Monday, March 27, 2023



Street RV parking a problem in Seattle, even with a permit

If you are a construction worker staying at the job site in Seattle, you may want to think twice.

Reuben Campbell, a construction superintendent on a South Park project, told KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson that because “crime is really bad there,” he stays overnight in a trailer next to the job site to make sure that nothing is stolen or vandalized. Campbell purchased a $1,500 street-use permit for the trailer that is valid for three months.

Despite the permit, Campbell says, the Seattle Department of Transportation “visit[s] the site probably once every two weeks just to make sure my permit is up-to-date and I have it,” he said. “I always do.”

But Campbell says there are also drug addicts living in RVs at the end of the street who do not have permits. Despite his phone calls to SDOT employees, they don’t check on them or make them move.

According to Campbell, since the RV dwellers moved in, crime on and around the construction site has increased. He has caught people trespassing in the building, as well as others attempting to climb the fence.

It would appear, however, that the City of Seattle may have a different idea of what constitutes lawbreaking. When Campbell came back to his trailer on Monday, he found a $47 ticket for having an illegally parked trailer. He said that he got the ticket because he hadn’t been present to show the police officer his permit. Other RVs (without permits) had not been ticketed.



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Gary Reed
3 years ago

Seattle, is just becoming a dump. The city government, at the council’s direction, is just out of control!

Donald Fredericks
4 years ago

I presume that city streets includes all city paved roads and back streets around and behind all residential and businesses. I also presume it includes delivery trucks, 18 wheelers and their trailers, and anything else on wheels over their 7×20 limits. They would not want to discriminate. What would happen if all truck drivers stopped making deliveries to city business in fear that they may be ticketed or arrested should they even have a breakdown? The cities have enough problems with vagrants living in doorways, cars and now older RVs. They just cannot tell the difference between a true RVer tourist bring in money to visit their town and a vagrant. Shame on them. A true RVer does not want to spend a night in an unsafe area where vagrants are the norm. We RVers have to much to lose, know the difference and do not want to become the next crime victim which will cost the city more in the long run. Enforcing vehicle insurance and registration regulations might be a better way of tackling this problem legally. Impounding the vehicle for said violations will get them off the road and send a message to others.

4 years ago

In Seattle, you don’t follow the money. You follow the votes.

4 years ago

City probably figures it can actually collect from him.

Mike & Louise
4 years ago

Why wouldn’t they have a permit which could be affixed to the inside of a window? Where’s the common sense anymore?

4 years ago
Reply to  Mike & Louise

By not having a permit affixed to a vehicle, avoids the problem of having to fine illegal RVs the city leaders are encouraging the homeless to freeload from.

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