Ours is next to the house. City states it must be in the backyard, if not possible then in the sideyard but not in front of the house and if not possible then not across the sidewalk. Must not be on the grass and no more than two RV's at a time.
We just paved and complied. Couldn't get it in the backyard but did keep it 3 foot from the house and not in front of the garage.
If you look at a thousand US towns and cities you will probably find 500 different variations of laws concerning RVs, boats, trucks etc. Best to check with your city codes and comply with all of them for the smoothest and path to ownership. It's just fine to try to "fight city hall" and get regulations modified if you can but do it from a position of being in compliance with existing laws first. We have quite strict laws in my town in this regard also but these laws are enforced on a "complaint" basis. If nobody complains they allow most anything but if ANYBODY complains they enforce to the letter.
Good luck / Skip
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Consider yourself lucky to have covenants and a township that gives a darn about the community. Areas that don't have this really look like hell in my opinion.
We put our trailer in rural secure storage for $300/year. That's 10 years vs the cost of a concrete parking pad next to the house and hearing the neighbors gripe.
Really not about price for me. The convenience of having my TT at home and always accessible is priceless. If I had to store my camper off site (even if it were free). It would be a deal breaker for me and I would probably move or give up RV'ing.
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Local RV parking ordinances/HOA regulations need to be checked *before* the purchase of the RV/boat/airplane,etc., not after. That way you won't face any nasty surprises.
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I live in an oldish (1965) neighborhood. The few CC&Rs we have prohibit storing any trailer other than beside or behind one’s house. No mention of motor homes since, I guess, they weren’t that numerous at that time.
Anyway, we are a boating community, and lots of people have boat trailers in front of their homes or in their driveways. Some have TTs in their driveways. And, others like me have their motor homes parked in their driveways.
Fortunately, most folk in this community don’t complain about such things. That’s one of the things I like about it. But, I agree with Mower – far better to have no CC&Rs at all.
To the OP: I think you have to comply with your local requirements. Better to do that now than to regret it later.
I live in western Montana in the Summer and Sun City, AZ in the winter. Both places have rules about RV storage which amounts to no storage in ether place. I pay $42 a month (5 months) in MT and $180 a year in AZ. I knew what I was getting into at both locations and made the decision to make the move. I like the neighborhoods, I don't like the fact I pay for storage and a few neighbors ignore the covenants and push the limits year after year and completely consume the HOA's resources for their selfish life style. Again, in my case I researched all aspects of the property I was buying and knew what I was getting. I actually have become used to the storage facilities, they have dump stations, wash stations and security. I do all my maintenance and repairs there. I would much rather have my baby next to the house but DW just wants neighbors and this is the price I have to pay. I'm not a fan of I own the land so I can, or should be able to do what ever I want. If I lived in a subdivision of 10 acres minimum, and my neighbors subdivided into 1/4 and 1/2 acre lots against the covenants, I wouldn't like that. In most rural areas of MT there is no real zoning and land covenants are all you have to protect your lifestyle. What's good and what's unfair depends on your perspective.
Live in a 1 stoplight town in NW Ohio....every TT we've ever owned is parked...wherever the heck we want it in the backyard.
I've worn the grass to dirt in at least 4 different spots in the yard through the years...
We live on a 3/4 acre lot and the house sits in the first 30% of the lot facing the street..which leaves a HUGE backyard. I can pullup in the driveway, go past the garage on the side of the house (just wide enough between the side of the garage and the property line) and into the backyard and turn the trailer completely around and come back up without backing the trailer at all.
I have ruts here and there...they always work their way out. We honestly don't care..
In the winter months it usually sits in inside storage at the local fairgrounds (nice building that has a concrete floor and is totally enclosed, it costs about $210 for 5 months).
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We're lucky. The township hasn't done much on this, YET. We are SW of Detroit and up until 15 years ago pretty rural. Then big houses and city refugees. Then came regulations. I have 2 acres with a 40X40 pole barn and store it next to the pole barn.
Here is the text of the township ordinance: "The open parking and/or storage of a travel trailer, boat or similar vehicle not owned by a resident of the Township, for periods exceeding seventy-two (72) hours on land not approved for said parking or storage shall be expressly prohibited unless the provision of Section 5.16, Temporary Buildings and Structures apply to the proposed use. All travel trailers, boats, recreational vehicles, and similar vehicles owned by residents of the Township and stored on their individual lots, shall be stored within the rear yard."
I think if they tried to make it any stricter, they would have mass mutiny on their hands. Subdivisions, however, have their own restrictions which are much tighter, but are enforced by the Homeowners Association, not the township.
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Here you have to have it behind the from line of the house and a few feet from the property line. Im in compliance but not many of the folks in my neighborhood are. Working folks area and they arnt picky about stuff like this. I checked the codes before we built here. Being able to keep the camper at the house was my #1 feature in having a house.
Covering it is a stretch. Do they mean with a roof or the front with a fence?
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Last I checked this was America. What if Ben Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston just went along and followed the rules without question. Most of these ordinances were persued by a very few people. Some have a good pretense and that is to avoid people starting their own junk yard in town. But when you can park your RV on your own property and it does not take away from the neighborhood or is a safety hazard then why not fight city hall. I am sure in any town there are plenty of eye sores worse then a TT parked in a back yard. Just get more RV'ers together and get pictures and info before going to court. Another words be prepared. Now if you moved into an area like an HOA that had these rules in place then you have no choice but to abide by them. And I agree Austin sure isn't the same little city that was there when I was growing up. It dang sure isn't part of Texas anymore lol....
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