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Old 10-20-2019, 09:49 PM   #1
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Wood or no wood

It seems about 50%of the people on my rv storage lot put some kind of wood under their tires. As you can see in the pic I do and the motor home behind me is on plywood. My questions are why do we do it? Is there a benefit? Do you do it? I live in Arkansas if region of country matters and tires are usually covered. Lot is large(SB2) gravel. Click image for larger version

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Old 10-20-2019, 10:44 PM   #2
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Our HOA lot is paved. We decided as a RV club to use wood under the tires. My Landmark is 16,000 lbs and the wood sank in anyways. I use a layer of OSB and metal plates 24 inches wide to spread the load out and help with compression of the substrate. If we had gravel I would bother.

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Old 10-20-2019, 10:52 PM   #3
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If the surface you are storing them is not wet all the time and has good drainage, no wood needed. If you are storing it on dirt or grass, use wood. If the surface is black like asphalt, putting it on wood will keep the tires cooler.

In some cases, I have seen people have wood under their tires and part of the tread of the tire is hanging over the edge of the wood...that's the worst possible thing to do.

Otherwise, storing your tires on wood is as useless as storing your batteries on wood.
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Old 10-21-2019, 02:30 PM   #4
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If your stored in an area with poor soils or drainage then put something under it to keep it above the surface.

Three trailers ago we stored the trailer in a gravel lot with poor drainage. Went to pull the trailer out to take it to Florida one winter and one set of tires were frozen to the ground. Wouldnít have been so bad but I had to hand shovel two foot by ten foot of old packed snow out just to get the truck to the front hitch. Truck couldnít get much traction to pull the trailer out since there was ice under the snow. I donít remember how we eventually got in unstuck but I donít want to go through that again.
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