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New Post 11/6/2009 1:03 PM
  antonio
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Campgrounds Vs. Wal Mart 
Has anyone read about the debate swirling around the issue of Main campgrounds pushing for legislation that would ban RVs from parking overnight at commercial lots, such as Wal Mart?

The central issue is that Maine campground owners are having trouble filling their campgrounds because RV owners are opting to stay overnight at parking lots, especially Wal Mart parking lots in order to forego the costs of staying at a campground. As a result the Maine campground owners are pushing for legislation to ban this practice.

The campgrounds argue the legistation should be passed because:

- It would help local campgrounds and RV parks stay in business
- The state of Maine would receive taxes from campgrounds it is otherwise missing out on when the RVers stay at parking lots
- It's unfair that licensed campgrounds must comply with regulations, such as supplying drinking water and waste-removal facilities, while parking lot owners don’t.

Wal Mart is apparently not fighting the legislation.

As an RVer, I don't like to be restricted when it comes to my overnight options. However if I were a campground owner I'm sure I would be passing for the legislation to be passed as well, given that they are losing business to people overnighting at campgrounds. But personally, I prefer to stay at campgrounds due to the amenities provided, and rarely stay over at parking lots. So whether they pass the legislation or not, it won't effect me too much.

How do you all feel about this topic?
 
New Post 11/7/2009 6:39 AM
  murffdog123
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Re: Campgrounds Vs. Wal Mart 
There are pro and cons all around on this subject, as for me, I'm not going to travel 10 - 20 miles off the trail to find a campground if there is a Walmart, Home Depot, etc. at just about every exit off an interstate. Finding a campground to drop my tanks is a different story. I have paid as much as $20.00 to drop my tanks and many at no charge in which case I'll give the person $10.00.
 
New Post 11/7/2009 6:39 AM
  murffdog123
189 posts




Re: Campgrounds Vs. Wal Mart 
There are pro and cons all around on this subject, as for me, I'm not going to travel 10 - 20 miles off the trail to find a campground if there is a Walmart, Home Depot, etc. at just about every exit off an interstate. Finding a campground to drop my tanks is a different story. I have paid as much as $20.00 to drop my tanks and many at no charge in which case I'll give the person $10.00.
 
New Post 11/7/2009 7:50 AM
  antonio
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Re: Campgrounds Vs. Wal Mart 
That seems like a good idea...getting the convenience of traveling directly to your destination while still being able to discharge your tanks.
 
New Post 11/19/2009 12:44 PM
  CampingWife
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Re: Campgrounds Vs. Wal Mart 
I'm ok with the occasional Wal Mart or car park stay. Same as the last reply, I'm not driving miles out of the way to find a place if it is just a one-nighter to rest.

I'm happy to go spend some cash at Wal Mart to contribute to their carpark lighting fund.

The only downside worth considering is safety. Right?
 
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