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RV rules fail to address travel trailers
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A trailer sits on a South Manteca street Thursday apparently in violation of the city’s RV parking ordinance. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Roberta Hogan was loading up her trailer in front of her Manteca home when she realized she had to go to the store to get supplies.

She unhitched the trailer and drove to the store. When she returned there was a ticket on her trailer for violating the city’s new RV parking regulations in residential neighborhoods adopted last year.

Hogan wasn’t happy. She took her complaint to the City Council on Tuesday night.

It didn’t take long for municipal staff to realize that after months of exhaustive citizens’ committee meetings and public gatherings that there was a slight problem. The ordinance doesn’t address travel trailers, just RVs.

Assistant City Manager Karen McLaughlin said municipal staff will explore ways of possibly tweaking the ordinance so it includes trailers.

McLaughlin said the oversight was probably attributed to the fact most people have RVs as opposed to trailers that have to be pulled.

McLaughlin said RV owners are allowed to park their RVs on the street on weekends for a set amount of time for loading and unloading and during the week if they obtain a permit from the police department.

The rule was designed to prevent having people living in RVs on city streets and creating sight hazards as well as parking in front of neighbors’ homes for an extended period of time.

The city also has a rule that no vehicle can remain parked in the same spot on a city street for more than 72 hours without risking a ticket.