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Old 06-26-2017, 07:31 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, 08:24 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, 10:13 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, 05:49 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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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, 09:05 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, 03:28 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, 03:43 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, 10:50 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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I think this song applies.
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Great song from the time. I was graduating high school when it came out. A tune you never forget the lyrics to.
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Old 09-11-2018, 09:13 PM   #14
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I believe RVIA is like a mobile HOA. I stay clear of those, too!


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In two months of travel this summer we got one ďno.Ē And that was the one we sent advance pics to.

Usually you donít want to stay at those high brow places anyway, and it isnít just skoolies getting turned down.

At least in my experience if you roll in and they have space and you have a positive attitude and donít look like youíre going to be somebody thatís going to be a pain in the neck for them, everything goes smooth as can be.

If the person at the counter is a decision maker and you pass the gut check they will wink at policy. If you donít, getting pissed will only make it worse.
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That is very true - I was only turned away once in person - but that was the very expensive RV resort - and I was not resort worthy. But not making a scene is important.


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In two months of travel this summer we got one ďno.Ē And that was the one we sent advance pics to.

Usually you donít want to stay at those high brow places anyway, and it isnít just skoolies getting turned down.

At least in my experience if you roll in and they have space and you have a positive attitude and donít look like youíre going to be somebody thatís going to be a pain in the neck for them, everything goes smooth as can be.

If the person at the counter is a decision maker and you pass the gut check they will wink at policy. If you donít, getting pissed will only make it worse.
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I was at a campground with my bus before conversion on the way home after buying it. The guy at the gate let me in no problem but in the morning a lady approached me about it. She said it was ok because I had a tent set up but said I’d probably have problems getting in with it because it’s not RVIA. So next time I have a problem, the bus will be my transportation and the tent will be my camping unit.
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Old 09-21-2018, 02:03 AM   #18
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RVIA - Recreational Vehicle Industry Association.


When asked if your RV has this, they are basically asking "is this a factory designed, engineered, and built RV?" "Professionally converted" usually denotes "Was this done by a shop/factory that meets RVIA requirements?"


It's sort of the RV equivalent of asking if a car/truck meets all DOT requirements, and in the RV world, it also encompasses all electrical and plumbing codes too, thus passing a "building inspection" of sorts.
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Old 09-21-2018, 04:33 AM   #19
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90% of all converted Skoolies are 50 times better quality then the tin can RV's that are being manufactured today. My guess is RV junkufactors are behind the push because people are realizing how worthless the RV's are made and they are loosing money.


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the problem is at a lot of these places its all about LOOKS ONLY... just like at car shows.. I stopped building HotRod cars because any amount of engineering marvels made under the hood completely were eclipsed by a single Flaw in the body work. if you couldnt do your hair in the paint shine they laughed at you.. regardless of the fact you built a completely custom engine, fully Glass dash, and built your own trans controller from scratch...



I suspect the RV resort / Glamping world seems to be the same.. when I used to drive that 3/4 million dollar Bus conversion (professionally built brand new Prevost coach) on trips for my 2 friends each year (they bought it and had no clue how to drive it.. so it pretty much became "mine" to drive..).. pulling into one of those places to set up "camp" was almost like pulling into a 5 star hotel.. these resorts had pools, bars, restaraunts, and of course massive parking spaces for RVs.. it seemed it cost nearly as much as a nice hotel to stay at too...



im not one to camp without some comforts of home.. like my A/C or heat to sleep and not really into #2 in a bucket.. However when you cant even make a nice wood fire to cook on then I may as well stay in a hotel...



all of those RV's in the fancy resorts had RVIA and FMCA stickers on them...
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