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Old 09-11-2005, 06:33 PM   #1
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My DH and I are thinking of putting in a pad
in the back yard to park our TT on. We were
wanting to know if anyone knows what kind of
rocks some of the campgrounds use to make
their level pads. We don't want concrete,
but we wnt to make it as level as we can.
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Old 09-11-2005, 06:33 PM   #2
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My DH and I are thinking of putting in a pad
in the back yard to park our TT on. We were
wanting to know if anyone knows what kind of
rocks some of the campgrounds use to make
their level pads. We don't want concrete,
but we wnt to make it as level as we can.
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Old 09-12-2005, 03:22 AM   #3
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The real small pieces of gravel that a lot of CG's use is called crush and run.
We are re building our house after a fire this past spring and one of the things I said I wanted was a 30omp service on the side of the house.
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Old 09-12-2005, 05:54 AM   #4
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I have my pad made out of 3/4" stone and it works fine, I first applied a fabric weed blocker and then put down about 4" of stone. The pad is surrounded with a cribbing made of 1 x 6 CCA to prevent migration of the stones onto my grass.
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Old 09-12-2005, 06:50 AM   #5
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We have a concrete pad in the back yard. It's about 10x15. This way we get the trailer wheels on it and makes it easier to keep leaves and such from underneath. It's done with 3000lb test with fibers(DH designed the mix-it's not going anywhere).

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Old 09-12-2005, 11:36 AM   #6
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Here in the northwest we use a squarish (not round) gravel called 5/8ths minus crushed. It looks like dirt and rock mixed together. After the first rain, the dirt washes down to the bottom and you are left with a very firm surface. Drains great.

The other material you might want to consider is the open block pavers. You can let grass or moss grown between the pavers. It looks a lot better than a big parking pad. Here is an example: http://www.paverdepot.com/Pacific-in.../pac-turf.html.


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Old 09-13-2005, 04:52 PM   #7
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If you use gravel use crushed gravel not smooth gravel. Crushed gravel will not allow you to sink into it. I have a cement slab that I park my RV on and believe it is the best way to go if you can afford it.
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Old 09-14-2005, 08:31 AM   #8
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Here's a tip.

Our grounds maintenance crew has found that the ants and rodents don't like to get in the gravel they put around the playground equipment. They did get into "other" things put under there. So what does this have to do with the subjet? Knowing this, I think you'd see less critters looking for a home with a gravel/rock base. Seems like they don't like the hot rocks in summer.

Make sure your neighborhood restrictions allow it. Make sure you can easily back it in/pull it out. Especially in wet weather. A good solid pad won't do you any good if you get stuck trying to pull the trailer out or put it in.

Look up. I've seen many people do this, allow enough room from the wall of the house to the fence, but forgot to allow for the overhang on the house. Look for overhead utilities.

How close will the utilities be? Can you add some hookups too?
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Old 09-14-2005, 04:05 PM   #9
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The utilities are about 20' to 25' from the house to the front of the trailer. We have plenty of head room from the house and trees.
DH is wanting to add a 30 amp to the side of
the house for the trailer. It will be great when company comes and they can stay in the trailer. DH's cousin did this and it works
great.
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I filled in an area next to my garage 30x18 with bank rub gravel. It is near a foot deep in places. After the first rain it is very hard. 35' MH does not even make a rut. Total cost for gravel delivered $300 for 15 yards. Have full hook-up including cable. Vet Man
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I am having 30 yards fill delivered tomorrow to get ready for my pad.I am going to compact it and let it settle over the winter.In the spring it will get paved with the rest of my driveway.I am going to put a tube in the ground to run plumbing and electrical beforehand.
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If you use the 3/4" stone ONLY use a samll layer and level the area first I made the mistake of using the stone to make the pad level on a slight side grade. The 3/4" stone doesn't settle . That first year we had to use Plywood to back the trailer out onto the stone.
This spring we paved the driveway and a pad for the 5'ver. Got a Heck of a deal, 50tons Commeral application.
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