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Old 04-14-2016, 10:01 PM   #1
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HELP! Where do I park my RV when visiting friends/family in San Diego-area HOAs?

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!
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You may have to bite the bullet and find an RV campground to "store" it in.
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Old 04-14-2016, 10:17 PM   #3
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Storage place...check those.

Check with some Storage places. You might find one that would pro-rate a spot for you. The one we use on a month-month if you come in late in the month they only charge you for the days left in the month which is about $3 a day.

We used one once in Nebraska for a week and the lady just gave it to me for free even when I wanted to pay her.

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Mission Bay RV park is nearby. They have boat storage there. Maybe they'll make you a deal. You're in San Diego.....there are no free spots.
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Have you any service needs? Maybe put it into a shop for service/repairs for the week. Knock down two birds with one stone.
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Probably some good deals south of the border. Just kidding, but check rates at the border parking lot for people who walk across.
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If you are a church member you may be able to get permission from your church's local building to park there, or perhaps just call any local church and politely explain your situation and ask permission.

You shouldn't expect that parking your RV, and living in it for free for an entire week is something you can easily do in any densely populated area. A free week is a lot to ask in most places, especially in SoCal.
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Old 04-15-2016, 08:33 AM   #9
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Take it to cw and ask them to check into doing something...

Should take them about a week...
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Take it to cw and ask them to check into doing something...

Should take them about a week...
Preferably something they can't screw up. Maybe install a license plate bracket.
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Take it to cw and ask them to check into doing something...

Should take them about a week...
Head light fluid might work. They'll spent a week waiting on a call back from the coach builder looking for a part number and/or a source of supply.


Besides a church parking lot try fraternal organizations such as Elks, Masons and such. VFWs are also a possibility. There is a big Shriner Hall on Clairemount Mesa Blvd near CA163.
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Thanks for some of the advice we received... trying to get storage lots on the phone has been a difficult task so far. One place required two-month minimum stay. We're not trying to get any freebies. We're trying to see familiar faces and take advantage of some nice accommodations, if possible. The La Mesa city laws would permit us 72hrs on-street parking even if we couldn't park in the driveway... it's the HOAs that screw RVers.
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Are you going to housesit and just park the RV or visit and stay in your RV? That depends on the answer you need. I visit San Diego a lot and it's hard to find a parking place anywhere.
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The homeowners emailed their HOA and got some encouraging feedback about how it'd be OK to park on the street within city law (72hrs) ... so we may just go three days, stay somewhere else and then come back a day or two later to get through most of the week.

We also found someone offering their private driveway on property just south of La Mesa. They were just some kind folks on Craigslist willing to work out a reasonable price. We may still resort to that option as it's the least stressful and still fairly inexpensive.

Thanks again for the feedback, all.
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