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Old 05-11-2009, 12:38 PM   #1
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Maine's Overnight Parking Ban Proposal

It is so sad to see Maine commit economic suicide, one foolish move after another.
The tolls have gone through the roof, inumerable restrictive business regulations, the taxes keep going up and now this:
Maine may ban RVs from overnight parking lots
Campgrounds are often unaffordable, brief stops could be illegal.
The state is losing revenus, go figure, many people are broke or not pissing their money away, so no stopping when tired. Get a room.
Maine legislature: Wake Up!
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Old 05-11-2009, 01:09 PM   #2
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Unhappy Overnighting

When I travel, I plan on boondocking those nights between points of interest. I actually plan my routes based on friendly locations that cater to the overnighter. The wonderful small towns of the center of our great nation, Kansas and Nebraska are good examples. Many town parks are free or ask for a donation to help keep the park up. The local merchants welcome RV'ers. I make it a point to have a meal, fill up with gas, visit the grocery when needed.

I guess I'll avoid Maine this fall. As I remember it from last visit, they don't go out of their way to welcome visitors. It's a shame as I like Cadillac Mountain. Of course, It's only about 200 miles from New Hampshire to Acadia national Park. I guess I better make reservations cause I'd sure hate to get stuck outside the park without a place to park.
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Missing the forest for the trees, in my opinion.

Quote from Rep. Anne Perry, sponsor of the proposal—(excerpted from the Kennebec Journal article):

She wants RVers to feel welcome in Maine, she said. But if RVers avoid the state because they aren’t allowed to park for free, that’s not a great loss.
“If they are parking one night in parking lots, they are not staying in Maine,” she said. “They are driving through.”
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This state thrives on tourism; that the Maine legislature is contemplating reducing the number of potential visitors is unbelievable.
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Old 05-11-2009, 02:15 PM   #5
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Hmmmm. We have never camped in Maine, but are headed there this fall for the first time in an RV.
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Old 05-11-2009, 02:45 PM   #6
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Just another example of people willing to give up their rights to control or take away the rights of others.

Had a young Russian fellow tell me once, "You people are not as free as you think you are".
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Old 05-11-2009, 02:56 PM   #7
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“If they are parking one night in parking lots, they are not staying in Maine,” she said. “They are driving through.”
Is this woman from or schooled in New Jersey? I doubt she could have come to that level of ignorance any other way. Remember Jersey usually outlaws everything first, but they have missed this one so far.

Those of us that are self contained, trailers and motor homes, did not all buy our rigs to park in a campground and use the swimming pool every night. I often park free over night and spend the following day spending money locally. Even when I park free in a Wal Mart, Flying J, or Cracker Barrel I often spend more than a camping fee on supplies.

Maine is not that big a state that I can't traverse it in a day. Besides there is a nice Cracker Barrel just south of it and several greats spot just into Canada.
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Wouldn't this exclude all Federal parks, forests,... If so then isn't boondocking allowed?

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I lived in Maine for a couple of years; talk about shortsighted people.
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Wouldn't this exclude all Federal parks, forests,... If so then isn't boondocking allowed?

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problem is, there is only one National Park in Maine,....and no Federal Forests, unless you count that acre over near Bethel.
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As a resident of Maine, I sent of an email to my representative urging them to vote no
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Stand by folks. The legislature votes and the people overturn the vote! It's an unbelievably stupid way to run the State - but it's becoming common practice. Why we can't simply vote the offending idiots out of office is a mystery to me. There are two Maines - the one South of Augusta and the one to the North. There is always a lot of disagreement between the two but, in general, a lot of the problems seem to start in the South.
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Old 05-11-2009, 07:24 PM   #13
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This is already a law in place like this in Florida. The RV park owners pushed that one through, it is the reason you aren't supposed to spend the night in a Walmart, Cracker Barrel, or Flying J in Florida. Spending more than a couple of hours in a rest area is illegal in Florida, too.
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I would say Courtsey parking will more important than ever!
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