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Old 11-15-2010, 08:56 PM   #1
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Storing Motorcycle Trailer

I live in a master planned community on the N side. I have had my m/c trailer parked in my side yard for several years. I have a big brick columns and front wall at the front of the drive with wrought iron estate gates. It has not been an issue in the past.

Just recently this has become an issue with the HOA. I feel certain it is the same a-hole neighbor, but nonetheless, I have now received letters from the lawyers representing the HOA.

This weekend, I rearranged the garage and moved it inside; but it sure takes up way too much room. I have thought of moving it to the backyard (through the garage), but that requires moving cars everytime I want to use the trailer. And I tend to use it quite a bit. Not just for m/c's.

The question: How do you guys who have a m/c trailer store it when not in use, and how do you deal with the over-zealous HOA?

The m/c trailer in the garage is really cramping the space. Thoughts?
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Unfortunately HOAs pretty much have you by the in this part of the country. What if you put some potted plants in front of the trailer? Make it look decorative.
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I told the wife I was thinking of fencing around the front and side of the trailer. This would require extending the fence ~15 ft forward of the detached garage.

She did not think it was a good idea.

The trailer is ~85' from the curb, and behind the wrought iron fence area that is ~25' from the curb. You really have to look to see what is going on behind the fence.

Also thinking of adding solar screen (or some equivalent) to the driveway estate gates to keep the nosey HOA from complaining of what is behind my gated area.
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i like the solar fence idea, it will give the house more privacy anyways.
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Outside trailer storage down the street is $35/month. Our HOA (read:neighbors) is very strict, no trailer parking, no street parking overnight, nothing in the backyard visible from the road or over the fence. Storage is our only option.
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Outside trailer storage down the street is $35/month. Our HOA (read:neighbors) is very strict, no trailer parking, no street parking overnight, nothing in the backyard visible from the road or over the fence. Storage is our only option.
I already have a trailer storage for the "big" trailer. I really do not want to pay for a second slot,especially for this tiny little trailer.
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Piggy back the little on the big in storage?
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Piggy back the little on the big in storage?
thats what he used to do, its just a PITA to get on/off in a hurry.
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Can you put a storage unit in the back yard to store the trailor?
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For all the reasons you've mentioned, I got this:

http://trailerinabag.com/index.html

I've been using it for about three years.
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Thats why we moved to the country, the HOA thought it was River Oaks, I know U already have the trailer but what about selling it and getting a Kendon standup, they are kickass, but I like the solar screen idea and the shooting the bastards idea also
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Old 11-17-2010, 04:33 PM   #14
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I pay $45/month for a 12 x 36 covered slip....houses my trailer and my pop up camper...and it's 2 minutes from the house so it's easily accessible.
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I got a Kendon as well. The motorcycle wheel rails can be removed so it can be used as a standard flat bed trailer.

When not in use it stands up against the wall in the garage nicely.
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Couldn't you put a bunch of old lawnmowers on it and park it in front of the house? You could say it was the yard guys OR you could pretend you didn't speak english. That would keep them off your back!!
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if its small enough.. pull it up to the ceiling of your garage like bicycle or kayak storage
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are those stable?
I haven't had a problem. The bike acts as a brace. If I had space to store a trailer I would get a full sized one (but not a cheap, light weight one) but since I don't this is a good compromise. Its a lot better made than the cheap trailers I've seen at Northern Tool and Supply and other places.
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As a continuation of the issues with the trailer, today I need the bike out that is the closest to the wall. So I have to move all of the bikes.

I have to find a better way to store the trailer.
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