Sunday, September 11, 2005

Another RV park owner whines about Wal-Mart overnighters

SHERIDAN, Wyo. - Frank Sharpski Jr. surveyed the Wal-Mart parking lot near his R.V. campground on a recent afternoon. "There are six of them today," he said, counting the rigs that he figured would not be spending any time or money at his campground that night. "And that's a slow night."

R.V. campground owners like Mr. Sharpski, co-owner of the Big Horn Mountain KOA Kampground here, say they are increasingly feeling financial pain caused by the growing popularity of parking R.V.'s at nationwide chains like Wal-Mart. It is a debate pitting R.V. owners against R.V. campground operators that is played out on vast expanses of asphalt, a controversy fueled by rising gas prices and intensified by R.V.-oriented Internet chat sites.

The growing number of R.V. owners looking for a place to spend the night has helped force the issue into the public debate in cities including Fairbanks, Alaska; Rapid City, S.D.; and Burlington, Wis. Prompted by complaints from campgrounds and others, several communities have decided to begin actively enforcing laws banning parking-lot camping. Full Story...

This is a well reasonably balanced story about the issue of overnighting at Wal-Mart except that it fails to mention that KOAs are notoriously the most expensive parks in an area. Still the article is worth reading.

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