How many of you are able to keep your motorhomes at home?

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  1. Mack100

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    At the moment although we store our MH where we used to keep our caravan we can bring it home and park on the paved front garden when we want to.

    This is easy for cleaning tanks, packing up to go away and getting the fridge cold.
    We're now faced with moving house (downsizing/releasing money) and almost all the properties we've looked at are not suitable to do this.

    Just wondering how those in a similar position cope.
     
  2. philw111

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    We don't have a front garden and no vehicle access to the back so the MH is parked on the road.

    Mind you, we do live in a little village so parking is not that much of an issue
     
  3. Gizmouk

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    Whilst we have the room to store our motorhome at home, there's a clause in our deeds that clearly state that we aren't allowed to keep a caravan (which includes "motor-caravans") at our property. I believe that restriction is quite common - so you may be advised to check before purchase
     
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    Luckily after removing a fence post and modifying a wall we can get ours in the front drive, but at 7.4 m long it's pushing our limits, but the idea of having it in storage is a non starter as far as we are concerned,
    It's left plugged in and very easy to do the little maintenance jobs that keep cropping up, plus the loading / unloading after a trip makes life easier, :thumb:
     
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    I've constructed a new parking area off from the front drive, also managed to install a EH point, water tap & an easy access mains drainage cover. :Smile:
     
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    I almost do the exact same. brilliant for tipping out and in, tanks etc.
    Downside is neighbours always asking if you hire out the thingy.
     
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  7. Bellini

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    Although I've a perfectly good parking space for Udo at the side of my garage, I choose to keep Udo in storage for a few key reasons:-

    1. The 'space' is often taken up with two of our four cars.

    2. Although I'd love Udo around all the time, my view is that he's better off in his heated, secure, undercover and fully insured storage area.

    I know it's nice having your MH on your drive. If I had a decently large carport, I'd do the same, but there are distinct advantages to having your MH 'offsite' at a reputable place where advantages such as the ones I get do pay off. I placed Udo into storage late November all polished. Three months later he was taken out and was just as clean as the day he arrived there. Plus his batteries are kept charged and the heating helps keep his interior in good condition. The costs aren't unreasonable either, in my view.

    Please don't consider lack of driveway space a disadvantage. You may lose that 'instant-go' ability, but you should gain in many other respects.
     
  8. DP_JAY

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    lucky enough to be able to get mine in the garage though I did have to modify the doors to get this one in @ 3.2m high. would never live somewhere that I didn't have room for my vehicles off road.
     
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    We are changing over to a MH in a few weeks, but intend to keep it on our drive. We had the caravan on it for 4 years and the neighbours are fine with it. There is a covenant on our property but only a builders one which restricts us keeping one on our drive. Mind you that covenant also said no satellite dishes etc! I have been advised the covenant is only forceable by the builder and since he sold all the houses 14 years ago does not care:Smile:
     
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    We have plenty of space and keep ours at home, we are considering keeping it in storage some of the time. It is a bit of a give away when it is not here, there is a 99% chance that we are with it somewhere and the bungalow is empty.
     
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    I have my front lawn tarmacked,can now get my tin box right in front of my house.it does help with the loading and unloading.and it came in handy,when we had some friends round for the weekend.some of stayed in it.now they want one.i might have started a funster of.:Eeek::thumb::thumb:
     
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    we now have ours on our drive i made more room for the mh and its ok for the cars as well we have always had it in storage but at over £400a year we decided to keep it here also when i have a row with swmbo i can retreat to the mh :Smile:
     
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    We're lucky enough to have plenty of space in the garden and park it up behind the house. We connect the EHU up every night, handy in winter to keep some heat coming through..........and very handy if we have an argument, as it's somewhere else to escape to, with radio, tv and comfy bed:thumb:

    Margaret
     
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    We keep it at home and always have done, we have a large drive so no problem doing so but it is at the far end, away from the road. Those who know we have a PVC are aware that when it's not here we are more than likely away, but as we aren't on a main road and only have a modicum of passing traffic, it's not so obvious to all and sundry. I certainly would not like to put it in storage as that would be a pain, not to mention an additional expense.
     
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    We have recently downsized as well-we only looked at properties that were suitable for parking M/Home and 2 cars.
    We also enquired about covenants before viewing,and drove around looking for other M/Homes or caravans.
    Good luck,

    Mike
     
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  16. TheTwoOfUs

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    We used to keep ours on the drive and store the trailer at work but when I retired I had to bring the trailer home and therefore there wasn't room for both on the drive. One of the main reasons we don't mind leaving it in storage is that we live on a main road and there were numerous occasions when friends commented that they assumed we were away because the motorhome wasn't there. If they had noticed it wasn't there I'm sure that ne'er do wells could arrive at the same conclusion.
     
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    We keep ours at home, thankfully. Have seen a lot of damage to friends MoHo's when they have been in storage, caused either by the storage or other caravan/MoHo owners. They have always had issues trying to sort out damage when picking theirs up - one or two of them have also had parts stolen with the answer from the site owners 'oh, someone must have stolen the parts, claim it off your insurance', including a complete Ducato mirror.

    When I had my insurance quotes they all asked if the MoHo would be kept in/at storage sites and most of them said the premium would be higher than my driveway if I did - must be something in that.

    Regards,

    Trikeman. :Wink:
     
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  18. Movinon

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    Funnily enough we considered that parking our motorhome in view on our property would not be as secure against theft as in storage. There's risks to everything I suppose. We put ours into storage instead of parking it at our house with the following in mind:

    At the house it would be:

    A security risk
    An advertisement for when we're away
    An eyesore for the neighbours (we're all in bungalows in a particularly beautiful setting)
    Blocking light to (and view from) windows on that side
    Requiring considerable money to be spent on the parking area
    My wife wants to grow vegetables on that spot

    Storage at £450/yr isn't too bad when you consider that a round trip to the mainland for us costs £140 on the ferries
     
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  19. mikebeaches

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    I think the solution for the OP is to carry on searching - there is a smaller property out there that will be right for you, and have the space to park a motorhome too!

    You just need to keep hunting....

    Good luck, in any case. :thumb:

    Mike
     
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  20. longdog

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    I can keep my MH on my driveway, 7mtrs being about the maximum for me. There was a covenant by the builder that no vans, caravans, MHs, trailers, etc be kept on driveways, as the builder has now sold the estate to the local council, I tend to ignore it. My neighbours are pretty tolerant and I cut the grass of my next-door neighbour to keep him sweet :RollEyes:
     
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