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Old 04-15-2024, 10:13 PM   #1
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Tire Storage Surface

We have a 2020 2511S Mini Lite with 4 two year old Goodyear Endurance 205/75R14 tires. They are mounted on Dexter dual axles with a TPS system and properly maintained tire pressure. Great shape for the miles of adventures they have given us.
Recently purchased a home in southern Delaware and cannot at this time pour a concrete pad for long term storage.
So I cleared 5 30'-40' trees, cut back brush and removed mounds of leaves to create a semi level 12'X30' parking area for our TT. I then laid down 3/4" gravel 6' long, 3' wide and 2"-3" deep for the tires to rest on.. See attached photo: Click image for larger version

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This is due to the sandy soil and not wanting our TT to sink during a rain storm. My question to you all is:
Should I put something between the tires and gravel?
Horse blanket? (read that one somewhere on this forum)
2"X12" wood planks?
Old rugs?
Rubber mats?
We have been to a few campsites that were gravel but not for extended periods of time.
Any and all suggestions and comments will be appreciated.
Thank you in advance for your thoughts and safe travels.
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Old 04-16-2024, 06:17 AM   #2
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Many will disagree with me but I own 6 trailers including the camper and park them on treated 2 x 12s, gravel, and dirt. I see little to no difference in the aging of the tires.

I get at least 5 years from each method and have not had tire issues because of any method of storage . Over 40 years I never have had the luxury of storing a trailer on concrete.

On a side note I have found different areas call gravel different things. Here I now mostly use pug mill or crusher run, 57's are cheaper by volume but don't pack.

Don't stress of your choice.

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Old 04-16-2024, 06:43 AM   #3
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Many will disagree with me but I own 6 trailers including the camper and park them on treated 2 x 12s, gravel, and dirt. I see little to no difference in the aging of the tires.
Yep, you have to figure that is no different than going from campground to campground with different sites.

I think the biggest detriment is sitting and the tires not rotating. I am at my summer site now. Every 14-17 days I need to dump so my tires get rotated even if it is less then 1/3 mile round trip. Good/bad, I don't know but they are rotating once in a while.

Grass site so I switch sites so it can be mowed too. Some of the folks stay put and hand mow around their campers.
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Old 04-16-2024, 07:01 AM   #4
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We have a 2020 2511S Mini Lite with 4 two year old Goodyear Endurance 205/75R14 tires. They are mounted on Dexter dual axles with a TPS system and properly maintained tire pressure. Great shape for the miles of adventures they have given us.
Recently purchased a home in southern Delaware and cannot at this time pour a concrete pad for long term storage.
So I cleared 5 30'-40' trees, cut back brush and removed mounds of leaves to create a semi level 12'X30' parking area for our TT. I then laid down 3/4" gravel 6' long, 3' wide and 2"-3" deep for the tires to rest on.. See attached photo: Attachment 298739
This is due to the sandy soil and not wanting our TT to sink during a rain storm. My question to you all is:
Should I put something between the tires and gravel?
Horse blanket? (read that one somewhere on this forum)
2"X12" wood planks?
Old rugs?
Rubber mats?
We have been to a few campsites that were gravel but not for extended periods of time.
Any and all suggestions and comments will be appreciated.
Thank you in advance for your thoughts and safe travels.
We park ours on 5/4 PT decking. Just wide enough for the tires and spreads the load
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Old 04-16-2024, 03:08 PM   #5
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As long as not sinking into the ground, I don't think the surface matters much. Just my opinion. I think the sun does more damage than anything. And keeping proper pressure and moving them once in a while might prevent a flat spot.
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Old 04-16-2024, 04:05 PM   #6
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Gravel allows for great drainage and airflow around the tires. I'd stop with what you've done.
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Old 04-17-2024, 05:27 AM   #7
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I'm no rubber chemist but would agree that sun, inappropriate pressure and lack of movement, likely do more damage than the parking pad material.

One thing you might want to be planning on, is upgrading your parking spot as you can.

That looks like a fairly humid spot. More air flow the better and some sort of covering on the ground, even if just starting with a full gravel pad. I've found that long term parking of any vehicle on grass / dirt, to really accelerate deterioration.
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Old 04-17-2024, 07:45 AM   #8
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Gravel allows for great drainage and airflow around the tires. I'd stop with what you've done.
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As long as the water drains from the area and the tires are not sitting in water, they will do just fine on the gravel.

Like Oaklevel, I've got multiple trailers sitting on all kinds of surfaces and none exhibit tire issues but they are all on well drained areas and not sitting in mud or water.
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