It’s strange isn’t it? All the reports about age discrimination are generally about the elderly population, however this is not the case in my experience. Oh no, my wife and I have been subjected to age discrimination because we are young.
Okay, let’s clear things up here – the majority of motorhome owners are in the older age groups, which is to be expected. Once you hit a certain age you find any children have fledged the nest and got going with their own lives, the mortgage has been paid off, you have a bit more disposable income, and you generally have more free time to spend on leisure activities. It stands to reason that older people are more likely to own a motorhome than the younger age group.
Because of the circumstances my wife and I have found ourselves in we are in the position to own a motorhome. Okay, we still have a mortgage to pay down and we both need to work full time (therefore leisure time is restricted) but we can still have a motorhome.
Throughout our entire experience of looking, buying and now owning a motor home my wife and I have experienced age discrimination from several different people, and it doesn’t look like we have had the last of it. Oh no, I fear that for many years to come (i.e. until that time we reach the “right age” for a motor home) we will experience age discrimination, and there is nothing we can do other than ignore it. Below are a few cases of age discrimination we have suffered (and I can assure you there are many other instances, but I am sure you don’t want me to bore you with those) during our search to get a motor home.
Motor home age discrimination – Case 1
The first case of age discrimination actually occurred when we hired a motor home to see if holidaying in a motor home was definitely for us. Booking the motor home through Motorholme/Unbeatable Hire was a doodle, the collection went smoothly and so did the trip to the first campsite we were staying at. On arrival at the site we set everything up and then settled back to enjoy a well-deserved rest.
When our “neighbours arrived” back at their motor home we made the usual pleasantries, and was met with two faces of disgust. Although our neighbours made small talk for a few minutes they clearly weren’t impressed with me and my better half and their faces said it all. At first I thought it was because my shirt sleeves had ridden up to reveal my body art (I have experienced issues with tattoos before – even though I am so different from a “beer swilling hooligan” it’s not funny) but I realised I was wearing long sleeves.
It wasn’t until I heard our new neighbours talking (or should that be shouting) amongst themselves that people our age shouldn’t be on quiet adult only sites (my wife and I are in our early thirties!) and should go to the noisier family sites where we wouldn’t disturb anyone. The couple openly made comments about how we were too young for such a nice motorhome and that we must have stolen it or borrowed it from our parents – had the couple bothered to look at the back of the brand new (according to the registration plate) motor home we were in they would have seen the stonking great “Unbeatable Hire” poster advertising motor home hire.
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A total motor home newbie with a six year camping background in a folding camper. A keen blogger sharing my experience of researching, choosing, buying and owning a motor home. and every thing that goes with it.
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