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caliguy35

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Posted: 09/17/13 01:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So where could you sleep in your motorhome on city streets overnight and not get harrassed by the local police department?

I'm planning a nationwide tour by motorhome and would like to know what cities allow RV sreet boondocking.

I know California it's pretty much illegal except maybe in Venice Beach.

I think Tucson, AZ it might be legal.

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Posted: 09/17/13 01:51pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

After what happened in California, one should always at least check Google to check for local ordinances against it. They seem to be very common these days.

Of course, there are other places to overnight other than the street. One might have to be creative, and the size of the motorhome can be an advantage of disadvantage.

Also be aware that there are more than just LEOs looking to meet their quota that can be an issue. There are always the local hobos who will be more than happy to sell you a couple nails and razor blades for $20 that otherwise would wind up "installed" in your rig's tires. Especially on the street where the local low-lifes can jump a fence or two and be completely uncatchable.

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I would venture to say that "none" would be a good guess for large cities, and "maybe" on smaller ones, and "most likely" on really small ones, like 1000 or less.

* This post was edited 09/17/13 02:10pm by 2oldman *

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Posted: 09/17/13 02:18pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

have you tried Free campgrounds .com ?

hershey

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If you have to camp for free, please use accepted Walmarts and Truck Stops. Don't squat on city streets. You will give all Rvers a bad rap and impression to the general public.
Walmarts and Truckstops allow overnight stays and some casinos but it isn't camping, just shut the door and get a few winks and move on.


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In addition to Free Campgrounds there's also Free Campsites, Casino Camper and of course WalMart. Always ask first. Some local governments do not allow overnighting at WalMart or other places.
There are more sites for boondocking and overnighting. Just do a little research.
Enjoy your trip.

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2oldman wrote:

I would venture to say that "none" would be a good guess for large cities, and "maybe" on smaller ones, and "most likely" on really small ones, like 1000 or less.
Small towns would almost assuredly question you and ask you to move to proper facilities. The police in the small towns have much more time to pursue such situations than their big city counterparts. Also, most small towns would be very suspicious of strangers just parking.

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hershey wrote:

Don't squat on city streets. You will give all Rvers a bad rap and impression to the general public.
This is good advice. Hope you heed these words of wisdom.

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Posted: 09/17/13 05:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would not do it in any big to moderate sized city.

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Posted: 09/17/13 06:51pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Find a RV dealer, what's one more? Hospital, casino, ask at a hotel.


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