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dons2346

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Posted: 05/15/15 09:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The rule in WA is that you cannot stay in an rv park for more than 180 days in a licensed vehicle in the same spot. This excludes park models, mobile homes, etc. In fact, some rv parks have it on your rental agreement that the maximum stay is 180 days.

It comes from the vehicle licensing department but from what I have been able to find out and from experience, the law isn't enforced.





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Some interesting info...180 days to unlimited stays LINK


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mowermech wrote:

On another forum, I read that Washington State has a law that one can only live in an RV for 210 consecutive days.
Is this true?
If so, can someone please quote the applicable Washington State Code?
How do full-time RVers cope with that law in WA?
I'm just curious, I have no intention of ever going back to WA for any extended period, unless DW returns to travel nursing...
Let's see...
26 weeks times 7...
No, that's less than 210 days. No problem, we never stayed in one place for more than 2 consecutive contracts, anyway!


Well whether or not there is this law is really irrelevant. The real question is: How is it enforced or is it enforced. I cannot see how or by what means or what agency is going to enforce such a law. Nor do I see how they can track how long anyone has been in state in their RV.

If you are pulled over by a policeman for a traffic violation it's your answers to the questions that will determine how much they know.

I don't think this is anything to worry about.

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KilroyGuy wrote:

I think the genesis of this rumor might be the camping clubs like Port Susan in Marysville. They limit how long you can live there, so folks buy another site and put something on it.


There is also a park outside of Concrete that is a 'camping club' with the same restriction. It has to do with how the 'club' is set up and how the property is managed in terms of zoning/taxes/etc.

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4X4Dodger wrote:

mowermech wrote:

On another forum, I read that Washington State has a law that one can only live in an RV for 210 consecutive days.
Is this true?
If so, can someone please quote the applicable Washington State Code?
How do full-time RVers cope with that law in WA?
I'm just curious, I have no intention of ever going back to WA for any extended period, unless DW returns to travel nursing...
Let's see...
26 weeks times 7...
No, that's less than 210 days. No problem, we never stayed in one place for more than 2 consecutive contracts, anyway!


Well whether or not there is this law is really irrelevant. The real question is: How is it enforced or is it enforced. I cannot see how or by what means or what agency is going to enforce such a law. Nor do I see how they can track how long anyone has been in state in their RV.

If you are pulled over by a policeman for a traffic violation it's your answers to the questions that will determine how much they know.

I don't think this is anything to worry about.


If you planned on sitting in one place for 8 months, would you worry about it then?
Personally, I would want to know if sitting there for longer than 210 days would be illegal. I would want to know exactly what the law states, IF there is such a law. ESPECIALLY if some stranger told me about said law, but would not or could not quote chapter and verse.
THAT is what brought up the question; it was asked in another forum, and knowing that there are a lot of Washington residents on this forum, I asked about it. The questioner on the other forum has been advised of the answers.


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As a WA state resident presently staying in a RV park in Benton County. This is the rule for this park, no stays for more than 180 days in a given year. The owners of the park had to agree to this provision before they were allowed a building permit by the county. Please note I said "this" park as there are other parks in the county which do allow extended stays. The year starts when you first arrive. Another interesting note, their months are 30 days, so you may not be in the park for 6 full months if the months are more than 30 days long.

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So, is it a State Law or merely a Benton County Ordinance?

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mowermech wrote:

So, is it a State Law or merely a Benton County Ordinance?


Same thing in Whatcom County

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I'm not sure for all the state as in Franklin county which is adjacent to Benton county Franklin allows long term stays (years). The city of Pasco which is in Franklin county did not allow RV's to be parked in mobile home parks, the park owners took the city to court and the law was overturned. Right now in Franklin county if the park owner allows long stay RV's the city nor the county says anything against the practice.

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Not only isn't it a county as a whole, it is a zoning issue within a county, etc. And there are some 'clubs' that have set things up that way to avoid some property taxes by having a favorable zoning that only allows for short term stays. It is all in how the particular piece of land is zoned, what covenants are in place for the area, how it is taxes, how it is incorporated, etc. And this happens all over the country in various degrees.

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