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Old 12-17-2003, 12:29 AM   #29
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This is my first post, so excuse a newby while I introduce myself.

I suppose that we qualify as hillbillies.

I left Southern California in 1967 because there were too many people and too many rules.

We have lived in the hilly, Northwest Alabama woods since 1978. We bought a small place just off of a country road, over the hill and back off the road about a quarter mile.

I make a living while working out of our AS MH.

Our neighbors do not complain about our 1979, 28' Excella, because the only time they see it, it is running down the highway.

It is used as a mobile office, and has logged 60K+ miles in the last three (3) years. My experience is that these things are not cheap to operate if you run them a lot, but it sure beats living in motels and eating in quick food places.

Two (2) years ago we replaced the refrigerator, tires, wheel covers, and had the steering system overhauled.

Last year we went through the suspension system, cooling system(s), cruise control, and air conditioner.

This year, I overhauled the 454, and the transmission, and replaced the rear end with a late model, P-30, rear end. The gear ratios were different, and I've mounted a GPS on the dash for a speedometer. By monitoring the tachometer, vacuum gauge and GPS, I can get about 8.5 to 9.0 gallons per mile at 60 mph.

Next year it will be new tires again.

Once, my spouse mentioned that with the money that I have spent on the AS, MH I could have bought a new RV. My response was; Yeah, you're right, but I would not have what I wanted.

Happy in the hills
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Old 12-17-2003, 06:17 AM   #30
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I live in a development with restrictive covenants and we have to keep our toys out of sight behind our houses.
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There is no field of human endeavor that does not have critics.

Ignore the neighbors.

Be sure you are legally correct.
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Old 12-17-2003, 07:50 AM   #31
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Show them this, it could be worse! Lol

Here is a picture of the driveway at my store, in a small mountain community in NC.
Only comments I ever get from neighbors is "Wow You got another one COOL!" great place to live. also there were two more around back when this picture was taken.
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Old 12-17-2003, 09:10 AM   #32
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Now there's a tourist attraction for Airstream lovers.
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Old 12-18-2003, 12:25 AM   #33
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After I got my rig I parked it in front of the house until I found a storage lot, really got no complaints from the neighbors but the neighborhood assoc. instead and reminded them that one block away the guy with the Bounder M/H and his tow vehicle parks in front of his house for 3 weeks at a time and I was being singled out. Next time we talk I said will come from my attorney as I took photo's and if it's o.k. for them to park there it's o.k. for me and I only parked for a few days.... I invited the neighbors into the M/H when I was parked out front one night and we sat there for 3 hours and drank beer and listened to music and they can't wait till we do it again !
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Old 12-18-2003, 04:15 AM   #34
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I'd just politely tell the neighbors to be sure they let you know before showing their home to prospective buyers and you'll remove it for the day. That way it won't devalue their property.

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Old 12-18-2003, 08:02 AM   #35
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Update

Since this post is still pretty active I wanted to post a quick update. About two weeks ago I contacted our city official about our RV. I was asking about the city ordinances to make sure I was in compliance. Again, I"m not storing the Airstream at my house only parking it for a one or more days at a time.

To my surprise he offered to come over the house and meet with us. He had be receiving complaints about it and wanted to hear our side of the story.

To make a long story short...we had a great meeting. Basically he heard us out, let us know that there is no city ordinace which would prohibit us from parking our RV in our driveway (as long as it does not block the sidewalk) for as long as we wanted. He also appreciated that we took the steps to no longer store it on our property which has reduced complaints to his office.

He let us know that he now has our background and can better respond to complaints. For once it seemed like city hall helped us.

I'm sure our neighbors will try and create an ordinance but based on his feedback I don't expect to see one soon.
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Old 12-18-2003, 01:01 PM   #36
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Well, do your neighbors a favor and park your unit(s) at your house on Jan 1. Invite your neighbors to take plenty of pictures. Tell them to feel free to use the pictures to reduce their property taxes. HA HA HA HA

You have now made friends!
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Old 12-22-2003, 03:45 AM   #37
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City Hall Comes to You

I think I stated this in my earlier post...The City Inspector came out (twice!...2 different Inspectors)...and both of them were like yours, very cordial and seeing that obviously the Coach is not lived in; and asked for an invite to the "Christening" party. They also said the same to me, that as long as I wasn't blocking the 'sidewalk' (there isn't any...but that area), and didn't have water hooked up...it didn't matter EVEN THAT I HAVE IT LOOKING 'LIVED IN". Remember the photo of the Pink Flamingos? Maybe not. Well, I have this wooden step (covered with carpet), and planters with the flamingoes etc. around the entry --- & when one of the Inspectors asked my son about this. his answer was it's only a "visual" form of the end result---and the Inspector smiled and said, "I can't certainly understand that." ..

Nice to have 'government' so congenial.
I certainly do agree, however, that the ordinances should be known well by anyone 'stretching' things with crotchedy neighbors. Why stir the sleeping giant?
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Old 12-22-2003, 07:07 AM   #38
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Steven -- Host a Ralley!

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I'm sure our neighbors will try and create an ordinance but based on his feedback I don't expect to see one soon.

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Ok everyone rally at swebster's bring lots of generators and annoying hillbilly stuff. Does anyone know how to play the shine jug? I bet we could clog up the street so bad your neighbor wont be able to get to their drive and have to walk home.
May I suggest a reverse motivation scenario for your good neighbors with no fences.....?

In support of Porky Pig's and Fun Lovin's idea, call for a "Dry Rally" to be held on your street during a popular holiday weekend.

Even if you only have three or four other motor homes show up, it will make your friendly neighbors appreciate how less congested the street was with only ONE motor home in residence.

Keep us posted on your proposed dates.
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My problem was a little differnt. My neighbor never realy liked my first 26' MH and always make a comment about how and ugly old the 1978 model was. That went on for about 4 years. Last November I told them I may be selling it (I know they were pleased) but what they didn't know I was getting my new one my 33 1/2 foot LY you should of seen there faces when I pull that monster in to my driveway . So my advice buy a bigger one!!!! Good luck Jim
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Rally at my house!

Dennie,
Man that would be fun! Get about three or four classic MH's on the street for excactly 72 hours. Everyone could run their gensets all night long. Setup a volleyball net in the front yard!

BBQ, a horse shoe tournament, the works!

Jim,
I think I could go buy a 45 foot Prevost Conversion for a million bucks and it would still be a Hill Billy machine as far as they are concerned. Some people just have a negative image of RV's.
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Old 12-22-2003, 09:35 AM   #41
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Cat, cool treatment on the outside door. How was it done? I was thinking of doing ehhhhhh............don't think the wife would go for a Pabst label. Neither would WBCCI.
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Old 12-26-2003, 08:58 PM   #42
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Interior Door Pallet

Brushes and paint...and lots of time to be fussy. I decided on something bright and bold so it would show a little THROUGH the screendoor when I'm inside and the door is closed. Something else might have been unsightly with all the aluminum crossbars and handle area, etc.

It's not finished,,,I didn't like the Tucan Bird...so I'm redoing that...

I can appreciate the scrutiny you might receive over a painting of your favourite beer... but that's the beauty of being single...
it's just me...

and BEAR neve complains....so
anything I do.........is "OK"..
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