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Old 02-19-2016, 01:44 PM   #29
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Yes....if it isn't posted, can generally tuck in there for the night.

Lots of places where we little ones can go that the big guys cannot.


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Old 02-19-2016, 02:15 PM   #30
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But then I assume they don't want to encourage RV, no matter how small.
That presupposes that you tell them it's an RV and not just a Mercedes van. This is where Airstream Interstates have an advantage because the Airstream logo is rather discrete compared to the big Mercedes logo on the grille.
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For boondocking that is trying to park in urban settings, you might want to look over the Stealth Camping Ideas thread on the Sprinter forum.
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"Stealth Camping"...I like the sound of that.


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Old 02-19-2016, 06:44 PM   #33
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That presupposes that you tell them it's an RV and not just a Mercedes van. This is where Airstream Interstates have an advantage because the Airstream logo is rather discrete compared to the big Mercedes logo on the grille.

True in some cases. I pulled right up near the front desk of the motel and the agent saw my van. I was only asking to park in their lot, not camp there. My friends laugh when they see my van that I told them was just a Mercedes van. They think mini-van.


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Mercedes does have the Metris.
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Even a Sprinter is a minivan compared to a Mercedes Unimog…
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Old 02-19-2016, 07:37 PM   #36
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Rules are rules and there are usually good reasons for them.
It's often impossible to know what the rules are in advance of breaking them. I learned that the hard way when I briefly stood my Interstate on a Houston side street and HPD ripped me a new one like I couldn't even comprehend what was going down. There's an obscure ordinance that says no vehicle over 8 feet tall may stand within X distance of a residential area for any reason, whether occupied or not, whether engine running or not, whether driver present or not, no matter how short the duration, unless the vehicle is under direct contract to a homeowner in the immediate vicinity. I hadn't even stopped the engine or exited the vehicle - I just needed to get my bearings, so I pulled over.

I've lived in Houston for decades and there's no way I could have discovered that ordinance in advance - there just isn't any way it would have manifested itself outside of a scream-a-thon by the police. And that wasn't even boondocking or anything remotely resembling it - that was just pulled over.
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With any parking lots used by the public, the rules must be clearly posted. In the case of the casino parking lot I used on the LV Strip, the only sign I could see said: "NO TRACTORS WITH TRAILERS ALLOWED". So by implication, anything else is permitted.
Define "used by the public". Most parking-lot-bearing property is private and the owners can do whatever they want without necessarily disclosing it in advance (in my neck of the woods, at least). With respect to non-standard property uses, there is an assumption of it being effectively posted by virtue of it being privately-held.

That's why Walmart maintains this list of prohibited Walmarts (I keep a paper copy of the Texas section in our Interstate). They don't necessarily post that information on each of those properties - it's incumbent on the Wallydocker to know the difference.

PUBLIC property... that is perhaps another story. All municipal parks in my area are gated and locked at night to keep out all manner of non-standard users. I'm not sure what would happen if one attempted to boondock at the local court house or police station. There's a possibility that those scenarios get into obscure local ordinance territory.
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I hadn't even stopped the engine or exited the vehicle - I just needed to get my bearings, so I pulled over.

I've lived in Houston for decades and there's no way I could have discovered that ordinance in advance - there just isn't any way it would have manifested itself outside of a scream-a-thon by the police. And that wasn't even boondocking or anything remotely resembling it - that was just pulled over.
Having heard of that just now, I have formulated a defense to use if it ever happens to me… "But officer, I just pulled over to make a phone call and get directions. I didn't feel it would be safe to dial the phone while driving."
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Define "used by the public". Most parking-lot-bearing property is private and the owners can do whatever they want without necessarily disclosing it in advance (in my neck of the woods, at least). With respect to non-standard property uses, there is an assumption of it being effectively posted by virtue of it being privately-held.

That's why Walmart maintains this list of prohibited Walmarts (I keep a paper copy of the Texas section in our Interstate). They don't necessarily post that information on each of those properties - it's incumbent on the Wallydocker to know the difference.

PUBLIC property... that is perhaps another story. All municipal parks in my area are gated and locked at night to keep out all manner of non-standard users. I'm not sure what would happen if one attempted to boondock at the local court house or police station. There's a possibility that those scenarios get into obscure local ordinance territory.
We overnighted in a municipal parking lot in Tennessee one night, waiting for the Historical Society to be open the next day, another night to the rear of the parking area at a service center of some sort where we had scheduled something or other the next morning.

I think the most critical element in many places is consideration....use good judgment, overnight only, and leave no trace.

Any time you look like you may be setting up for awhile....


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Having heard of that just now, I have formulated a defense to use if it ever happens to me… "But officer, I just pulled over to make a phone call and get directions. I didn't feel it would be safe to dial the phone while driving."
It actually wouldn't work. HPD would respond that you should have waited to pull over until you were AWAY from residential development. Apparently there is no law against large vehicles pulling to the curb in commercial or industrial areas. Just residential.
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We overnighted in a municipal parking lot in Tennessee one night, waiting for the Historical Society to be open the next day, another night to the rear of the parking area at a service center of some sort where we had scheduled something or other the next morning.

I think the most critical element in many places is consideration....use good judgment, overnight only, and leave no trace.

Any time you look like you may be setting up for awhile....

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I'm sure there are regional variations. Any attempt to overnight in a muni park in my area would promptly bring the police no matter how stealthy the boondockers. And there are no open parking lots anyway. The gates are right at the road frontages.
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It actually wouldn't work. HPD would respond that you should have waited to pull over until you were AWAY from residential development.
Okay. You have just convinced me to never stop in Houston, only pass straight through on my way to somewhere else. I can live with having one US city where I'll never feel welcome.
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