Planning cross country?

Sometimes your focus is on getting to where you are going and not so much on just the travel itself. That is when a quick overnight can be convenient. Wal Mart and some other businesses often allow overnight parking in their lots and many RVers use this convenience in their travels. Some, sad to say, abuse the privilege. The Escapees as well as the WBCCI and several other “of the most respected RV consumer clubs have joined together to support your right to park on private businesses’ parking lots overnight under the following code of conduct:”

Industry-sanctioned Code of Conduct  (RVers’ Good Neighbor Policy)

  1. Stay one night only!
  2. Obtain permission from a qualified individual.
  3. Obey posted regulations.
  4. No awnings, chairs, or barbecue grills.
  5. Do not use hydraulic jacks on soft surfaces (including asphalt).
  6. Always leave an area cleaner than you found it.
  7. Purchase gas, food, or supplies as a form of thank you, when feasible.
  8. Be safe! Always be aware of your surroundings and leave if you feel unsafe.

There is a Dear Fellow RVers letter posted for those who haven’t figured out that you don’t camp in a commercial parking lot. When these supposed RVer’s put down jacks that go through the asphalt, dump their tanks in the parking lot, or otherwise do other than park a few hours, they shine a bad light on all.

Please do not take offense to this letter; it is only provided as a reminder that RVers must be perceived as good neighbors, or there will be more pressure to institute state, county, and local ordinances to prohibit parking on private business property.

Used to be you could just pull of the road near anywhere and have a picnic or a long stop. No more. Even roadside rest areas in some states can prohibit resting (Nevada allows 18 hour stopovers in its roadside rest areas). Let’s do our part to help assure alert and rested drivers by being good neighbors in our travels.

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