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Old 08-12-2011, 09:51 AM   #1
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Outlaws West of the Pecos

Outlaws West of the Pecos

The city fathers of Van Horn (population 2500) have passed at the urging of a
few hotel and RV park owners an ordinance which makes it illegal to sleep in any
vehicle and backed it up with an $85 fine. This includes parking on truck stop
lots where they are welcome. This also applies to RVs and truck sleepers whose
rigs are fully self-contained and equipped for sleeping and living with no need
for amenities provided by RV parks.
Van Horn, with an easy off and return to the interstate, has been a favorite
stopping point on I-10 for years. A survey done a couple years ago showed that
the average RV traveler spends $47 each night they stop for food, restaurants and
fuel.
With several RVers receiving tickets for spending the night in one of the
truck stop lots, there have been a number of messages on the RV chat rooms and
forums to avoid stopping in Van Horn for any reason and especially not to spend
any money there for any purpose. With the thousands of RVs which travel I-10,
you can imagine the loss of business to restaurant owners and other businesses
which depend on the tourist trade.
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I would hope the truck stop owners, restaurant owners and other businesses that depend on the tourist trade would appeal the decision of city fathers. A town of 2500 need$ all the traffic it can get.
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Old 08-13-2011, 07:38 AM   #3
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Apparently the bylaw was pushed through for the local KOA
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There is always election time and this just may come back to bite 'em in the butt!
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The way government thinks they are counting all the money they are getting from all the fines and proud of it. Totally unaware of all the lost revenue from the lack of business generated by all the services provided to the passing RV and truckers who now just pass them by.
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The way government thinks they are counting all the money they are getting from all the fines and proud of it. Totally unaware of all the lost revenue from the lack of business generated by all the services provided to the passing RV and truckers who now just pass them by.
Agree, word travels real fast among RVers and truckers. Pretty soon it'll be just another dying town in America.
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With only 2500 residents they don't have far to go !!!! Larry
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The only thing people are going to have to purchase is gas, other than that I wouldn't drop a dime.
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In the 10 minutes I had free to research this today, I couldn't find anything on ordinances for that town. I guess even like rv'ers do with WalMarts, make sure you ask the 'store manager' of the establishment you wish to overnight in to verify there is no problems staying there.....
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Van Horn Camping Ordinance

If they don't want RVers staying anywhere but the KOA, we can vote with our accelerator pedal foot and bypass them.
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