(a) Purpose. To regulate the storage and parking for recreation and camping equipment, as defined, in the same manner as other accessory or incidental uses, with due regard to the unique public safety issues associated with these uses such as maintenance of clear vision areas near public rights-of-way.
(b) Definitions. As used in this chapter, RECREATION AND CAMPING EQUIPMENT is and shall include the following.
FOLDING TENT TRAILER. A canvas folding structure mounted on wheels and designed for travel and vacation use.
MOTOR HOME. A portable dwelling designed and constructed as an integral part of a self-propelled vehicle.
PICKUP CAMPER. A structure designed primarily to be mounted on a pickup or truck chassis and with sufficient equipment to render it suitable for use as a temporary dwelling for travel, recreation and vacation use.
TRAVEL TRAILER. A vehicular, portable structure built on a chassis, designed to be used as a temporary dwelling for travel, recreational and vacation uses permanently identified “travel trailer” by the manufacturer.
WATERCRAFT and WATERCRAFT TRAILERS. Boats, floats and rafts, plus the normal equipment to transport the same on the highway.
(c) Generally. No person shall park nor occupy any trailer, mobile home or recreation and camping equipment on any premises outside an approved trailer park or mobile home park except as previously authorized in this chapter. Recreation and camping equipment defined as travel trailers, pickup campers, motor homes, folding tent trailers, and watercraft trailers may be parked on any residential property subject to the following conditions:
(1) Such equipment stored or parked shall not have fixed connections to electricity, water, gas or sanitary sewer facilities, and at no time shall this equipment be used for living or housekeeping purposes.
(2) If the equipment is to be unused for a period exceeding 30 days, the following conditions shall apply:
a. All batteries shall be removed from the equipment to prevent short circuits; and
b. All tanks containing flammable substances must be locked from the outside to prevent tampering.
(3) If the equipment is stored or parked outside of a garage, it must be stored or parked to the rear of the front building line as established by the principal accessory structure and not in a required side street sideyard or required interior sideyard, except as modified. Storage or parking in a required interior sideyard is allowed if located at least 60 feet behind the front property line and no closer than five feet to a side or rear lot line or on the principal driveway to the rear of the front building line established.
(d) Emergency parking. Emergency or temporary stopping, standing or parking of a trailer shall be permitted on any street, alley or highway subject to any regulations, or limitations imposed by the traffic and parking regulations or ordinances for the street, alley or highway.
(e) Wheels not be removed. In any district except as previously required, the wheels or any similar transporting devices of any trailer shall not be removed except for repairs, nor shall any trailer, unless as previously required, be otherwise permanently fixed to the ground in a manner that would prevent removal of the trailer.
(f) Parking or storage of mobile homes prohibited. The parking or storage of a mobile home, being a movable or portable dwelling, constructed to be towed on its own chassis and connected to utilities and designed without a permanent foundation for year-round living, is expressly prohibited.
(Ord. 2046, passed 4-11-1968; Ord. 2829, passed 3-22-1982; Ord. 2901, passed 4-9-1984; Ord. 2931, passed 1-15-1985)