I’m sure some of you have been around long enough to remember Freddie the Freeloader. If not, he was a lovable hobo who appeared in skits on the old Red Skelton TV show. Freddie went out of his way to avoid working any time he could but he was always first in line to take a hand out.
Unfortunately, we have a lot of Freddie the Freeloaders in the RV lifestyle, and they’re not quite so lovable. People who seem to think the world owes them something, and get mad when they don’t get it. A good example is an email I got from a fulltimer the other day who was all upset because he stopped at a campground and they charged him $5 to dump his RV’s waste tanks. He thought that was absolutely outrageous.
Now, let me clarify, he was not staying at the campground, he just pulled in and wanted to dump his tanks. In fact, he said that after he dumped he went to WalMart to dry camp. He added that he only pays to stay in campgrounds maybe once or twice a month at most. The rest of the time he stays in WalMart parking lots, truck stops, shopping centers, etc. He asked me what I thought about campgrounds charging when all you want to do is dump your holding tanks, not use any of their facilities. Since he asked, I told him he was a freeloader.
That campground owner didn’t get the place for free, he bought it and he is probably still making payments. The dump station fairy didn’t come and deliver that dump station to him one night, he paid to put it in, he pays to maintain it, and he pays to be hooked up to a city sewer system if he is, or to have the septic tank serviced if he isn’t. And when you dump into his system, you do use a facility he paid for. Why do you think it should be free for you to use? Quit being such a damn moocher!
Then again, anybody who spends his life dry camping in commercial parking lots probably doesn’t care what I think about him anyway.
I help moderate John Huggins’ Living the RV Dream Facebook group, which has over 31,000 members, and believe me, sometimes it’s like herding cats. While the great majority of the people in the group are wonderful, like anything in life, there are some real jerks. Myself and the other moderators are kept busy deleting the spam posts, the porn stuff that people sneak in now and then, and just keeping things on track
In a thread a few days ago someone was talking about spending the night at WalMart and it was mentioned that many times local ordinances prevent that and there signs saying No Overnight Parking. I deleted a post from some blowhard who said if he came into a WalMart with a sign like that he’d rip the %(^^*(%)% sign down and park wherever he wanted. He went on to add that this was still America and he would be damned if anybody would tell him where he could or could not park his motorhome! Yeah, you’re a real prince, aren’t you?
I appreciate saving money ss much as the next guy, and many times we have taken advantage of WalMart’s hospitality and parked there overnight when we were on the road. We always pull in late in the day, park on the outer edge of the lot, go inside and ask permission, and take off early the next morning. We don’t treat it like a campground, we don’t overstay our welcome, and we sure don’t think it’s our “right” to park wherever we want to.
Folks, RVing is a wonderful lifestyle, and there are many ways to save money as you travel. But please be a good citizen and a good RVer, not a Freddie the Freeloader.
Thought For The Day – Life is full of nice people. If you can’t find one, be one.