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Why Some Cities Don't Allow RV Parking - Yet RVs Are Used for Living

There is a growing demographic in this country we should be aware of, and that’s the people who live in RVs not for retirement, but out of necessity.

In many of our neighborhoods, near our parks, airports, industrial parks, and even in some downtown areas, we see RVs we know are not ordinarily used for camping. They are being used for living. We call these people the "working homeless," as many of them have jobs, but don’t make enough to afford a home. Many have children.

In some parts of the country local governments have enacted laws to make it difficult for these people to park and pitch, and this Canadian piece from CTV NEWS Vancouver sheds light on this issue, a must read.

As for the USA, I find it interesting how the state police in places like Alaska, Washington, and Oregon find such practices on the side of the highways and streets as being the normal course of life for these kinds of people. For Californians and the CHP it is a practice that is less tolerated, as there are laws in some California regions which discourage RVing in areas close to residential communities.

If your area does not allow overnight or over-height parking, it is because of this reason.

Also read: The RV World Just Got More Electrified with Tesla Semi RV Camper Concept.

What happened to the notion of "Live and let live?" In my opinion sleeping in a vehicle is better than on the street as far as I’m concerned. Why make things harder for these people I can’t understand.

People need a livable wage.

Al Castro reports EV News for Torque News. Please follow all on Twitter at @SgtAlCastro, Facebook and Linkedin and send him tips for new stories.

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To other RVers, we are often referred to as 'Full Timers." My husband and I have been living in an RV full time for over a year now. After our 3 kids became adults and left the nest, we decided to sell our house in Washington State, bought an RV, spent 3 months traveling across the country, and officially moved to North Carolina. We have started a new company in the area but still reside and work from our RV. I, personally, love the freedom of being able to travel or settle down wherever and whenever I want. However, Al is correct that most states do not provide free places to park and we're forced to find and pay to stay at RV parks. We ran out of money at one point and had to park or "live" in a Walmart parking lot for a couple days but that was just a temporary solution.