Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-23-2014, 08:35 AM   #1911
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 524
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lloydg View Post
Do you know what that cost would be to lay down asphalt with a good gravel base rather than concrete?
I haven't looked at asphalt as contractors are not as common as concrete contractors in my area. Also with a concrete drive I would rather stay with materials that are closer in color.
__________________

__________________
2015 F150 Ecoboost
2014 Palomini 142 CK
keith_h is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2014, 08:45 AM   #1912
Incheon, S. Korea
 
BigBaron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Incheon, South Korea
Posts: 1,151
A little advice...

Quote:
Originally Posted by keith_h View Post
If you are asking me, my trailer is 18.5' from tongue to back bumper. I am looking at a 10X20 pad. The quotes so far have come in at $1900-$2000 and that is just for a 4" thick pad on prepped dirt. I live in the Piedmont of NC so don't have to worry about footings or frost line.

The reason I've been looking at concrete is it will have less moisture under the trailer. The area of our yard where the drive is located stays moist most of the year. Great for the grass but not so good for mechanical things. I've thought about going with gravel and pavers or full pavers. I think the full pavers will keep the moisture under control but I'm not sure I want to do the work to keep the cost down not to mention another project. As for the gravel I suspect it will have moisture issues just like the area currently has. For now I have room for everything on the drive it just means I have to play musical cars to change which vehicle I drive at any given time.
Be sure to put down a very thick moisture barrier before they pour the concrete. I think 4 mils is good (check, it's been a while for me) You will want 3/8"~1/2" rebar at 18" on center if you don't want it to shatter. It has to be tied and on saddles before they pour. The little concrete blocks with wires on top work well too, and they're cheap. Don't let them B.S. you that they can "pull" the wire mesh up into the middle of the slab-they can't.
The most important thing is to compact the he** out of the dirt before the pour. You need at least 95% compaction. Damp dirt compacts the best, so if you're bringing in fill or digging up what you got, damp it down a little before you put it in. If the dirt has been undisturbed for ten years or so, it should be at a good compaction already so leave it alone.
I would also put trowel lines in the concrete, probably 4' on center, to control where it cracks. I put in 2X4s in our driveway at 8' on center to create smaller separate slabs. Much easier than one big slab IMO.
__________________

__________________
Me, Julie, Lil' Barry, Faith, and OSDs, Fang and Treaty
2003 Hyundai Starex (H1), 2012 Coachmen Clipper 126
I don't know when we'll be able to go camping again...
BigBaron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2014, 09:11 AM   #1913
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 524
Quote:
Originally Posted by BigBaron View Post
Be sure to put down a very thick moisture barrier before they pour the concrete. I think 4 mils is good (check, it's been a while for me) You will want 3/8"~1/2" rebar at 18" on center if you don't want it to shatter. It has to be tied and on saddles before they pour. The little concrete blocks with wires on top work well too, and they're cheap. Don't let them B.S. you that they can "pull" the wire mesh up into the middle of the slab-they can't.
The most important thing is to compact the he** out of the dirt before the pour. You need at least 95% compaction. Damp dirt compacts the best, so if you're bringing in fill or digging up what you got, damp it down a little before you put it in. If the dirt has been undisturbed for ten years or so, it should be at a good compaction already so leave it alone.
I would also put trowel lines in the concrete, probably 4' on center, to control where it cracks. I put in 2X4s in our driveway at 8' on center to create smaller separate slabs. Much easier than one big slab IMO.
It is rare to see a continuous pour around here. Most drives of any length, mine is 100' long, are poured with individual slabs separated by expansion boards. I was planning on two 10X10 slabs which matches up with the driveway's 10' width.
__________________
2015 F150 Ecoboost
2014 Palomini 142 CK
keith_h is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2014, 01:41 PM   #1914
Site Team
 
Mr. Dan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Grayson County, Texas
Posts: 3,473
Quote:
Originally Posted by RhoZeta View Post
Which park are you staying at on the lake? Been wanting to go but OK's non-existent reservation policy makes me nervous about going only to be told no more spots when we get there late on a Friday...
RZ, we almost always stay at Elephant Rock Campground on the west side of the lake. When we planned our first trip here 8-9 years ago, the lack of capability to reserve sites put us off, too. I called the park office and whined about that since it is an 80 mile pull for us. Camp employees told us the park is convenient to DFW Metroplex campers and that campers make the drive here for the weekend. They told us to come on Monday or Tuesday when those DFW area people go home. We've been coming on Monday afternoon since then. We DO see an influx of campers coming in on Thursday, Friday and Saturday but I have never seen Elephant Rock Campground completely full. Of course, we come in April and September every year when school is in session and many campers are staying home. We always stay in full hookup sites and not many camps on Lake Murray have full hookups. However, there are several camps in the park w/ electricity and water. They seem to have available sites even on weekends. I should point out that most sites next to water cost $5 per night extra - they are designated as Premium Sites.
__________________
SEARCH is your friend!
FR Wildcat 295RSX / GMC Sierra

Nights Camped: 2013 = 49 / 2014 = 74 / 2015 = 74 / 2016 = 85 (booked = 00, boo!)
Mr. Dan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2014, 02:06 PM   #1915
Infractee
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 817
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. Dan View Post
RZ, we almost always stay at Elephant Rock Campground on the west side of the lake. When we planned our first trip here 8-9 years ago, the lack of capability to reserve sites put us off, too. I called the park office and whined about that since it is an 80 mile pull for us. Camp employees told us the park is convenient to DFW Metroplex campers and that campers make the drive here for the weekend. They told us to come on Monday or Tuesday when those DFW area people go home. We've been coming on Monday afternoon since then. We DO see an influx of campers coming in on Thursday, Friday and Saturday but I have never seen Elephant Rock Campground completely full. Of course, we come in April and September every year when school is in session and many campers are staying home. We always stay in full hookup sites and not many camps on Lake Murray have full hookups. However, there are several camps in the park w/ electricity and water. They seem to have available sites even on weekends. I should point out that most sites next to water cost $5 per night extra - they are designated as Premium Sites.
We are part of the DFW crowd
Wish we could come on a Monday or Tuesday but I still have 20 years til I have the ability to do that at will. In the past when we have stayed over on a Monday at various parks it is amazing at what a ghost town they become!
Right now I can't wait for the weekends to go camping, I am thinking in 20 years I will be dreading the weekends as our quiet park gets over run with weekend warriors! LOL.

Have you been to that park around thanksgiving? Looking for a park then, we usually do 4 or 5 nights.
__________________
RhoZeta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2014, 08:39 PM   #1916
CANADA FROG RALLY 2017
 
B and B's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Wilmot Twp, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 7,015
I cleaned old grease off the hitch and pin box. Also changed out the empty propane for our next trip in October after CDN Thanksgiving. DW did the Interior cleaning and laundry. Tomorrow it heads back to storage lot for a few weeks.
__________________
B and B
2013 Rockwood 8289 Diamond Edition
GY D's/2.5 inch lift kit/Powerhouse 4 KW EFI Generator
2016 Ford F 350 Lariat Power Stroke Diesel Crew Cab FX4
2008 Golden Falcon 380PA Park Model Model

"Oh Canada,True North Strong and Free!"
B and B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2014, 09:19 PM   #1917
Site Team
 
Mr. Dan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Grayson County, Texas
Posts: 3,473
Quote:
Originally Posted by RhoZeta View Post
We are part of the DFW crowd
....
Have you been to that park [Lake Murray] around thanksgiving? Looking for a park then, we usually do 4 or 5 nights.
No, we have not. We usually make 1 camping trip in November - but usually before Thanksgiving. Sometimes we use the Big Mineral Campground, a private park near Gordonville, Texas - northeast of Whitesboro. They don't have silly season closures rules as do the COE parks on Texoma which will close for the winter AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER. We've also used Cedar Mills in the same area.
__________________
SEARCH is your friend!
FR Wildcat 295RSX / GMC Sierra

Nights Camped: 2013 = 49 / 2014 = 74 / 2015 = 74 / 2016 = 85 (booked = 00, boo!)
Mr. Dan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2014, 09:49 PM   #1918
RKR
Senior Member
 
RKR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 612
Got the rig ready for our trip Thursday. Found out my battery isn't charging. Nice surprise. Went and bought another battery and will bring my charger.
Has anyone ever left the charger on the battery while it was running the trailer ? I have a smart charger that won't over charge and has a slow 5amp charge cycle.


Sent from my high tech gadget
__________________
RKR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2014, 09:49 PM   #1919
Infractee
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 817
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. Dan View Post
No, we have not. We usually make 1 camping trip in November - but usually before Thanksgiving. Sometimes we use the Big Mineral Campground, a private park near Gordonville, Texas - northeast of Whitesboro. They don't have silly season closures rules as do the COE parks on Texoma which will close for the winter AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER. We've also used Cedar Mills in the same area.
Indeed, we stay at juniper point (West) a lot and we think the fact that they turn off the water is ridonkulous! They just put in freeze proof spigots too! How is Big Mineral? Have seen that on the map.
__________________
RhoZeta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2014, 09:50 PM   #1920
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 4,091
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lloydg View Post
Do you know what that cost would be to lay down asphalt with a good gravel base rather than concrete?
Had my driveway removed and re-done last year. It's about 16 ft wide at the entrance, 2-car garage wide at the garage, plus another car's width to the side at the garage. Driveway is about 60 ft long, with the extra car section being 20 ft long, then a 20 ft taper to the normal part of the driveway. The section to the side didn't exist originally, so the extra section needed additional work in terms of leveling and putting down gravel. Total was about $4K.
__________________

__________________
1988 Coleman Sequoia - popup (1987-2007)
2012 Roo19 - hybid (2012-2015)

2016 Mini Lite 2503S - tt (2015 - ???)
2011 Traverse LT, 3.6L, FWD
2009 Silverado Ext Cab, 5.3L, 4x4, 3.73
2016 Silverado 2500HD Dbl Cab, 6.0L 4x4, 4.10
rockfordroo is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
camper

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:25 PM.