Driveway Etiquette FAQ: RV, Boat, Junk Car Storage and More

contractorsAs experienced asphalt and concrete driveway contractors, our team often gets asked about common driveway problems. And we aren’t just talking about sunken driveways.

Concrete contractors are great at giving concrete driveway tips (a two-car drive should be 15 to 18 feet wide; your pavement should slope one-quarter inch per foot). But when it comes to dealing with difficult neighbors, there aren’t always easy answers, even for professional driveway contractors.

Here in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region, homeowners often want to know what they can and can’t keep in their driveway. Can I park my RV in my driveway? Can I store my boat in my driveway temporarily? Or just as often, How do I get my neighbor to stop parking that ugly RV in the front yard?

So without further ado, here’s a short guide to basic driveway etiquette, RV storage, and common courtesy.

Can I park my RV/trailer/camper/boat in my driveway?
The answer to this question depends on where you live. Not only do many cities/states have specific rules about RV and boat storage, but if you live in an upscale community, chances are your homeowners association has strict regulations about driveway storage as well.

Here in the Twin Cities region, homeowners are allowed to store boats, campers, and RVs no longer than 21 feet on their driveway, so long as they are parked on a paved surface, such as concrete or asphalt driveways. If you or your neighbor has a vehicle on grass or other landscaping features, then you could be in trouble. Not only can you be cited by the city police, but the vehicle can be impounded.

Can I store my junk car in the driveway?
Most cities have strict regulations about junk cars, and so the answer is almost certainly no. Inoperable cars (meaning vehicles that are junked, rusted, damaged, wrecked, dismantled, etc.) are not permitted either on your yard or driveway surfaces. If your home isn’t visible from the street, then no one will be the wiser, but otherwise you can expect complaints. Even if you’re restoring the classic car of your dreams, either be prepared to move it inside the garage or risk a visit to the impound lot.

Is it rude to store my RV/boat on the driveway?
Okay, forget about city regulations, what about neighborly etiquette? What should you do if one of your neighbors is complaining about your legally parked RV or boat? Are they just being a busybody, or are you being rude?

If you’re abiding by all local rules, regulations, and codes, then you aren’t doing anything wrong. Some neighbors will always find something to complain about, no matter what’s parked on your concrete driveway.

When traveling, is it rude to keep my RV in my host’s driveway?
Once again, check ahead of time to make sure you aren’t violating any local laws, which are often unkind to RV owners. Just as important, make sure you ask your host how they feel! If they say they don’t have a problem with you parking on their driveway, then simply follow this guide to basic RV driveway etiquette.