Warning:: Sam's Law
R.V. Owners Skip Camp and Park at Wal-Mart
Headline and Article from the NY Times Sunday September 11, 2005
It is a debate pitting R.V. owners against R.V. campground operators that is played out on vast expanses of asphalt, a controversy fueled by rising gas prices and intensified by R.V.-oriented Internet chat sites.
The growing number of R.V. owners looking for a place to spend the night has helped force the issue into the public debate in cities including Fairbanks, Alaska; Rapid City, S.D.; and Burlington, Wis. Prompted by complaints from campgrounds and others, several communities have decided to begin actively enforcing laws banning parking-lot camping. Other cities experiences cited are Elko, Nev and Billings, Mont.
Many R.V. owners agree, and Wal-Mart camping has drawn an informal but enthusiastic following. Many belong to Wal-Mart Bound International, an R.V. club whose only requirement for membership is having camped in at least five Wal-Mart parking lots.
Whenever restrictions loom, an R.V. owners group called the Escapees keeps its 35,000 members abreast of developments on its Website escapees.com
It is unclear that any olive branch could resolve the issue, however, and so the battle continues. And that is not likely to change anytime soon, said Mr. Woodbury of freecampgrounds.com
Freecampgrounds has forums titled:
Wal-Marts that Do Not Welcome RVers
Wal-Marts that Have Kicked You Out