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Old 04-15-2016, 03:09 PM   #15
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Park on the street and move it to the next street before 72 hours are up. Maybe leave it Walmart for one night in between to mix things up a bit.
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Old 04-15-2016, 03:28 PM   #16
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We're going to visit/housesit for family friends in La Mesa, Calif., next week. Their HOA does not allow ANY vehicles parked on the street or driveways, for that matter, let alone RVs. The city laws also prohibit RV street parking longer than 72hrs, even if we decided to thwart HOA rules.

Does anyone have ANY advice about where we could park our RV for up to a week so we could enjoy free accommodations all to ourselves?!? We have a great chance to live cheaply (read: free) while enjoying an amazing area. We'd hate to miss out on this opportunity. Any advice would be much appreciated, especially from folks who might know this area specifically. Thanks!
You didn't mention age/brand of your coach. If still in warranty, find the nearest warranty repair station for your coach, ask them to fix ____ (fill in blank, there is ALWAYS something to fix on a coach under warranty!). Leave it with them, I don't think I've EVER heard of anyone who has gotten warranty work done in less than a week!

If you bought it from Camping World, than you're set for 6 months to fix the simplest thing!

Just a thought!
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Old 04-15-2016, 03:36 PM   #17
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The driveway at a reasonable price seems to be a great option.

For sure, don't try to park it on San Diego streets. As they now require a temporary oversize vehicle permit, to park for up to a max of 72 hours, in front of your own home... (Past at the fund raising pressure to one City Councilman who has a district by the ocean, whose campaign donations sure too a positive upward swing when he sponsored and shoved thru the bill so fast that this time we could not raise a counter opinion. His area, as well as a few others, have had a 'Hand's off policy' as far as the local police enforcing the existing rules that have been on the books for over 65 years - No overnight sleeping in vehicles on public streets or parking lots. So the vagabond's with their derelict RV's and vans had taken to mini encampments along the beach and bay areas. Crime had increased, and many people would not go use the public parks and playgrounds because they were afraid. One group of about 4-5 RV's was known to be a rolling meth lab to. They parked up a few blocks away from us for a day or two, and when walking the dogs by them you could really smell it in the air.

So now they have a rule that requires us to pay for a permit, print it out, and place it in our vehicles so that the three to four new hired Traffic Enforcement officers can see them. (They work part time, for four hours a day. As the No Parking without permit, is only from 2:00-4:00AM. And the nice kicker, is the forecast is that this will be a positive revenue stream for the city.

I laugh though, as the same RV's saw down along the beach area that were causing the uproar, are no almost always parked under I8 bridges on West Morena Blvd, and also over by Pacific Highway too. By a storage building. They have not moved in weeks at a time, and even have a portable generator chained to a street sign pole. When I visited the Western Division sub station to ask why they seemed to not be being towed away or cited, I got the answer: Well, they have to go somewhere. Citing them does no good, and we told the City Councilman this too, as they just do not have the money to pay the fines. ---- Exactly what we, a group of RV owners, had told he City Council a few years back when the tried to do the same No Parking of Oversize Vehicles.

I then asked about the large For Hire Junk removal trucks parked a long a few streets by the Sports Arena area. Yep, the same kind of answer. That 'They're not hurting anyone, and they have to make a living.'

So basically, as was predicted when we approached the City Council to block this regulation last time. Those that were the main problems, are selectively going to be chased away from the areas that the police, with individual City Councilman influence, desire. They will cite and raise revenue from the rest of us tax, DMV and gas tax paying RV owners, and have more money in the general funds for their pet projects to boot....

So, enjoy your visit to La Mesa, but be careful where you park overnight in the San Diego area!

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Old 04-15-2016, 03:38 PM   #18
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Park on the street and move it to the next street before 72 hours are up. Maybe leave it Walmart for one night in between to mix things up a bit.
None of the Walmarts in San Diego county allow overnight parking FYI (California CA Wal mart Store Locations Map).
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Old 04-15-2016, 04:08 PM   #19
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I am having the same problems visiting my mother. City zoning allows 7 days of it parked in the driveway, Better be on the driveway on inch in the grass and they go nuts...I know. I have already met the zoning guy because of it.

They way i found around it is I used my 7 days. I can not do seven days again for 6 months or something. I explained to the zoning guy i would street park the rv infront of her house during the days while i visit and take her to Dr appts, if he checks after say 7pm he will see the rv gone because i will wally dock or borrow a church parking lot or grab a campground for a night or two. I normally do not stay this long in one place, this is an exception.

I understand why they have the rules, do not like them, but i understand. They could take some of that zoning office money and smooth out some roads and i would be real happy!
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I live in San Diego and free parking is hard to come by. Viejas Casino will allow 3 nights free in their parking lot. Sweetwater County Park in Bonita (close to La Mesa) is only $29 a day with electricity.
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The driveway at a reasonable price seems to be a great option.

For sure, don't try to park it on San Diego streets. As they now require a temporary oversize vehicle permit, to park for up to a max of 72 hours, in front of your own home... (Past at the fund raising pressure to one City Councilman who has a district by the ocean, whose campaign donations sure too a positive upward swing when he sponsored and shoved thru the bill so fast that this time we could not raise a counter opinion. His area, as well as a few others, have had a 'Hand's off policy' as far as the local police enforcing the existing rules that have been on the books for over 65 years - No overnight sleeping in vehicles on public streets or parking lots. So the vagabond's with their derelict RV's and vans had taken to mini encampments along the beach and bay areas. Crime had increased, and many people would not go use the public parks and playgrounds because they were afraid. One group of about 4-5 RV's was known to be a rolling meth lab to. They parked up a few blocks away from us for a day or two, and when walking the dogs by them you could really smell it in the air.

So now they have a rule that requires us to pay for a permit, print it out, and place it in our vehicles so that the three to four new hired Traffic Enforcement officers can see them. (They work part time, for four hours a day. As the No Parking without permit, is only from 2:00-4:00AM. And the nice kicker, is the forecast is that this will be a positive revenue stream for the city.

I laugh though, as the same RV's saw down along the beach area that were causing the uproar, are no almost always parked under I8 bridges on West Morena Blvd, and also over by Pacific Highway too. By a storage building. They have not moved in weeks at a time, and even have a portable generator chained to a street sign pole. When I visited the Western Division sub station to ask why they seemed to not be being towed away or cited, I got the answer: Well, they have to go somewhere. Citing them does no good, and we told the City Councilman this too, as they just do not have the money to pay the fines. ---- Exactly what we, a group of RV owners, had told he City Council a few years back when the tried to do the same No Parking of Oversize Vehicles.

I then asked about the large For Hire Junk removal trucks parked a long a few streets by the Sports Arena area. Yep, the same kind of answer. That 'They're not hurting anyone, and they have to make a living.'

So basically, as was predicted when we approached the City Council to block this regulation last time. Those that were the main problems, are selectively going to be chased away from the areas that the police, with individual City Councilman influence, desire. They will cite and raise revenue from the rest of us tax, DMV and gas tax paying RV owners, and have more money in the general funds for their pet projects to boot....

So, enjoy your visit to La Mesa, but be careful where you park overnight in the San Diego area!

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As a journalist, I have covered a lot of municipal back-and-forth. This is the kind of crap that really exemplifies local government dysfunction. Sounds like a mess, so we will likely keep our RV out of San Diego (our friends in La Mesa are just outside city boundaries) and take the train in and out of town when need be. Thanks for sharing.
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You didn't mention age/brand of your coach. If still in warranty, find the nearest warranty repair station for your coach, ask them to fix ____ (fill in blank, there is ALWAYS something to fix on a coach under warranty!). Leave it with them, I don't think I've EVER heard of anyone who has gotten warranty work done in less than a week!

If you bought it from Camping World, than you're set for 6 months to fix the simplest thing!

Just a thought!
It's a 1994 Fleetwood Flair so unfortunately no warranty to make use of. Thanks for the idea, it's a good one, and I love the Camping World smack talk on this thread. Too funny.

Still waiting on the neighborhood HOA to decide if we can park in driveway up to 10 days. Should they reject request, a kind user on this message board offered their property. RVers/RV enthusiasts really are the best people.
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