When you think about an RV park, you probably picture a peaceful place where people from different backgrounds gather to enjoy nature.
But a contentious rule, known as the “10-year rule,” could change this tranquil scene by potentially forcing some campers to leave. This rule has sparked a heated debate among RV enthusiasts.
The 10-Year Rule
Kyla, a seasoned nomad who shares her “van life” adventures on TikTok under the username, has brought this contentious rule into the spotlight.
According to Kyla, the 10-year law is enforced by some RV parks, causing campers, trailers, fifth wheels, or even Arby’s that are more than a decade old to be turned away.
In a heartfelt video, she revealed,
“I’ve never heard a legitimately good reason as to why, but basically, they want their RV park to be a high-end luxury to appeal to people with money, make it aesthetically pleasing and just like high class.”
What Social Media Has To Say: Is it Classism?
The 10-year rule has sparked a sharp divide among RV enthusiasts. Some argue that it contributes to maintaining an upscale atmosphere at RV parks, while others see it as blatant discrimination.
Kyla herself doesn’t mince words:
“It’s a classist notion that if you have an older camper or RV, then you’re a lower-quality person.”
In Kyla’s social media comments section, passionate debates ensued. Some users felt that this rule unfairly targeted lower-income individuals, with one stating,
“They are trying to keep out the poor.”
Another commenter added, “That’s classism, masquerading as whatever excuse they use.” A valid point was made by someone who said,
“The funny thing is, it takes ten years to pay off that luxury RV.”
On the other side of the spectrum, defenders of the rule argued that it might be tied to insurance considerations. They speculated that older vehicles could be more expensive to insure, offering a possible justification for the 10-year cutoff.
Another perspective was shared by a fellow traveler who believed that RV parks could be lenient about the rule if campers maintained their equipment in good condition.
Why Do RVs Have 10-Year Rule?
The “10-Year Rule” originates from the desire of campground and RV resort owners to maintain the quality and aesthetics of their properties.
Similar to residential neighborhoods where neglected houses can affect the overall environment, old and poorly maintained motorhomes and travel trailers were seen as potentially detrimental to the commercial appeal of RV parks.
Campground managers established a standard examining older RVs’ condition once they reach a certain age to address this concern. By doing so, they aim to ensure that their parks offer a high-quality and enjoyable experience for all travelers, fostering an atmosphere that encourages responsible ownership of these homes-on-wheels.
RV park owners have the authority to establish rules regarding the age, appearance, and condition of RVs on their property, similar to how restaurants enforce dress codes.
The 10-year rule is commonly applied in private campgrounds to prevent issues such as RV abandonment, damage to park grounds, and squatting without paying fees.
This rule is less prevalent in national, state, provincial, and local city parks and the Corps. of Engineers and Forest Service Parks. Parks in less popular or family-oriented destinations tend to be more accommodating.
Changes in ownership of campgrounds, with larger investment groups taking over, may lead to a preference for newer RVs.
To avoid being turned away due to your RV’s age, consider exterior improvements such as rust treatment, repainting, cleaning, and maintenance. Replacing worn components like hubcaps, tires, chrome accents, or windows can enhance your RV’s appearance.
Making a good first impression is crucial, and some parks may make exceptions based on the RV’s condition and appearance.
Are There Exceptions to the 10-Year Rule?
Yes, most RV parks that enforce the 10-year rule do allow exceptions.
Typically, RV parks request a picture of your RV to assess whether it meets their criteria.
Providing an honest picture of your RV is essential, as some parks have turned away RVs upon arrival if the approval picture needs to be more accurate.
The 10-year rule is taken seriously by RV parks, and honesty is key to avoiding issues.
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Martha A. Lavallie
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