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wa8yxm

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Posted: 02/22/20 05:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

MNRon wrote:

Sorry, not trying to turn this political with my last post...but...trying to get each of us to look at ourselves in the mirror and try to help advocate for improvement for this segment of our population instead of just trying to push them into a corner we don’t have to see...


Without further comment...... On this we agree.

Someone up-thread mentioned a school bus pulling a trailer full of "Junk" or as it turned out "Junque" (that's junk with class) since he needed some of it.

In my case it was a Class C with a long haired type driving. Turns out he and his lady were very nice people... The site they parked on did not have a fire ring and the park was out but I had a spare I got some time back I'd never used (I used to make campfires for my wife.. Myself the cost/benefit ratio is a tad high but she liked 'em) so I had the spare ring for when it was needed. but it's never going to be needed. So it's theirs.

Many looked at 'em and ran.. What can I tell you.. Make friends. not war?


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Posted: 02/22/20 06:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In a Florida park we regularly frequent, they had a problem with homeless. The park's rules were loosely written. Eventually there was a murder and another death, so the county (county park) rewrote the rules for all their parks. They still allow 180 days in the winter months, but only for RV's. If you have a tent, it's 14 days. Also, you MUST have a tent. No more tarps thrown over picnic tables, etc. They put pads on all the sites so you MUST park/setup on the pad. You cannot bring all your worldly goods and lay them on the ground covered by a tarp. They are enforcing the number of people per site, which is reasonable. Noise rules which were always in effect are now enforced as well as pet policies. It's a much better place to camp now. Anyone can camp, however, all must obey the rules.

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Couple years ago at the Forest Service campground where I was hosting, a homeless family set up camp. Ma, pa, half dozen kids between 6 and 12. They were clearly struggling financially, as they came up with the site fee one day at a time. The kids were respectful and well behaved, but still just kids, you know. It was clear their meals were pulled together from whatever they could scrounge up, and the kids were often hungry and while they never went around begging, every once in a while I see one of those kids standing downwind of somebody’s barbie salivating.

One of the older kids and I got to talking and I learned dad was working but they had lost their home a couple months back, and the kids were promised they’d have a new one before winter. And that dinner the night before had consisted of some potatoes pulled out of a dumpster behind a grocery.

A couple days later my wife came up to camp with a bag full of surplus snow peas from our garden and I took them over to the homeless family. Dad accepted my gift with a thank you, but had never seen snow peas and asked what one did with them. I said the whole pea and pod were edible, and while you could boil them for a couple minutes, I rather liked them raw. I showed him how you snap off the stem and flower ends, and be careful to never eat one with any signs of decay because of botulism, and stuck one in my mouth to eat it.

He had eyed me suspiciously but very tentatively took one and put it in his mouth, no doubt concerned I was offering dumpster leavings instead of food fresher than money can buy. As his taste buds kicked in, his eyes lit up, thanking me he tuned to the kids who had clustered around and began sharing and repeating my instructions to ditch any that weren’t perfect and snap off the very ends. The kids devoured those snow peas in minutes like little sharks on fresh kill.

At the end of their 14 days, they dutifully moved. Nice people but down on their luck just trying to get by.





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#1Flyboy wrote:

As I said in opening post it has not affected us yet, as we are also homeless... And we don’t do resort or upscale, but, prefer Boondocking or Government sites..Yes homeless as we are FT in a TC, and , we are also camphosts. And agree we all need a place to stay, but, I think the outcome is that a lot of folks are gonna have a more difficult time finding a campsite.


I understood that warning; and I really don't have a solution. People need to live *somewhere*; and for an increasing number, that's going to be campsites. As we drove to Alaska, we encountered RV parks that were filled to the brim with oil field workers, because the local towns simply didn't have the capacity. And yes, we too spent a week in Florida in a park that had quite a large rustic area that seemed to house people in tents who appeared to be living there permanently. A school bus picked up the kids; and a group of men sat near the road, I'm assuming they were getting picked up for "day work".

Pondering all that just made me grateful that when I'm in an RV park, it's for "fun" - not my last grasp at retaining a "home".

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Posted: 02/22/20 06:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My "home" is a 6" X 12" post office box somewhere and I proudly say that I am "Jobless and homeless" these days. Cheap parking should not be limited to those with $100k motorhomes but should not be trashed by people under a tarp either. The key word is trashed, no matter the size of the rig.

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Dutch_12078 wrote:

The 14 day or less stay limit for most may have something to do with that.
It certainly does.

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Chum lee wrote:

Keeping homeless people out of a campground is nothing a $50 a night, or a $250 a week, or a $750 a month campground fee wont resolve. If you prefer BLM campgrounds (free for 14 days) or other uncontrolled camping, expect it. All you can do is move elsewhere if/when the campground becomes distasteful to you for any reason.

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They're not homeless, they're "houseless". Their rv's/tents are their "homes".
Just another way to look at it I guess.


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If they pay for a campsite and don't bother anybody then it none of my business.


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I'm sure many of us have seen this at one time or another. A number of years ago, a family group was staying at a state park we were at.Their campsite was pretty run down having one tent,one pickup truck and several tarps. I know the ranger stopped by daily to talk to them. They never caused any issues except putting old tires in the dumpster. But the homeless problem is real. Much of it caused by government.Many of the homeless are mentally ill who have no where to go since they closed down many mental hospitals in our state. And I recently read California has half of the homeless in the country. I don't know if that's because of the warm weather or better government welfare or both. But it's a real problem that isn't being addressed properly.Wouldn't it be great if the government took old military bases and allowed the homeless to live their where they could be given help with healthcare and informed of job opportunities?

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I didn't read all 4 pages of this thread.

I have a 27 year old Travel Trailer. I don't have a pit bull right now but, I've had one in the past and it was a great dog. I suppose you could call me unkempt and disheveled. I would love to camp next to you just to piss you off.

On second though, I don't want to camp next to someone with a RV that cost more then most houses, who has one of those annoying little ankle biter dogs, and is playing load opera music all night long. People like that are jerks.

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