I was looking at an RV park online and there was a 10 year rule. I’ve never been to one with such a rule. Why do they have it?

RV parks have a 10 year rule that says you must move out if you stay in one place for ten years. Why? The answer is simple: to keep people from staying in one spot and never moving on.

A lot of people want to do that. They look around for a place where the weather is nice, or there are a lot of activities, or whatever, and they park their RV and stay there forever. There’s no problem with this at all, other than the fact that it keeps them from seeing everything else.

To solve this problem, RV parks have a 10 year limit. If you stay in one place for 10 years you have to move on. That solves the problem and doesn’t cost the parks anything; they just send you a letter telling you when you have to leave, which costs very little to mail.

And if you don’t leave after getting the letter? They sell your spot to someone else, which costs them some money but not enough to make it worth worrying about. In fact they even make a profit on it because they are able to sell it at a higher price than whatever rent they were getting from you.

So RV parks have a 10 year limit so that everyone can see more of the country instead of just the same old Park they are in.

Why do RV parks have a 10 year rule?

I’ve been wondering about this for years. I stay in RV parks on vacation quite often and before long, I usually run into other full timers. They tell me they’ve been there 5 years and have no intention of leaving because the park owner is a “nice guy”. They can’t understand why I travel around so much and why I won’t set roots down in one place.

It didn’t make sense to me at first either. But once I figured it out, it made perfect sense.

We all know the old adage that says “When you buy a home, you’re stuck with it.” It’s not true. When you buy a home in a community that relies on seasonal residents for its economic vitality, you’re stuck with them! If the people who live there year-round do not like your attitude or how you represent your community, they can vote you out and make sure that no similar person replaces you. By contrast, if you rent an RV space in such a community (or any apartment), then the landlord has to worry about losing your business. He doesn’t want that to happen so he’ll bend over backwards to keep you happy.

The thing is, if everyone leaves at the same time the owner would be out a lot of money!

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