Camper too old for RV park?

I was reading a short article from the “Camping World” magazine a few days ago. There was an article written by a couple who were denied entry into a campground because their camper was more than 10 years old. What’s up with that! They said that eventhough their camper was over 10 years old, it was well maintained and did not look its age. Why should someone be denied entry because of the age of their camper?

On several occassions when we called campgrounds we were asked the age of our camper. I was taken back the first time that it happened. At that time our camper was less than 10 years old, but I thought to myself, what difference does it make if the camper still looks good? Of course, we can all figure that the campgrounds who restrict campers by age are trying to keep up the appearance of the campground. That’s all well and good, but I have seen many RVs that are less than 10 years old and are in bad condition. Consider a full-timer who has his or her camper parked in a campground under trees in humid conditions. If the camper isn’t washed occassionally, it will turn green. I know of several campgrounds around here where that is the case and I know the campers are less than 10 years old. RVs that are parked on the coast near salt water will rust and look bad before they turn 10 years old. Then there are people who will not take care of their RV no matter what.

I ask the question, should camgrounds restrict RVs by age, or would it be more appropriate to restrict RVs by appearance? I personally think that if a campground wants to keep up a good image, they should restrict campers by appearance and not by age. Of course if you restrict by age, that’s a hard number and easy to enforce as long as people don’t lie about the age of their RV. If you restrict RVs by appearance, then that is a subjective approach. What looks good to one, may not look good to another.

One of the things that I have noticed in my RV travels, is that the nicer well maintained campgrounds attract nice well maintained RVs. There are always exceptions, of course, but for the most part I believe that my observation is correct. So if that is the case, then why should a campground impose any restrictions at all? The only place where I could find a problem with that, is for long term parking in a nice campground. Then I would still go with the appearance approach if I wanted to restrict a camper.

That is my opinion. I would like to here what others think about restricting RVs by age or condition. Just leave a comment below.

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