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BandJCarm 04-15-2016 03:14 PM

A "Can I park it there" Question
Not sure where this question fits. Never have seen it addressed here anywhere.

Without pictures (it'd take about 5 to explain), here's the issue:

House has paved driveway, big enough and straight enough for the 40 foot 5'er when it comes in. The trouble is the's fairly narrow, with a huge dropoff on the other side from me. Backing in our 30' Grey Wolf was a chore. This thing may not be worse, but it may be.

Now, on the OTHER side of the house is more land, and a curve so the street gets wider. The ideal thing to do would be to take out two trees (one is sweetgum that I hate!) and back it in between the house and the 250 gallon LP tank.

Trouble is..............that puts me right on top of the Septic Tank!! We have city water, but not city sewer (annexed years ago and that is all the city will offer). I can make sure it is not parked on top of the cleanout line...and with yet another tree removed (another stinking sweetgum) I could back it PAST the septic tank.......but I'd be driving over it back and forth.

My first thought is "Bill, don't even think about this, you're going to cause big problems"..........but the location is the best, and I thought I'd get some 'expert' opinions on this just in case I'm thinking on it wrong:feedback:

Any ideas?

bob caldwell 04-15-2016 03:19 PM

Can you straddle the cover? The cover on one of these is pretty thick..

wanderingbob 04-15-2016 03:21 PM

Drive over it , whats the worst that can happen ?

5picker 04-15-2016 03:24 PM

I would NOT be comfortable parking on or running over an in ground septic system with anything more than a lawnmower. Many county codes here in PA prohibit compaction and/or otherwise disturbing the soil cover.

wrvond 04-15-2016 03:25 PM

No, you can't drive over it. You will crack it and it will leak. Then you will have to have it dug up and replaced. I am assuming you have a concrete tank and not a much older metal one.

shughey00 04-15-2016 03:25 PM

Well I would not do it. I was working with my friend doing landscaping when he forgot where the septic tank was as we were running an excavator the backyard. He was in an excavator that was not large...maybe 15Klbs to 18Klbs I'm guessing.
Yah...well we found that tank....when the track popped through the concrete lid. Not a fun job to replace a lid on a tank full of waste.

Tank was about 2-3 feet down.

Considering a tracked excavator displaces weight over a greater area than wheels I would not want to drive anything over a tank that was bigger than a small pickup and even then....not.

Your 5th wheel should be what..15Klbs loaded or so....stay the heck off. If you are lucky you would just crack the lid but if the wheel breaks through enough you won't be pulling it out with your truck. I thought the lids were reinforced but nope......that thing easily broke into do I know...guess who had to schlep down in the hole and shovel the last bits of concrete lid out of the tank....yah I got racooned a few times.

EDABEUT 04-15-2016 03:33 PM

How deep is the septic tank in the ground and the lines coming in and out. If its more than 6 feet deep I would drive over it but not park on it. I would not drive across or park on your septic field.

nomad297 04-15-2016 03:55 PM

Septic tanks are made of "lightweight" concrete. I wouldn't take the chance of crushing the top of the tank with the weight of your trailer or truck.


BandJCarm 04-15-2016 04:10 PM

Confirming what I thought.

I appreciate the input. I figured this was a stupid idea of mine.........and it is.

Back to figuring out how to jackknife into the existing driveway!! :)

GSD_Gunner 04-16-2016 03:38 PM

Don't drive over the tank and don't drive that much weight over the leach field either!

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