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Old 05-11-2009, 06:36 PM   #15
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Of the dozen or so Maine State Parks, only one appears to be free for dry camping. There are 2 campgrounds at Acadia National Park, neither of which, I believe, is free. In theory, one could boondock on any private land where the owner has given permission; in Maine, much of the forest land is owned by the federal government and then leased to private timber companies.

I think the real intent of this proposed law is to simply foreclose the "Wal-Mart" option for RV'ers while they are in Maine—indeed, the article Rob posted essentially confirms this. This law would allow a protected market for the owners of private campgrounds who say they are losing money, which has been a sore point in many municipalities around the country. Maine proposes to be the first state to outlaw overnight parking of this type on a statewide basis.

But I disagree with the sponsoring lawmaker's reasoning in this. RV'ers who really are just "passing through" Maine now, simply park at one of the service plazas situated along the turnpike. In fact, because there is a toll charge to re-enter the turnpike (in addition to the toll you pay upon entering the state), by far, the most economical option is to not leave the turnpike if you are just on your way home; the large number of Canadian license plates on RVs often parked at the plazas would seem to confirm this.

Unfortunately, what may happen is that Maine ends up offending or otherwise dissuading visitation by imposing so many incremental fees—which add up very quickly. It's a sign of the times: The state has recently offered "amnesty" to residents who have purchased items in nearby (no-sales-tax) New Hampshire, thereby avoiding tax on the same purchase in Maine; As Rob mentioned, the toll charges have recently been increased, and I have personally witnessed what can only politely be described as "an alarming increase in speed-trap activity."

Having said all that, I hope the legislature comes to its senses and rejects this bill; Maine is an incomparably beautiful place—especially in the fall, Doug and Maggie.

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Old 05-11-2009, 07:41 PM   #16
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Well, I guess I can add Maine to the list of states that won't get checked off on the map that hangs in my Trade Wind. If they don't want me there, I sure as hell don't want to go.

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Old 05-11-2009, 08:01 PM   #17
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What do they think RVers do when they are awake? I'll tell you - they spend lots of money - at local grocery stores, clothing stores, fuel stations, tourist destinations, auto repair shops, camping supply stores, tire shops, etc. etc.

I have spent a lot of time in Maine, camped in several places (Baxter State Park is a favorite backpacking destination) - but if this goes through, I can always find other places to spend my money while I'm awake and avoid being hassled when I try to sleep.
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Old 05-11-2009, 08:39 PM   #18
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This explains why the "official state fabric" of Maine is

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Old 05-11-2009, 08:48 PM   #19
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I would say Courtsey parking will more important than ever!
Tire shops are the best. In twenty five years, we've never been been bothered by police or owners wherever we pulled over. Why stay at a KOA or any other campground if we don't need anything but a good sleep?
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Old 05-11-2009, 09:14 PM   #20
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Exclamation Email to friendly Maine State Senator

This is an email to my Maine senator.

I am writing in hope that you will vote against this legislation. As an avid traveler and travel trailer owner we have camped all over the county and Maine. 98% of the time we stay at campgrounds, but on occasion it is not possible to get to a campground before check in time or they are long distances from our direction of travel. Many times during high season campgrounds are full or discourage only one night visitors.

When we have to stop at a wal-mart etc. we still shop for supplies, fuel up and have a safer environment then a highway rest stop.
The travel and camping forums are buzzing about this proposed law and they are labeling Maine as tourist camper unfriendly. I am a member of the Airstream Club that has 6000 members Country wide and we often plan events in Maine. While travelling long distances it is sometimes logistically impossible to get to the State, Federal or private campgrounds safely in the driving time required. Tired drivers in RV's would be a side effect of this bill if pasted. If this bill passes, Private campground owners in a few locations would benefit, but 10,000 visitors to Maine could be welcomed with a tap on their door on a private parking lot by a police officer that could be doing much more important work.
Please vote against this bill for us.
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Others that feel strongly about this bill should email Maine legislators.
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Old 05-12-2009, 06:02 AM   #21
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Balance, balance, balance. Let's hope they come to their senses. No one likes to have choice removed. Campgrounds could conceivably hike rates if this passed, knowing they had captive customers.
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Old 05-12-2009, 07:06 AM   #22
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I can't even conceive of this kind of thing happening in the southwest, where there are many millions of acres of public lands (BLM, FS, etc.) where folks can camp for free if they want to. A Darwin award to the person behind the idea in Maine.

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Old 05-12-2009, 08:24 AM   #23
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Maine's been on this road for years

I would dearly love to move back into Maine. Unfortunately, the short sightedness runs very deep - High taxes, taxes aimed specifically at visitors (privae airplanes took the last shot), NIMBY attitudes toward industry. I just can't afford it.

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Old 05-12-2009, 11:04 AM   #24
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Here in San Diego it is now against the law to drink on the beach (boose) no beer or a glass of wine as you watch the sunset. All because of a few, I mean a few who get stupid. Why don't they just arrest the idoits? Instead the majority loose a nice relaxing freedom.
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Old 05-12-2009, 12:00 PM   #25
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Maine Anti-RV Parking Bill Withdrawn

Rep. Anne Perry (D-Calais), sponsor of the Maine anti-RV parking bill has asked that her bill be voted down. She did this in response to "thoughful" emails from the RV community. She also commented that she received a number of "nasty" emails.
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Old 05-12-2009, 01:02 PM   #27
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As a campground owner we would love to offer dry camping for a small fee... but we do have a question for all those who dont want to pay for camping. Who will pay for the paper products, soap, cleaning supplies, laundry facilities, internet access,propane for hot water, electricity in the registration office, grounds maintance and garbage pick up? Just to name a few. If it were at all possible we would do it.

Not to sound sarcastic..but...Like my family has always said... if we begrudge paying for camping we should not have bought the trailer.
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Rep. Anne Perry (D-Calais), sponsor of the Maine anti-RV parking bill has asked that her bill be voted down. She did this in response to "thoughful" emails from the RV community. She also commented that she received a number of "nasty" emails.
This is good news. Let's hope the Maine Legislature honors her request.

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