Today I called the BBB to discuss with an agent about this RV park age discrimination that goes on here in California RV parks. I was informed that this was a 100% legal practice and free from the ANY discrimination law. After I picked my jaw up from the ground, I remembered what another member of this site told me, she basically enlightened me to the sad fact that RV Age discrimination isn't such an issue unless your in California. After all California is the lawyer capital of the United States, it would make logical sense that California is ground zero. They managed to somehow make this legal and free from discrimination laws. It's written so as to protect a RV park from older RV's breaking down in the park, becoming unable to be removed..GET A GRIP First of all, these lawyers must think us RV loving people must have zippers down our backs. So let me get on my soap box and just say it like it is. I guess I should take this opportunity to warn you that I'm a writer, short and sweet isn't a concept I grasp.
This all started when during a conversation about traveling around Europe, I had made a comparison between the amazing diversity of each of our states. The more I though about what I said, the more I began to realize just how true it really was. Some of our states are as large as countries in Europe. Each state is unique with it own cultures, customs, tradition and even accents just to name a few. I had all of this in my own backyard, so I decided to explore this amazing and wonderful place with all these united states. Quick note, after I was disabled in the line of duty, I decided I had to find a new purpose in life so I went back too school, there I fell head over heels in deep intellectual love with Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology to be exact. I guess you can tell why traveling around is so very exciting for me personally, to wake up and realize It been here all along, talk about a brain fart.
All I needed now was an RV, one which could be modified a bit to accommodate my disability, which was also affordable. I found what I was looking for and the price was right, a 1983 Pace Arrow, that was in need of TLC. This was perfect I could live in it while I customize it be my own, little did I know I was about to be a victim of discrimination. The more places I call the more frustrated I become, oh and people do not like that word discrimination, I keep hearing "We do not discriminate". Even when I called the BBB I was again informed that my use of the word discrimination was incorrect. Well, shall we just take a wee peek at what the definition of discrimination really means, you tell me if I'm using the incorrect word
discrimination means to set apart or single out—to differentiate one from the other.
To set apart (older RV's) To single out (older RV's) To differentiate one (older RV's) from the other (newer RV's) Yeah, I'm using the right word. So what is this really all about? Well, each one of us that own an RV which is over 10 years old are victims of discrimination. If that wasn't enough were also being stereotyped and economically classified. In the last 10 years our economy has suffered greatly, people have had to tighten the belt, and focus on financial security. I ask you in the last 10 years who in the majority of "classes" can afford a new RV? (there are exceptions, but I'm focusing on the mass majority) Allot of the discriminatory RV Parks will let an OLD RV in for a couple of nights, but you can bet your bottom dollar the space you get WILL segregate you from "Them". I went into allot of newer RV parks and I saw the segregation myself, unless your looking for it, which many of us don't were focused more on our trip you might just miss it. If you look really closely you will see the classification of the segregation, which exist in the Older to newer RV's. At first I though maybe it was just at a few of the posh RV resorts (oh yeah lets not forget the Park vs Resort) the more I realized just how wide scale this practice was. Some of the really nice RV Resorts do NOT even allow older RV in even if its overnight.
My fellow "Good Old RV's" this isn't just a rant, it's a wake up call, a call to arms. This has nothing to do with the possibility of an older RV braking down, this is pure and simple discrimination with a twist of good old fashion economic profiling with a dash of stereotyping.
I don't consider myself a veteran, not when things like this are going on, this is NOT equality, fact is it goes against one of the founding documents of this country. If this type of discrimination is allowed, it will create a domino effect, little by little this type of "hidden" discriminatory practices will grow. I know allot of you are thinking, that I might be going a bit far, it's only about older RV's. No, it's not, it's about not allowing any form of discrimination, once you accept and allow it even on the smallest of levels you become desensitized, and soon you just accept it without even thinking.
I thank you for your time, it is appreciated. Sorry but my proofreader fell asleep LOL