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Old 08-04-2013, 07:45 PM   #1
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Unhappy Down Slope Driveway to Flat Pad .. HOW DO I PARK MY CLASS C

Thanks in advance for looking at my problem. This is probably old hat for most of you but in my first day of RV ownership I am stumped..

I just purchased a 25' Class C (our first coach.) Had total pride of ownership until I tried to put it in the pad on the side of the house. The driveway is a down slope 24' long and 24" drop ( non scientific estimate using string taped to a ladder and a level.

The issue is where the driveway turns into a flat surface..

I tried going forward and the wheels underneath the rear of the RV hit (and I was affraid of going any farther as they were really down and I had a LONG ways to go. The wheels hit at 9 feet and after traveling another foot it seemed like a real bad idea to continue.

I tried to back in and the drain pipe which is right below the rear bumper almost made contact with the ground about a foot into the flat pad.

If anyone has a secret to how to make this work, I would love to hear it..

Thanks so much!!
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Howdy and welcome. Do you have any pics?
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:15 PM   #3
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I'm trying to picture the driveway. From the street to the start of the pad, are you driving uphill or downhill? As Sarah said, pictures would be a great help.

Edit: Forget the uphill/downhill question, the answer was in the title.
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I suggest trying to use some boards to "bridge" the angle that is causing your problem. What we always did to load lowered cars on a trailer.
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:27 PM   #5
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Would wood planking help under the tires?
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I've noticed those drains on some class C's hanging kinda low. Just a thought, I wonder if it could be temporarily and gently pulled up ? Or maybe if it's made of PVC you will need to do a piping modification?
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Do you have enough room to build some ramps to go between the driveway and the pad to make the transition not so steep?

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Old 08-04-2013, 08:35 PM   #8
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I suggest trying to use some boards to "bridge" the angle that is causing your problem. What we always did to load lowered cars on a trailer.
I agree. If I understand your description properly. If it works and you are in an area without restrictive codes you can see about having a contractor make a permanent concrete fix to the pad.
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Do you have enough room to build some ramps to go between the driveway and the pad to make the transition not so steep?

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+1. If there's room to spare, pour a concrete transition where the driveway meets the pad?
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We have an uphill sloped driveway from the street and the only way I can get our Winnie in or out is to approach it at an angle, so that only one set of wheels at a time is on the sloped part at a time. Can you approach it at a angle?
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We have an uphill sloped driveway from the street and the only way I can get our Winnie in or out is to approach it at an angle, so that only one set of wheels at a time is on the sloped part at a time. Can you approach it at a angle?
I have an extreme entry angle from the main road to my driveway. I also approach from an angle AND had steel "roller wheels" welded to the lowest point on the rear frame. The rollers work great and help "lift" the back end on the approach. The sound they make is pretty scary at first but they do the trick.
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I was going to suggest castors or wheels on the frame end too, but wonder if the angle is steep enough to hit as early as he did, when he tries to reverse up the slope will he get his drive wheels off the ground and be stranded? Going in at an angle also would only work if he can leave by the same method. I'm afraid reshaping the whole slope to make a longer, gradual transition might be the only way to be sure. Even if he can scrape his way into the spot, when loaded for a trip will he be able to exit UP the drive? I don't think a long term solution is to 'bull' it into the spot. Repeated grounding is going to loosen or bend something.
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Sounds like a quandary. What if you installed air bags or shocks on the rear of the motorhome, and jacked it up as you were backing in? Might be cheaper than pouring concrete.
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sounds like you have castors on the back already... they're supposed to touch the ground to help the coach over inclines, etc but it sounds like you were right to stop.
if you have rear water tanks, empty them and try again. also as said above (which should apply to you) if the pad is on the right side of the house, come in diagonally from the left side of the drive and vice versa.
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