From reader David Burkebile
I suggest you list RV unfriendly towns on RV Travel. We were staying in Benicia, Calif., for 3 days with my wife’s sister. We were parked in a cul-de-sac and not staying in the rig, but in her condo. In the morning we found a $45 ticket on the window.
Benicia does NOT want any RVs parked on the street, even if you are downtown shopping. They will still issue a ticket according to the police. There are NO signs warning of this regulation, and according to the officer that I spoke to, I was “supposed to know that Benicia has this regulation.” How? Not their problem!
Wish there could be a list warning of this “hospitality.” Thanks!
There are hundreds of such “unfriendly towns” across America. In some cases you wonder why the restrictions are so harsh, yet in others you understand: In some, long lines of old RVs hole up on city streets, often homeless people or the working poor, and the residents just get fed up.
In other towns, RVers or others with large vehicles may park on city streets and in doing so obstruct the view of oncoming traffic.
It’s a very complicated situation, and I don’t know that a directory would do much good or even be fair. Best bet, I suppose, is to ask the police before you park where you question whether you might be breaking the law. —Chuck
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