The trend towards more luxurious motorhomes and caravans might be having an unexpected side effect in caravan parks and camping areas … rig discrimination!
While it is easy to understand the logic of allowing only self-contained rigs at ‘basic’ campsites with limited facilities, it is less easy to follow why some fully equipped parks issue blanket bans for certain types of vehicles. At some spots, for example, all caravans are excluded, while in others it is just poptops.
In the US, the ‘fussy’ approach is being taken to new levels. The Angel Fire RV resort in New Mexico is soon to open to doors to a very discerning class of recreational vehicle traveller. Set on 35 acres and with facilities including hot tubs, a private clubhouse, and a dog park, the park lists the classes of RVs it will accept. And its website makes it very clear that standards are high.
“If RV is more than 10 years old, pictures must be sent to manager for approval,” says the park’s website.
“We will continue to work on the resort until it exceeds the expectations of today’s passionate RV travellers,” said the resort’s manager, Jim Anderson.
Back in Australia, Tasmania’s Waratah-Wynyard council upset some grey nomads when it decided self-contained motorhomes could camp free overnight at its showgrounds but that, at the same time, it would rigorously enforce a no-caravan rule.
“Due to approval guidelines that allow Council use of this site, only self-contained motorhomes are permitted,” it said. “Caravans, campervans and tents are not permitted at this site.”
When caravanning grey nomads, Kerri and Ron Patterson, tried to stay last year, they were asked by a council-appointed security guard to leave the showgrounds.
“We feel like we are being discriminated against because we are not in a motorhome,” said Kerri. “We would like to know: what is the difference between a self-contained caravan and a self-contained motorhome?”
Up in the Northern Territory, the Robbie Robbins Reserve near Darwin is happy to welcome caravans … as long as they aren’t poptops! Rooftop campers, camper trailers and tents are also excluded. Apparently, the reserve had previously had complaints that these sorts of vehicles were too ‘untidy’.
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