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Old 08-30-2014, 06:15 PM   #1
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Parking Lots

I have wondered why some people need to "crowd" another
RV in a parking lot. Whether this is in a truck stop, Walmart,
etc. I usually try to get to the far corner and not be in anyones way.
Unfortunately I will have an RVer pull so close that it is difficult to get out.

I have had to wake the person up and ask them to move their rig
so I can leave. Then they get mad.

Why is this????
Are you afraid to stay in a parking lot?
Do you need safety in numbers?

We just finished a trip across Canada and back.
We boondocked most of the time.
One couple pulled very close to us in a large area and would
only talk through a slightly opened window.

Truckers always make sure there is a way out.
Why don't RVers.
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Old 08-30-2014, 06:25 PM   #2
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I love parking with other RVers, but I certainly don't squeeze them.
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Old 08-30-2014, 06:31 PM   #3
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I've never seen this be a problem. A few weeks ago when about 12-15 RVs showed up in a Walmart in Escanaba, MI for the Newmar rally everyone stayed nicely spaced and this wasn't the largest Walmart lot we have stayed in.
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They want you to stay in a paid RV park. No other reason.
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They want you to stay in a paid RV park. No other reason.
Stop it Chuck! You are going to give us parking lot surfers a complex.
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How do you spell sheep? Same reason 2 women need to use the rest room at the same time.
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Old 08-30-2014, 07:42 PM   #7
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Not sure why RV'ers do it but I know cars do it. As a result I always park so I have a clear path out. If that means diagonally taking all or part of 4 spaces that is the breaks. Best spot on the last trip was 2 spaces beck to back in the last row pointing out with no more parking between me and the exit. Next best was a stepped corner where I had a straight shot out but blocked the empty space at the end of the row to the right of me. Plenty of room between me and the store for other folks.

Worst parking job as a Best Buy in Lebanon NH. Parking lot was set up with no double deep slots so I paralleled their curb blocking a half space on each end to make sure I could easily maneuver. I think I took 5 spaces for a 32 ft RV.
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How do you spell sheep? Same reason 2 women need to use the rest room at the same time.

You might be on to something, even 'dumb' animals know there's safety in numbers.
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Worst for me was at a casino lot of about 5 acres with only 3 rigs spread out nicely! Guy pulls in right beside us about 10pm and runs his generator all night long!
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I always park so I have a clear path out. If that means diagonally taking all or part of 4 spaces that is the breaks.
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Usually its a car that seems to want to park so close we can't go forward. We simply unhook toad, back up and leave. We Always park diagonally on the outside perimeter of the lot.
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First and foremost we recognize that having the ability to park overnight in a store's parking lot isn't our "right" it's a "privilege". These guys pay the taxes, maintenance and utilities and kindly allow us to stay overnight there. We stay here for convenience to us, only because it's easier and quicker for us to get on the road again in the morning to our chosen destination.

Secondly we try to ensure that we are as far back in these lots as humanly possible to allow regular car arriving shoppers the closest access to the store and also inadvertently hopefully avoiding some crazy driver clipping us. What is it with everyone having to cram themselves in tight, as close to the door as possible in general in parking lots - heaven forbid we have to walk an extra 15 seconds to the door?

Thirdly we try to look where the majority of RVers/Trucks are parked so that we try to keep tidy towards the back or perimeter, and not as a group of RVer's over run the whole parking lot being scattered everywhere. We see RVs taking upto 6 parking spaces throughout the lot each scattered everywhere, which may in the future if locals get frustrated with it and start spending their dollars elsewhere cause a ban on our fellow RVers in the future. This to us we feel is good etiquette and respect to the store for the "privilege" we have been given.

Fourthly, we consider that some idiot car might park in-between us (many do it out of spite thinking it wrong RVers overnight free of charge unofficially). Accordingly we try to ensure we are where possible parked so that in the morning our overhang at the rear we can reverse backwards out towards a rear road or lot definer/division should someone have parked right in front of us.

Finally we do consider any fellow RVers and allow a reasonably acceptable space between us and them from a noise perspective, but not scattering ourselves like some do all over the place and frustrating locals more than necessary who over time will be spending far more dollars than I in that store.

We just thought we were being respectful to the store, but I really do think that more and more folks need to remember, that free parking in lots that someone else is paying the taxes, maintenance, lighting on is a "privilege" and most definitely not our "right". We almost always spend some dollars in the store, to the point it would probably be cheaper to have stayed in a campground, all cramped up listening to the folks besides and behind us snoring all night.

Now true non privately owned type boon docking, we do often shake our heads how close someone has to get to us. We think it's that "safety in numbers" or "herding instinct" that causes this.

With a little consideration and acceptance of what's our rights and what's a privilege maybe we can ensure many future generations enjoy some of the free camping opportunities we have and still right now do today.
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"Honey where should we park in this large parking lot?


"Look, there is an RV. That must be the area allowed. Let's park next to him."
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I've never seen this be a problem. A few weeks ago when about 12-15 RVs showed up in a Walmart in Escanaba, MI for the Newmar rally everyone stayed nicely spaced and this wasn't the largest Walmart lot we have stayed in.
Just like "Flash Mobs" show up.....Could da been a "Flash RV Mob Rally"...
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