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Old 10-29-2015, 01:17 PM   #1
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Hidden RV driveways

As we've been looking at houses we may move to I've been trying to figure out how to get an RV into the back yard and into a RV garage without having another concrete or asphalt driveway.

So I did some research and found the following system which allows one to keep a lawn but drive over it without worrying about creating ruts or sinking in. You still need to put in a solid base but when done it looks a lot better than a driveway.

Permeable Pavers come in 2'x2' squares or 4'x24' rolls. Once placed you fill with soil then plant grass. The rolled version is less expensive but doesn't hold as much weight, only 57,890 psf instead of 98,770 psf, but I think it still more than enough for any RV.



As you can see it's a lot better looking than a strip of concrete.

OMT, These also make for a nice walkway you don't want to show but you also don't want to sink into wet grass.
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Old 10-29-2015, 01:25 PM   #2
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Years ago I put in the open paving blocks that the DOT used under bridges here, but they wouldn't support much weight and broke up as we got bigger and heavier rigs. Finally I just put gravel in.
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Old 10-29-2015, 01:38 PM   #3
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These have to be put on a compacted 3/4" minus base before they are put down. These are made from HDPE plastic which is one of the toughest plastics there is.

Since your not driving over these every day they should last a very long time.
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You will need a lot more than 3/4 in of compact base, I do paver driveways, and I will put in at the least 8 inches of fill, thats 6 inches of 3/4 minus rock ( compacting in 3 inch lifts ) than 2 inches of 5/8 minus compacting all the time. They do work but for a mh the deeper fill the better.................
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Your right it's not 3/4 thick it's 3/4 minus base material 6" thick. Sorry for leaving out the 6" thick, my bad.
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My neighbor just did this. He followed the directions exactly, including a specific base that wouldn't have chemicals that would kill the grass. It looks nice, but after a few trips over it, it started to die in several spots. Some of this may have been contributed to the California drought. He has reseeded the bad areas and about 75% of it's coming back.

So.......it's a good idea, just follow the instructions to the letter to make sure the lawn survives.
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Hope you don't have a HOA unless you have asked them if everything is OK and that includes your rig. I've had big battles with HOA's over the years even with everyone and their brother and sister having RV's in their driveways. I'll never buy a house with an HOA again.
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Where we're looking, ID and WA, I've run into HOAs but I check out the CC&Rs first. Since we're looking at 1/3 acre or more it's not been hard to find RV friendly lots. Can't park in front of the gates but that's ok by me. I have a bigger issue with antennas since I'm a ham. If I can avoid them I will.

What I like about these product is I can look at driving in to the back yard without another visible driveway so I'm not limited to the garage side.
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We have a half acre corner lot. Allows then to have access from the side street to the rear yard. We have double drive gate at the rear of the property on the side street and a strip of DG across the back of the property that serves as the RV parking pad. Corner lots can make a good setup.
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corner lot back entrance

our pad in the back yard with pavers
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our pad in the back yard with pavers
Looks grand. Room for another coach beside your? Would love to be there.
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Where we're looking, ID and WA, I've run into HOAs but I check out the CC&Rs first. Since we're looking at 1/3 acre or more it's not been hard to find RV friendly lots. Can't park in front of the gates but that's ok by me. I have a bigger issue with antennas since I'm a ham. If I can avoid them I will.

What I like about these product is I can look at driving in to the back yard without another visible driveway so I'm not limited to the garage side.
My dad was a Ham Operator. Probably a dying skill with the internet and such, at least in the US. I learned how to rappel using the antenna tower.
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