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Old 04-18-2017, 06:52 PM   #1
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Thinking of building a 16x20' "deck"

Hi folks,

Have some seasonal questions, this seems the be the most active thread on this forum. We've been "semi-seasonal" at a campground in Maryland for the last couple summers, paying monthly rate in their transient sites, waiting for a permanent site to open, which finally happened this year.

Thinking of building a 16x20' "deck" for the site. I put the word in quotes, as it will be ground level, and I plan to build it in four 8x10' sections of so it can be easily moved in the future.

I plan on lag bolting each section together and screwing down the planks above so I can gain access later in case I need to disassemble. I plan on laying down some 10x6 planks under the edges of each section so I can slide the entire unit away from the camper in case we want to hit the road. We keep a golf cart at the site, so that would be my pulling power when it comes time to slide.

Does that sound like a proper plan for a seasonal site? Maybe this was answered already in this long thread, lots to read through.

Also, with such a "temporary" structure, would I need to do a building permit? Not sure where the line is drawn between deck and wooden pad.

Thanks for the insight, and here comes summer!

Todd
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Old 04-18-2017, 07:23 PM   #2
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Sections bolted together is a good way to go. I've moved my deck twice so far and 8x10 works out great..
As far as a permit goes that's up to you and your cg rules.

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Old 04-18-2017, 07:30 PM   #3
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My thought was sure, good forward thinking. My followup question is, should it have ground anchors? The local rules or campground rules may dictate but if it was just up to you, what might you consider?
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Ok, looks like a moderator moved my post into its own thread, and out of the seasonal sticky. Who knows, maybe this thread will become the most active on the forum.

Anyway, ground anchors: as in footings with posts? Not sure that would be needed if it's sitting directly on a gravel pad and made of pressure treated wood?
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I was thinking about when mother nature gets her wind on.
Just put it on wheels and when a big blow happens you can just tow it back.

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I was thinking about when mother nature gets her wind on.
Just put it on wheels and when a big blow happens you can just tow it back.

I'm imagining 8x10' deck sections will be mighty heavy, especially with 4 of them bolted together. How are yours anchored?
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I do not have a deck. Others may have ideas. I just wanted to suggest a consideration.
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I'm imagining 8x10' deck sections will be mighty heavy, especially with 4 of them bolted together. How are yours anchored?
You could use this ShelterLogic 30 in. Earth Anchors Set (4-Piece)-10075.0 - The Home Depot

Then lag-bolt it to the deck
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You get wind high enough to lift that thing, you won't need the deck until you get your new trailer and they clean and rebuild the campground.
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You get wind high enough to lift that thing, you won't need the deck until you get your new trailer and they clean and rebuild the campground.
Indeed, I'm thinking a fly away deck would be the least of my worries with a wind that strong.
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