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Old 06-27-2016, 10:11 AM   #15
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if I understand your question correctly...yes

my 2004 is only 22 ft. and I never have a problem parking it in the same space a pickup uses. I do try to avoid parallel parking when possible and I like to park at the beginning or end of a street to make it easier to pull out. I also turn off the main street and usually find a spot easily.
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Old 06-27-2016, 10:33 AM   #16
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We're planning a trip to Minnesota in the Fall and I'm trying to find websites for each city we're visiting to get info about parking our AI inside the city. Some are easier to get info on than others.

Makes me curious - have you ever tried to visit a city and just gave up searching for parking in town? (Last year we were thrilled to find open deck parking in downtown Madison, WI.)
I could use some Minnesota and Wisconsin contributions to my map! See my blog post at https://www.vanscapes.net/blog/2016/...urban-tourists
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Old 06-27-2016, 01:52 PM   #17
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I just returned from a week in Chicago. A Catholic church allowed us to park our Serenity 25 in their fenced parking lot. They asked for nothing, but we gave a donation.
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Old 06-27-2016, 04:28 PM   #18
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Yes, churches are great. I have found when you pull in after business hours and leave prior to opening hours you can park in a lot of business lots. I usually park on the edge of a town.
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Old 06-27-2016, 04:38 PM   #19
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Why not stay at the beautiful MN Airstream Park in Clear Lake MN. It's just south of St Cloud and about 1 1/2 hrs from Minnespolis St Paul. You can drive a short distance to Big Lake MN and take the commuter train from there to connecting trams all over the city or pick up a rental car. Ask for a lot with a gazebo and full hook ups or try the rally site. If you want to relax and play free 9 hole golf on course overlooking the lake or stroll through the beautiful oak savannah then on to sight-seeing.
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Old 06-28-2016, 02:50 PM   #20
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I see the OP has an EXT. I am afraid that may make the difference. My experience with my short 2012 as that I can park on most any city street in a parallel parking spot and just fit ... or slightly not fit but do it anyhow without trouble. I'm afraid with the extra .. what 16-18"? ... of the EXT that would NOT be the case. It's just that much too long to work ... unless you get an end spot where you can hang out a bit or take two spots and pay for both ... though I suspect that might get you a ticket ... or make you the target of an irate street parker .... or blocked in by a Mini Cooper or a Smart car that uses up your extra room!
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Old 06-28-2016, 05:38 PM   #21
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We have found parking everywhere from old town Montreal to small towns on cape cod Massachusetts to bar harbor Maine. We sometimes use google maps to scope out parking lots with back to back spaces that will accommodate our rig. Where there's a will there's a way.
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Old 06-29-2016, 07:48 AM   #22
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Russ240, you are correct about the length. We can park in a standard store parking lot as long as we can find two open tandem spaces. Same with parking on a street. We were in Wilmington NC this Spring and found a parking garage that had a separate inside parking area just for over-sized vehicles. That was great, but very unusual. We did learn to be cautious about city streets with pretty trees and landscaping along the sides of the streets. Those pretty low-handing branches and flower pots can create a bit of an issue with a vehicle as tall as ours.
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Old 06-29-2016, 02:05 PM   #23
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We're planning a trip to Minnesota in the Fall and I'm trying to find websites for each city we're visiting to get info about parking our AI inside the city. Some are easier to get info on than others.
Here's the situation in Minnesota.

State law prohibits parking on state highways for camping purposes. Some state highways go through towns and become street-like for a distance but the law still applies.

There are regulations that specifically disallow camping at most public-use areas, such as highway/freeway rest stops and wildlife management areas, and there are many areas that are posted even though the statutory authority is unclear (like public water accesses).

Nearly all cities and towns prohibit on-street parking, and parking in city lots, during the winter from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. A few have started to make these bans effective year around. (e.g. Burnsville) There are a number of cities that ban RV parking on streets altogether or limit it to very short periods.

Overall I have not found the state to be very RV friendly. We have had several neighbors call the cops or complain directly to us because my trailer or truck camper was parked (lawfully) in front of our house.
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Old 06-29-2016, 02:21 PM   #24
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We have had several neighbors call the cops or complain directly to us because my trailer or truck camper was parked (lawfully) in front of our house.
Golly, so much for friendly neighbors in Minnesota.

A couple of our neighbors complain to the HOA within hours of us parking our RV in our driveway - you know, so we can get ready for a trip or do minor work on it for a few days (e.g. washing / polishing the shell, or cleaning the interior). In their defense it is kinda against the rules. In our defense, folks throughout the neighborhood park RV's or boats in their driveways for varying periods of time. There's even a 5th wheel parked in the street that's been there for a month. So, we just go about our business and tell the HOA that we will not be subjected to selective enforcement simply because we live a few doors down from the current HOA president. Oh, and we smile & wave at all our neighbors, and give tours to the interested ones when Rocinante is in the driveway.
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Here's the situation in Minnesota. ......

Overall I have not found the state to be very RV friendly. We have had several neighbors call the cops or complain directly to us because my trailer or truck camper was parked (lawfully) in front of our house.

I had same thing happen to me in Seattle when we were moving into our just purchased house in West Seattle. I had a classic 27' Airstream trailer and was legally parked in front of my house unloading when neighbor came over and complained about the trailer. Welcome to the neighborhood!


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Old 06-30-2016, 05:22 AM   #26
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We were in Wilmington NC this Spring and found a parking garage that had a separate inside parking area just for over-sized vehicles. That was great, but very unusual.
kfrere, can you tell me if this Wilmington parking garage was at 200 N. Water St.? I've got this garage marked on the "RV Parking for City Tourists" map that Boxster1971 mentioned (see http://tinyurl.com/j4jmhgs) but I'm wondering if you found a better location.
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Old 07-01-2016, 07:56 AM   #27
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wgoldman,

The garage we used in right around the corner from the Marriott Courtyard in the historic district. You pull straight inside the garage for car parking - turn to the right for large vehicle parking. I'm sorry I don't know the actual street address.
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wgoldman,

The garage we used in right around the corner from the Marriott Courtyard in the historic district. You pull straight inside the garage for car parking - turn to the right for large vehicle parking. I'm sorry I don't know the actual street address.
Thanks -- I'll check it out.
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