Recently, some managers of parking lots and media demand the shutting-out of camper drivers who stay long wrongfully in service and rest areas of expressways, including roadside stations (Michi-no-Eki), or throw away garbage there.
We think that most of camper drivers refrain from causing inconvenience to general people in public parking lots. However, it is anticipated that the bad manners of a few camper drivers will whip up the public demand for shutting out campers.
If such a thing occurs, many camper drivers who enjoy a driving trip with good manners will have to feel uncomfortable.
At present, Japan Recreational Vehicle Association (JRVA) requests those who enjoy a driving trip to follow the following manners at least.
The service and parking areas of roadside stations (Michi-no-Eki) and expressways, etc. are not accommodation facilities. Accordingly, take a rest to the minimum and do not stay over two nights or for a long time there. Avoid leaving your camping trailer in a public parking lot and driving a car only too far.
In roadside stations (Michi-no-Eki), service and parking areas, do not open any awnings, or take out any chairs, tables, burners, or the like from your car, to use the site as a campsite, no matter how short the duration is.
Do not connect the power outlet of a public parking area to your camper.
Do not discard the garbage generated during your trip or transportation, no matter whether there are garbage cans. (Basically, bring home garbage.)
In public parking areas, refrain from washing your trailer or portable toilets and taking water from the water supply equipment of the facilities as much as possible.
Do not discard the water stored in your gray tank for living drainage to a parking lot or a groove.
Consider the timing and situation when using a power generator in a public parking area, and avoid using it when other users take a rest or in the vicinity of a private house.
If you use a public parking area for getting together for a meet-up or club meeting, be careful not to make other users misunderstand that you have occupied the parking area and are making a fuss.
If the passengers of your car are all healthy, do not park your car in a parking lot with a wheelchair symbol in the service or parking area of a roadside station or an expressway.
The discharge of exhaust gas and noise due to wasteful idling worsen atmospheric pollution and global warming, and so stop the engine.
We hope that you will follow the above manners at least as a user of a public parking area.
We recommend camper drivers to use a campsite, to reduce their burdens. Campsites have most equipment for a comfortable camper life, including the devices for using awnings, chairs, tables, disposing of garbage, washing toilets, taking water, and the systems for AC power supply and security, etc.