Over the past few years, there has been a significant increase in the price of trailer storage fees, which has led to many individuals trying to look for cheaper alternatives for storing their campers during the offseason or even between camping trips. The other alternatives that people are turning to include parking on public roads, parking on another person’s property, or renting storage facilities. All these options cost money and have their own security risks.
But perhaps you wish to save money and still keep your camper safe. The question often asked by many homeowners is “can I park a camper in my driveway?” The answer to this question is YES! You can park your camper in your driveway. There are, however, certain things that need to be taken into consideration regarding parking your trailer in your driveway. Read on.
Reasons to park your camper in your driveway
The first reason is to save money by escaping storage facility charges. Camper storage facilities are quite expensive. The average cost for indoor storage is about 300 to 400 dollars per month while outdoor storage is about 100 dollars.
Another reason to consider parking your camper in your driveway is to ensure that it is always safe. Not unless your camper is parked in a properly lit storage facility with numerous cameras, there’s a high possibility that your trailer will be burglarized or vandalized. Parking your trailer on an unsecured parking area or in your neighborhood’s public road is just dangerous.
Now that you are aware of the benefits of parking your camper on your driveway (cost-effective and secure), it is time to take a look at some of the rules regarding the practice.
Rules and regulation about parking a trailer in your driveway
There are certain rules and regulations that have to be followed once you make the great choice of parking your trailer on your driveway. Note that it is your responsibility to look for and know these rules. There are different rules and regulations from different entities that you should be aware of.
First off, there are ordinances or local town regulations that have to be followed. If these laws are not followed, you might end up paying a fine or even a citation. Secondly, your area’s HOA (homeowners association) might have certain rules that forbid parking campers, boats, trailers, or recreational vehicles on the driveway. Lastly, if you stay in a rental, your landlord might have a say regarding whether or not you can park your camper in the driveway.
Will your camper fit?
Here are four things that you need to take into consideration when determining whether your camper is going to fit in your driveway; the slope of the driveway and the height, length, and width of the trailer.
Slope of the driveway- Not unless you have a very flat driveway and driveway entrance, the slope of your driveway is one of the top aspects that need to be taken into consideration. If your driveway slopes up, you are most likely going to hit your camper’s rear bumper on the ground when backing or pulling into the driveway. At times, the curb is quite steep that you will need ramps to enter and exit the driveway. In such scenarios, just remember to be slow and careful when parking so that you do not damage your camper.
Height- They are basically no legal concerns about the height of a recreational vehicle but you need to avoid any power or phone lines above. Hitting these lines might leave you paying heavy fines to get them repaired.
Length- Your camper’s length is a key factor in determining whether it is going to fit well in your driveway. In several jurisdictions, your camper is not permitted to extend past your driveway’s end and over to the sidewalk. This is simply because the sidewalk is considered to be a public right of way and thus you aren’t permitted to obstruct it in any way.
Width- Your trailer’s width could not only affect you but also your neighbor when parked in the driveway. Perhaps your camper is so wide that it cannot allow for another car to be parked on the same driveway; this could be inconvenient. Or maybe your trailer encroaches onto your neighbor’s property; this could be an issue as well.
Will parking your RV in your driveway annoy your neighbors?
We live in an age of HOAs (homeowner associations). In case of any issues in the neighborhood, residents just contact the HOA and lay their grievances. Before proceeding to park your camper in your driveway, talk to your neighbors first to find out how they feel about it. Your RV might be the most beautiful thing in your eyes but your neighbor sees it as a huge distraction in their way.
Your trailer could block your neighbor’s view of something that they love seeing or are used to viewing. Or your recreational vehicle might cast a dark shadow over their beautiful flowers that require a lot of sunshine for proper growth. Or maybe your trailer could just be something that they do not enjoy seeing every day. Whatever the reason, it is respectful and courteous to discuss the issue with them earlier. It might be worth parking your trailer somewhere else in order to avoid having a bad relationship with your neighbors.
Another option to consider
There is another great option to consider besides attempting to save some cash by parking your camper in your driveway during the offseason or in between camping trips. There is a way that you can make money using your camper during the offseason. You could rent out your camper when it is not in use and make some good money. This way, if you have to pay some cash for storage since you cannot park your vehicle in your driveway, the money you get from renting could help in settling part of or the entire storage cost. Plus the storage costs will be significantly reduces given that your camper will be in use a lot more often.