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Boomerweps

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I believe in using the system vice being used by it.
Have you obtained a full copy of the ordinance you are accused of violating?
Not allowed to park your trailer on your property off street seems hokey. Was the purpose to get you to park your vehicles off the street in winter? HOAAs can be pricky about appearance but a town is hard pressed to use that excuse. Mere parking an RV that does not interfere with traffic that no one is occupying?


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I also live in Western NY. I would find a place to store it for the rest of this winter and then do the work on your property in the Spring if that's what you want to do. Most of those self storage places offer outside storage for RV's at reasonable prices. The weather alone would stop me from trying to do it now. With that being said, I created a pad in my yard that hss pressure treated 4X6's for a border and filled with Asphalt millings. It has worked out great. I don't sink in and millings are cheap. I borrowed a buddy's backhoe and dug out the lawn, put in the 4X6's myself and paid $1000 to have the millings delivered, raked out and rolled. If you're wondering why I didn't go out to the street, it's because code in my area only allows for one driveway on a residential property so I did what I could get away with.

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SpeakEasy wrote:

Guy Roan wrote:

Before you do anything is it possible you could go to the city fathers and politely plead your case and ask for a waiver explaining how long you have had it there with out any notice?


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I suppose it's worth a try, but my previous experience suggests that it won't help. The people who run our city are the smug, arrogant, elitist type.

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They may not want to waive enforcing a law for one individual because it will set a precedent?
I would make the modifications and park in the yard.

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I had such a nieghbor once. A similar situation. only the beef was a few dead palm tree fronds. The second time I happened to catch the enforcement officer inspecting my house. I pointed out other houses in view from my house with far worse violations. A couple actually had dead trees. I asked why nothing was being done to them. The officer replied that I was the only complaint he had on my street, but if I wanted to file a complaint, he would take action. I said no I do not want to do that. But I would like to know who is complaining about me. He said he could not tell me. I told him "OK, but please give them a message for me. Any more complaints, and I will paint my house pink with big purple polka dots. That is legal as the only thing the law states is that paint must be in good condition." The officer got a big grin on his face. I never had any more complaints.


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RobWNY wrote:

I also live in Western NY. I would find a place to store it for the rest of this winter and then do the work on your property in the Spring if that's what you want to do. Most of those self storage places offer outside storage for RV's at reasonable prices. The weather alone would stop me from trying to do it now. With that being said, I created a pad in my yard that hss pressure treated 4X6's for a border and filled with Asphalt millings. It has worked out great. I don't sink in and millings are cheap. I borrowed a buddy's backhoe and dug out the lawn, put in the 4X6's myself and paid $1000 to have the millings delivered, raked out and rolled. If you're wondering why I didn't go out to the street, it's because code in my area only allows for one driveway on a residential property so I did what I could get away with.

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Very nice setup!

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SpeakEasy wrote:

time2roll wrote:

I would look for a storage space.


That was actually my first thought. But then I got to thinking about how nice it is to have the trailer on hand as an emergency off-grid shelter and a get-out-of-town-in-an-emergency lifeboat. I'd really rather have it here on my property.

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OK say your house floods or burns or just something in the neighborhood and you are not allowed into the area. The trailer in the same location in a disaster is part of the disaster. Couple miles away and one or the other is more likely to be usable.

Also if you get tired of storage distance and cost you have time to modify the home and yard to make the space ready. You have time to decide if you want to permanently remove the tree and pave the yard etc. You can't give your yard 30 day notice and it all pops back into shape. Some of the modifications will be semi permanent. Easy to quit the storage space.

If you trade RVs easy to change storage spots, unknown if the backyard is still a good option with the new RV.

Just my random thoughts, your call.


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The first thing you do is drive around the whole city taking pictures of every trailer parked "illegally". Present them, one by one, to the city council. Ask why YOU are being singled out. Show them a detailed plot map of your property, with elevations, so they understand what you would be up against if you decide to locate it in the rear.
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SpeakEasy wrote:

Very nice setup! -Speak

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What could the possible logic be here? Like government has nothing better to do?


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Last week I got a citation from the city, telling me that I am in violation of a city ordinance. Apparently, from Dec. 1 to April 1 I am not allowed to keep the travel trailer in my driveway in the front of my house.


We've got similar here. Only we don't get certain months free. One thing that some have learned, is that "front of the house", literally means the area past the front facing limit of the dwelling. So if you can park it in your side yard for example, and none of it extends beyond the front face of the house, you're okay. That's here anyway, and maybe side yard isn't an option for you. I guess the lesson is to know the exact text of the code.


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