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Old 05-31-2015, 10:41 AM   #1
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Parking Pad Info Needed

We live in VT and are buying a piece of land to park our Montana Fifth wheel that we will use only during the summers. What type of pad should we put under it to prevent frost heaves? Has anyone used compacted stone and then heavy planking where you park?
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Compacted stone, with lots of 'fines' in it will be very stable and long lasting. No need for planks, in fact I wouldn't add them except maybe under the tires. Dig down far enough for your area, put a decent base, then the compatible mix on top.
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when i had smaller trailers i put plywood under the tires to prevent

frost heaves, never had a problem.

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Frost heaves, or the expansion of the soil due to freezing water, would only be an issue for a solid foundation. A trailer will ride the 'heaves' like a boat at anchor, and will not cause damage to the trailer. Even if the refrigerator was left on all winter (hopefully not likely) I doubt if the trailer would be tilted out of level enough to go beyond it's limitations. Heaving ground will cause no damage to a crushed rock pad unless they're fracking nearby, then an earthquake may shake things up!

Planks or plywood under the tires would prevent it from sinking into soil, but it shouldn't be an issue if you're parking it on a compacted, crushed rock pad.
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My asphalt parking area is coming apart after 20+ years. I am considering switching to crushed rock with a staymat top.
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Screenings is what you want to ask for. It's everything from dust to 1"1/2 or so. It's the single best thing you can put down, it compacts for roads so you don't have to worry about grading.

Generally you can buy it for 3.50 a ton if you go to the Quarry yourself. If you have a decent truck (2500/3500) you can rent dump trailers for $30-50/day, makes easy work of it. See if you can find one with chains that let you set the flow out the back, that will minimize any spreading you'll have to do.

Assuming 50' by 10' by 6", you'll use around 13-15 tons. You could probably have a dump truck deliver this in a single load for 150-200 or so depending on distance and spread it for you. If you tell them you want it spread, generally they'll send a driver that's pretty good at it.
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