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Old 11-02-2014, 04:59 PM   #15
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All great advice and just to add to the mix....be prepared after reading your HOA rules and regs and CCR's when there is a "changing of the guard" i.e. a new hoa board you may find the complaints starting all over again even if you win this round. We moved into a subdivision with the express purpose of RV parking. Needless to say 5 years later we gave up that battle because of "vague language" and now live in a non- hoa neighborhood. The irony of the whole situation was our RV at the time was valued more than the home of the complaining neighbor and our homes were on one acre wooded lots so the rv couldn't even be seen.
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Old 11-02-2014, 05:03 PM   #16
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Forgot to add.....you welcome to park it at my place....would LOVE LOVE LOVE having a BAMBI in MY driveway!!! Doesn't your neighbor understand?? CRAZY,!
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Old 11-02-2014, 10:33 PM   #17
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One more thought, yesterday my wife found a car parked outside my house when she drive back. There is a guy around 30-35 in the car, starring at our Bambi. After my wife parked the car in the garage, she planed to double check that car in the 2nd floor. The car's gone.

This makes her nervous. And she begin to feel unsafe to park airstream on the driveway. Sad...
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Old 11-04-2014, 10:53 AM   #18
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Bottom line, HOA rules trump city and county rules, so they got ya. As someone else said, get a copy of the rules to make sure specifically what you can and cannot do. Good luck.
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Old 11-04-2014, 12:14 PM   #19
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The very first thing you must do is get a copy of the HOA rules and read them for yourself. HOA's can be very powerful, at least here in Florida. The HOA can put a lien on your house. Here we have a 48 hour rule. We have had some issues in that there are three sets of rules from different times. See what the printed rules are and don't trust word of mouth. Go from there. It seems to me that an Airstream would add value to the community!!!
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Old 11-04-2014, 12:44 PM   #20
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Had a similar issue in Frisco, TX. Parked my newly owned Casita 17' in front of my house while I looked for a storage facility. Neighbors called the police on me. I found storage but even when I brought the Casita home to unload within 20 minutes the police showed up. They never gave me a ticket and thought the calls were uncalled for since I told them I had storage and was just unpacking after a trip.

My house has a rear alley and I found I could back the trailer into the rear driveway. No more police calls but then then the HOA started sending letters. I only parked it on a weekend to prepare for a trip to do some maintenance on the trailer. They give me 10 days to comply and I knew the trailer was going back to storage by the end of of the weekend so I didn't worry about it anymore. As long as the trailer was gone within 10 days they could send me letters all they want. I was glad to be an irritant.

Once I got the Airstream it was in storage permanently. The street in front was too narrow to park it even for a short time so we just packed and unpacked at storage. The rear garage driveway was too short.

When I moved to Nixa, MO I had to buy another house so no HOAs and found a house with a flat front driveway where I can park my Airstream still hitched to the truck and be off the street. I still store it remotely in covered storage.

I'm afraid to say but you will have to find external storage and only bring the Bambi home to pack/unpack/maintenance.

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Old 11-05-2014, 01:58 PM   #21
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some updates:

We asked to see the copy of HOA policy last Friday, but no response yet. Waiting...

At the same time, tried to shop around the RV storage. Found one around 15 mins drive, asking $80/month, no cover. Is it a good price?
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Old 11-05-2014, 02:55 PM   #22
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We pay double that, but it is in an enclosed, fenced yard with a security gate, an air station for the tires, and a dump station. We store in an inside unit, completely covered, locked door (our lock), and 110 electric to plug in the fridge.
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We asked to see the copy of HOA policy last Friday, but no response yet. Waiting...

At the same time, tried to shop around the RV storage. Found one around 15 mins drive, asking $80/month, no cover. Is it a good price?
Live in mine - problem solved.
Your case - find a small airport with spare hangar space. Great advice I've heard here there and yon around this forum. Seems to me it would be perfect storage for an airstream... and your stream would be happy among it's "winged cousins"
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Live in mine - problem solved.

Your case - find a small airport with spare hangar space. Great advice I've heard here there and yon around this forum. Seems to me it would be perfect storage for an airstream... and your stream would be happy among it's "winged cousins"

So you are full-time living in AS. Do you change site frequently? or you keep stay in a place?
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Old 11-09-2014, 08:03 AM   #25
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I've also had problems with a HOA. Unfortunately, the HOA President lived a few doors down from me. Fortunately, she died and anyway I no longer live in that house. Also fortunately, I got the idea for a prize-winning short story about it.

I do want to say one word in defense of home owners' associations. While it is a principle of the Common Law that a man's home is his castle, and a principle of libertarian philosophy [this is philosophy, not politics!] that "I can do whatever I want with my property," the fact is that some people's use of their property effects others' property values. I might not care if you paint your house purple, but I might care if you had a dozen cars parked on your front lawn while you worked on them, sloooooooowwwwwwwllllllllyyyyyyyy. So HOA rules were designed to protect Person A's property values from Person B's mis-use.

In any community, community members have to consider others' needs. In a society in which we don't really know our neighbors and don't really care what they think, the HOA fills an important role, something like a synthetic conscience. Unfortunately, we've devolved from communities like the Pre-Tragedy of the Commons villages, to the Tragedy of the Commons anything-goes situation. And thus HOAs are necessary.

So when they come knocking on my door about my Sport 22 parked in my driveway for 6 months, I'm going to have to just apologize and pledge to mend my evil ways.
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