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Old 10-08-2016, 10:39 AM   #1
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Gated Community & RV Storage/Loading/Unloading

We are considering moving to a gated community and unfortunately, owners cannot park RV's in their driveways. There is RV parking/storage on site, but for now, there is a wait list. This means we have to store the trailer off-site until such time as a spot became available in the complex.

In all the years we've owned an RV, we have always been able to park it in our yard/driveway so this would be quite a change for us and leads me to seek some advice, or tips, from others on the forum who may be in the same situation.

There is a lot of stuff we keep in the trailer all the time -- dishes, dry goods, etc. But during the camping season, we always have the fridge plugged in and certain foods inside it. (Mainly condiments, I suppose). Storing the trailer elsewhere, whether in the complex or not, means it's a lot more complicated. You can't leave the trailer plugged in, you either have to take everything to the storage site to load, or bring the trailer to the complex to do same. I'm told we can park the trailer on the street in front of the house for a few hours to load and unload, but again, you better be ready to leave on the trip right after loading!

So any tips from others in this situation? Do you bring the trailer to the house to load? Or take everything to the storage site (food, clothes, etc)? Thanks!
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"Do you bring the trailer to the house to load? Or take everything to the storage site (food, clothes, etc)? "

We have 3 approaches we take, depending on which direction our trip is taking us and how pressed for time we are.
In Denver county, you cant park your RV on the street for more than a day or so. The enforcement doesn't happen until someone complains, and our neighbors are pretty cool so I've kept mine out front for up to a week, when we first got it. Not pushing my luck though so I keep it to 24 hours or less now.

We keep our camper loaded and ready for use from Tax Day to Thanksgiving (more or less). Clothes, dishes, everything... Minus perishable food. It's really not that complex. The day before a camping trip, I get the camper out of storage and park it in front of my house. We could do this in an hour if we needed to. I plug it in, get the fridge going, load it up, and we bail. It is inconvenient, but not complex at all. We prefer this approach when time permits.

Plan B, when we are heading south of town (my storage lot is south of town) We will pack a couple crates at home with things we want to take with us, it's not a lot of stuff, and we pack a cooler with the perishables. It takes 5 minutes to load the fridge / freezer, and we take off from there. The cooler goes into 'beer service'. For this to be an option, it's very helpful to keep a running inventory of what you have onboard. So you don't forget to bring new 'supplies' as needed.

Plan C - We just pick up the camper and hit up the first Walmart in route. This works well too because the fridge and freezer are cold and ready to use by the time we fill them.

Edited to add - now that I'm addicted to the RV thing, I would not consider relocating to a house or community where I cannot store it on site. Storage fees work out to about 650 dollars a year for me, it's not a huge amount of money obviously, but I hate the bleed out of cash regardless.
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Old 10-08-2016, 11:08 AM   #3
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So any tips from others in this situation? Do you bring the trailer to the house to load? Or take everything to the storage site (food, clothes, etc)? Thanks!

we're in an HOA controlled neighborhood. 3 days max is the amount of time we can plunk the motorhome in front of the house.

So, we keep non-perishables in the RV. We've got other stuff in plastic bins, ready to go. (I bought a 5 shelf rack from Walmart and plunked it in the basement, so that's where all the RV stuff goes.). Clean towels stay in the motorhome.

We have plastic bins for kids clothes. I keep light jackets / pullovers in the RV. So we try to stay as organized as possible.

The day before we leave, we bring the RV to the house and park it in front. Plug it in, fire up the fridge and start loading.


We too had a devil of a time finding a storage facility. RVing is pretty popular, I guess.
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Old 10-08-2016, 11:19 AM   #4
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Our unit is in storage as well - about 6 miles away. The storage place has been broken into (lost count) and our unit has been broken into 3 times. Unfortunately ALL the storage units, including dealerships, have had their units broken into. We remove all electronics (or better yet, hide them in locked areas) so if they break in they get nothing.

We cannot park our unit at home unless it is behind the rear corner of the house - which means we have to have another driveway put in & the electrical wires lifted. We cannot park it in the driveway for any length of time either - there is someone around us that immediately calls the county on us - but you drive through the subdivision & see all sorts of TT & boats in the driveway. Could be because our unit is so long.

We do take our clothes down the day before & put things away. Dishes & non-perishables stay in the trailer. Other things are taken down the day we leave. Fridge is started in the morning (residential fridge) & wife places ice packs around everything. Works great for her.
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Our lot is a good distance away so we cart everything to the unit and load it there. Non-perishables stay in the unit.
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We are considering moving to a gated community and unfortunately, owners cannot park RV's in their driveways. There is RV parking/storage on site, but for now, there is a wait list. This means we have to store the trailer off-site until such time as a spot became available in the complex.

In all the years we've owned an RV, we have always been able to park it in our yard/driveway so this would be quite a change for us and leads me to seek some advice, or tips, from others on the forum who may be in the same situation.

There is a lot of stuff we keep in the trailer all the time -- dishes, dry goods, etc. But during the camping season, we always have the fridge plugged in and certain foods inside it. (Mainly condiments, I suppose). Storing the trailer elsewhere, whether in the complex or not, means it's a lot more complicated. You can't leave the trailer plugged in, you either have to take everything to the storage site to load, or bring the trailer to the complex to do same. I'm told we can park the trailer on the street in front of the house for a few hours to load and unload, but again, you better be ready to leave on the trip right after loading!

So any tips from others in this situation? Do you bring the trailer to the house to load? Or take everything to the storage site (food, clothes, etc)? Thanks!
I would NOT ever buy in a community like that...........
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X2 on the plastic baskets. My DW has found plastic baskets and containers that fit perfectly in the bottom of the closet (for non hanging clothes) in the kitchen cabinets (for food and condiments) then we use either a large clothes basket for the refrigerator contents or a cooler depending.


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I live out in the country. Mine is parked in front of the shop with my utility trailer right next to it. Tractor kind of moves around where it gets parked.
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I would NOT ever buy in a community like that...........
good to know.
but let's avoid turning this into a discussion on HOAs.
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I would NOT ever buy in a community like that...........

I agree!

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