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Old 08-14-2014, 03:43 PM   #1
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40' Motor Home How to stop asphalt damage from the weight

Hi Folks,

We are first timers that plan on going full time by November. We are renting now & don't want to damage our landlords asphalt driveway over the next 2 months that the motor home could be sitting.

We bought a 2001 American Tradition pusher.
The dry weight is 27,500 UVW
GVWR 31,000
Front GAWR 12,000
Intermediate GAWR 19,000

Don't have any idea at this point on how to or what to use to spread the weight from the tires. I thought about using a 2X12 extended from one side to the other (front & rear) but felt it might keep most of the weight under the tires & towards the ends of the 2X12 leaving the center with very little exposure to the weight ? ? ? ? ?

Thank you for any information that you may have from past experience,
Art & Carol

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Old 08-14-2014, 03:54 PM   #2
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I use 2X12s that are 18" long. Never had a problem driving up on them or putting jacks down on them on blacktop. Soft ground you can break boards. About every two years I find a home being built and get new ones off the scrap wood pile.

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Old 08-14-2014, 04:01 PM   #3
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I think if your worried about the MH damaging the asphalt it would probably push the boards into it. Since its heading into fall and winter maybe it want get to hot and soft.
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Scrap dimension lumber is good and cheap but a couple of pieces of plywood--pick size and demension, works better---wont split. X-cross and screw the pieces [5/8s or 3/4s], maybe 16 inches square for the jacks, single pieces for the tire foot-prints....
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Old 08-14-2014, 04:42 PM   #5
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I used 2x12s under the tires and the jacks. My wood was 36" long for the tire and 16" for the jacks. Did a manual level; once level pumped the front jacks to just move out of level then relevel with the rear levelers. I was able to distribute the weight coach over 8 points vice 4. Parked that way for 5 years at the sticks and bricks place. No issues at all as evidenced by no puddling following a rain. JM2...
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I would use boards or plywood to spread the load, but also put some thick rubber matting between the boards and the asphalt so there are no sharp edges to make any sinking obvious.
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Mine isn't as heavy but I laminated some plywood sheets and staggered the ends to make it a ramp for driving onto from the pavement. They have bent in time due to the weight but it definitely spreads the weight over a larger area than the tire contact patch.
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Old 08-14-2014, 06:43 PM   #8
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I can't thank you guys enough for the input. Will give the suggestions a try. I know my landlord thanks you too.

Can't wait to get on the road - figure on the first 6 months in southern Florida (Have trouble with cold air & my breathing - will be happy to leave the north behind during winter cold !

Figure on doing the South Dakota address / mail forwarding thing while on the road.
Just need to find time to get the motor home titled & licensed there & also get my drivers license & carry permit issued so everything matches

OK - I'm rambling ~ Thanks Again Guys,
Art & Carol
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Art and Carol, Glad you're aboard. Congrats on the new to you rig. Best of luck on your new endeavor. Enjoy your adventures and be safe.
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I had some extra exterior 4 X 8 plywood sheets laying around so I placed a full sheet under each tire and it keeps them off the concrete.....
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Art & Carol.... Welcome! and good luck with the full timing!

Last I heard the SD cc permit requires 30 days in state. Better check on that for planning purposes.

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