Sunday, May 10, 2009

Pending Maine RV laws

First off my thoughts are that Maine hasn't thought this out very well. Their rv season is shorter than some, this could increase accidents on the road due to a wary traveler as MOST but not all I realize esp with the current state of economy only lay over a few hours to rest then carry on. I would say yes if you see same RV in a spot for more than say 12 hours let them know they need to move on to an RV park if they intend to stay still longer. Before you know it bars are only going to want alcohol sold only in bars so they make all the money. Well I don't know if this will pass but here ya go in the event you see this blog and are planning a trip that way.

Here's a clip from newspaper article about the pending parking
legislation in Maine:

The Yonder Hill Campground in Madison used to be filled to capacity
every summer night with recreational vehicles. But that was years
ago. RV owners have found they can skip the $36 campground fee and
park overnight at the Skowhegan Wal-Mart for free.

The campground’s owner, Allen York, said he often sees 25 to 30 RVs
parked at the Wal-Mart.
In recent years, he said, there has been a cultural shift in how
RVers travel, influenced in part by Web sites that use searchable
databases to guide RVers to free parking spots.

“What has happened is nothing short of a phenomenon,” York said. “All
of a sudden, we are looking at empty lots when we should be in the
prime season.”

The owners of the state’s 275 campgrounds are pushing legislation
that would ban RVs from parking overnight at commercial lots, such as
Wal-Mart. The Legislature’s Health and Human Services committee voted
8-2 to endorse the bill, L.D. 114, which may come up for a vote in
the House this week.

Proponents say the measure would help local campgrounds and RV parks
stay in business and also allow the state to recoup nearly $1 million
in lost state lodging taxes. They say 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.

I think it's evident from the first paragraph the RV and Campground
industry is behind the push for this legislation. They are of course
enticing the legislators with the promise of money through taxes.

Read the article here:

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