Motorhome parking - residential
Posted 13 July 2009 - 01:18 PM
What's a motorhome owner, or prospective owner, to do?
Before buying a motorhome, be sure to find out whether you can park it, legally, on your lot. Your community might have specific vehicle size, screening or lot location requirements for parking. Contact your city clerk, township manager or neighborhood association to find out about the regulations specific to your area.
Aalways follow state laws, local ordinances and community association restrictions pertaining to motorhome parking. If you can't park your motorhome in a manner that meets current regulations, perhaps a viable storage facilty is located within a reasonable distance from your home. Of course, that can be costly and is less convenient.
FMCA members who are confronted by harsh parking restrictions may contact FMCA's Governmental and Legislative Affairs Committee for assistance.
So, what do you think: Should governing bodies have the right to regulate motorhome parking on your residential lot?
Or, should you be allowed to park it where and however you please, provided the parked vehicle does not threaten the public safety, health or welfare?
Posted 17 July 2009 - 04:48 PM
With this in mind, if a person moves into a community with CC&Rs, they should not expect the community to bend the rules for their beautiful new motorhome. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
When a person is confronted with a problem regarding their existing motorhome, along with establishing a strong fight, it would be a good idea to develop and plan B, or even a plan C.
2005 Adventurer 38ft
Rving over 30 years
Posted 17 July 2009 - 10:27 PM
When we bought our motor home, I checked with the police in the county where we lived. It is an urban area and they would allow street parking for two days which is what we did when we were ready to move into our motor home. When the neighbors came by, we showed them through the motor home and told them of our plans to live in it. Everyone was friendly and we heard of no complaints. It is nice to be able to do things like this from time to time.
Much like the overnight parking that some states limit or prohibit, parking and/or storing a motor home at your home should be done with the objective of being a good neighbor and keeping a low profile so as not to call undue attention to your motor home. By doing so, you may be preserving the rights of other motor home owners to continue parking at their homes. All it takes is one "bad" apple to spoil it for everyone else.
If you are moving and know that you want to keep your motor home at your home, even if for a short period of time, you should check the community rules before purchasing the house, just as you would investigate the schools in a community to be sure your children will get a good education.
If you are faced with a law limiting or prohibiting RV parking in residential areas, you can fight to keep your right to park at home. If it looks like the support for the law is strong, then you may have to seek some compromise that might set conditions (set backs from streets, screening, covers, time limits, etc.) for keeping the motor home at your home. If all else fails, you might try to get a grandfather clause written into the law. That would at least protect the rights of those who purchased their homes with this right.
Tom and Louise Butler
2004 Monaco Windsor, Cummins 400 ISL
Roadmaster Sterling Tow Bar, Brakemaster, GMC Acadia, BikeE Recumbent Bicycles
After 9 1/2 years full time in our motor home and being Winter Texans we are now living at Sandpipers Resort in Edinburg, Texas. Now we are Summer Chickens!
"The tipi is much better to live in; always clean and warm in winter, cool in summer, easy to move... If the Great Spirit wanted men to live in one place he would have made the world stand still." -- Flying Hawk, South Dakota Oglala Sioux
Posted 06 January 2010 - 05:04 PM
I explained that the statue said there had to be at least three people residing on the same street to have filed a complaint and that if that was true I could only be issued a citation and not subject to a tow since I was legaly plated, etc. Long story short, I got no ticket or tow and if it came to push and shove I could leave the RV there and just move it a few feet every 30 days. But the best advice is to try and get along with your neighbors and do check the local covenants pertaining to your neighborhood and don't just rely on the local law enforcement to provide you with accurate advice.
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