Go Back   iRV2 Forums > iRV2.com COMMUNITY FORUMS > iRV2.com General Discussion
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-12-2016, 09:06 PM   #15
Senior Member
Scottybdivin's Avatar

Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Spicewood Texas (West of Austin)
Posts: 2,631
In our area, the setback is for building construction. It determines how far away from a ROW, property line, or easement that you can build your house. The driveway obviously passes through the setback. Now, there may be a rule about long term parking in the setback, which could include the portion of your driveway that passes through it.

Scotty and Kristen, Airedales Dagny and Wyatt
2007 Newmar Mountain Aire 4528, 450 HP ISM, Allison 4000, 8 Trojan T-105's
2014 F150 4x4 Crew Cab Platinum 157" WB
Roadmaster Blackhawk 2, RVI2 Brake System
Scottybdivin is online now   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 07-12-2016, 09:18 PM   #16
Junior Member
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 7
I am not trying to start a war as we'll still be neighbors even after the Motorhome is stored elsewhere. Sadly, she has made a number of enemies over this whole debacle.

I did have initial feelings of wanting some sort of revenge, but I tend to be a pretty peaceful person overall.

That said, I snapped a pic of her daily parking situation for the code enforcement officer... Just in case.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image.jpg
Views:	114
Size:	305.0 KB
ID:	132876  

CampinGirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2016, 04:38 AM   #17
Senior Member
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: NE Ohio - Near Cleveland
Posts: 232
I just went through this last night with our cities zoning board. We were trying to get a variance on the setback. According to our city, no RV or boat can be stored beyond the front setback of the property. In other words, it has to be parked flush with the front edge of the house. Our RV is 37 feet and , with the tow bar on, we stick out about 9 feet past the house. Somebody in the neighborhood complained and we got cited. We tried to get a variance because it was only 9 feet and the fence at the back can't be moved because it's right next to the side door which leads to our dog kennel. The city said that wasn't a hardship, we could get the dogs out another way and we should move the fence. The correct way of moving the fence involves changing a window into a door and a door into a window, big expense plus the cost of the fence. We are weighing the cost of lawyers and court costs vs the new door and window. The zoning board was not very open to our arguments for the variance. They focused on one issue, the hardship requirement, and did not take into account anything else, such as the signatures of our neighbors that stated they had no issues with the RV being 9 feet past the house. Nor did they take into account all the pictures we brought them showing that the RV was practically invisible when driving down the street from either direction. It was a very frustrating night.
Crankshaft is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2016, 06:52 AM   #18
Senior Member
pcurt23's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 1,070
I live in a HOA with restrictions. I can park in front of the house for a few hours to load and unload. In other neighborhoods around us the boat or rv has to be on the side of the house so it is hidden from view.

And really, I don't even want to look at the rv all the time so it goes to a storage yard. You need to find another storage yard that is not so restrictive on working on it. Although any heavy mechanical work will probably not be tolerated anywhere.
2007 Fleetwood Bounder 38V
pcurt23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2016, 07:07 AM   #19
Senior Member
TexasTom's Avatar

Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: DFW
Posts: 680
Originally Posted by CampinGirl View Post
Okay gotcha. Thanks for the insight! So does that mean it can never be parked here?

Maybe. In our previous home in Bedford Texas, they have a law that says that nothing over 25' can be parked within the city limits. And that means nothing. My neighbors found out about that and complained that we couldn't even bring it home to load/unload. When I asked the city manager (super nice guy) he confirmed it even applied to moving trucks, delivery vehicles, etc. and was an unrealistic law, but it was their policy so he couldn't say that they would ignore it.
2005 Newmar Kountry Star 3742
TexasTom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2016, 07:16 AM   #20
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 15
We live in Col. Sta., tx. At least here the setback refers to a 10 ft wide strip down either side of the street. This is normally the area where utilities, water meter and tie ins to natural gas lines are located. You cannot fence the area either.
BWStark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2016, 07:46 AM   #21
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 4,282
Looking at the photo it seems you are clear of any sidewalk so no intrusion there.

The area seems to have trees and does not look like there is any possibility of the rv blocking and kind of view of crossing streets or other nonsense related to safety.

Right now the issue is it is stuck and cannot move on its own power so it is stored and not parked so that needs to be fixed right away and you are working on that but keep that a secret and tell NO NEIGHBOR unit it is fixed and then keep quiet about it.

Check with local pd via a visit to their service counter regarding how they enforce parking of daily drivers and large vehicles using both of your photos.

Clearly the neighbor is blocking the sidewalk forcing folks to walk into the street resulting in a safety issue.

Driveways being short or into setback is a concern too.

Near here there was an experiment with driveways about 10 ft long.

Large homes on tiny lots to meet some stupid federal guideline.

Streets also narrow so place is stupid.

Car does not fit driveway and most folks have too much stuff in garage to park inside...

Another story....

You should visit the building department as they also have all of the zoning codes specific to your address and they can look to see exactly what rules are present and if there are and "work arrounds"

We discovered a couple that we applied to get our shop built...
Tony & Lori
1989 Country Coach Savannah SE
TQ60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2016, 08:41 AM   #22
Senior Member
Old Radios's Avatar
Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Upstate (the other) New York
Posts: 491
Around here the setback is the invisible line parallel to the road across the front wall of all the houses and garages. You can't build anything between that line and the road. Prevents a neighbor from blocking your view of the rest of the road/street in either direction.

From your photo the RV is blocking your neighbors view of the street past your house, clearly closer to the road than the setback of buildings. Pretty standard code in most cities and towns. I live in the country but still could not build my garage closer to the road than the other garages on the road. Setback for the garages here is further back than the houses. Fortunately being out in the country, there is no regulations about setbacks and parking anything here, just location of buildings.
2006 Fleetwood Tioga 26Q
Toads: '15 Ford Focus, '10 Harley Softail Custom and '15 Harley Softail Deluxe
Upstate (the other) New York
Old Radios is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2016, 09:03 AM   #23
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 4,282
That setback is for a permanent structure.

Parking in a driveway is allowed.

One needs to get clarification from the pd as to specific code regarding parking on private property.

The rv is considered a passenger unit or non - commercial so the laws regarding parking units exceeding 10k that many places have in place do not apply to rvs.

Others may restrict on street parking but in the driveway on private property is different.

Again...parking and storing have different meaning here.

If legal to park in street for upto 48 hours then park directly in front of complaining neighbor. ..
Tony & Lori
1989 Country Coach Savannah SE
TQ60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2016, 10:00 AM   #24
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Snowbird - Waterford Mi and Citrus Springs Fl.
Posts: 3,350
Many subs do not allow parking a boat or an RV of any sort in front of the house - which is very likely the reason many others were cited when code enforcement came through. My guess is that's what's going on here.

Maybe a civil exchange with code enforcement would be in order? Myself, I'd just show up at the building department offices (where code enforcement is usually located) and ask to have some questions answered. My experience has been they're pretty good about it - maybe because it's much harder to be a jerk in person.....

If you want to push the issue, you might want to pursue a "selective enforcement" of the ordinance approach? If they're going to push the issue regarding your driveway, to be fair, it should be enforced universally, wherever the ordinance applies. Armed with a camera, it shouldn't take long to provide a reasonable argument where that's not the case. Betting you'll have an easy time providing evidence in other local subs as well as your own.

Down side to the effort might be that best case, that's only going to lend a temporary reprieve. Might get you out of a fine though.....
1997 37' HR Endeavor, 275hp Cat, Freightliner
03 CR-V Blue Ox, Ready Brake
ahicks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2016, 10:11 AM   #25
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Plantation, Fl
Posts: 916
Originally Posted by Half Dimes View Post
There'll be no one for your neighbor to complain to between Friday afternoon and Monday morning.
In the city I live in, our police can act as code enforcement officers for those times that the code enforcement people aren't working.
2014 Itasca Spirit 31K
Mich F is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2016, 10:54 AM   #26
Senior Member
IC2's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Upstate New York
Posts: 1,305
You have to get real clarification of the zoning from the local town/city building department as to what and where you can park something other then a passenger car/pickup. The local PD does not have that kind of information. If someone makes a complaint, it will eventually end up somewhere at the building department and the code enforcement officer. Yes, the PD or sheriff may deliver the citation, but as a part of their duties. You may also be hobbled by a HOA which you should have as a part of your deed. Those will usually give you a certain amount of time to load/unload in prep for a trip or minor maintenance. These @#$% HOA are often toothless regardless of the fact it costs you a yearly assessment but if someone wants to pick a fight, they drag it out and make waves. These HOA's or in our case, lack of, are why we still live where we are instead of another state with a more temperate climate. I can park our 38 foot 5er and 23 foot TV in our driveway on its own pad here - but they are over 75 feet back. There are times when I wish we had a HOA as neighbors both side would be required to do at least the minimum yard maintenance instead of 'cultivating' weeds and trash.

Good luck
Dave W along with my DW, Susan and our poodlepups, Callie & Molly,2011 Ford F250 6.7 CCLB, 5er Hitch Option w/B&W Hitch,,Ride Rite air bags, 2014 Montana High Country 343RL (38')
IC2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2016, 12:54 PM   #27
Junior Member
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 7
Originally Posted by TQ60 View Post
Right now the issue is it is stuck and cannot move on its own power so it is stored and not parked so that needs to be fixed right away and you are working on that but keep that a secret and tell NO NEIGHBOR unit it is fixed and then keep quiet about it.
To be clear, we disconnected the auto brake and changed an alternator (quickly, while no one was looking, and without having a thousand tools strewn about)

So it is running & driveable. We have to take it to an electrician tomorrow and it will be there for a bit. In the meantime, we've checked out 3 storage facilities so once it's done at the electrician, we can move it to one of those.

Tonight we have the meeting with the code enforcement officer so I will report back with what I find out.
CampinGirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2016, 09:09 PM   #28
Senior Member

Forest River Owners Club
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Marysville, WA
Posts: 157
Please do let us know how it goes....maybe your PITA (Pain In The) neighbor will be in for a surprise!


2016 Forest River Wildcat Maxx T28RKX
USMC/USNR Seabee (SCW/FMF) Retired
VFW Life Member
Bob55 is online now   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
"New Posts," "Today's Posts" and "List Subscriptions" Not Current l1v3fr33ord1 Forum 101 | Announcements | Member Concerns 3 02-23-2016 06:28 AM
Anyone "camp" in your driveway? Abnmarine iRV2.com General Discussion 29 05-14-2010 07:29 AM
Vectra is in the Driveway! jtharley Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 16 04-30-2007 02:38 AM
Its in the Driveway WOOT W&D+3 New Rig Show-Off! 5 03-16-2007 04:54 AM
Pop-up scrapes on driveway? fourgonefishn Pop Up, Tent Trailer and Teardrop Topics 8 05-08-2006 04:56 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:14 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.