No Parking, Not Ever. Well OK, Just To Unload

By Pat Piper

Depending on where you live, local government clicks a stopwatch when you park the boat trailer after a day on the water. What’s a boater to do?

Photo of a boat trailer parked on a VA street
A boat can be parked on a residential street in Arlington, Virginia
for only 72 hours before it has to be moved.

Many property managers hired by homeowner associations face the issue of "unsightly" boat trailers or RVs parked on residential streets. Vickie Gaskill, who served as national president of the National Association of Resident Property Managers last year, says this isn't a new trend at all. "It's been my experience that there are very few associations that allow boat, trailer, or RV parking within their community," she notes. "Most of the time this is addressed in the Governing Documents (Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions; By Laws; and Rules and Regulations) for the association. To be honest, it’s my opinion that developers put this verbiage in the documents when forming the association to make it more attractive for potential purchasers. They appear to be of the belief that people don't want to live in a community where every other house has a boat or recreational vehicle parked in front of it. And to some extent, that's very true."

But this isn't to say boat or recreational vehicle owners aren't welcome; they most certainly are. Just don't bring the you-know-what home except to load and unload, and even then for only a select amount of time.

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A boat and trailer in Ft. Lauderdale are allowed in front of a home but not on the street.

In Madison, Wisconsin, and Brunswick, Ohio, a boat trailer can remain on the property for no more than 48 hours. After that amount of time, it has to be moved. In Hermeston, Oregon, a trailer is allowed to be in a driveway for a maximum of 72 hours. While the allowable time varies in cities and towns throughout the country, the central issue remains: people don't want to see these things in their neighborhood or, if children are present, there is concern a parked boat trailer on the street blocks the view of a driver should a child run out after an errant baseball or toy.

Right now in North Reddington Beach, Florida (south of Clearwater), Mayor Bill Queen is overseeing a change to no more than 48 hours over any seven-day period in the length of time a boat trailer (or RV) can be parked for unloading or loading. "As far as the rules regarding the storage of trailers," he tells BoatUS Trailering, "this was exactly what the residents requested. They like the uncluttered look and several adjacent neighborhoods do not have these rules and the aesthetic difference is extreme."

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