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The 10-Year Rule at RV Parks: Is It Enforced?

•, By Mike Wendland

The "10-year rule" is a hot topic in the RV community. The controversy lies over whether or not RV parks should discriminate based on RV age alone, especially since many older RVs are in great condition.

How common is the 10-year rule? Is it strictly enforced? Why do some campgrounds enforce this rule?

We will answer those questions and more.

What Is the 10-Year Rule at RV Parks?

Campgrounds with the 10-year rule prohibit RVs older than 10 years from staying at their campground. Some campgrounds have a 15-year rule to the same effect.

How Common Is the 10-Year Rule?

A strict 10-year rule is not as common as you might think, despite the many heated debates on social media. You'll most often see the rule adopted by upscale RV resorts, which are trying to maintain a luxurious image. Or by RV parks with long-term reservations of a month or more.

TOGO RV ran a poll of 94 RV parks concerning RV age limits. Here are their results:

3% have a strict 10-year rule in place

4% have a strict 15-year rule in place

78% have an "at our discretion" policy for older RVs

15% have no RV age policy in place

The "at our discretion" policy means they can turn you away if your older RV is not in good condition. The definition of "good condition" is up to them, but red flags include things like dents, broken windows, loose parts, window AC units, duct tape, and leaks.

So, if your RV is older than 10 years old but in good condition, then you'll likely be welcome at 93% of campgrounds. That number jumps up to 97% if your RV is less than 15 years old.