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Old 12-19-2013, 11:08 AM   #15
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We have only the daylight visitation capability for our Airstream in our HOA. No vehicles on the street over night.

This was not a problem before the Airstream, but we have to go 10 miles and hitch up before departing on a trip, or bring it to back to the house to finish loading refrigerated goods etc.

If I had known then what I know now........
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Old 12-19-2013, 12:48 PM   #16
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I think the only rules in our town are that it has to be on a hard surface (i.e., not on the grass),
Apparently our neighborhood has this rule as well. We have to drive on the grass to get our AS into the backyard where it sits under a nice aluminum carport, and because our lot is narrower in front, we have to drive on the neighbor's lawn to do that. Luckily they are also RV'ers and had no problem with it, in fact they typically park their little boat alongside the house in front of our trailer.

She warned me about the neighborhood busybodies turning her into the code enforcement a couple years ago for parking their trailer on the gravel area next to their driveway - technically NOT a hard surface in the code inspector's opinion. She said they moved the RV into the driveway for a couple weeks, and then moved it back onto the gravel when she figured they had forgotten about it, and no one has bothered her again.

Luckily our neighborhood is an older one and has no HOA or CC&Rs, and everyone has a classic car, boat, rv or one of each in the driveway, so for the most part there is no one stirring the pot.
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Old 12-19-2013, 01:42 PM   #17
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We lived, for the last 30 years, in a home in what I would call a rural subdivision of 5 acre lots. There were no restrictions or HOA. Life was good until it came time to retire and sell our home. That which goes on around your home can have a big impact on the value of your home and your ability to sell that home. I learned my financial lesson about unrestricted neighborhoods (even with large lots).

We recently bought a home in a subdivision with restrictions and an HOA. I read the restrictions carefully before I bought the home and I live by them. I think if you buy a house in a subdivision with an HOA and restrictions, you should be prepared to live by the restrictions that you agreed to when you bought the house.

I now pay rent to park my AS under covered storage. I would prefer to have it at home. But I like the benefits of a restricted neighborhood with an active HOA enough to live with the rules.
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Old 12-19-2013, 01:44 PM   #18
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I know in Pasadena, you can't park on the street for more than a few hours. I have had no issues in my driveway yet tho...
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Old 12-19-2013, 02:15 PM   #19
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We lived, for the last 30 years, in a home in what I would call a rural subdivision of 5 acre lots. There were no restrictions or HOA. Life was good until it came time to retire and sell our home. That which goes on around your home can have a big impact on the value of your home and your ability to sell that home. I learned my financial lesson about unrestricted neighborhoods (even with large lots).

We recently bought a home in a subdivision with restrictions and an HOA. I read the restrictions carefully before I bought the home and I live by them. I think if you buy a house in a subdivision with an HOA and restrictions, you should be prepared to live by the restrictions that you agreed to when you bought the ehouse.

I now pay rent to park my AS under covered storage. I would prefer to have it at home. But I like the benefits of a restricted neighborhood with an active HOA enough to live with the rules.
To each his own. I feel like I'm serving my time in a minimum security prison. What folks in my ever so carefully manicured and protected community don't realize is that the gates keep us in more than they keep others out. Fortunately I complete my sentence in January and then released out on the open road. Look for the gnome in the back window.

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Old 12-19-2013, 02:42 PM   #20
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Meanwhile, in a suburban street in South Western Ontario....

Someone complained about our Airstream being on the driveway. He didn't complain to me, but to my neighbour who, ironically, had a 25' Trail Lite on his driveway. It seems that the complainer didn't like the look of the Airstream and assumed it to be a second-hand junker when in fact it was brand new. My neighbour patiently explained to the complainer that the Airstream was new and very expensive and the guy went away, apparently mollified. We checked the local byelaws (ordinances) and they say that we can have TWO RVs on our drive between the start of April and the End of October, but nothing over the winter months; I nearly went out and bought a second RV just to prove a point!

We can also keep an RV on our property all year if it's behind the back of the house but, sadly, we don't have access wide enough to allow that.
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Old 12-21-2013, 08:58 PM   #21
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Meanwhile, in a suburban street in South Western Ontario....

Someone complained about our Airstream being on the driveway. He didn't complain to me, but to my neighbour who, ironically, had a 25' Trail Lite on his driveway. It seems that the complainer didn't like the look of the Airstream and assumed it to be a second-hand junker when in fact it was brand new. My neighbour patiently explained to the complainer that the Airstream was new and very expensive and the guy went away, apparently mollified. We checked the local byelaws (ordinances) and they say that we can have TWO RVs on our drive between the start of April and the End of October, but nothing over the winter months; I nearly went out and bought a second RV just to prove a point!

We can also keep an RV on our property all year if it's behind the back of the house but, sadly, we don't have access wide enough to allow that.

Lol. That would have been expensive but funny.
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Old 12-21-2013, 10:10 PM   #22
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"My neighbour is storing an RV in his driveway." Wow, there's a classic First World Problem! Some people just don't know how good they've got it.
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Old 12-21-2013, 10:50 PM   #23
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When I built my house, I turned the house 90 degrees on the lot. I park my AS beside the garage, technically this is my backyard. There has been several that have challenged me on the location of the AS. I told them to go and start legal proceeding, but they could not afford the counter suit. I showed them the legal paper from the city zoning and they backed down. These people had to move their TT due to the city ordinance. RV's,TT,boats etc cannot extend beyond the front of the house.
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Old 12-21-2013, 11:21 PM   #24
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I like one of the comments to the original post "I wish that Airstream were parked in my driveway."

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Old 12-22-2013, 12:18 AM   #25
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Seems many have an HOA story to tell. Luckily, mine has a favorable wrinkle.

The builder neglected to include the last three sub-divided lots in the rear of the original bulk land purchase in the covenants because he was keeping them for his own place. Yeah, the "good for them but not for me approach." What he didn't calculate sufficiently were the books for the build-out and subsequently went bust.

My place was 'his' and I had checked the rules before purchase knowing busy bodies get involved all too frequently in what you do with yours. The first week, a few of my new neighbors came by separately to tell me Pick-Ups weren't allowed; even in the driveway if visible. I kindly told them I was exempt and how to check the specifics about which lots were bound at the registrar's office.

Given all the room my multiple lots provided, I quickly expanded the driveway length and width to accommodate both my trailers and boats. I planted a line of 8' Leyland Cypress to block the view but it took a few years to fill in. Everyone was happy ten years later!
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I am all for REASONABLE rule in a neighborhood, but what is reasonable to some maybe restrictive to others. I live on 38 acres that has become surrounded by suburban sprawl. One 3 sides of the property I have a reasonable buffer zone where the local military base bought the land for a buffer zone.

My biggest beef at the moment... we "subdivided" our lot for financial and estate planning purposes. Now one of my lot lines (even though we live 1/4 mile off the paved road is considered a "front" line and I have to have a 35' set back for any structures the land that touches that lot line is mine too. Sometimes codes make sense and some times they cost you money you shouldn't have to spend.

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Seems many have an HOA story to tell. Luckily, mine has a favorable wrinkle........The first week, a few of my new neighbors came by separately to tell me Pick-Ups weren't allowed; even in the driveway if visible.......
This is screaming hilarious. I thought Georgia LAW required at least one Pick-Up Truck per household. That would be a little like telling a New Englander that the snow blower must be stowed or otherwise hidden from view at all times.


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I am all for REASONABLE rule in a neighborhood, but what is reasonable to some maybe restrictive to others. I live on 38 acres that has become surrounded by suburban sprawl. One 3 sides of the property I have a reasonable buffer zone where the local military base bought the land for a buffer zone.

My biggest beef at the moment... we "subdivided" our lot for financial and estate planning purposes. Now one of my lot lines (even though we live 1/4 mile off the paved road is considered a "front" line and I have to have a 35' set back for any structures the land that touches that lot line is mine too. Sometimes codes make sense and some times they cost you money you shouldn't have to spend.

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That's an interesting Catch-22. Can you recombine your subdivision?

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