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Old 04-14-2016, 06:05 PM   #1
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Best parking surface for storage

I am wondering what people think of the best parking surface for everyday storage on my property. I am hoping to build a structure for my new rig at some point in the future but I currently have an asphalt parking pad. I have heard different pros and cons of asphalt, concrete, stone, etc. Wondering if anyone has some valuable experience to share.
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If you already have an asphalt pad that will hold the weight of the RV, I wouldn't spend anything on a different parking surface unless it were a phase of construction of the future structure. If the asphalt won't support the weight as-is, you can put something under the tires to spread the load.


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No matter what surface, Park your horse on horse mats. (4 x 8 x 1/2 inch thick). One under each wheel, and even your jack has a chance of standing on it. Cheap fix for moisture.
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No matter what surface, Park your horse on horse mats. (4 x 8 x 1/2 inch thick). One under each wheel, and even your jack has a chance of standing on it. Cheap fix for moisture.
Ditto - available at tractor supply and you just need 3 (you can cut one in half with a sawzall or razor knife for front tires). Be warned, they aren't light....
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I put a gravel pad in beside the house about 30 years ago. Been parking what ever RV we've had on it with no problems. I do keep power and heat in it in the winter.
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DG driveway and parking pad here. Low cost, durable,,etc.
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No matter what surface, Park your horse on horse mats. (4 x 8 x 1/2 inch thick). One under each wheel, and even your jack has a chance of standing on it. Cheap fix for moisture.
Coach is on a concrete pad as well. But always use blocks for tires and levelers.
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What about plywood between tires and cement or blacktop?


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Your profile says you live in Connecticut. I live in New Hampshire, so our outdoor storage environments are similar. Here are my impressions of the options:

1) Best: Concrete. It is the strongest, and most expensive. It will crack and spall, even if sealed, although sealing will delay both. The ground should be correctly prepared (primary problem appears to be pockets appearing under the slab that allow settling and then cracks). Reinforcement and adequate slab thickness is important, too.

2) Better: Gravel/Bluestone. Although allowing more moisture to move upward through the underlying soil (towards the coach), gravel and bluestone are durable and easily maintained.

3) Good: Asphalt. Proper base prep and slab thickness will delay appearance of low spots due to concentrated weight at the tires, but over the long haul low spots are likely. As with concrete, cracking will occur.

In all cases, base prep, drainage and surface contour needs to be done well.

We stored our former coach on our asphalt driveway. For the new (to us) coach we built a bluestone extension to the driveway. The excavator prepped it such that we could convert to concrete in the future, should we wish. He and an asphalt paving contractor both recommended bluestone.
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I park my coach on 6 railroad ties I purchased from Lowe's. Two ties side by side for each axle, and one tie under each leveler. The ties are a perfect length and distribute the weight. I placed a section of metal flashing between the tires and the ties to prevent direct contact.
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I had some concern about moisture with stone. I don't want to promote corrosion.
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Our pad is crushed rock but I had 3/8" steel plates cut for under the tires and also the jacks. No moisture, no rot and they distribute the weight so there is no sinking. So far has worked well.
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I use a nylon flexible cutting pad under each tire on concrete or else a 2 x 12 treated board under each tire. Nylon pads are much easier to handle and carry, but only work on hard surface.
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