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Old 06-26-2017, 08:31 AM   #1
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What's the deal with the RVIA Seal ?

We recently reserved a campsite at a park that requires an "RVIA Seal"... the reservations were online only and so we booked it anyway :P Have any of you had a run in with this problem? Whats the deal with the RVIA seal ?
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Old 06-26-2017, 09:24 AM   #2
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RVIA = Recreational Vehicle Industry Association.

Sounds to me like they don't want Skoolies; they only allow factory-built RV's (which usually have said seal).
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Old 06-26-2017, 11:13 AM   #3
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I've thought of going to a RV junkyard and getting one of those RVIA stickers from a junk RV. Two can play at that game. The RVIA is a "self-regulating" industry group, in other words there is absolutely no governmental or independent oversight. It's not even affiliated with UL or the NFPA. It would be more to the point if the NFPA certified an RV as complying with 1192, but they don't. Essentially, an RVIA sticker means nothing. Maybe it meets all of NFPA 1192, maybe it meets only some of it, maybe not at all? Who knows?

Just tell the campground that you have an older Blue Bird Wonderlodge motorhome! If they don't know the difference between that and a genuine Wanderlodge, that's their problem. Just don't use the term "bus" or "conversion" at all - you have a motorhome. Maybe you could make a badge or plate that says "Blue Bird Wonderlodge" (or get a genuine Wanderlodge badge from a junked Blue Bird RV), and put it next to the door.

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Old 06-26-2017, 06:49 PM   #4
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so we arrived today and upon check in we were verbally asked if we have the sticker and we replied with a "yes" and she just continued on with her questionaire so i hope to get myt own homemade rvia sticker printed soon and i also plan to fill out the comment card upon departure explaining ICENI JOHN statement of the validity of this sticker
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Old 06-26-2017, 09:22 PM   #5
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Add the "G" number of your choice and print onto vinyl stick stock.
Don't blame RVIA, blame the campground operator. Might ask if they also require KKK membership.
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Old 06-27-2017, 10:05 PM   #6
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I hate to get into a taffy pull over something as stupid as a RIVA sticker----not saying that I won't, just that I'd rather not have to deal with it.

That said, I make RV park reservations in advance and send a picture of my skoolie ahead of time. If they don't want me, big deal, someone else will. Of course with an 82 year old school bus conversion even that crafty RIVA sticker above probably wouldn't get me in.

I kind of understand the mentality though. Things like RIVA stickers and 10 year old limits do help keep the business owner from having all sorts of dead beats moving into their parks with the only way to get them out being by court order.

Of course there are the Adam Henry park owners who think that unless the rig cost $500,000 it is below their personal status--I don't want to stay there anyway.

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Old 07-06-2017, 04:28 PM   #7
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*note to self: pick up sticker sheets for home printer on the way home!*

I'm gonna give this one a go!
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Old 07-06-2017, 04:43 PM   #8
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Most, if not all, of the RV parks in this area asked:
  1. How old is it?

If it was older than 10 years old, they told me NO in no uncertain terms. Then, I said it was a school bus. ABSO-FRICKIN-LUTELY NO!
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Old 07-07-2017, 11:50 AM   #9
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Most, if not all, of the RV parks in this area asked:
  1. How old is it?

If it was older than 10 years old, they told me NO in no uncertain terms. Then, I said it was a school bus. ABSO-FRICKIN-LUTELY NO!
Back in the 90's I converted an Eagle 10. Roof raise, reskinned, RV windows and Imron paint. It came out very professional looking.

In a "brand new" conversion on a 12 year old shell I was turned away at several RV parks because my registration said the bus was 12 years old.

When I go out on the road in my Bluebird I will be taking full advantage of BLM, National Forest and, of course, WalMart for free or cheap camping. The fancy Glampgrounds can k...... Well you know.
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I've only been turned away from two campgrounds because of their ignorance...

Once in Florida - at an RV resort. They were out of my price range, anyways - but I wanted to be cool - they saw the bus and laughed at me. I was saddened.

Today in Virginia - The Candy Hill RV Resort asked about my RV when I was trying to make reservations - I told them I have a 28 foot Motorhome - Year? my bus is a 2000. They asked if it was RVIA certified. I asked what that meant - and he said it means it was done professionally. I explained that I was a professional. I said it is registered and titled as an RV - and that I am ashamed that they even question my RV. But in the end I told them it was a professionally (meaning I paid myself) converted bus that exceeded any RVIA standards - and the answer was still no.

But I am at another campground about 30 minutes south of there - and they have no problem with the hotness of my Recreational Vehicle.

In short - win some / lose some. I mostly stay in state / county parks - or national parks. Those are much more to my liking. It's harder to find boon docking places out east - but I know they are here...
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