TOP TOWN, Texas — Top trucking executives have warned against the use of tents in the American West.
“You can’t really get to the next frontier,” said Jim Rucker, a top executive for Continental and a former captain in the U.S. Army’s Delta Force.
“A tent is not a tent.
It’s a camping bed that’s been put on a trailer,” he said, adding that tents are a “dangerous distraction.””
It’s a big tent.
The tent is the danger.
It gives the impression that we’re camping at the ranch.
Rucker said the tent industry is in a “trending state of decline.”
“I’m not a big fan of tents.
They can be very damaging, but we don’t want them in the United States,” he added.
He also said that he’s seen tents on the road “that are worse than a house in the mountains.”
“That’s where we’re going to start to see the effects,” he predicted.
Tents, along with tents in general, are banned in the continental United States, Canada and Mexico.
They are also banned from all other U.s. states and provinces, including Arizona, Arkansas, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.
A recent survey by the Association of American Camping Association found that most people want to see tents banned from the Southwest.
The study said the number of people who think tents should be banned from certain areas is down about 20 percent since 2013.