts that would not have allowed us in. The flip side of the coin is that we probably would not have wanted to go to any of those places, or felt comfortable in them anyway. We’re not into snobbery, and from what I’ve seen of the resorts that cater to the elite, we’d feel like outsiders. Give me a friendly campground where I can sit out under my awning, and the folks walking their dogs stop to say hi.
So, as I told the lady who wrote me about the ten year rule, yes, it does exist. And no, it’s nothing to be worried about. I promise that you’ll find a place to park wherever you travel in your RV, and if you wind up in an RV site next to us, be sure to say hello. Better yet, drag your lawn chair over, and we’ll visit as we watch the world drive by.
Bad Nick doesn’t care where we stay, as long as I let him near the keyboard once in a while. Yesterday he took over, and posted a new Bad Nick Blog titled Setting A Bad Precedent. Check it out and leave a comment.
Thought For The Day – Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the snake, and the snake didn’t have a leg to stand on.