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Noted In Passing: The Double-Decker Homeless Squat of Seattle

Parked double-decker RV stirs anger, frustration in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood | 

SEATTLE — Seattle is currently experiencing a building boom with new high-rises going up throughout the city but a parked RV in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood that has added a makeshift second story has shocked people like Alex Hardy who live or work in the area.

“Over the weekend they put up walls,” said Hardy, referencing the vehicle on 8th Avenue NW that has . “It’s insane.”

Hardy works at Camco Electric, which is parked across the street from the RV which has added a top floor on its roof. The vehicle is parked behind Reuben’s Brew and Fremont Brewing Company in a high traffic area that is surrounded by several residential streets.

Said Hardy: “So pretty much the homeless have taken over both sides of the street”

The Seattle Department of Transportation is responsible for ticketing and towing RV’s, but spokesperson Ethan Bergerson says, “To my knowledge, I have never seen anything like this.”

It appears that there is no playbook or ordinance to stop structures from being built on top of motor homes parked on Seattle’s public streets.

But there are probably plenty of ordinances to stop homeowners from just burning this guy out.

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  • Nori September 24, 2021, 7:54 PM

    Such ingenuity! Several hundred of these marvels could be motored to Napa Valley,Martha’s Vineyard,Vail,etc,as equitable housing for our new friends from Haiti and Afghanistan! It would allow our Esteemed Ruling Class to enjoy the vibrancy they foist on We the Peons like never before!
    Winnebago Rules,bitchez!!

  • Dirk September 24, 2021, 8:08 PM

    It’s interesting, what matters truly, is what’s happening inside the two story coach. The relationships, the self education, life’s defining moments. The Lesson learned.

    Often amused by people’s blurred ideas that the giant house on the hill has everything right, cuz we’ll the big house ya know.

    Anyone who’s lived life, has to be amused by that un qualified observed assumption.

    Most of the finest people I know, own little, yet their lives are Rich, and Full of what’s truly important.

    I admire them


    • Kevin in PA September 25, 2021, 8:00 AM

      Yeah, Dirk, you “admire them”…until that pile of crap (or several of them) moves into your neighborhood and drives your property value into the toilet.

  • Dirk September 24, 2021, 8:13 PM

    Heck several of these palaces are dumped out near the black rock dessert, afterBurning Man last week. Happens every year. Quite the collection of “ Rolling Art” on Highway 95, around GoldField Nevada, aswell


  • PA Cat September 24, 2021, 8:29 PM

    I’d be curious to see ghostsniper’s analysis of the structural adequacy of the two-story Winnebago– that is, assuming his comments would be printable.

    • ghostsniper September 25, 2021, 4:51 AM

      All travel trailers and RV’s are severely inadequate from a structural stability perspective. The Winnebago in the pic is probably from the 70’s or early 80’s. The structure built on top is surely more structurally stable than the bottom. Given that, they either had to structurally enhance the bottom floor (build thicker walls on the inside) or, put up with extreme wobble in the 2nd floor even if standing still. Moving, in either direction, would be perilous and dangerous. IOW, the whole thing is prone to collapse whether sitting still or moving. It will need to be disassembled, or towed up onto a trailer to get it out of there.

      It would have been much better, though more work, to have removed the entire vehicle from the frame and disposed of it, then build all new directly onto the frame. I feel dirty for having written all of this.

      • Dirk September 25, 2021, 8:03 AM

        Ghost your post was my first thought. The new room, will quickly be the bottom floor. As theUS, is flushed, trying to find the humor of it all.

        We have a purpose bought trailer, holds 3800 pounds per square ft, roof. A Jayco with aluminum construction. It’s a beast at 43 ft, and 14000 rolling pounds. Went with the toy hauler, I’ve grown tired of trailer manufactures telling me, by way of seat selection we’re I gotta sit!.

        This baron rear area, we can move our recliners anywhere in, suits me fine. Only thing to maneuver around is the dog, Daisy Dukes.


      • Kevin in PA September 25, 2021, 8:08 AM

        The damned thing is an eyesore, a fire hazard, over-parked, in violation of a multitude rules from the volumes of building codes, city ordinances and other pesky regulations that are so prolific in the PacNW. Those *ssholes are crazy about regulations…..and look what they get.

        It will likely require the neighborhood property owners to form a non-profit to engage in law-fare to simply get the city of Seattle to remove the gypsy encampment. Good luck. It would be easier to move, but of course, selling your house when there is this type of improvised camping arrangement on your street is tough.

        • ghostsniper September 25, 2021, 10:54 AM

          Looked it up, it’s sitting next to a brewery.

  • Andrew R September 25, 2021, 1:18 AM

    I prefer Jeremy Clarkson’s Citroen caravan from Top Gear. I’ll bet it was more structurally sound and it was driveable.
    There’s got to be some law(s) about building on a street. And I’ll bet the owner didn’t bother with trying to get a building permit. So there are a few legal remedies for that eyesore. Not that that city will do a bloody thing.

  • Hoss September 25, 2021, 5:22 AM

    Given the price of lumber that guy is hardly poor or at least not destitute.

    • ghostsniper September 25, 2021, 6:42 AM

      Right now lumber prices are less than 1/3 what they were just 2 months ago.
      I just now checked Menards and 1/2″ x 4’x8′ OSB is $16.49 a sheet.
      2 months ago it was $56.
      But yeah, I get your point.
      The new structure is probably much stronger than the lower one that supports it.

  • Alex September 25, 2021, 6:02 AM

    I’m thinking a pump sprayer full of 97 octane and a road flare, watch the festivities from across the street.

  • Kathryn of Wyoming September 25, 2021, 8:21 AM

    One of JOHN jon’s YouTube videos of LA features street after street of RV’s parked curbside in residential areas. They’re old and eyesores and it seems that nothing either can or will be done about it.

  • Geoff C. The Saltine September 25, 2021, 9:36 AM

    That was not the end of it,he started to add a 3rd floor that is when the city stopped him and he had to remove all of the new added improvements.
    The area is a mix of homes and light industry.
    They have built small homes on the street and have hot showers, all done with stolen materials.

    • Kevin in PA September 25, 2021, 11:13 AM

      “…small homes on the street and have hot showers, all done with stolen materials.”

      I have no doubt about the stolen goods, but showers?
      Who knew these people bathed?

  • Jim September 25, 2021, 2:52 PM

    Puncture the two starboard tires, and that thing will go topplin’ down like kamala at the sound of Willie Brown’s zipper.

    Sunk New Dawn
    Galveston, TX

  • EX-Californian Pete September 25, 2021, 3:56 PM

    Here’s a little info on the 2-story POS-

    It appears to be a 1972 Winnebago Brave D18. Dual 23 gal propane tanks are located in the right rear (passenger side) corner. A 40 or 75 gallon gasoline tank is located about 2′ behind the side-mounted filler cap and about 1-1/2 feet inward.
    It’s walls are framed with 2×2’s and 2×3’s, and the floor (“joists”) are 2×6 “C” channel- interior walls are 1/4″ thick composite (mostly shredded paper and glue) fiberboard- pretty flimsy construction.

    A cardboard box stuffed full of crumpled newspapers, with about 2′ of coiled cannon fuse in the bottom and a lit cigarette on the end of it slid under the coach within a foot of the gas tank would allow about 5-7 minutes of delay before it goes up in a mighty whoosh. Complete “burn time” would be less than ten minutes- for both “stories.”
    The average FD response time in Seattle is currently 6-14 minutes, longer response times after 2 AM.

    Of course, the above info is strictly for ‘education and entertainment’ purposes, in case anyone here (or in Seattle) owns one of those Winnebagos and would like to convert it into a large outdoor single-use fireplace.

    Probably the easiest and fastest way to get it destroyed would be to spray “MAGA” and “TRUMP 2024” logos on it and then notify the local BLM/Antifas by social media.

    • Snakepit Kansas September 25, 2021, 8:22 PM

      That was rich. My kids want to know what I am laughing about.

    • ghostsniper September 26, 2021, 4:49 AM

      Must be an old trick. Won’t work now. For at least 10 years cigs have been injected with something that causes them to go out in about 1-2 minutes if not puffed on. The rumor is the gov’t dictated that to ward off people falling asleep and being killed by a lit smoke. Having said that, the general idea is workable and there are many ways to “set off” a device. Also, a handful of mothball crystals in the gas tank will raise the octane 1000% creating quite a display upon ignition.