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Old 09-26-2019, 05:01 PM   #1
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Hello Forum. Absolute noob here.

First off have to say after lurking around these message boards for quite some time I have to say how impressed I am with the civility of this online community. Cheers everyone. I’m excited to become a part of it.

I’m wondering if anyone has advice on where to find a long term place to park a 25’ Flying Cloud in the Bay Area for full-timing?

Unfortunately have to commute into SF daily so hoping to find a place not too far away.

Any info would be massively appreciated as I’m at the very beginning this new chapter.

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Old 09-28-2019, 04:50 PM   #2
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Buddy stayed at San Francisco RV Resort a couple of years ago. Hold on to your heart when you check rates. Other spots in Half Moon Bay
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Old 09-28-2019, 05:36 PM   #3
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You might try Craigslist and local message boards.
A while back I saw a space for rent in "The City" next to a gas station with water, electric and sewer hookups.
Best of luck.

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Old 09-28-2019, 07:19 PM   #4
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Pillar Point RV at Half Moon Bay is easy to get into and allows you to stay for up to 30 days. You'll have to move out for a day and then come back for another 30. Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton is also a nice place to stay with a similar policy.
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Old 09-28-2019, 07:30 PM   #5
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Hi

Be careful of "impromptu" sites in any urban area. There are going to be rules and regulations that apply to things like a full time RV. It is not uncommon to find people trying to avoid fully complying with these rules, but still rent out a site. Unfortunately the RV owner often gets caught up in the resulting enforcement excitement.

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Old 09-28-2019, 09:15 PM   #6
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Pillar Point in HMB does not take reservations but I have never had a problem getting a spot on Sundays, and since it's unreserved, once you're in you are free to stay 30 days without any hassles. It would probably be very easy to full-time there, and just take a weekend trip once a month. It's not cheap (I paid $84 a night) and Highway 1 becomes a parking lot on weekends due to weekender traffic. BUT it's got fabulous ocean views, access to town on really nice bike trails along the beach, and it's only 45 minutes from downtown SF.
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Old 09-28-2019, 10:06 PM   #7
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Living in an RV in a stationary location certainly poses quite a different set of problems/issues compared to full-time travel. One thing to consider is... RVs are designed to move. Batteries, tires, brakes, bearings, propane, shore power, fresh water tank, waste tanks, etc. are all intended to "cycled." Hooking up and staying in one place can lead to problems.

Getting back to your question... where to stay. I know some folks who worked in the San Jose area and lived in a mobile home, tiny house or even RVs and they drove about an hour from the east to make their way to San Jose. I think they all found suitable long-term locations by looking at trailer parks (mobile home parks) rather than looking for RV facilities.

Craigslist seems to be a good resource. Taking a quick look at Bay Area I found listings for locations for RVs and tiny houses that included water, sewer/septic and metered electric for $1000/month. Don't know if those are real or if they're scams but that seems like a reasonable price. About an hour drive to San Francisco from the south.
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Old 09-28-2019, 11:10 PM   #8
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Not to be rude...but are you looking clandestine parking or Societal recognized legitimate full time parking?
There is a broad range of situations in the SF Bay area so knowing more about what you are looking for might help with recommendations?
I will clarify my comments giving the shock I saw when I visited Mountain View 3 years ago, near Google world headquarters where I lived 20 years ago...it was shocking.

So I feel my question is valid to help this person find a place to live.
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Vacaville has a nice park with not to bad of a commute. In the Bay Area traffic is a major problem.
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Vacaville has a nice park with not to bad of a commute. In the Bay Area traffic is a major problem.
Used to live there and do the commute. Not for the faint of heart. About 2.5 hours in, 3 hours home from the Fairfield bus terminal/BART/Embarcadero.

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Flag City is a large RV resort with multi-month rates. In Lodi at the intersections of Highway 12 and I-5. From there, the nearest BART station is Brentwood/Antioch. Again almost a 3 hour commute. Good luck.
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Old 09-29-2019, 05:52 AM   #11
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. . .
Any info would be massively appreciated as I’m at the very beginning this new chapter.

Hans
Welcome to the forum!

As you probably know, the Bay Area is one of the toughest housing markets in the country.

"Not for the faint of heart" . . . well said, Acheron.

Good luck, Hans, with your networking and word-of-mouth search for a good spot.

Peter

PS -- These "zoning" search results will reveal many threads/posts which touch on an oft-crucial factor, in locating a trailer on residential property. If you can find an industrial location where you can "hide out," that may work, as there are tons of areas like this. Networking and word-of-mouth are your best friends IMO.

https://www.google.com/search?q=zoni...com&gws_rd=ssl
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Buddy stayed at San Francisco RV Resort a couple of years ago. Hold on to your heart when you check rates.
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$103 per day.



http://sanfranciscorvresort.com/our-resort/
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Old 10-22-2019, 07:25 AM   #14
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Any info would be massively appreciated as I’m at the very beginning this new chapter.

Hans
Hans, as the OP are you still monitoring this thread?

Good luck,

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PS -- Welcome to the forum Hans and sunrosecloud.
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