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Old 12-07-2015, 02:32 PM   #1
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Plastic sheets under motorhome tires while parked

I have seen something about this but not sure what the material is. I understand this would be better than wood or sitting on concrete for several months.

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Old 12-07-2015, 02:58 PM   #2
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I use horsemats from tractor supply...basically 1 inch thick rubber (about 38 bucks each). I bought 3 (one I cut in half with sawzall for the front two tires). I park on compacted gravel so I wanted the extra thickness...if parking on concrete I'd think any rubber mat would be fine as your just looking for a moisture barrier.
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Old 12-07-2015, 02:58 PM   #3
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I'm not sure plastic would be much better than wood other than it won't hold water. If you seal the wood it won't hold water either. For plastic, low density polyethylene would be a pretty good choice as it one of the least expensive plastics, very water resistant, very UV resistant, easy to cut and very durable. A lot of cutting boards are made of polyethylene. Unfortunately, your tires are a little big for cutting boards (especially the duals) and you don't want your targets too small for parking. Here's a link for some 3/8" thick low density PE that should be enough to make 4 nice pads.

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Old 12-07-2015, 03:03 PM   #4
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I have seen something about this but not sure what the material is. I understand this would be better than wood or sitting on concrete for several months.
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Poly cutting boards under the tires work well:
Mainstays 12" x 18" Poly Cutting Board - Walmart.com
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Old 12-07-2015, 03:04 PM   #5
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I have seen something about this but not sure what the material is. I understand this would be better than wood or sitting on concrete for several months.

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Bill,

What you are looking for is Visqueen which is a polyethylene sheeting usually 10 foot wide and comes in different mil thicknesses. It's available at the Home Depot or any paint store. I've been told by a guy who restores antique autos you don't want to park on dirt or grass because the moisture stays in these surfaces and will cause your vehicle to rust easier and added if you have to you have to put something that blocks water under it. A friend who put in a stone driveway to park his motorhome used some of that black material that allows water to drain but not puddle under his stone. Some people in my area put visqueen under their houses on the ground to prevent moisture coming into the house.

Regarding parking on wood or concrete I always took it as doing it was to protect the tires and it was just under the tires. Supposedly keeps the tires from getting a flat spot and leaching protective chemicals from the tires.

As an alternative I keep mine on an asphalt lot during the off season however I stop by to run the generator at least once a month, usually run the heat pump, have lunch and take it for a short ride around the county to check things out.

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You need a vapor barrier. Putting down soft plastic on concrete is fine, if anything else where the ground sinks at all you can end up making the world's smallest holding ponds for your tires to sit in...not good. Solid and dry is the whole object.
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why does rubber have to be dry
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why does rubber have to be dry
It doesn't. If it did, we'd all have to park our vehicles if it rained and not drive them again 'till all the roads were perfectly dry. There's been many threads on here and other RV forums about parking on bare concrete. I have yet to read where it's been proven that sitting on bare concrete for any length of time has caused ANY operational, or longevity issues, with ANY TIRE, on any vehicle. When was the last time where and accident was proven to be caused by tires that had been sitting on bare concrete?

So, if you (or anyone) feels the need to purchase any material to park their coach on, well, I guess you gotta do what ya gotta do. Our coaches, in approximately 30+ years of RVing, have been parked on bare concrete when not used, for years and years. No issues yet.
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There tires, made to be on the ground. Maybe try $20 bills under them.
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Old 12-07-2015, 05:49 PM   #10
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I think I will invest in the company that makes rubber mats! It seems to be catching on and who knows, the people with rubber roofs will be next in buying them.
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If you like rubber, go to any NAPA or other auto supply store and get a couple of truck mud flaps. Cut and park. These are cheap, less than $10, and you can turn the advertisement down if you feel the need. Another choice would be plastic place mats available at Wal Mart for a couple of bucks.
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X2 on the horse stall mats. They work great and with a tag, you only need 3
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In Grandad's day Tires sitting on assorted surfaces tended to "Rot" fairly quickly.. However it's been a long long time since they made them that way.

Still.. Some folks presist in saying "Do not park on _____ or the tires will be ruined.

Same with Batteries by the way.. In Grandpa's day setting it on the wrong surface could damage the battery.. That too has changed.

HOWEVER. When it comes to storing batteries I still recommend setting them on a bit of scrap wood.. But the reason is different.

if the battery has leaked a bit of acid, and it eats up the scrap wood., the cost of replacement of the scrap wood is.. Well scrap so Nothing.

However if it eats up the floor which the scrap wood is sitting on.. MAJOR BUCKS. So that's why I recommend scrap wood under the battery. Cheaper to repalce if necessary.
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Michelin has a good explanation for parking in such a way as to prevent moisture from drifting up around tires while a vehicle is parked long term on a surface that contains and emits moisture. Certainly driving in water and parking temporarily in a puddle will not damage the rubber in tires.
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