Parking Bitchez’ RV Destroyed!

img_1012-custom.JPGIf we were a cable television news network, I’d hit you with a “shocking new development” promo, because this one is truly bizarre.  Just a month ago, I wrote about the RV parking scofflaws who camp out along Washington Boulevard in the Marina and Venice.  In particular, I singled out and photographed the one I regarded as the worst offender.  So yesterday, I passed by this vehicle in its usual resting place, and this is what I see.  It’s destroyed.

It looks like some sleepy or drunk driver in a car or truck veered off the roadway and smacked right into the RV, shredding it Titanic style.  The impact must have been at high speed to do this much damage.  Or maybe there was an explosion from the inside? The RV’s entire lower left rear structure is demolished.  Fluids (including very nasty ones) from the RV were all over the roadway at curbside.  When I passed by later in the day, an emergency vehicle and an “environmental” clean up truck were on the scene.

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Was this poetic justice?  Do I have some kind of super karmic powers heretofore unknown to me?  I complain about something, and a month later, it is destroyed? Or was this a vigilante action by an irate Metblogs reader incensed by injustice?  Does the Marina have its own Dark Knight?

Seriously, I hope the RV’s occupants are okay.

18 Replies to “Parking Bitchez’ RV Destroyed!”

  1. I’m glad you added that final bit about the occupants. As iritating as these roving RV’s are I also understand many use as their home and keep it pasted together the best they can so they have shelter.

    I had a lot of sad claims over the years with people in this situation. Their car, truck, RV was their home during hard times. I can’t fathom how they managed to hold it together in those conditions. But they did. It always pained me to see them lose what little they had left of a home.

    But, not all those RV’ers are in that situation. Many, a majority I fear are scofflaws too cheap to pay for RV parks. As a result we have valuable realestate tied up because of their inconsideration.

  2. As a guy who saw his car get totalled while parked on the street one, I have to say you really are rolling the dice when parking consistently in the same spot on a busy street.

    Specific to this case though, I remember going by this one on my bike every day to my home when I lived off Jefferson Blvd. It used to annoy the hell out of me the way it stuck into the bike lane.

  3. Yeah, my post came off a bit cold. It _was_ my experience with the RV though.

    It sucks that they’re (probably) without a home now.

  4. There are a lot of things that suck about this. It sucks that some people may have been hit hard by this economy and have to live in RVs. It sucks that our public streets have turned into permanent RV parks. It sucks that RVs parked on busy streets can create a hazard to passing drivers and to the RVs and their occupants. It sucks that the RVs are occupying metered parking spaces (and without paying a cent, if they have a handicapped tag) that beachgoers, shoppers and other visitors would like to use but cannot. It sucks that the RVs encroach so close to the bike lane, threatening the safety of bike riders.

  5. well, i think it’s gonna suck more for you now cause it looks like that RV isn’t going anywhere for a while.

  6. Matt, per the picture above, the RV isn’t encroaching on a bike lane, nor is it in any way, shape, or form a danger to passing motorists.
    I can understand that RVs are eyesores and take up parking, but I’m more frustrated that the overriding attitude seems to be angst towards RV dwellers instead of at a lack of cheaper housing or other solutions.

  7. Not gonna argue. I stand by my opinions.

    I’m all for better, cheaper housing solutions, possibly even including cheap or free subsidized RV parking somewhere. But I do not believe that parking RVs permanently in metered spots on busy public streets is a good solution. The accident pictured above is one of the many reasons why.

  8. It’s not just that people are flat broke due to the economy. A lot of folks in my neighborhood who I see living in RVs are clearly raging drug addicts. They’re lost everything, and this is the last vestige of “home” before they land on the street.

    I think it’s terrible that this damage was done to what was clearly someone’s last chance at a home with a real door and windows. I also think more work needs to be done to counsel & provide support to those whose addictions have driven them into that life. With our current “war on drugs,” many of these folks can’t easily go for help; they risk arrest.

  9. A lot of folks in my neighborhood who I see living in RVs are clearly raging drug addicts

    How do you know that?

    When I lived and worked in San Francisco’s North Beach community for a year, I interacted with scores of homeless on a daily basis. You might be surprised, Lucinda, how many of them were “driven into that life” by elements that excluded drugs: divorce, job loss, disability benefits discontinued, mental breakdowns, the failure of social service aganecies. The drugs came later.

    It’s simple cause and effect: chaos and calamity results in homelessness and the narcotics (or alcohol, but a speck of crack is cheaper on the streets than a bottle of Gallo) act as succor to get through the long, cold night.

  10. “I do not believe that parking RVs permanently in metered spots on busy public streets is a good solution. The accident pictured above is one of the many reasons why.”

    I just don’t see the logic here. The RV is clearly parked three feet from the lane of traffic.

    Whether there was an RV parked there for a week or a Honda parked there for an hour, it would have been hit. There is no justice or karmic victory here – just suckage.

    Maybe I just believe in humanity, but its my opinion that I’d rather be annoyed by illegally parked RVs, than the thought of the resident instead sleeping in a box. Moving or eliminating the RVs may keep them out of sight, but it isn’t solving a very real problem, and likely will only add to it.

  11. Maybe I just believe in humanity, but its my opinion that I’d rather be annoyed by illegally parked RVs, than the thought of the resident instead sleeping in a box. Moving or eliminating the RVs may keep them out of sight, but it isn’t solving a very real problem, and likely will only add to it.

    Amen to that, Markland …

  12. How about a law limiting street parking to vehicles of 18 feet in length or less? RVs aren’t entitled to take up precious parking spaces any more than 18-wheelers are. Parking spaces are for residents and people who come to use the services of a neighborhood. They’re not places for people to park their homes.

    I don’t want to hear about homeless. There are plenty of places to park an RV that aren’t so close to the beach. If you want beachfront property, pay for it. If you don’t want to pay the freight, go park at WalMart, Hollywood Park, or some other place where you’re not a nuisance.

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