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Old 12-27-2010, 10:54 AM   #41
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The lesson here is to research municipal bylaws, not just HOA rules. In this instance, it would appear that municipal bylaws were indeed a factor, otherwise the officer wouldn't have threatened the original poster with a $1000 fine. Had he done his research before assuming it was okay to park his trailer in the lane, he may not have gotten the neighbor upset in the first place. Now, it seems, he may have continued problems with these people, which is unfortunate. Hopefully it can get resolved without legal action. Good luck.
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Old 12-27-2010, 11:13 AM   #42
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Cameron,

I respectfully disagree. Some neighbors are just irrational or very controlling. They feel that the control they have over their property extends to limiting what neighbors do, or what happens on a public highway. It's easy to dismiss these people as "busybodies" but some of them can be quite malicious, or very emotionally involved in their need to control their environment.

In this case, the neighbor was "in tears" about this, and if it hadn't been this, they would have found something else to complain about.
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Old 12-27-2010, 11:30 AM   #43
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I reread my last post, and I want to add that we do not live in our AS's nor do we live in a mobile home. This neighbor just wants to control our property as well as hers.

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Old 12-27-2010, 12:40 PM   #44
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This neighbor on the North side told me that she uses binoculars to see what is going on at our house and to see who is visiting us.
I wonder if that neighbor has night vision binoculars to see what you're doing in the bedroom?

We've had some really bad neighbors and they can make you crazy. Now we live on 27 acres and are surrounded by trees, so no one can see anything. But we did have a neighbor who put two rounds through our mailbox—pretty good shooting for a guy who was usually drunk. He died shortly after, not at my hands. But, we have our house on the market and plan to move when we sell it. We will be checking carefully about HOA's and local ordinances. We don't want to store the trailer as that makes it harder to do maintenance and improvements plus it costs more money and increases the opportunities for theft.

Of course, once we find a new house, who knows what the reaction of neighbors will be? Some people can't differentiate between "trailer park trash" and people who happen to own an RV. Some people are just busy bodies and when they don't have an HOA to complain to (or run for an HOA board so they can torture everyone) they find a way to make neighbors' lives miserable.

When we look around the subdivisions in the area we plan to move to (Santa Fe), we note which ones have no RV's—a warning. I have read about HOA's and towns that have tried to ban pickup trucks (unsuccessfully I believe), so it can get worse.

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Old 12-27-2010, 03:58 PM   #45
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He died shortly after, not at my hands.

(the clock ticked a little fast to get 'round to it)
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Old 12-31-2010, 05:08 AM   #46
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"Good to go"

Spoke with the inspector who came and gave me the citation. She and her supervisor inspected the situation and said everything is good to go. Citation is dismissed. She even complimented me on doing a good job. When I added the new garage I got a variance to allow me to add an additional rear garage door which allows me to have rear access to my property. It can stay there as long as I do not inhabit the Airstream and only supply power when working on it. People who live next door (can no longer consider them neighbors) have not spoken to me. It is hard to explain, but I sort of feel bad. Have had many great years and memories in this home. Now to create new memories with my hobby/Airstream. Thanks for all the comments and suggestions. Happy New Year to all.
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Old 12-31-2010, 08:15 AM   #47
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D Hall, your neighbors with the binoculars needs something to really get her upset! LOL JK, she admited that she spys on you? very distasteful! MPJ
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Spoke with the inspector who came and gave me the citation. She and her supervisor inspected the situation and said everything is good to go. Citation is dismissed. She even complimented me on doing a good job. When I added the new garage I got a variance to allow me to add an additional rear garage door which allows me to have rear access to my property. It can stay there as long as I do not inhabit the Airstream and only supply power when working on it. People who live next door (can no longer consider them neighbors) have not spoken to me. It is hard to explain, but I sort of feel bad. Have had many great years and memories in this home. Now to create new memories with my hobby/Airstream. Thanks for all the comments and suggestions. Happy New Year to all.
I don't know Skamper1. I have a hard time wrapping my little mind around the concept. The people next door don't *like* Airstreams?
I wouldn't feel bad. Their prejudices and ignorance are issues that pre-date any exposure to you or your AS. They will probably persist long after you or they have "moved on".
It's unfortunate that our culture has become so litigious and confrontational. It sounds as if, from what you've said, a sit down over a couple of frosty one's is out of the question. That is what is truly sad. So many people are convinced that somehow they're going to be slighted. So, they get a lawyer and try to be the *slighters* rather than the *slightees*. Why sit down and maybe come up with a compromise when you can hire a lawyer, Call an inspector, or just complain to whichever bureaucracy will listen. Besides, is that swingset sticking over their fence up to code? 8)
I'm on your side on this one! I wish enlightenment upon your *neighbors*!
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. People who live next door (can no longer consider them neighbors) have not spoken to me. It is hard to explain, but I sort of feel bad.
I wouldn't feel too bad, you have done nothing wrong so far as I can see. The problem seems to lay with your neighbors, and frankly, that is outside of your control. On the other hand, not letting their problems make you miserable is within your control. Don't give them the power to do so. And Happy New Years to you as well!
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As therapists are wont to say: you're not responsible for their feelings.
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