The State of Maine legislatures were recently faced with the decision to as to whether they would pass LD 114 (HP 98). This bill prohibits RVs from overnight parking in commercial lots and caused lots of commotion among fellow RVers. This group of people had several valid points as to why this bill should not be passed.
The first point mentioned by RVers is the impact on Maine tourism. The conclusion reached pertaining to this point is that when this bill is passed, Rvers would avoid the State of Maine, thus taking their tourism money with them. This trend has already been documented in locations that have banned overnight parking by Rvers such as Laughlin and Reno NV and Billings MT. On the other hand, Wal-Mart allows overnight parking by RVs at most of their stores, which brings in business to these stores.
The second point mentioned by RVers is that this bill discriminates against them by allowing trucks to park overnight at commercial parking lots such as truckstops, casinos or even Wal-Mart.
The third point mentioned by RVers is that this bill will force them to travel off their route to find a campground to stay instead of the commercial parking lot that is locate on their route. This is not going to make RVers want to travel through this state.
The fourth point mentioned by RVers opposed to this bill is that there are no provisions for them during the off-season, which occurs from late Fall throughout early Spring. During this time the majority of campgrounds in Maine are closed, leaving RVers no place to stay.
The fifth point mentioned by RVers who oppose this bill is that there is nothing requiring campgrounds to be open late at night or early in the morning when RVers are leaving or arriving.
The sixth point mentioned by RVers who oppose this bill is that there is no regulation requiring campgrounds to have accommodations that would be available for RVs of all sizes and kinds, such as campsites or maintained access roads.
The seventh point mentioned by RVers opposed to this bill is that there are no provisions for handling overflow RVs when campgrounds are full.
The eighth point mentioned by RVers opposed to this bill is the fact that 99.9% of modern RVs are self-contained and the fact that it is illegal to “dump” waste disposal makes the portion of the bill that mentions waste disposal redundant.
The ninth point mentioned by RVers opposed to this bill is the fact that it creates unsafe conditions due to the fact most RVers are retirees their RV is large and they are tired. It would be much safer for them to simply pull over on a commercial parking lot and get some sleep.