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Old 01-31-2011, 08:51 PM   #15
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Splitrock -- our local ordinances mainly prohibit parking any vehicle at a non-pad location (eg, concrete, asphalt, class 5). They are looking to control cars, boats or RVs pushed to the side yard, parked out of the way & just left there. Also aiming to control multi-tenant occupancy where the owner has not established sufficient parking for folks he is doing business with (is that a sentence? )

It gets extra complicated when homeowner association covenants are thrown in. Not sure any of this is on-topic for what the OP raised. Needless to say -- applicable regulations are as variable as our diverse membership.
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:18 AM   #16
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I was handed a 76-page list of covenants from the home owners association before we bought our home. I immediately said that this was a deal breaker. But the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea of a tough home owners association. Ten years later, our neighborhood looks better than ever -- no campers, boats, storage sheds, weird paint jobs, run-down homes, pin oaks, etc. An Airstream stored in a driveway is a downer for even fellow Airstream owners.
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:30 AM   #17
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Whenever I see an Airstream in a driveway I think to myself "there lives a cool person and potential friend" Strange how differently people can view the same thing. To me there is a big difference between having a run-down, unkempt house and yard, and having an Airstream in the driveway.
Having dealt with two HOA's and running a road association for a couple of years I have seen the good and the bad of cc&r's. It can be used as a tool to harass people in the worst cases, especially if the board is scared to take action to protect one HO from another. The best of our neighbors moved away due to threatened lawsuits and constant NIMBY'ing from some of the worst neighbors you could imagine.
Mammab, is the noise more from turning or from just backing up in a straight line? It makes it easier to identify which mechanism is causing the noise.

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Old 02-10-2011, 12:00 PM   #18
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We have similar restrictions in our city with respect to parking RV's in your driveway. I did have occasion once though to talk to a City bylaw officer who told me - off the record - that they don't bother enforcing it UNLESS they get a specific complain. He admitted to often seeing RV's parked in contravention of the bylaw as he drives around.

I would expect that many communities operate this way. Of course all it takes is one neighbour to lodge a complaint.

We can't park ours in our drive anyway because there is a sidewalk and the trailer would block the sidewalk. There is also a bylaw about that and they do enforce that one. Understandable I guess due to needs of folks in wheelchairs or scooters.

We cannot park on the street overnight here either - although they do have a pretty fair system that allows you to apply for overnight exemptions, 15 nights per year per license plate, and you can get an exemption by phone or by internet. Works for us, we only bring the trailer home one night before departing.

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Old 02-10-2011, 02:18 PM   #19
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When backing or driving onto that steep of an incline (that is, when there is a considerable vertical angle between the tow vehicle and the trailer) the weight distribution bars tighten and put a great stress on your trailer A frame and front body attachment. These areas are not that strong and bending of the A frame can occur. The unusually loud noises (although some such noise when turning may be normal) are an indicator things are too tight. If at all possible find a way to disconnect or loosen the weight distribution bars before backing into the driveway.
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Whenever I see an Airstream in a driveway I think to myself "there lives a cool person and potential friend" Strange how differently people can view the same thing. To me there is a big difference between having a run-down, unkempt house and yard, and having an Airstream in the driveway.
Having dealt with two HOA's and running a road association for a couple of years I have seen the good and the bad of cc&r's. It can be used as a tool to harass people in the worst cases, especially if the board is scared to take action to protect one HO from another. The best of our neighbors moved away due to threatened lawsuits and constant NIMBY'ing from some of the worst neighbors you could imagine.
Mammab, is the noise more from turning or from just backing up in a straight line? It makes it easier to identify which mechanism is causing the noise.

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Just when turning -- quiet as a mouse when headed straight back....
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:20 AM   #21
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Just when turning -- quiet as a mouse when headed straight back....

Then if necessary you can loosen the WD, make the turn, and then tighten them again to back up the incline.

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Rich the Viking (or anyone), isn't backing up the incline (driveway steeper than roadway), with weight distribution bars tightened, putting a lot of bending forces on the A frame? With enough vertical angle, possibly enough to actually bend the A frame. I have been advised not do it.

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It's the same stress you put on it every time you pull into a driveway, and it may be necessary to keep from dragging the hitch on the driveway.

His driveway doesn't look as bad as a lot of gas stations I've been into.

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It's the same stress you put on it every time you pull into a driveway, and it may be necessary to keep from dragging the hitch on the driveway.

His driveway doesn't look as bad as a lot of gas stations I've been into.

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I should have noted the incline is not so much although the tag wheels do touch the ground for about 3 seconds while backing up.
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pin oaks?

JBinKC, I'm a horticulturist by trade, what's wrong with pin oaks? My tree of avoidance is the Blue Atlas Cedar. MPJ
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Could be a couple things

If you are using a DC, then a popping type of noise is normal when they are coming off center. Not to the level of getting the attention of the neighborhood.

If you have a Standard Sway control, either loosen it or take it off when backing.

I would check to make sure you have your spring bars greased on the side which goes into the hitch. When we first started out, I got sick of the greasy spring bars screwing up my cloths so I used the bars dry. It was a very very loud noise that got me looks through the entire camp ground. It sounds like you described. I did put lube once I figure out where the noise was coming from. Its a groaning crazy loud noise.

I solved all these problems and went to a Hensley hitch. Most people will comment how well this type of hitch tow. This is true but having to deal with a greasy ball and spring bars is as much or more of a reason for me. I use wax on the bar. No grease at all and no gloves. No noise either...
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Thanks so much for all of that. We upgraded our Explorer to an F350 and I was SURE we wouldn't have any noise after that -- wrong was I. Granted, it is not as loud but I think a quick grease on the spring bars will do the trick.
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:00 AM   #28
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We have an Equal-i-zer and on turns it will wake the dead with it's creaking a groaning. I have greased the bars and that helped some but still does it. Going through a campground at 11 pm, I am sure the once sleeping campers aren't too impressed with our AS as we slowly creak and moan by them. As was stated above, backing and towing straight it makes no noise, but slow turns are very noisey.
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