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Old 07-16-2018, 03:19 PM   #1
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We have a HOA & they just changed the rule for back yard storage of boats & trailers. It can not be seen from the back yard. We are picking up our Lil Snoozy next month. We found 2 places in town. One had is a 20 X 10 with a 9 foot door opening. The other is a warehouse with 20 numbered parking spaces. The warehouse lets you create your own 7 to 10 digit code to open the door. Of course the takes a padlock. Both are $130 a month.
What are others paying? We decided to get the warehouse parking.
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Old 07-16-2018, 05:36 PM   #2
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Sell the house and move out the HOA. That's what I did.
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Sell the house and move out the HOA. That's what I did.
Too funny. I did the same thing! I would appeal to the HOA to be grandfathered in.
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Old 07-16-2018, 06:38 PM   #4
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play their own game. Use a portable garage in your back yard. Once the trailer is inside it is not visible over the fence.

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Old 07-16-2018, 09:11 PM   #5
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The previous answers are worth pursuing. Here, in the high-priced San Francisco Bay Area it is rare to find a reasonably-priced storage facility for trailers and RVs. In our county they charge upwards of $200 for a parking lot-type space! And they have a waiting list! Outrageous!


We found a secure place one hour from our home (generally on our route to go camping) for $50 per month and we have been extremely satisfied. Of course, we'd prefer to have it indoors to prevent the oxidation on the shell, but NOT at $200 per month!


Good luck with your solution and keep us posted.
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Old 07-17-2018, 01:27 AM   #6
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In Seattle I had a 20' uncomvered space for $125.00. Fenced with a padlock but not a high security yard with alarms, those would have cost another $50.00.

However there is often another alternative. Not all the neighborhoods around you have HOAs. It is quite possible you can rent space in someone's backyard. A lot of seniors are on a limited budget and your rent could cover one of their utility bills which could make a real difference in their life. Post a notice at the local senior center inquiring about the opportunity. Or ask at a local church if they know someone.
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Old 07-17-2018, 03:40 AM   #7
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Amen! HOA's...arrrrrgh
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Old 07-17-2018, 05:56 AM   #8
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We are fortunate, ours only restricts no 'living' in your parked camper!
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Old 07-17-2018, 08:45 AM   #9
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I have covered parking @ $147 a month. Moving to uncovered (will get a cover) for $45 a month.

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Old 07-17-2018, 11:58 AM   #10
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I am on the board of 3 HOA's and the president of the one I reside at. So my advice is to fight the HOA. (Being on the Board was my method for fighting/controlling the dictators... it works.)

First of all it takes almost a 2/3 vote of all owners to change any rules... did they really go through that process? I'd put money on the fact that they didn't!! So if they did, you need to request being grandfathered in. This is very common for all rule changes. Second, continue parking and cover the trailer with whatever they will allow.

I moved out of my townhouse to a single family with a 150 foot long driveway. I have 2 cars, 2 trailers, a pop-up camper and a Casita. And there's room for more...
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Thanks folks!

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I am on the board of 3 HOA's and the president of the one I reside at. So my advice is to fight the HOA. (Being on the Board was my method for fighting/controlling the dictators... it works.)

First of all it takes almost a 2/3 vote of all owners to change any rules... did they really go through that process? I'd put money on the fact that they didn't!! So if they did, you need to request being grandfathered in. This is very common for all rule changes. Second, continue parking and cover the trailer with whatever they will allow.

I moved out of my townhouse to a single family with a 150 foot long driveway. I have 2 cars, 2 trailers, a pop-up camper and a Casita. And there's room for more...
This is great advice thanks.
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Old 07-17-2018, 02:13 PM   #12
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play their own game. Use a portable garage in your back yard. Once the trailer is inside it is not visible over the fence.

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r you can buy 20'X10' at Costco but if you get heavy snow then you will need to replace the top every 3-4 years also the pipes do bend after time from snow weight.
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Old 07-25-2018, 11:10 AM   #13
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My HOA has a storage lot for $25 a month per space and we accept any owners RV if it will fit and not impose on other RVs access in the lot.

As a president of an HOA I suggest you read the deed restrictions/recorded docs of the association to determine how rules like this can be changed then find out if those policies were followed. Also find out if there is built in grandfather rules (although if you have not already had a trailer in the yard that probably wouldnít apply). You also need to research state statutes regarding HOA procedures. Often HOAs follow their recorded documents to make changes to rules but the procedure they used is in conflict with state laws on the issue. State laws overrule HOA policies when there is a conflict. Often HOAs donít know this or bother to make sure they are in compliance with state law (or county or other regulations that impact HOA operations)

If you find that to be the case you can make the HOA aware of it. Often though they try to push their improper policy against you if you fight them with retribution or other means that they think they have a right to impose. It can then turn ugly and difficult for you leading to having to involve legal steps, ie lawyers = $$$$$.

Itís a difficult process and a tough decision to fight an HOA. I know, thatís why I became a president, to fight the Nazi mentality in my own HOA. Itís amazing what HOA boards and property managers think they can impose VS what they can legally impose! And the mentality of these associations tend to become very dictatorial and power hungry.

Wishing you good luck!
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Old 07-25-2018, 12:02 PM   #14
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I can't offer HOA advice, but if only to make you smile, here's a video clip of my tiny-lot camper storage solution:



https://youtu.be/kr5ErGiyylM
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