Why Are There Age Restrictions At RV Parks?
The RV community is large and diverse. In a single day at most RV parks, you can encounter groups of 20-something explorers, single midlife adventurers, families of five on vacation, and retired seniors living out their dreams.
This is the beauty of RVing; people of all ages and walks of life share a common love for travel and nature.
Not all RV parks are filled with the same people, though. Age restrictions at some RV parks make for a different experience for more senior RVers. So, why do some RV parks have age restrictions?
Are age restrictions really needed?
The vast majority of RV parks are open to all campers. However, there are adult-only, which are technically any park that is listed 21 and over. While these parks do exist, excluding kids and teens, the more common age restriction is 55+.
At first, it may be frustrating for a family with children to locate a beautiful park in a great area just to find out they can’t stay there. The same could be true for some friends in their 30s looking for reservations for a weekend.
RV park owners have the choice when it comes to the restrictions and requirements to use their parks. It is their choice to include or exclude children, and in some cases, adults under a certain age, to occupy their park.
Keeping everyone happy as a business owner is a constant challenge. RV park operators have lots to try and balance. This can be even more so when you have a park with infants to seniors all sharing the same space.
So, are age restrictions really needed in RV parks? By the amount of 55+ RV parks out there, with no vacancy and waitlist, I’d have to say yes.
Why can’t we all camp together?
Although the common love of camping is something everyone can share, our idea of the perfect camping experience can vary greatly.
Just as some people enjoy backcountry camping with no service or adjoining campsites, others love RV resorts that can compete with some of the theme parks out there. We all like different things.
Children, teens, adults, and seniors all require different things. That’s not to say there aren’t some 65-year-olds out there that wouldn’t hesitate to hit the bouncy cushion. In general, however, the 55+ group is looking for a more relaxed, quiet RV camping experience.
For an RV park owner, being able to focus on the needs of campers is key. To give families with kids the best experience, the focus needs to be on activities for them, designated areas, and staff to provide the activities.
A 55+ park, on the other hand, would likely be more focused on large pristine sites with amenities for full-time living and areas and activities suited for an older crowd.
The list of parks that the whole family can visit is long, and many people, including seniors, choose these parks. That being said, there is a large and growing number of RVers looking for parks with age restrictions.
What’s so different about age-restricted RV parks?
One major difference is the atmosphere. Kids are… how can we put this? Noisy. Camping is fun and exciting, and of course, kids having a good time will be noisy.
Multiply this by possibly hundreds of kids, and it’s not what some may consider relaxing. Kids running around, screaming, and maybe a soccer game or two on the go; this is a fun family atmosphere.
In general, this is not the atmosphere older adults are looking for. Age restrictions will generally result in a more relaxed, low-key atmosphere. Maybe it’s a quiet peaceful walk around the campground or a dip in the pool with no splashing or crying. Age-restricted RV parks have a different vibe.
Activities and amenities are two major requirements for most RVers with children. As mentioned, these things cost time and resources for RV park owners. In a 55+ park, everyone isn’t just sitting quietly in their RV; these parks need to provide activities and amenities for their campers as well.
Money spent on splash parks and laser tag for families is a big investment, as is a movie theater and storage shed on every site for full-time adults. Providing a dedicated park for any individual group of RVers is a big decision and investment; however, it provides a great space for that group.
Great minds think alike
As a family, it’s enjoyable and beneficial to spend time with other families. Groups of kids can relate to one another, as can parents.
Sometimes we just enjoy the company of a similar group. It can be advantageous to meet new people and expand your social group, even as an older adult.
Being around people who you can relate to and feel comfortable with is another reason age restrictions work in some RV parks. It’s not to say that kids can’t enjoy the humor of their seniors and vice versa, but sometimes kids need to be kids and adults need a break.
How do you find RV parks with age restrictions?
As mentioned, there are lots of adult and/or senior-only RV parks out there. A quick search on RV LIFE Campground Reviews for 55+ parks in your area will return many options.
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You will be able to gather all the parks you are interested in visiting and compare them with unbiased reviews from fellow RVers. Combine this with the ability to plan your route including fuel stops and points of interest along RV safe routes, and the trip planning process couldn’t be easier!
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If age restrictions at RV parks seem unfair, consider the number of parks geared toward families and kids specifically. We all love RVing and we should all go as often as we can. Regardless of your idea of the perfect park, get out and enjoy your RV and the people you are surrounded by.
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