January 13th, 2023

HOA Parking for RV

As more people take to the road and embrace the idea of traveling, vacationing, and camping in an RV, navigating the rules and regulations of HOAs or city parking can often become a daunting experience. For those looking to park their RV on their property, it's important to understand the rules and options available to ensure compliance and avoid any potential conflicts. In this article, we will explore the various options for RV parking and provide tips for navigating these complex regulations.

Understanding RV parking rules

Whether you are already a proud owner of a Mini-T Campervan or maybe a larger camper van or RV, you are probably wondering what the HOA rules are when it comes to RV parking. It is crucial to understand these rules, especially since they can differ from community to community. This way, you can avoid any fines or conflicts.

The first thing you need to know is that most HOAs and communities have rules about where you can park your RV or camper van. Some communities may allow you to park it in your driveway, garage, or carport, while others may have designated areas within the community. In any case, it is essential to consult with your HOA board to understand their specific rules regarding RV parking.

Size: When considering parking for an RV, Large Campervan, or a Mini-T Campervan, it is important to understand the size limitations. Many communities have size restrictions, which may impact on your parking options. Check the HOA bylaws to determine the length or height restrictions allowed for your RV if not stored instide your garage.

Location: You will also need to understand the restrictions on where you can store and park your RV. Most HOAs and city municipalities will not allow street parking, others may allow for driveway parking and in many HOA’s RV’s and even automobiles must be parked in the garage. This is where the Mini-T Campervan makes perfect sense being a garageable RV. This compact and versatile camper van is perfect for those who are short on space, but still want to enjoy the freedom of the open road. With its compact size, the Mini T is ideal for navigating through crowded city streets and tight parking spots. Additionally, its unique design allows it to be easily stored in most home garages regardless of if you live in an HOA or a city.

Duration: Another key factor to consider when understanding HOA or city rules on RV parking is the duration of how long you are allowed to park your RV or camper van. Many HOAs have specific time limits on how long RVs can stay parked within the community without receiving a fine or penalty. Most often, communities would require that RVs and camper vans be removed after a specific length of time if not parked in your garage, such as 24 or 48 hours, depending on the HOA bylaws.

Lastly, in reference to parking an RV, a Mini-T Campervan, or larger Class B Camper Van in an HOA, it is essential to ensure that your RV or Campervan is well-maintained and does not pose a safety hazard, environmental problem, or otherwise violate community policies. If you are in doubt, reach out to your HOA board for guidance and adhere to their rules on RV parking.

Has your HOA challenged your desire to park an RV at home? You may need to negotiate with your HOA board for a large RV parking permission.

The first step in negotiating with your HOA board is to research and understand the rules and regulations regarding RV parking. Some HOAs may have specific guidelines for a large RV, however, most do not have restrictions for RVs that are smaller in size, such as Mini T campervans or garageable camper vans. Once you are familiar with the HOA's rules, you can approach the board with a well-informed proposal for RV parking on your property.

When presenting your proposal, you will need to understand the appearance and impact of your RV on others. If you own or are considering owning a Mini-T Campervan it can be helpful to emphasize the benefits of owning a Mini-T Campervan. For example, you can explain that your Mini T is environmentally friendly and is used as a primary or second vehicle, weekend getaways and errands around town and is registered as a car. Additionally, a Mini-T Campervan is smaller in size compared to larger RVs, which means it takes up less space on your property, fits in your garage and is not obtrusive in any way to others in the community.

To increase your chances of success, it's important to approach the HOA board in a professional and respectful manner. This may mean attending HOA meetings, gathering support from your neighbors, and being open to compromise. For example, the board may be open to allowing RV parking on certain days or during certain hours. It's important to remember that negotiating with your HOA board is a two-way street, and it's important to remain calm and respectful throughout the process.

Is your RV too large, or do you have a High Roof Campervan that will not fit in your garage? Here are several tips for finding or selecting RV storage facilities (hopefully) near your HOA or home.

While searching for RV storage facilities near you, there are a few key factors to keep in mind. First, you will want to find a facility that is secure and well-maintained. This means looking for a facility that has a gated entrance, security cameras, and on-site management. You will also want to make sure that the facility offers adequate space for your specific RV, whether that be a Class A, Class C or a larger camper van that cannot be stored at home in your HOA.

Another key factor to consider is the cost of the RV storage facility. While it may be tempting to choose the cheapest option available, it is important to remember that you often get what you pay for. Look for a facility that offers competitive pricing, but also provides value-added services such as on-site maintenance and 24/7 access RV electrical hook ups etc.

Overall, finding the right RV storage facility near your HOA may require a bit of effort, but the benefits of having a safe and secure storage space for your RV is necessary can be well worth it if you cannot park at home. By following these tips and doing your research, you can find the perfect facility to meet your needs and keep your RV safe and secure.

Alternatives to storing your RV away from your home or HOA if it is too large and does not meet the areas parking requirements:

One option is to invest in a Mini-T Campervan. These compact campers are a popular choice for those who want to hit the road without a full-size RV. Unlike traditional RVs, Mini-T Campervans are small enough to fit in your garage when not in use. This means you can store your camper at home without running afoul of your HOA's parking rules. Plus, Mini-Ts are designed to be versatile and easy to operate, making them ideal for weekend getaways or longer road trips.

Another alternative is to consider a High Roof Class B Camper Van. These vehicles are larger than the Mini-T, but still offer many of the same benefits. Camper vans are designed to be self-contained, which means you can travel in comfort and style without having to worry about finding accommodation along the way. And because these vans are smaller than traditional RVs, (Class A and Class Cs) they’re often easier to park and maneuver, making them a great option for those who need to navigate tight spaces or narrow streets.

If you do decide to go with a full-size RV, you may still be able to store it in your HOA-controlled neighborhood. Some associations will allow RV parking if you get the proper permits and follow certain guidelines. This may include parking your RV in a designated area or using a cover to conceal your vehicle from view. Be sure to check with your HOA to find out what their rules are regarding RV parking and storage.

Overall, there are many alternatives to storing your RV in an HOA-controlled neighborhood. Whether you opt for a Mini-T Campervan, a high roof camper van, or a full-size RV, there are plenty of options available to help you enjoy your recreational vehicle without running afoul of your neighborhood's rules and regulations. Just remember to do your research and plan to ensure that you're able to enjoy your RV to the fullest.


In conclusion, living in an HOA community does not mean giving up your dream of owning an RV. With proper planning and communication, homeowners can find ways to park their RVs within the rules and regulations of their HOA. By researching local storage options, asking for approval, and being respectful of your neighbors, you can enjoy the benefits of RV ownership while maintaining a positive relationship with your community.

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