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Old 03-12-2015, 10:18 PM   #1
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Hello All!
Recently during a city council meeting an issue was brought up regarding people parking campers, boats, and utility trailers in public streets. The proposal is to ban all these types of trailers from public streets and in turn impose fines for not following along. I myself am obviously biased as I own a boat and a travel trailer, but I think this proposal is ridiculous. Now the town I live in is a small river town and we are surrounded by the Mighty Ohio river and State parks to enjoy camping and boating. This type lifestyle here is promoted due to the beautiful country we live in. That being said there are not many places here to park your boat or camper in that are secure (gated). Some of the comments that have come from this discussion have included things like "Campers on the street are an eye sore" and "I want a bicycle lane instead."
I think our council must have way more important issues to discuss but if anything if they want to improve this condition maybe they need to think more along the lines of some standards to invoke such as do not block stop signs etc. My honest opinion is this comes more from opinion of people that do not camp and just don't like to see campers parked. Then I think this is just another way to make the hard working tax payer pay more money. Why they cannot just use some common sense but common sense and politics usually do not go hand in hand.
I would like to know everyone's thoughts on this issue and how this is delt with in your community.

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Old 03-12-2015, 10:28 PM   #2
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In Central NY, most towns/villages/cities have parking bans in effect from 2am to 7am where nothing can be parked on the streets.

As far as campers, trailers, boats, etc, most people, myself included, park them on their lawn. My town has a law where a camper cannot be on the property for more than 24 hours straight. It's not really enforced though unless codes gets a complaint from a neighbor. Thankfully, I'm close with my neighbors.

For the people that can't park on their property due to either room or steepness of their property, they simply rent space from someone like UHaul or a self storage facility and park it there until they are ready to load up and head out.


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Old 03-12-2015, 10:43 PM   #3
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This has been the ordinance in my Boro since the 70s - long before I lived here. It's also a blue-collar dominant town too, and has been since after WWII. We are right on the river, have a popular boat ramp, historic battlefield and fort, and a Scout campground. Boats, campers and livelihood trailers abound. No one except a landscaper took issue with the no street parking, but he got nowhere. Never a problem to park on your property till a couple years ago when mayor and council changed. They literally changed 5 words in the ordinance, and advertised the council meeting to vote the minimum by law - 1 local print only paper. Those five words effectively banned ANY such parking in the Boro! I know the Chief of Police well, and he tipped me off before enforcement began. We faught back in ways they had no idea the "commoners" (as the clerk called us) could and had it rescinded. The will of the few don't stand above the many when organized and informed and approach with controlled emotion but fierce conviction! Our neighbors love our camper, and residents out walking any given night stop and talk about camping, travel, and campfires! It's in the front driveway all season, and far from an eyesore as it's maintained immaculately as is our home and my bluegrass lawn! Be heard, be active, and don't let decisions that effect you and your home happen without your input, even if it doesn't go your way there could be compromise. I know another town where they negotiated storage for residents on municipal property.
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Old 03-12-2015, 10:44 PM   #4
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Slippery slope on this one fore sure.

Just my opinion though, the street should not be used as a permanent home for a car, truck, camper or boat. Unless it is a defined parking spot where there is no driveway. The street is not your property, it is everyone's who pay taxes to use the street. Should you be able to use it for a period of time, 24/48 hrs, my thought is yes.
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Old 03-12-2015, 11:50 PM   #5
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Appreciate the replies from everyone so far and I will definitely make my case to council. From social media I have a feeling the topic will not go far as many are uniting.
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Old 03-13-2015, 12:02 AM   #6
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Im kinda with x96.
And I hate driving down streets that are narrowed from cars, trailers etc. Parked on the street. And to me i think it can be an eye sore. I would much rather see them neatly parked in the yard or drive, but no matter where it is, some people could make anything look trashy.
I understand the ops most likely has a rather new camper like a lot of us on the forum, so most of us might not be the "eye sore" issue.....but there are always the ones that will have a tarp over thier camper or a cousin Eddie rig or a car on jack stands for months, that can ruin it for everyone, so i can see the counsels point.

I don't have a good answer for solving the op's problem, but sounds like a storage lot or storage facility could be a profitable venture in his town!
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Old 03-13-2015, 01:16 AM   #7
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Im kinda with x96.
And I hate driving down streets that are narrowed from cars, trailers etc. Parked on the street. And to me i think it can be an eye sore. I would much rather see them neatly parked in the yard or drive, but no matter where it is, some people could make anything look trashy.
I understand the ops most likely has a rather new camper like a lot of us on the forum, so most of us might not be the "eye sore" issue.....but there are always the ones that will have a tarp over thier camper or a cousin Eddie rig or a car on jack stands for months, that can ruin it for everyone, so i can see the counsels point.

I don't have a good answer for solving the op's problem, but sounds like a storage lot or storage facility could be a profitable venture in his town!
Storage facility would make some good money. To be honest I have yet to see an eye sore setup though especially in the neighborhood I live in. For instance my camper is a 2015 and my neighbors goose neck is I would say a $50-60K coach, also the neighbors down the street have a really nice unit. It's not like anyone around us has the street trashed. I think some guidelines need to be set as how close can park to stop signs, intersections etc. but again my opinion it's a little too late to impose such a law now. My street is pretty private, if I cannot use it to park anything on then what purpose is the extra curb room?
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:01 AM   #8
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As x96 says..."The street is not your property, it is everyone's who pay taxes to use the street. Should you be able to use it for a period of time, 24/48 hrs, my thought is yes. "

However, that being said there are even rules restricting that. In numerous areas in this city they cannot have anything even a truck parked in the their own driveway after 9pm. It must be in a garage. These are part of the HOA rules. Also their grass cannot he taller than 3" and must be watered only between 5-7pm. They are set up like this to make life the way these people want it...orderly. I do not live in an area like that and will not. I park my MH on the front lawn if I wish. BUT then as the first sentence says....The street is not your property and I do not have to drive an obstacle course to get down your street.
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:20 AM   #9
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Would have to agree with no parking of boats, trailers on the street for more than a few hrs to load or unload. As has be stated, the streets belong to the general public for traffic, not storage. For storage, either use your yard or a storage facility. JMHO
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The site team has been discussing this thread, and wanted to make sure it adhered to the 'no politics unless RV related' guideline, which it does. It should be good to go, as long as it stays that way.
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