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Different cities, different RV parking rules

Recently, you answered a question concerning the amount of time an RV could be parked on the street or in driveways in Medford. Your answer was that the city code states up to five days, then vehicles must be moved a minimum of 25 feet, then the clock restarts. To avoid confusion, am I correct in understanding each town has its own requirements and codes? As in Central Point, which is three days, no re-parking in the same location? Just wondering if other cities in our area have the same or different city codes.

— Linda B., Central Point

We need to start this Since You Asked off with a clarification, Linda. 

In checking back on the previous Since You Asked you're referring to, we wrote this: "All vehicles with a valid registration are subject to city code specifying they may be parked in the same place without moving for up to five days. After five days, vehicles must be moved a minimum of 25 feet, at which point the five-day clock restarts. Manufactured vehicles such as trailers, however — including camp trailers — can be parked in one place for only 24 hours on a public street."

RVs are included under the manufactured vehicle definition, according to Cpl. Tom Venables with Medford Code Enforcement, meaning they have a one-day window before they have to be moved to private property.

Now that we have that out of the way, yes, you're correct in pointing out that different towns have different rules for RV parking. In Central Point, RVs can't be parked on public streets or in alleys "for any period longer than 72 consecutive hours, except that short-term out-of-town visitors may park such recreational vehicles for a period not to exceed two weeks in any one calendar year."

In Ashland, RVs fall under the definition of "oversized vehicle," which refers to "any vehicle, whether motorized or nonmotorized, that exceeds 22 feet in length, or 94 inches in width or 92 inches in height." Such vehicles can be parked on a public street for 72 hours, and must be moved "more than 100 feet from the parked location at which the 72-hour time period has expired."

All that is to say, yeah, depending on where you live, the codes vary, so definitely check and make sure you understand the rules in your specific city.

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