Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-07-2017, 08:26 AM   #29
Senior Member
 
Hit_the_Rhod's Avatar


 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Salvisa, KY
Posts: 2,448
Quote:
Originally Posted by vagaron View Post
We can't park our 38' Pace Arrow in our driveway because there isn't room and it's way too steep. But when we think of visiting friends and relatives on trips, it made me wonder whether it's safe to assume the average driveway, asphalt or concrete, wouldn't be damaged by driving and parking a 11-13 ton vehicle on it.

We might not be so welcome if we pull in and crack their driveway!

Too many variables to give an easy answer. But the definitive answer is:

Park it. If it cracks, the answer was NO!

If it DOESN'T crack, the answer was YES!
__________________

__________________
Scot & Laura Kellersberger
Newmar 4 wheel drive Dutch Star 3891, 2005 GMC Canyon. Demco Tow Bar & Baseplate U.S.Army (ret)
1985 - 2006
Hit_the_Rhod is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 03-07-2017, 09:31 AM   #30
Senior Member
 
Poohbear7278's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 116
It's the base that is important not the concrete
__________________

__________________
Poohbear7278 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2017, 10:24 AM   #31
Senior Member
 
SpaceNorman's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 1,145
I wouldn't consider pulling my coach onto my concrete driveway. Seeing the condition of driveways in our subdivision - I feel pretty safe in concluding my drive wasn't designed to handle a 43,000 lb motor home. Worse, were I to pull into my drive - I'd have to pass within inches of the house. I'm not worried about hitting the house - but would be very concerned about driving so close to the foundation (which serves as my basement wall) next to the driveway. I have no desire to have my coach try to enter my basement the hard way!
__________________
SpaceNorman
2012 HR Endeavor 43' DFT, 2012 Jeep Liberty
www.penquinhead.com
SpaceNorman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2017, 10:29 AM   #32
Senior Member
 
RobbieH's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 814
We had our driveway replaced about 4 years ago, and included an RV pad. It is standard 4" with rebar throughout. No issues after many years of driving RV up and down the drive. Our driveway is really long too, so lots of potential to have issues.
__________________
2005 Safari Gazelle 40PBT
HWH Active Air
AquaHot AHE-100-02S
RobbieH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2017, 10:30 AM   #33
Senior Member
 
BigBadDad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 281
Ordinary residential driveways are not built to handle the load of higher than 10ton vehicles. If you want to build a pad to support a motorhome that is easily done using proper mix / reinforcement / base but it will cost which varies by region with $10 to $13 square foot a good rough guess. We had a pad for a milk truck that went 60,000 pounds. It was 8 inch, fibers, rebar and mesh reinforce, 6 inch drain gravel over mostly clay ground. After 20 years it was still like new in a tough winter season climate.
__________________
2016 Pace Arrow LXE 38K
BigBadDad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2017, 12:05 PM   #34
Senior Member
 
TdogKing's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Small Town USA , California
Posts: 1,349
If I could guess if and when Concrete would crack I would guess the correct Powerball numbers too ! I spent a 37 year career building Freeway Bridges and formed and poured 1000's of yards of Concrete. I learned Concrete always does 2 things basically...it gets hard and cracks.
__________________
TdogKing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2017, 12:13 PM   #35
Senior Member
 
Mr_D's Avatar
 
Solo Rvers Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 28,515
Quote:
Originally Posted by BigBadDad View Post
Ordinary residential driveways are not built to handle the load of higher than 10ton vehicles. If you want to build a pad to support a motorhome that is easily done using proper mix / reinforcement / base but it will cost which varies by region with $10 to $13 square foot a good rough guess. We had a pad for a milk truck that went 60,000 pounds. It was 8 inch, fibers, rebar and mesh reinforce, 6 inch drain gravel over mostly clay ground. After 20 years it was still like new in a tough winter season climate.
Yep, I think that's what I would need since my rig has a 54,000# GVWR.
__________________
2009 45' Magna 630 w/Cummins ISX 650 HP/1950 Lbs Ft
Charter Good Sam Lifetime Member, FMCA, SKP
RV'ing since 1957, NRA Benefactor Life, towing '14 CR-V
Mr_D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2017, 04:24 PM   #36
Senior Member
 
Excel Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: AR
Posts: 231
When we had our house built the builder knew I had a big 5th wheel at that time and his concrete guy knew it also. When I pull into my back yard I drive over the entry for the garage and then through some gates to my shop and pad for the MH. When they put my fence up they used steel posts on the sides for the gate for support and these were mounted to the concrete. When they drilled the holes to anchor the gate posts they had a concrete bit that was 8" long. They drilled as deep as the drill bit would go and never went through the concrete. So that area of the drive is over 8" deep.

I drive our Super C on my drive all of the time to park it on our pad in the back and have not seen any cracking other than the normal crack yo0u get over time. Of course I'm only 26,000# not 40,000 or more.

With concrete is seems to be not if it is going to crack but when.
__________________

__________________
Butch
2017 Ram Mega Cab DRW
2018 Grand Design Reflection 303RLS
Butch50 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
rvs



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Residential Refrigerator Failure in RVs Glowplug RV Systems & Appliances 16 09-23-2016 12:30 PM
Hidden RV driveways Timon iRV2.com General Discussion 11 10-31-2015 11:20 AM
Can we go yet, Can we go yet, Can we go yet, Can we go yet, Can we go yet mothgrey Class A Motorhome Discussions 9 11-18-2013 05:51 PM

» Washington Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:11 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.