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Old 11-24-2014, 10:04 AM   #1
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Question Concrete or Grass & Asphalt

Sorry, think I posted this is the wrong forum a few minutes ago

OK Wise ones, what is the best surface to park my RV on when not traveling for awhile? I have the option of: concrete or grass and asphalt. Guess I could buy some wood to go under the tires on the concrete...
While I am at it, to cover or not to cover RV and tires, hmmmm it does not take much to confuse me

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Old 11-24-2014, 10:23 AM   #2
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Cover the tires, concrete is my choice, with old hard rubber mud flaps under the tires. Obtain the rubber mud flaps at just about any truck stop where the units are backed in to obstructions for the trailer tires.
These will tear off the mud flaps and most truckers leave the there. Walk the back area of the truck stops, in the day time, if you have a dog put it on a leash and you'll fit right in

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Old 11-24-2014, 10:34 AM   #3
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Concrete and some treated wood under the tires. Some places will tell you that it's going to be there a while to lower your jacks if you have them and take some pressure of the tires and suspension. I think it's a good idea.

I have asphalt and here in the south, the asphalt can get very hot and bad things can happen under the tires or jacks.
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Old 11-24-2014, 10:35 AM   #4
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I believe on concrete with wood or as mentioned above rubber. If the unit is under a canopy or in a barn you should not need to cover the tires unless the sun is shining on them, then I would cover them after cleaning them.

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Old 11-24-2014, 10:38 AM   #5
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Our MH will be out of service, in the back yard, from October through March, so I put it on jack stands with the tires still touching the ground. After treating the tires I propped sheets of foil-foam-foil ( like the thing the auto sun shield is made of) over the tires to keep the IR & UV rays off.
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Concrete is best, albeit expensive. I have a driveway and parking pad paved with DG (disintegrated granite) that was much cheaper and serves well.

Covering the RV is of course a great way to go. Sun kills roofs. I plan to put a metal RV carport over my parking pad.
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Given a choice, 4" thick concrete.
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Given a choice, 4" thick concrete.
Not that I know what I am talking about but 4 inches seems a bit thin. Does anyone who knows have a different opinion?
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I have a asphalt driveway and I use 2-2x12 under each of the rear tires and 1 2x6 under each front tire so all rubber is off the ground and also supports all wheels.
I don't cover mine.
I cover the front and rear wheels on the south side to block out the sun I use 2 wheel covers.
I've done this for going on 5 years
Be sure to get all tires/wheels off the ground
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If you park on concrete but put wood or rubber mats under the tires does that mean that if you park on grass or asphalt and put wood or rubber mats under your tires that the tires know you aren't parked on a concrete base and they will respond differently?
It won't make any difference to your rig. It will sound better to some when you puff out your chest and say, " I only park on 6" of reinforced concrete and I blow imported South Sea tropical air over my rig to prevent any interior condensation".
A cover is important, a shelter would be better.
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...Concrete and some treated wood under the tires. Some places will tell you that it's going to be there a while to lower your jacks if you have them and take some pressure of the tires and suspension. I think it's a good idea...
That's exactly what I do...jacks down, tires on on wood on top of concrete.
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Parking on grass/dirt is quite harmful in the long-term due to condensation underneath the vehicle, the result is corrosion. If this is the choice I recommend laying a double sheet of HD black plastic to cover the parking area + 2' on each side and end. Then place wood at least twice as large as the tires footprint under each tire.
Even concrete will wick moisture from the ground through to the surface if a plastic sheet is not used prior to pouring concrete. This is the reason a good concrete sealer must be used.
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I put my unit up on jack stands with lambs wool under the tires, I also clean the tires with crest toothpaste and a large scrub brush before I retire it for it's 2 week winter rest. As for the roof, It sits under a carport so the sun is no prob but the tires get a cover made of black lexan, it's bullet proof.

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