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Old 06-10-2011, 08:24 PM   #29
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Wonderful replies from my fellow Airstreamers, they certainly made me smile.

I shouldn't really make light of the issue, though, because many of you have hard a really hard time compared to my little spat where the guy wouldn't even talk to me directly. Good luck to all those engaged in battles with officious administrations; may the force (of common sense) be with you.

I'm off to see how feasible it'll be to have a rally in our street :~)

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Old 06-10-2011, 08:26 PM   #30
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My city allows me to bring my AS/boat/etc into my driveway for three days by simply calling them and they issuing a permit number over the phone. That gives me plenty of time to load/unload and do any cleaning or minor fixes at my house.

The problem with not having any covenants or restrictions is with that one individual who wants to turn the whole subdivision into his own dump yard. Those who don't care to abide by restrictions eventually gravitate to lots with acreage and everyone is happy. There's room for everybody out there.

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Old 06-10-2011, 08:35 PM   #31

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"Sticks & stones can break your bones...and hail will dent your Airstream"

So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 06-10-2011, 08:59 PM   #32
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When the neighbours asked why so many trailers, I said that somebody has to be the trailer trash people " living down by the river in a trailer"
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Old 06-10-2011, 11:30 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by Shacksman View Post
Want to borrow one, that needs a lot of work, for the summer.
Didn't someone here turn an Airstream into a chicken coop? Add a few hens and a really loud rooster - perfect!
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Old 06-11-2011, 01:12 AM   #34
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I thought you kept all those trailers for us Americans that want to sneak into Canada and live there illegally.
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Old 06-11-2011, 05:11 AM   #35
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My city has a rule that RVs have to be on a solid surface. Recently I heard that they're also supposed to be alongside the house instead of in front - news to me, I couldn't find it when I checked the laws a couple years ago.

I want to start the Bowie Campers Association for two purposes - one, to have some fun camping as a group, and two to keep track of this stuff in our town. There are plenty of RV owners here but we're not organized - dangerous.
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Old 06-11-2011, 05:37 AM   #36
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WOW, after reading the above I think we have really wonderful neighbors! We also live in a private neighborhood with an HOA & by-laws that state no RV vehicles parked outside of garages unless the board ok's. We were approved to park in our driveway, but we said we would add a pad & tuck it out of sight, as best we could. We could park it 365 days a year if we wanted...but that's not why we got a mh. Most of our neighbors have stopped over to tour the mh & offer positive comments. I think many would like to do the same thing...carve out a little spot for their boat or camper. And, I would be the first to encourage them.
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Old 06-11-2011, 06:07 AM   #37
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Originally Posted by MrUKToad View Post
A neighbor from up the street stopped to talk to my immediate neighbor and inquired if I was going to keep my Airstream on my driveway. My immediate neighbor, a trailer man himself, said that he didn't know but asked why the question was being raised. The far neighbor said that he thought there was a Zoning By-Law that prohibited having any RV on a driveway. He added, as a kind of threat, that the City don't normally worry unless a complaint is made. That wasn't nice!

Now this conversation is probably quite standard in neighborhoods such as mine except that the far neighbour and the near neighbor have known each other for years and he clearly knows the near neighbor stores his own trailer on his driveway in summer and his back yard in winter. So why the question about my Airstream? If he was right about the by-law then I might have to move my trailer but so would my near neighbor (as well as all the other RVs in the surrounding streets); so much for friends, eh?

Fortunately, my near neighbor high tailed it down to City Hall and found the relevant by-law. Apparently we can't store RVs on our drives in the winter months, but we can store TWO on our driveways in the summer, so the far neighbor was wrong.

I can't understand, though, why the far neighbor was moved to think about a complaint when he knew it would impact the near neighbor as well. Some people are just mean, I think. Fortunately, everyone else in the street thinks that Airstreams enhance the neighborhood; they've all been to have a look and approve, of course.

Near neighbor has his SOB on the drive now and even though it's not an Airstream, I kind of like it now!

If I had the money I'd get a second Airstream, just so the far neighbor has something to look at when we are away travelling.
Now Mr Toad, I think you may have this all wrong. Perhaps instead of being a meanie, Mr Far Neighbor was simply waiting for his brand new High Def, super honkin' mega pixel camera to show up in the mail so he could get some great urban Airstream shots for our forums. He may have been worried that you would move it out of your driveway before his camera arrived.

OK I admit it is a stretch. But what the heck, it could happen...
Ahhh the power of positive thinking

And for real life...I live in a little neighborhood with 1 acre or larger lots. We all have boats, rv's etc and one of the first things we did after all the lots were sold was to disband the homeowners association. No more meetings, no more complaining, and we all seem to understand the need to respect each other. For now, it works for us. (My Airstream is quite visible from the road)
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Old 06-11-2011, 06:16 AM   #38
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I think we must be really lucky. In my community you can park trailers and boats at the back of your property. Our driveway (the back of our property) is positioned to be at the front of our neighbors and is very exposed to all the front yards of the block. Several of the neighbors have said that they love to have an icon of mid century design to look at everyday. Many have stopped for a look and one asked to rent it for a trip. The sanitation folks and the post lady have peeked in for a look.

The only downside is when we are gone, everyone knows and worries that the bad guys will know too. I think they keep a closer eye on the house.

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Old 06-11-2011, 06:54 AM   #39
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we can park ours in the driveway as long as the trailer is on the side of the house.imho i think the airstream in the driveway makes the developement look classier.if the neighbors arent happy with this none have commented to me about it.most neighbors that would complain are usually the jealous types.
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Old 06-15-2011, 03:19 PM   #40
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Pickups cause property values to drop?

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Old 06-15-2011, 03:55 PM   #41
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Wow you guys are all so much more polite than I am. I guess I am going to have to work on this getting along thing.

For example, when MrUKToad's distant neighbor "added, as a kind of threat, that the City don't normally worry unless a complaint is made. ....

I would probably have said something like "yeah, and if you were blind the sight of the Airstream would no longer offend you at all, now would it.."
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Old 06-15-2011, 11:43 PM   #42
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I live in an upscale beach town. I had planned to keep my Airstream in my driveway for the summer for ease of travel. But, my neighbor is SO annoying with constant construction, landscaping and other nonsense that I have decided to keep it in my driveway year round just to annoy her LOL!

We don't have a HOA, so I can do what I want with my driveway! I can only leave it on the street for 3 days but my driveway is MINE. A neighbor across the street has a canned ham. So, now we both annoy the uptight country club girl next door

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