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Old 09-14-2012, 03:08 PM   #1
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Where do you store your trailer?

I live in a small subdivision of 20 custom houses, each on 1 1/2 acres or more. By-laws only state I can't live in the trailer. I parked it beside my house, under and kind of behind some trees about 100 feet from the road. I've also planted some trees that will block the view of the trailer in about 2 years. Some of my neighbors are not happy with my keeping it at my house and would like to rule that I can no longer keep it there. I'm not a fan of parking a trailer at a storage yard in the hot Texas sun. It will take a beating. Already looked for a covered space and none available. Besides, why would I want to pay $50 to $100 per month when I have plenty of space and electrical hookup.

Anyone else having my problem? Need some talking points to discuss with my fellow neighbors at our meeting next month.

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Old 09-14-2012, 03:11 PM   #2
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Tell them about your plans to plant trees and hide the camper from view. Out of sight, out of mind.
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Old 09-14-2012, 03:54 PM   #3
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Where do I store it?



We had 10 tons of boulders moved for the second time so we could keep it here at home. About half of the RV owners within 2 blocks keep them in the drive, on the street, beside the house or kind of in the back yard. Oh, and then there are the boats...

Do your neighbors have that look on their faces as if they are walking around trying to hold a dime between their butt-cheeks?
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:04 PM   #4
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Tell them they can do what they want to with their yard and they can tell you what to do with yours when they pay your mortgage.... In all seriousness, telling them about the trees will hopefully put it to rest, some people you just can't please though, that's why I'll never live in a subdivision, I couldn't handle other people making rules for MY house.
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:46 PM   #5
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if you are in a hoa, then they can and will make your life miserable if they choose not to like it......other than that, i recommend to be polite and political. You wont win over much approval if your one of those "its my house and ill do what i want" kinda guys....i know it sucks and it IS your house and money, but in the real world sometimes you gotta play the game to keep things easy going...

or move......
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Tell them they can do what they want to with their yard and they can tell you what to do with yours when they pay your mortgage.... In all seriousness, telling them about the trees will hopefully put it to rest, some people you just can't please though, that's why I'll never live in a subdivision, I couldn't handle other people making rules for MY house.

when i built my house i was not part of nor did i agree to any HOA. then at some point the developer changed over to HOA. they still dont seem to understand that i DO NOT have to accept the terms/benefits(lol) of thier HOA agreement...yet they stick letters on my gate, and notices informing me that my mailbox violates HOA guidlines.....i just waive at the president when he drives by...what are they gonna do??? thats right....absolutely NOTHING!
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Old 09-14-2012, 05:44 PM   #7
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Sounds like you got a bunch of whiner baby neighborswho are jealous of your big,shiny home on wheels,and wished that they were RV nuts like the rest of us.Bring em in,show em around and soon they'll want one too.!
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I live in a small subdivision of 20 custom houses, each on 1 1/2 acres or more. By-laws only state I can't live in the trailer. I parked it beside my house, under and kind of behind some trees about 100 feet from the road. I've also planted some trees that will block the view of the trailer in about 2 years. Some of my neighbors are not happy with my keeping it at my house and would like to rule that I can no longer keep it there. I'm not a fan of parking a trailer at a storage yard in the hot Texas sun. It will take a beating. Already looked for a covered space and none available. Besides, why would I want to pay $50 to $100 per month when I have plenty of space and electrical hookup.

Anyone else having my problem? Need some talking points to discuss with my fellow neighbors at our meeting next month.

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I agree that they should have no say in who puts what where as long as it isn't the beat up old RV from National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. With 1.5+ acres, it's not as if it would clutter up the lot and make it look like a storage facility (given you don't have 5 other trailers parked there), so what would be the problem? Sounds like a case of a stuck up housewife/husband (gotta be PC you know...) who has nothing better to do than complain about everyone else.

I second the fellow commenters on refusing to live in a sub-div. where they have a required HOA. That is the most pompus, nose in the air system that just allows a few "elite" (meaning arrogant) members to bully everyone else around. We have city laws preventing overgrown lawns, pools, fences and fire pit placements and front lawn storage, and that is just to keep the city looking neat. Other than that, Jane/John McNosey from 3 houses down can't say crap about my camper next to my garage, even on my puny .25 acre lot
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:36 PM   #9
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Seems like you are in the clear with the deed restrictions that say you cannot live in it.
If they really don,t like it they could try to get enough sigs to change the bylaws .. Could be hard to get enough people to sign. I I would agree with the thought of trying to explain what you are trying to do with the new trees.
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:49 PM   #10
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I wouldn't be so sure. In Texas, HOA's have strong basis in law. You don't have to agree with it to be included. Depends on how they've filed with the county/state.

I live in a small subdivision like you do. There are other subdivisions around it as well as rural houses in the county with no restrictions. The trade-off with having an HOA is that you generally enjoy higher property values. I know that is the case for me. I also like the orderliness and neatness of my neighborhood. I'd never have to be put in the position of having a dispute with a close neighbor because of stuff in their yard, they've built some ridiculous eyesore/non-code thing, or other such nonsense.

Part of being in a community is having some courtesy for others, even if the rules don't require it. I talk with a neighbor before I put up a fence, plant a tree, or yes, have my RV parked in the driveway the night before a trip. I don't have to, but want to, because I want to be liked and respected by my neighbors. If you don't want those things too, then you need to move out in the rural areas where anything goes, and often does.

Yes, your RV, no matter how nice, is an eyesore to neighbors that don't have them. Especially neighbors that happened to have paid a lot for their houses. As you can see in my sig, I'm a lover of all things RV. But parking at the house is not something I'd do, even if I could get away with it. Enclosed storage is the way to go. Either find it or build it.
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