Generally, yes. You can part your trailer in the street.
But there are many caveats you should be aware of. For instance, you must make sure that the trailer is not a hazardous obstruction to other motorists.
In addition to these caveats, each council has its own ordinances regarding parking trailers in the street especially for extended periods.
In some places, you can leave the trailer parked for as long as you want. In others, they won’t look too kindly on you if you leave the trailer on the street for months.
Even if the trailer is not a hazard and does not cause obstruction, it can still be towed in some areas simply because it is a nuisance or looks unsightly.
In addition, housing associations, property owners and developers can have their own restrictions regarding parking in the street outside their property.
Even if you live in that house, your deed or tenancy agreement may still restrict you from parking in the street outside your home.
My best advice is to do your research before you park on the street. Check local council regulations; call them if necessary.
Also check if the property has any kind of trailer parking restrictions.
Note: General parking restrictions that apply to a certain street or council still apply to your trailer. Don’t forget to check these as well.
How to park safely on the street
Some of these are mandatory safety requirements in some areas, others are just common sense tips to protect your trailer and other motorists.
- Make sure you’ve parked properly such that the trailer does not create a hazardous obstruction on the road.
- Make sure that the truck is lit at night for visibility.
- Secure at least one of the wheels with a steering lock or clamp to ensure the trailer stays in place.
- Do not leave it parked for too long as it could become a nuisance or obstruct other motorists who want to park. In some areas, your trailer may be towed if it is deemed abandoned.
Consider your neighbours
You may have the right to park on the street for however long you want but that doesn’t mean you should.
If you leave the trailer there for too long, it can prevent other people from parking and become an eyesore especially if it gets dirty or develops a puncture.
If you are going to park on the street, let it be for no more than a few days or a couple of weeks. That is unless you are sure the trailer is not a bother to anyone.
The street is not the best place to leave your trailer. Not only do you risk breaking a law unknowingly or setting the neighbours’ fury upon you, it’s also easier for thieves to steel your trailer.
There are other better places to park your trailer, some of them free.
Where to park your trailer instead
- Inside your home: That is if you have space. It’s the safest place to keep your trailer. You won’t argue with your neighbours and there’s no risk of going against any local regulations. Just make sure you use wheel and hitch locks to keep the trailer safe. Also check if your deed or tenant agreement has any trailer parking restrictions inside the property.
- Trailer/motorhome parking sites: Check if there is dedicated parking for trailers and motorhomes in your area. You’ll probably be charged a parking fee but it’s cheaper than paying for street parking.
- Camping site: Many camping sites have plenty of parking space for trailers, usually free as long as you are camping. If you want to leave it for longer, talk to the management. They may charge a fee.
- Private garages: Look for a garage near your area that provides parking for trailers and caravans. You’ll have to pay a fee.
Wherever you park your trailer, remember to secure it against theft. If it is a box trailer with doors, make sure they are well secured with a strong lock.
Also get a hitch lock and a wheel lock or clamp to prevent someone from driving the trailer away.
Securing the trailer also ensures it doesn’t roll away and cause an accident.