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Old 02-22-2022, 06:47 AM   #41
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Pour a concrete pad. Less moisture underneath to rust out your frame. Stabilizer jacks can take some weight off your tires. Easy clean up of leaves and debris with a blower and no weeds growing through.
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Old 02-22-2022, 07:41 AM   #42
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We have a Class C Holiday Rambler, We also did the same in our front Driveway. We installed electric (30Amp) and water at the same location. This allows me to service the all systems and also prepare for any trips. Our batteries are always fully charged because the unit remains connected all the time. and it makes it very convenient we getting ready to travel the fridg is cold and loaded water system fully serviced. All that is needed is to close the house, disconnect and off we go.
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Old 02-22-2022, 09:31 AM   #43
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Pour a concrete pad. Less moisture underneath to rust out your frame. Stabilizer jacks can take some weight off your tires. Easy clean up of leaves and debris with a blower and no weeds growing through.


That is the best solution. However, concrete would cost 4-5 times as much and may need the blessing of the municipality zoning. We were looking to pave our 10X75 foot driveway and estimates were close to $8K with materials and and labor, including removal of the old asphalt drive

It also adds to the value of the property, so taxes may go up.
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Old 02-22-2022, 08:02 PM   #44
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I thought about the options mentioned and decided to go with pavement. With concrete, regardless of how well the base prep is done & how much rebar & wire mesh is in the concrete, the pad will crack. I didn't want to store my rig on grass, gravel, or stone. Moisture under my rig was a concern.

2 years ago, a paving contractor gave me a great price. I extended my drive 55’ x 12’ wide. He excavated down 12”, put in two 6” layers of crushed bank run gravel compacting each layer. 3.75” of pavement compacted to 3” & sloped for drainage. Left the loam & dirt on site. I did not pay trucking costs to get that material off my property. I landscaped the area with it. I live in rural New Hampshire & let’s just say permits were not a problem.

I have had the pad for 2 years & I wish I had gone wider. A 12’ wide pad & 8’ wide rig gives me 2’ on each side. It's enough but just barely.
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Old 02-23-2022, 08:58 PM   #45
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Be sure to control any drainage. Water is the enemy. If you want to keep the stone from walking around use the geo grid. It’s plastic grinding with holes or square in it. The stone fills in and keeps it tight. Excavate topsoil off, install your preferred edging (i like parking lot park blocks ), lay down fabric or geo grid and lay down your crusher run stone, tamp/roll in, add #10 stone dust on top. Its easy on tires and gets hard. Draw back is it sticks to shoes some but a simple outdoor rug works great.
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This may sound obvious, but just make sure it's wide enough for a ladder, slide-outs, driveway camping, etc.

I plan on starting this same project soon, so thanks for all the good suggestions.
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Old 02-23-2022, 09:20 PM   #47
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Here's mine... two concrete pads for the tires.Click image for larger version

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Here's mine... two concrete pads for the tires.Attachment 269253

That's the dream there, Looks great!
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I just have to ask… Some folks put a rubber mat down so the tires don’t sit on concrete. You’ve put concrete pads down so the tires don’t sit on gravel.
(Wait, that’s not a question.)
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Old 02-25-2022, 08:39 AM   #50
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I just have to ask… Some folks put a rubber mat down so the tires don’t sit on concrete. You’ve put concrete pads down so the tires don’t sit on gravel.
(Wait, that’s not a question.)
If you are asking me (or not since it's not a question ) I've never had any issue with my trailer tires on concrete in the close to 50 years of camping.
Everyone seems to have an opinion on this so do what you feel comfortable with.

I poured the concrete pads to stop any settling and to provide a perfectly level platform for my 5th wheel to sit on.

If you look closely at the photo, you will also see darker colored pea gravel strips giving me a nice visual reference of exactly where to back onto the pads.
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If you are asking me (or not since it's not a question ) I've never had any issue with my trailer tires on concrete in the close to 50 years of camping.

Everyone seems to have an opinion on this so do what you feel comfortable with.



I poured the concrete pads to stop any settling and to provide a perfectly level platform for my 5th wheel to sit on.



If you look closely at the photo, you will also see darker colored pea gravel strips giving me a nice visual reference of exactly where to back onto the pads.
I was surprised to see folks not wanting their tires on concrete. I park my car on concrete every night in my garage.
I missed the darker gravel. That’s a master stroke. I tried laying out pvc as a guide but even that didn’t help me. I can back my 8’ trailer through a less than 10’ gate but keeping it straight isn’t easy. I find backing it in is much easier than pulling it out. I’ll take a picture at lunch and attach it here so y’all can see my parking space.
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I was surprised to see folks not wanting their tires on concrete. I park my car on concrete every night in my garage.
I missed the darker gravel. That’s a master stroke. I tried laying out pvc as a guide but even that didn’t help me. I can back my 8’ trailer through a less than 10’ gate but keeping it straight isn’t easy. I find backing it in is much easier than pulling it out. I’ll take a picture at lunch and attach it here so y’all can see my parking space.

Concrete is not a problem. Gravel and asphalt is. Moisture from the gravel and oils from the asphalt will harm the tires.


As far as parking, I have a 75 foot long, 10 foot wide driveway with the house on one side and a fence on the other. Maybe 12 feet wide between the fence and the house. It can be a bear backing straight in that distance. Even backing off the street into the driveway takes patience and a good spotter.
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I was surprised to see folks not wanting their tires on concrete. I park my car on concrete every night in my garage.
I missed the darker gravel. That’s a master stroke. I tried laying out pvc as a guide but even that didn’t help me. I can back my 8’ trailer through a less than 10’ gate but keeping it straight isn’t easy. I find backing it in is much easier than pulling it out. I’ll take a picture at lunch and attach it here so y’all can see my parking space.
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This is what I did to keep dry. It is wide enough for slides to be open and still move around it. Also has power service.
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