July 7, 2005

Many Cities Have Long Banned RV Parking at WM

In what is a truly pathetic use of local government power, RV camp owners have been using the threat of force to prevent Wal-Mart from offering free overnight parking to RV owners:

"I've only had one problem with parking at Wal-Mart," said Fuller, of Mesa, Arizona, as he loaded bottled water into a motor home in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Emporia, Kansas. "I pulled in around 10 o'clock at night. There were other RVs there, but in the middle of the night, a cop knocked on our door and said we couldn't park there."

James Stover, public affairs manager in Yuma, said the city has a 20-year-old ban on any overnight camping without a permit. Campgrounds are big business in Arizona, he said, and allowing travelers to camp overnight for free does not help the business community.

Woodbury said that's not uncommon in places where the weather is nice year-round.

If Wal-Mart wants to stop RV parking in it's own lots at selection locations, that's fine. But the article implies that in some locations Wal-Mart pushes for local laws preventing the practice (in places like Florida) so that they can use tax-funded police to kick RV'ers out, instead of paying for their own square-badges to do the same...

Posted by Kevin on July, 7 2005 at 01:18 PM