Friday, March 10, 2006

Gazette Opinion: Billings needs better solution for RV parking

Other communities around the country have found middle ground on RV parking and allow parking for 18 to 24 hours, so long as the private property owner agrees. In Billings, a welcoming solution would be to allow parking for 12 hours -- enough time for a night's sleep.

Billings City Councilman Don Jones was correct when he noted at a council work session last month that six hours is too short. As a practical matter, how would the city enforce a six-hour limit? Would code enforcement officers go out at 2 a.m. or 4 a.m. to issue tickets?

Private business owners should have the right to determine whether RV parking is permissible on their property and under what conditions. Even for businesses that benefit from and appreciate RV parkers' purchases, there are important considerations that may require restrictions on overnight parking. For example, covenants on the property may forbid overnight parking, noise from RVs may bother nearby residential neighbors and there may not be room for RVs with the other demands for parking space. Full Story...

RV Education 101 has bundled it's instructional DVD’s into cost saving Value Packs. Each of the three packs includes four training DVD’s (3 hours of information) that help RVers understand how an RV works, and how to maintain and use their RV’. There are DVD sets for motorized or towable units.

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