Many asphalt boondockers are wondering what it is about parking their RV on the street that causes communities to feel uneasy.
These laws have made it more difficult to stay overnight anywhere except at RV parks.
Finding Any Reason to Ban RVs
Citing reasons ranging from lack of proper sanitation facilities to inadequate street width, city officials are only too happy to enforce these cash cow laws.
It’s been a big improvement. The calls and e-mails we’ve received complaining about RVs have dropped dramatically.
Whether you have a $200,000 motorhome or a DIY teardrop trailer, no RVer is immune from RV parking bans and their expensive repercussions.
In San Diego for example, the latest attempt to limit RV parking on streets has caused some of the city’s estimated 100,000 RVers to feel unhappy about new restrictions that make curbside parking almost impossible in an already congested city.
A few bad apples have ruined things for law-abiding RV owners. This is discrimination because the city has made a parking ordinance strictly against us.
New laws prohibit any RV from being parked between 2 and 6 a.m., forcing parking tickets into the hands of many law abiding RV owners who lack adequate driveway parking.
For thousands of RVers accustomed to stopping in scenic spots with ample curbside parking, these new restrictions mean local merchants lose out as overnighters go elsewhere to spend their dollars.
Be a Good Neighbor
Many of the latest RV parking restrictions are the direct result of sloppy RVers who left behind trash and waste water, or who stayed in the same spot for days or weeks.
In order to preserve as many “asphalt boondocking” spots as possible, follow these overnight RV parking etiquette tips when you camp streetside:
Industry-Sanctioned Code of Conduct (RVers’ Good Neighbor Policy)
- Stay one night only!
- Obtain permission from a qualified individual.
- Obey posted regulations.
- No awnings, chairs, or barbecue grills outside your RV.
- Do not use hydraulic jacks on soft surfaces (including asphalt).
- Always leave an area cleaner than you found it.
- Purchase gas, food, or supplies as a form of thank you, when feasible.
- Be safe! Always be aware of your surroundings and leave if you feel unsafe.
The highly visible nature of RV travel means all of us are representatives for the lifestyle.
When you’re tempted to ignore common courtesy because of a long day on the road, it might be a good idea to pause and consider the consequences.
Each of our actions has a large impact on the future of free overnight parking for RVers everywhere.