Portland deadline looms to donate zombie RVs

Free event set for Sunday, October 29, at Portland International Raceway

Some of the more than 100 zombie RVs at a lot in Portland waiting to be crushed, October 26, 2017 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — City officials are getting ready for their first RV Disposal turn-in day, an effort to stem the tide of the so-called zombie RVs.

The free event, set for this Sunday, will be held at the Portland International Raceway. The owners of the RVs that have “little to no resale value” can transfer ownership to the city, which will then help dispose of them.

PBOT FAQs about RVs

The Portland Bureau of Transportation said this is a way for RV owners to properly dispose of the vehicles without incurring significant costs.

But RV owners who want to take part have to live in Portland, have the title, have the tank drained and all personal belongings out of the RV. Dealers and businesses aren’t allowed to take part, and the RV owner has to get the vehicle to the turn-in spot at PIR’s South Paddock.

Inside a zombie RV that had already been cleaned by Portland city workers, October 26, 2017 (KOIN)
Inside a zombie RV that had already been cleaned by Portland city workers, October 26, 2017 (KOIN)

There’s also a one-vehicle limit per household that can be turned in.

To date, more than 200 abandoned or hazardous lived-in RVs have been towed off the streets of Portland.

Before the city crushes the RVs, they get towed to a parking area. In a look inside this area, KOIN 6 News saw almost 100 RVs — small, large and extra-large — even abandoned school buses.

It’s costing the City of Portland about $1500 per vehicle to tow, clean, strip and crush each of these vehicles.

For this free event, city officials expected about 25 vehicles to be dropped off. So far, only 15 have signed up online for the Sunday event. The deadline to register is Friday. The online application goes through this PBOT site, or call 503.823.5775 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The city has been trying to deal with the burgeoning problem of dilapidated RVs being used by homeless people and parked along streets.

PBOT officials said they “will hold additional events if this one is successful and there appears to be a greater demand.”