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Old 08-23-2003, 06:03 PM   #15
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.... It probably depends on how 'stored' is defined in your state and/or muni code. Check with your attorney to be sure...

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Roger, the stored definition was a good one, kind of. It threw them for loop and they had to go to their legal department to figure it out.
IF the RV would be my primary vehicle (per insurance proof) they could not do anything about it. It all comes down to another part of the city ordinance which states: 1 vehicle per licensed drivers, others may be stored in garage or behind fence. To make the Airstream my primary vehicle would not be worth it, because it would double or triple my insurance.
Forget the fact that every other house on my street is violating that code!!
Anyway, I am best friends now with the supervisor of the code enforcement department
Sooo, I just went on a diet (100 degrees) and finished most of the fence.
As it turns out, everything has a aluminum lining. Now I have a very nice and private "storage" place for the Airstream.
Amazing what we (I) will do for these beasts.
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Old 08-23-2003, 07:02 PM   #16
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Good timing for a reminder on this issue. Monique and I really want to keep Jellybean III at our new house in Jackson, MS. I will make sure our Realtor gets me all the goods on local codes. Monique wants to stay away from the restrictive covenant communities (after living in 2 of them). We won't make an offer until I check the local (current) codes and restrive covenents.

A related issue is that local ordinances can change AFTER you buy the property. In my opinion, I would argue an unlawfaul taking of property rights has occured and threaten to sue the city or county.

Having your MH at a storage facility REALLY stinks! My latest new neighbor was a lawn service company with a beat up trailer. Just the thought of them coming and going every day next to my MH gives me the shakes!
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Well I certainly sympathize with your situation. As per one of my earlier posts - I didn't just get fined - but had my AS towed and vandalized. Subsequently I traded them all in on a new 25' footer that I can park in my driveway. Zoning ordinances here stipulate that it must be merely be parked perpedicular to the road. None the less - the person who turned me in sold their house a few weeks ago and I heard through the grapevine she was complaining about all my other vehicles as well.... I wish I would of had the same gumption as you with the sign... Good luck with it all...

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Old 08-23-2003, 08:27 PM   #18
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...A related issue is that local ordinances can change AFTER you buy the property. In my opinion, I would argue an unlawfaul taking of property rights has occured and threaten to sue the city or county.

Having your MH at a storage facility REALLY stinks! My latest new neighbor was a lawn service company with a beat up trailer. Just the thought of them coming and going every day next to my MH gives me the shakes!
yup, I tried the grandfather clause, too. It may work if you never leave the property, BUT once you leave and return you are governed by the code.
Going the legal route is not worth to me. Doesn't take long to spend the 500.- for the fence on a lawyer.
It's important to us to keep the Airstream at the house and not just have visiting rights.
It serves as a great guest house and the generator powers my computers when the lights go out.
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Old 08-23-2003, 09:31 PM   #19
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As it turns out, everything has a aluminum lining. Now I have a very nice and private "storage" place for the Airstream.
Amazing what we (I) will do for these beasts.
Peter, I'm pleased that you were able to get it resolved. Enjoy your new fence! Hopefully it will keep you from having to see the jerk who started the whole thing for you!

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After I bought my baby, I was told I couldn't park it more than 3 days on the street. I don't have space for it on my property, so I had to store her outdoors at $45.00 a month. I surely do miss her and because I can't see her everyday, I've decided to move. My house is expensive, big (with little land though), and in a great area. I was told by my realtor friend that in this city, land is hard to come by. I will need to downsize to a smaller home, and try to get at least 1/4 acre (10K sq. ft.) So be it for my A/S MH! Since one can move every 2 years and not pay capital gains on anything under $250K, I am putting my house on the market in Jan. 2004, God willing. Am looking forward to being able to tinker anytime I want, and use her for guests too! I keep hearing the song from Deliverance in my head though. My boys asked me not to move too far out in the boonies and be isolated.
My point in all this is that my neighbors seemed to converge on me and the MH when I got it on the pretext that it was beautiful, and in the same breath basically told me to get rid of it from "THEIR" streets. I hope the new buyer of my place is someone that will make them grit their teeth and make 'em wish I never left!
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Another typical case of a few idiots ruining it for the rest of us. The bylaws in many associations and cities in regards to RV parking were created to protect us from riffraff living on our streets in delapitaded motor homes or trailers. I can appreciate this, but I would love to bring my trailer home for more than just loading/unloading. Even in out completely uver-organized community, some families bring their trailers and motor homes home for a week or so, but no one complains due to the owners being very responsible and not offensive about it.
I have, however drive through areas where RV parking is allowed, and the privilege was abused, the whole neighborhood looking like a campground in August. I guess the question would be, where is the best of both worlds?
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I think the first developer that takes the idea to the mainstream will do quite well. I know there are a few around the country but I think we need more of them.

I suggest 12x40 pads at each house where the RV or boat MUST be kept. Two houses would have pads on the same side (leaving a quiet side up against the quiet side of the other house). With RVing picking up speed with the Boomers, this issue will get hotter before it gets resolved.

I agree that your money is better spent on the fence than attorneys!
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