A controversy about the rights of RV owners to park their rigs on their properties has surfaced once again, this time in Fairfield, Ohio, a community between Dayton and Cincinnati, according to the Hamiltion Journal News.
The Fairfield City Council instructed the city attorney last week to investigate whether the storage of RVs and boats should be restricted.
However, the newspaper reports that most of the complaints city officials have heard were about homes in disrepair, overgrown yards and junk cars.
But one resident of Fairfield, population 43,000, told the Journal News he believes RVs are “tacky” and a “blight on the community.”
Meanwhile, an RV owner since 1997 told the newspaper he has parked his rigs – currently, he has a 35-foot Winnebago he bought in July – in front of his home for years and never heard any complaints.
Many cities around the country have ordinances restricting the parking of RVs – motorhomes and towables – in residential areas. However, many of the ordinances were not enforced for years, until the issue was raised by people who do not like the look of RVs.
Many of the existing ordinances require RV owners to park their rigs in their backyards or to erect fences or screens to shield them from view.
Often when the issue of RV parking restrictions is raised, RV owners reply that there are not enough RV storage businesses nearby for their rigs.