FAQs on Recreational Vehicle Parking in Morgan Hill

1. WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF A RECREATIONAL VEHICLE?

Morgan Hill Municipal Code (MHMC) Section 18.80.020 defines a "Recreational Vehicle" (RV) in part as:

  1. Motor homes constructed as an integral part of a self-propelled vehicle.
  2. Travel trailers built on a chassis and drawn by a motorized vehicle.
  3. Campers mounted on a truck chassis.
  4. Camping trailers and similar folding structures mounted on wheels.
  5. Park trailers built on a single chassis, mounted on wheels, with a gross trailer area not exceeding four hundred square feet in the setup mode, and certified by the manufacturer as complying with ANSI A119.5. 

2. CAN I LIVE IN MY RV WHILE IT IS PARKED ON A PUBLIC STREET?

No. MHMC Section 8.08.050 states that all trailers, when occupied or used for living or sleeping purposes, shall be kept within approved mobile home parks or trailer parks; provided, however, that a trailer may be so used or occupied for a period not exceeding forty-eight hours upon obtaining the prior consent of the Chief of Police or of his deputy. This period may be extended for three additional weeks or any fraction thereof only upon the prior consent of the city council.

For example, should a relative traveling in their RV desire to visit you, you may obtain the consent of the Chief of Police or his deputy for their visit, allowing them to park on the street in front of your home and "occupy" the trailer/RV during their visit.

3. IS MY RV CONSIDERED A "TRAILER"?
 

Yes. MHMC Section 8.08.030  defines a trailer as a camp-car, trailer, trailer coach, or other vehicle with or without motor power, constructed to travel on public thoroughfares and designed, constructed, or used for human habitation.

 4. WHAT IS AN "OVERSIZED VEHICLE?"

MHMC Section 10.40.210 states that an oversized vehicle is any vehicle, or combination of vehicles ,that exceeds twenty-two feet in length or seven feet in height.