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post Dec 18 2010, 12:31 AM
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We're in Mcallen, TX, one of our stops while traveling for a year in a bus with our 7 children. We do a lot of boondocking, and stay in a park about once every 7-10 days for a night or two.

In Mcallen, we made 4 calls to find a park before finding one that would 'let' us stay. Each of the 4 parks chuckled a little bit when I answered 'seven' to their questions of how many children? ... right before they said 'No'.

It hasn't hit us as hard as in this community, where there are apparently loads of 55+ RVers... It is weird to be classed out of a business, that if it was the other way around, would probably make the news:

"Local RV Park discriminates against kind senior couple".



I understand wanting to create an atmosphere of quiet restful etc- but ??
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post Dec 21 2010, 08:59 PM
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Over 55 is a legally protected class like race, sexual orientation, religion, and many other categories. It is legal for companies to do this and perfectly appropriate in many instances. We frequently stay at over 55 parks. Here in Florida, we are loaded with them. It isnít legal for companies to exclude any protected class. It would be the legal equivalent of saying no blacks allowed to say nobody over 55 allowed. We have like most frequent campers had some really bad experience with unchecked childrenís behavior. Usually the parents fault, but after hours and hours, it really doesnít matter. We usually try to find the over 55 parks. We love kids and even have one ourselves, but sometimes do not wish to enjoy others children. Looks like you have fallen victim to otherís rowdy children.


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post Dec 22 2010, 01:07 PM
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I disagree that it's a numbers issue. Over-55 parks don't want children there at all, whether one or seven.

I recently stayed in an over-55 park in the McAllen area. When I called and asked if I could stay there if I'm 53, the woman said it was no problem as long as I didn't bring any children. This isn't the first over-55 park I've stayed at, and at all of them, I've felt pretty obvious. My boyfriend is 10 years younger than I am, and he really sticks out.

The "55" line seems to work out to an average of well over 70. While I'm a big fan of inclusion, there's something to be said for water finding its own level. An over-55 park is kind of like a fancy restaurant--a well-behaved child now and then wouldn't necessarily ruin it, but it's unlikely that either the child or the other patrons would find it the highlight of their lives, and it's definitely not something the owners of the restaurant would welcome gaining a foothold.

On edit: I ran across the OP's review of the place they stayed in the McAllen area, and went to the park's website, where it says in all caps: NO CHILDREN NO PETS

I'm glad the OP was able to find a place to stay, but if I were paying to make my home in a place that prohibited children or pets, I'd be chagrined to wake up next door to an RV with either seven children or seven dogs. I'd be particularly annoyed if my pool time had to be shared with seven children because face it, kids and adults behave differently in pools, period.

I doubt senior citizens go to Chuck E. Cheese for dinner and tell the kids to hold it down, and they don't even have any rules against them being there in the first place. That's because it's a kids place and everybody knows it. Evidently it's not the same for RV parks.







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bestestes   No Seniors Rv Park (55 And Under Only)   Dec 18 2010, 12:31 AM
Texasrvers   Sorry you had trouble locating a park that accepts...   Dec 18 2010, 11:40 PM
RFCN2   You make a very good point. In the past it seemed...   Dec 18 2010, 11:51 PM
kcmoedoe   I agree, it is simply a numbers issue. I own a lo...   Dec 19 2010, 10:29 PM
FosterImposters   Welcome to the forum Bestestes! B) We met a...   Dec 20 2010, 04:28 PM
Galli   Welcome to the forum Bestestes! B) We met ...   Jun 11 2011, 02:58 PM
John Blue   We only saw this one time in a State Park north of...   Dec 20 2010, 08:24 PM
joez   I grew up in a large family (8 children) and some ...   Dec 20 2010, 09:19 PM
Lindsay Richards   Over 55 is a legally protected class like race, se...   Dec 21 2010, 08:59 PM
dbnck   I disagree that it's a numbers issue. Over-55...   Dec 22 2010, 01:07 PM
MCRANE   My family and I locked up our house two years ago ...   May 24 2011, 12:40 PM
Lindsay Richards   There are all kinds of people in the world. Busine...   May 24 2011, 01:13 PM
MCRANE   There are all kinds of people in the world. Busin...   May 24 2011, 02:57 PM
Denali   I have no problem with respecting others rights t...   May 25 2011, 09:51 PM
Lindsay Richards   We live in Florida and a goodly percentage of the ...   May 25 2011, 10:00 PM
katsuey   We stopped at a couple of campgrounds on our May 2...   Jun 1 2011, 08:58 PM
Denali   ...The KOA RV campground in Sioux City had a group...   Jun 4 2011, 04:13 PM
jamarynn1   We just stayed in a 55-and-over park (and we are w...   Jun 8 2011, 12:40 AM
Lindsay Richards   They're not all like that, are they? Proba...   Jun 8 2011, 08:41 AM
MCRANE   We are camp hosting in a state park for the next 4...   Jun 10 2011, 08:13 AM
MCRANE   Sure I see a lot of uneducated parents with RVs in...   Jun 14 2011, 10:29 PM
Lindsay Richards   Looks like some of you under 55's can be prett...   Jun 15 2011, 03:08 PM
MCRANE   I was laughing the whole time I wrote that. It jus...   Jun 15 2011, 05:45 PM
kcmoedoe   I was laughing the whole time I wrote that. It ju...   Jun 15 2011, 07:35 PM
Galli   I was laughing the whole time I wrote that. It ju...   Jun 15 2011, 07:50 PM
MCRANE   . I donít mind having children around but there w...   Jun 15 2011, 08:42 PM
MCRANE   I got it going now.lol. I understant everything yo...   Jun 15 2011, 08:24 PM
Lindsay Richards   That was you who ran me off?   Jun 15 2011, 08:49 PM
MCRANE   That was you who ran me off? Sory about that.......   Jun 15 2011, 08:59 PM
Cape Codger   Personally, I have no qualms of children in a 55+ ...   Jun 16 2011, 07:53 PM
Lindsay Richards   In Florida where we live many, many of the parks a...   Jun 16 2011, 08:00 PM
MCRANE   The funny thing about the 55+ parks in Florida tha...   Jun 16 2011, 08:55 PM
Galli   The funny thing about the 55+ parks in Florida th...   Jun 16 2011, 10:13 PM
MCRANE   :o WOW,,,,and see a dumb southerner like me didn...   Jun 16 2011, 10:33 PM
MCRANE   Ok let me ask a question and please feel free for ...   Jun 16 2011, 10:46 PM
Galli   Ok let me ask a question and please feel free for...   Jun 17 2011, 10:40 PM
Cape Codger   First let me say that in forty plus years of campi...   Jun 17 2011, 08:24 AM
MCRANE   As I try to remind others at some of these 55...   Jun 17 2011, 10:19 AM
Lindsay Richards   It is all about kids being kids and doing things t...   Jun 17 2011, 08:29 AM
joez   This statement should end this thread. Children ...   Jun 17 2011, 08:49 AM
JDRobar   I personally don't have a problem with kids :)...   Jun 18 2011, 07:11 PM
Galli   I personally don't have a problem with kids :...   Jun 18 2011, 08:11 PM
MCRANE   Galli, I thank you for the nice words. I just want...   Jun 19 2011, 02:20 PM
JDRobar   Some of us over 55 people are pretty snooty :angry...   Jun 19 2011, 03:04 PM
MCRANE   Some of us over 55 people are pretty snooty :angr...   Jun 21 2011, 12:01 AM
dalsgal   Most likely those campgrounds that allow people to...   Mar 14 2012, 03:28 PM
Galli   Most likely those campgrounds that allow people t...   Mar 14 2012, 06:40 PM
Alessandro   This year we spent 2 nights at the RV resort of Ru...   Sep 12 2012, 04:32 AM
TXBobcat   Also there is the point that some people will come...   Sep 12 2012, 09:35 PM
Galli   Also there is the point that some people will com...   Sep 13 2012, 10:02 AM
7ramblingkids   We too run into some of the same problems with our...   Dec 4 2012, 01:04 AM
Denali   ... I understand the over 55 parks and respect tha...   Dec 5 2012, 03:16 PM


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