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Old 01-28-2016, 05:14 AM   #15
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Last Oct/Nov I was at Martinsville Speedway it rained and rained, quite a few coaches were stuck in the mud (including my brother and I) 100's needed a tow, they towed from either front or back depending where the engine was. The ones that escaped had the jacks on wood and built a wood road that they followed out, this took some work utilizing help moving the 12"x12" planks as the coach traveled off the grass. Before choosing my site I walked around and studied the ground trying to figure the water flow trying to choose some high ground but still sank.
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Old 01-28-2016, 05:35 AM   #16
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Wood pads and keep an eye on them. IF they are sinking too far expect to need need help as in planks to get out.
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Old 01-28-2016, 05:49 AM   #17
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Daytona Speedway parking is generally flat, so why use jacks at all?

Now that the jack problem is solved you have to keep from getting stuck in the mud. If it is that soft I would not even go there. I remember an FMCA rally in Perry GA where the ground was saturated. All the local shopping center lots (paved) were filled with motorhomes who elected not to park at the fairgrounds.
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Old 01-28-2016, 06:35 AM   #18
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I've been traveling in Florida for the first time this winter, been here two months. The majority of the RV parks we have stayed in have been grass. I use the yellow plastic jack pads and have had no problem sinking in or getting stuck. The ground here is mostly sand and drains very well. We've been through a couple of rain storms with no problems. It rained hard here (Lake Placid) all day yesterday and again last night. No standing water on the grass, no sinking in while we're parked and I wouldn't hesitate to drive on the grass to get to the road. You will see lots of homes here that do not have paved driveways to the garage. People just drive on the grass daily. I've never been to Daytona Speedway but if it were me I'd just walk the parking area before driving my RV on it. I bet it won't be a problem. I suspect the race organizers won't allow anyone to drive on their grass if it is going to damage the surface.
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I have been and will be going to Daytona and the water leaves as fast as it comes. I have been soaked and once the water leaves been able to drive right out.
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Have fun at the 24, one of these years I have to make it down now that I have the MH. Thought about taking it this year, but sounds like it may have been a good decision not too...........

Lots of changes in GTD this year, should be very interesting in that class. Also really enjoy all the support series races, the Conti races are always great fun.

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Old 01-28-2016, 08:10 AM   #21
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There are many things that go into making ground "Soft" or "Firm" following rain.. Sand/Clay/Other for example,, Drainage.. The only way to be sure is to walk or drive on it.. If you walk on it and sink in to your ankles.. I'd not recommend driving on it.

if your light weight car leaves 3" ruts.. i'd not suggest the RV be driven on it ...

Note both distances are examples.. and are intended to be somewhat funny.. In reality I'd make the cut off far less than the examples above.

ON the other hand I've been on places where due to the nature of the soil you can park most anywhere, Rain or shine and not worry about it.. In fact.. I'm parked in one of those places right now.
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I don't joke about safety matters. I happen to be a computer telephone system tech with 30 years of experience and have had much experience with power surges and lightning strikes....I don't joke about such things. Lightning travels from the ground up not the other way around, which means the lightning doesn't have to strike your rig, it just has to hit something close by and then it travels thru THE GROUND to your wet wood pads then up into your coach.

Plastic or nylon pads will help avoid a really bad condition called RV Hot Skin. I have experienced it myself with an old RV years ago, getting shocked is not much fun.

Here I will help you:

http://yourfulltimervliving.com/rv-h...of-a-young-boy
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Gramps, thanks for sharing. I was not aware of the possibility of electricity being conducted thru the wood blocks under my jacks. I will start using the rubber pads on top of them from now on.
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Gramps, thanks for sharing. I was not aware of the possibility of electricity being conducted thru the wood blocks under my jacks. I will start using the rubber pads on top of them from now on.
Rubber is an even better isolator than plastic or nylon...
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Just to follow up, the ground where I was parked - Geico Yellow, Section A - was fine, wet but solid. Your suggestions helped ease my concern, though, and provides me with knowledge I will use in the future. Thanks.
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Just to follow up, the ground where I was parked - Geico Yellow, Section A - was fine, wet but solid. Your suggestions helped ease my concern, though, and provides me with knowledge I will use in the future. Thanks.
Fill me / us on the experience of camping out at the 24?

Would you do it again?

Very exciting ending in GTLM and GTD and nice to see the Patron team win overall.
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Fill me / us on the experience of camping out at the 24?

Would you do it again?

Very exciting ending in GTLM and GTD and nice to see the Patron team win overall.
The experience varies considerably by location. I would be hesitant to stay inside the oval unless I could communicate directly with someone that had stayed nearby before. There is a lot of partying, lots of smokey campfires and, Saturday night, LOTS of noise from the cars. Staying outside the oval (where I stayed) allows easy access to the grandstands which is the best for really watching the race because you can see the entire track if you get high enough. You also have access to two shuttle systems which move you around the infield, which work well until midday Sunday when the crowds are largest. The partiers want to stay inside which leaves a more sane crowd outside. The facility is used to a large RV crowd and the road system works surprisingly well. Renewals get a discount. I will be renewing.

I have gone the last three years, although this was my first in a motorhome, so if you have specific questions feel free to ask either in this thread or by PM.

More info here: GEICO Camping - Daytona International Speedway
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I've parked at the track before on the grass it should be no problem just put blocks under your jacks
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