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Old 07-12-2015, 09:28 AM   #1
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What type surface do you park your coach on?

We currently park our 2001 Dynasty, 40 foot with tag axle on our blacktop driveway. We do have boards under our tires but starting to notice that the coach is leaving dips in the blacktop. Tom thinking about cutting out the areas where the tires are and replacing it with concrete. Just wondering what surface others park on at home?
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We park on concrete, no boards. But we don't stay parked longer than 30 days at a time.
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We just installed our coach on crushed natural stone that is 4-6 inches thick. I am sure over time it will groove the surface but we will just add more stone. Under the stone is 12 inches of gravel. The stone provides a nice clean surface to limit the dirt to track into the coach and keeps the weeds from growing up around the area.
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We park the coach in the back yard and the wheels are on concrete pads I poured just for the coach.

Long term parking on asphalt has always had the effect you are experiencing. Your plan to pour pads is a good one.

For strength, be sure to use some type of reinforcement bar, or a steel screening material will work also. If you go six inches, you won't be disappointed.

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We currently park our 2001 Dynasty, 40 foot with tag axle on our blacktop driveway. We do have boards under our tires but starting to notice that the coach is leaving dips in the blacktop. Tom thinking about cutting out the areas where the tires are and replacing it with concrete. Just wondering what surface others park on at home?
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Unless your drive was based and asphalted deep enough to handle that heavy of a coach that is common and will only get worse with time. The concrete is a good idea but make sure they take in consideration what will be parked on those pads.
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We park our on crushed stone. after 1 year it does have low spots, but I just need to add more stone and compress.
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Old 07-12-2015, 11:08 AM   #7
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I also park in the yard,and concrete pads sound
like the way to go.Thanks for the tip on six inch depth.

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Ours is parked on sandy soil. Drains well and plenty firm, but sand ruts easily if not careful.

Your driveway wasn't fabricated with that much weight in mind. It's not so much concrete vs macadam as the amount of base and underlying drainage. A couple inches of concrete in place of a couple inches of macadam will just trade cracking for depressions. If you put in concrete pads for the wheels, make sure the concrete is rated high enough (psi for the mix) and you have enough depth of material for the weight. And use rebar or wire mesh for reinforcement or it will crack.
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Concrete chemical interaction with tires

Based on input from others, we are using a membrane, (6 mill plastic) between our tires and the concrete surface in our coach garage. Long term parking on concrete is reported to have chemical interaction that damages the tires long term. The parking on asphalt long term will cause creep in the asphalt, causing a depression, especially in the hot weather.
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Old 07-12-2015, 06:23 PM   #10
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I park mine in a pole barn with gravel floor. Gravel works good but I box blade mine with the tractor every 6 months to level the ruts.
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Being fulltimers, we park wherever we're living, be it 2 weeks or 6 months. Any thing longer than about a week or so I park on wheel pads I made up. 2' x 2' (1' x 2' in front), 3/4" ply, with plastic surface on top. This helps spread the load, and insulates the tires from any porous surface.


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My floor is concrete but I put treated plywood under the tires.
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I park on a concrete driveway with boards under all wheels to break contact with the concrete. I also extend the jacks to take pressure off of the suspension system while parked.
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4 inch thick concrete with rebar every 12 inches crossed and rubber pads between tire and concrete to isolate the two. Your knock outs for the concrete would be good.
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