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TGarrett

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Maybe we should start doing this here. We all talk about campgrounds and where to park, but wouldn't it be awesome if whole towns/cities catered to us lol.

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Yes, that would be a great idea, TGarrett. Hopefully, something like that can happen during my lifetime.

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Like the idea, it would sure make it easier to travel off the "I" systems if one would know about the up coming towns.

What would be some of the important items to be a RV friendly town?

Parking lots for shopping (not over night)
RV friendly Gas stations

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Interesting to see the dollar figure contributed to their economy and the recognition of that fact.

We are buying groceries, fuel, admission fees to attractions, occasional restaurant meal, the odd tee shirt or gift puchase, activities like whale watching or other such tours...and the list goes on. Not to mention the high taxes added. Multiply little us by all the RVs we see on the road on our current two month trip.

So wise communities and vendors will put out the welcome mat. Just yesterday, at the Alexander Graham Bell historic site in Nova Scotia, I was pleased to notice that there was a pull through RV parking lot quite close to the entrance, not way in the back.

It's the Walmart model...make it easy and they will come.


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TGarrett wrote:

Maybe we should start doing this here. We all talk about campgrounds and where to park, but wouldn't it be awesome if whole towns/cities catered to us lol.

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Why don't you start by creating a Facebook page of RV friendly cities and you may be surprised how quick it takes off.

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In traveling all over the US and Canada I don't recall EVER finding a city that was RV Friendly or RV Unfriendly. MOST of them do have rules and local laws that they expect to enforce and that's just how it SHOULD be. RESIDENTS make laws, not those who pass through.


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skipnchar wrote:

In traveling all over the US and Canada I don't recall EVER finding a city that was RV Friendly or RV Unfriendly. MOST of them do have rules and local laws that they expect to enforce and that's just how it SHOULD be. RESIDENTS make laws, not those who pass through.
I not sure this has happened before, but I agree with Skip 100%. With the possible exceptions of pre 2008 Elkhart Indiana and a couple of small towns with RV manufacturing plants, there is not a city in the country where RVs and their related services constitute even a statistically small percentage of the local economy. Does anyone think that the RVs in the RV parks in any town bring more business than the hotels and motels? Does anyone think the 5 RVs in the Walmart parking lot are spending more money than the 200 cars and trucks driven by the locals? If a vote was taken in most towns, the vote would be much more likely to be in favor of banning the road clogging, fuel gulping, noisy rigs than welcoming them with open arms. And if some town decided to suddenly declare themselves "RV Friendly" who would make a special trip to that town if that town was no where near where tourists generally travel?

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I think the point is being missed. If towns and cities were encouraged to promote and accept RV's since many Baby Boomers are now retiring or trying to take up the RV lifestyle the laws would be even easier to enforce. If instead of RV's being spread throughout the city if they had groups of businesses that welcomed the business and congregated them in specific areas that were designed specifically with the sizes and turn radius's in mind. It would also potentially reduce illegal dumping and squatting/parking in undesirable areas. If all the RV's shopped in that area of town it would give local places like parks an area to set up an info booth, or maybe even a centralized lot rental place sort of like how big cities list how many slots are still open in a parking garage you could see how full each campground was and what slots were still open.

Just because a certain portion of the population may not be a desirable portion to some does not mean that the whole of society won't step up to support them and change laws for them. Look at homeless people they are transients who are not desired but they make laws to support them, not saying we are in the same category but your argument that we are a small percentage of people and don't have to be catered to isn't quite true. And the some of the residents are business owners, who is to say if something like this was presented to them that they might not want to change the laws. Why should an idea that is being promoted in another country be discounted here if it would benefit this group as a whole. Obviously someone is convincing the residents of the areas this is being done is a good idea. Just maybe there is something to watch here and see how it works out there.

Unless there is a special designation set up like a major group like Good Sam's Club that made it worthwhile for businesses to see the benefit of catering to a group like RV's the Residents might not realize the potential benefits to a system set up like this.

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What I would consider RV friendly:

RV park and rides, where one can park at the outskirts of a town, take a bus in, with them running 24 hours a day, and decent security in the lot.

RV car rentals, along the lines of Zipcar or Car2Go, perhaps available 24/7.

A highway loop around the city.

What I would like to see would be a RV-hostile map, of municipalities with overnighting or parking bans, etc. There is an app showing that for Wally Worlds, but it would be nice to see at a glance what towns appreciate RV-ers and what downs to drive around or otherwise pass on by.

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