I have always wondered about parking My RV on my property or residential street to save some money and time finding a parking lot.
So for this, I’ve researched across the web to clear my doubts and think to write this article so that the guys like me can save time going through all the research process.
Let’s clear all the doubts related to parking an RV on residential property.
Table of Contents
- Can RV Be Parked On Residential Property?
- Can you park an RV in Driveway?
- Can someone live in a camper on your property?
- Can you live in a camper while building a house?
- Can you park an RV on gravel?
- Should I park my RV on plywood?
- Is it OK to park an RV on grass?
Can RV Be Parked On Residential Property?
Yes, RV can be parked on residential property if you genuinely follow all the codes, rules, and regulations provided by the municipal of your jurisdiction.
Now let’s look at everything you need to follow to park your RV in your residential property.
It’s good to know that Vans and truck campers do not come under the category of Recreational Vehicle so all the information that I am going to provide are best practices for the vehicles that are considered as RV according to laws.
RV parking Rules and Regulation for residential property
Here are some general rules you should follow to park your RV on your private property no matter which county of the USA you live in. However, some rules can vary according to jurisdiction.
- Registered owner of RV must be the owner of the property or the using the property for their primary residence.
- No RVs are allowed to be used as temporary or permanent residence while parked or stored.
- You are not allowed to connect your RV with home facilites such as gas and water however you may make temporary electircity connection for the purpose of recharging batteries.
- Residential properties under 0.2 acres may not have Recreation Vehicles (RVs) over 24 feet in length which is measured from point to point inculing bumbers and hitches. (This is absolute for Las Vegas Nevada which can vary for other places)
- Some juridictions allow RV storage in the garage of the residential property for longer period but it should not be used for living when parked or storing.
- No Recreational Vehicles which is greater than 36 feet (This is for Texas, it can vary for other states) in length can be parked or stored for residential uses in any district zone.
- It is recommended that RV be parked at least three feet (numbers can vary) distance from any structure.
- Recreational Vehicles can be parked or stored outside of the residence building only if it have legal license plate, is in a state of proper repair and shall be secured to prevent unauthorized entry.
- You can keep no more than one inoperable RV for upto 60 days in garage, out of public view.
- Vehicle must be operable in all categories to remain in the in your side, rear, or front yard.
- Recreational Vehicles can be stored or parked in the rear or the side of the yard only if they are screened by a solid 6 foot tall fence.
- Only when side or rear yard space is not available you’re allowed to park your RV in front yard on the paved area.
- Your RV needed to be parked on a paved area or the side pad allowed by the municipal code of your state or city.
- In most cases, parking of RV in residential property is only allowed if the parking surface is paved with cement concrete which is at least three and one half inches thick.
- RV, Motorhome or any vehicle that you’re parking must not block the entrance of the garage in any way.
- The RV must be kept in a well maintained condition.
- Your RV or motorhome must not cover a Millimeter of neighbors property.
- Vehicle need to have alternatively screened with a evergeen landscaping or fence if the vehicle is within the mininum 8 foot distance from the adjacent property. The height of fence used or evergreeen landscape needs to greater than the RV beign screened.
- It is needed that your RV don’t fall under the eyes of road passers.
- No temporary covering like cloth screens or tarps are permitted. Though, you are completely fine with fitted covers if they are specially designed for the RV and mantained properly.
Can you park an RV in Driveway?
RV parking on a driveway in the front yard is allowed because it is subjected to a temporary parking permit
It means that you can park your RV on the driveway for a maximum of two days to prep, clean, loading, and unloading the RV.
Under this temporary license, you’re completely fine if your RV is in the public view but you need to remember that no living is allowed during this time.
Because RV living is considered as camping and not parking.
In certain states and cities, you need to have a special permit to park your RV in the Driveway like in California you can’t park your RV in Driveway without AUP* (Administrative Use Permit).
Here are some example codes which regulate the storing of RV in your driveway or garage of your residential property:
- In Dearborn Heights, you are not allowed to park or store more than one recreational vehicle or it’s attached appartus upon any well established driveway at any one time.
- In Glenwillow, a recreational vehicle can be parked on the driveway in the front yard for loading and unloading purposes, parking in driveway should not exceed 48 hours in any 7 day period.
To know if you need any permit to park RV or motorhome in the driveway you need to contact your municipal.
Will my RV crack my driveway?
Yes, due to the weight and pressure of RV on the concrete, the driveway will gradually lead to cracks and depressions on the driveway in a few years, and once the damage starts it will not stop growing.
The driveway made up of cobblestone or asphalt will lead to more damage if it’s often used to park RV for most of the time because the pressure applied on the driveway due to its weight can make the surface of the driveway uneven or even cracked.
Hairline cracks are common as a driveway ages.
How much weight will crack a driveway?
Your driveway will not crack if the parked vehicle is under 8,000 lbs and your concrete driveway is at least 4 inches thick but at least 5 inches thickness is recommended when the vehicle is heavier.
If we go into a little more depth then a 3,000 psi slab should support 3,000 pounds but you should limit to its 300 psi tensile strength when you really care about crackings.
However, most residential property’s driveway typically uses 3,000 to 4,000 psi of compressive strength which is not absolute depending on the region you’re living.
That’s why codes and ordinances differ from one county/jurisdiction to another which is why you must check the requirements with the Local Building Department to get the necessary numbers about depth, width, length, grade, thickness, culverts, location, purpose, inspection, and other requirements.
Different home associations have different requirements which you need to follow to build a good driveway.
When can I park my RV on new concrete?
You can park your RV on new concrete after 28 days of curing time so that no damage is done to the concrete.
These days are divided into 3 phases:
- Concrete Setting time is 24 to 48 hours
- In 7 days the concrete should have cured to 70-90% of its full potential strength which is good to park or drive personal vehicles but not the heavy ones like RVs or buses.
- After 28 days from the crew finished the full strength of the concrete is recognized and now is ready to park or drive RVs or buses on it.
The following things can happen if you park your RV on concrete before 28 days:
- The concrete driveway may crack
- The concrete will get the imprints of the tires
- The future strength of the concrete might weaken
Can someone live in a camper on your property?
If you wish, anyone can live in a camper on your property like a farm if the property is outside the residential district only when it is permitted by the City Council.
Living without permits is considered a violation of the law which shall be punished.
Apart from this, some cities allow the owner of the property to give permissions to someone else to live in RV which is the case in the City of Spring Field Oregon where someone can live in your RV in your property if provided proper sanitation and garbage facilities and electric connection may be provided but that too must not be hard-wired or permanent.
Why can’t you or someone else can live in an RV on your property which is located in the residential district? Because RV is considered a travel plus residence vehicle that can catch the attention of the neighborhood and they can complain to the city officials of you having two homes in a limited area.
Thus most of the residential districts in the USA (I don’t know the laws outside the USA) only allow parking for a limited period of time in your property for loading, unloading, and preparing and some districts also allow the storage of RV in your property inside the garage or side pad (I’ve already discussed this above).
The other main reason is that you can not connect your camper or trailers to the residential or lived regardless if they are parked in the rear or front yard. They can get their supplies only from the RV park.
Can you live in a camper while building a house?
Yes, it is completely possible to live in the camper while building a house however it is more headache-free when it is off the grid.
Ask the local town/county/city officials and agencies to allow the RV to live on-site and if they do allow, ask about the restrictions and requirements placed on hookups, utilities, access, and surface drainage.
It’s a must to consult the City official or city council before making this move. Don’t worry in most cases they will approve your request of living in an RV while building a house because It’s not that you are living in an RV in the property which already finished.
Cause the home that is already finished referred to as a residential home or residential property in which case only RV parking or storing is allowed not living.
I think it would be an honest guess- you want to live in an RV instead of in a rental apartment because the house you’re building is off the grid where an RV can help you save the year-long rents and travel expenses.
You can watch the video of the couple below who’ve done this already.
Can you park an RV on gravel?
Yes, you can park an RV on gravel and it would not do any harm to the tires.
Also, gravel drains and keeps the tires of RV from sleeping in the water however some says that you may put something between the tires and gravel which is good if the tires of your RV are of low quality but no need to put anything between the gravel and your tires when they are tough.
Apart from this, If your tires can’t keep up with the gravel then you’re missing the opportunity to use few RV parks but most campgrounds.
There is no reason that gravel would harm the tires instead it is just the quality of tires which is cheap enough to get damaged with some jagged surface.
Should I park my RV on plywood?
Parking RV on plywood is a good idea if you’re using it as a barrier between the Asphalt paving and your tires because over a period of time there could be a reaction between petroleum content in asphalt and the rubber of your tires.
Plywood surface can also be used when parking an RV on the grass to stop the tires from sinking in.
However, using plywood on concrete is not necessary if you don’t park your RV for the season but a month. You should still move the RV’s tire at least once a month.
It’s a myth that you have to use plywood under the tires before parking them on a concrete paved surface
This is true when tires were commonly made of Nylon where they tend to create a temporary flat spot when parking or storing for longer periods of time. But it’s a myth with the modern tires.
Is it OK to park an RV on grass?
No, it is not ok to park an RV on grass for longer periods because the condensation can hasten the rusting process which will result in mechanical failures but it is Ok to park an RV temporarily where it spends less time on grass but more on road.
If you’re worried about your tires sinking in mud or water, use plywood, concrete blocks, rubber pads, gravel with paving stones, or waterproof barriers that can help in the rainy season. And white covers wrapping around tires can prevent damage from UV rays.
However, the grass, water, or mud itself don’t damage the tires because the RV’s tire is made for traveling in rain, snow, and summer.
Above all, a paved surface is much better than an unpaved surface.