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RVers Upset Over New San Diego Parking Ban

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August 8, 2014 by   2 Comments

Recreational vehicle owners in San Diego are facing some big changes this month as the city begins enforcing a ban against parking large vehicles overnight on public streets.

UT San Diego reported that the ban, aimed at preventing campers and boats from monopolizing scarce parking spots and creating visual blight, will also force many of the city’s estimated 100,000 recreational vehicle owners to begin paying steep monthly fees at local storage lots.

They’ll also lose the ability to take spontaneous trips and the convenience of repairing or upgrading the living space of their vehicle close to home.

“A few bad apples have ruined things for law-abiding RV owners,” said Clairemont resident Dennis Rudd, who owns a larger camper. “This is discrimination because the city has made a parking ordinance strictly against us.”

Rudd said the ban is an overreaction to complaints from residents, primarily in beach communities, frustrated that some people live inside campers on public streets and leave them parked in the same spot for weeks at a time.

For the full report click here.

 

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2 Responses to “RVers Upset Over New San Diego Parking Ban”

  1. Ted on August 8th, 2014 2:05 pm

    I can understand both sides of the issue. It is the few that abuse the privilege of
    parking and turn it into a second home. It ruins it for all of us.

    If you want to spend the night, go to WalMart.

  2. Jim O'Briant on August 8th, 2014 3:15 pm

    The previous comment says “go to a Walmart.” That doesn’t work in San Diego — they’ve outlawed that, too.

    Both the ban on dry camping in parking lots and the new ban on street parking are perfect examples of local government and law enforcement taking the easy way out, and solving a problem by throwing the baby out with the bath water. If there is an issue with a few people living in RVs and leaving them parked in the same place for extended periods, then enforce the present law’s time limit on parking! But no, that’s too much work, to keep record when and where a given RV with a given license number was observed park. So they take the easy way — and punish every RVer for the misdeeds of a tiny minority.

    San Diego isn’t the only area that solves problems this way. Hundreds if not thousands of communities have passed similar “Anti-RV” laws that affect the 99% of RVers who obeyed previous laws because of the 1% who didn’t.

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