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Old 02-14-2013, 04:23 PM   #1
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New House and parking RV problem

Buying a new to us house and will be keeping my motor home on the property... have a half acre so room is no problem. I do not want to pour additional concrete on the property. I was thinking about putting down mulch between landscape timbers over my grass.
What have you folks done?
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:36 PM   #2
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I think that would be as bad as parking on dirt. At a minimum, you're going to want a good base of gravel.

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Old 02-14-2013, 04:49 PM   #3
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I would put down a good gravel base as well or you will have trouble. MH's are easy to get stuck harder to pull out.
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:55 PM   #4
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If you go with gravel, remove the grass, put down some landscapers fabric to stop the grass and weeds from regrowing, then put the gravel.
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Hi Rona
I have a product called crusher run that is part gravel and part fine gravel dust.After awhile it will almost get as hard as concrete.All of my driveway and where I park the MH is parked on it.I have not had a problem and I have had it down probably 18 yrs.Good Luck and Many Safe and Happy Miles and Smiles
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If you go with gravel, remove the grass, put down some landscapers fabric to stop the grass and weeds from regrowing, then put the gravel.
Agreed. We used screenings for the bottom layers (on top of the landscape fabric). It packs down nice & hard - next best thing to concrete. Then topped that off with pea-sized gravel, then a layer of bigger gravel. I'd say we're about 4-5" thick. The picture below probably shows ours best. This was the day we were having an RV port built.

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Old 02-14-2013, 05:23 PM   #7
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:29 PM   #8
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I would at least put gavel,stepping stone or something like that under the wheels. My concrete is at least 6 inches and 1 foot where the concrete truck drove over it. I added 2 ft. of pea gravel on each side to make it 14ft wide and the Rv port is 12 x 45.
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:55 PM   #9
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We had a contractor excavate about 8" deep, then bring in fill dirt that he compacted before spreading a 2" layer of #57 gravel. When that is rolled, it becomes a very solid surface. Once that was done, we had a 20x40' steel RV port built. Makes for a very good spot to stow the rig.
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It looks like you're getting some great suggestions from the members. One other thing to consider is the type of soil where it's going to be parked. Or more specifically, how dense is the soil, how well does it drain off rain water and what effect does the rain water have on the ground if something very heavy is sitting on it. Especially something with only 4 relatively small contact areas (The Jacks). It would be pretty frustrating to walk out to the RV and find the jacks, or worse yet, the jacks and wheels sunken into the ground, requiring some sort of recovery operation just to get it out of the yard. Excavation, back filling and compacting with compactable gravel or crush and run might be the best option for an area with soft soil that compacts easily and absorbs rain water easily. No excavation and just a layer of crush and run or compactable gravel of some sort might be the best option for an area already well compacted that doesn't absorb water well. DG or decomposed granite is another good option for ground that's already compacted well. Weed barrier material would be needed no matter what method was chosen. Pretty tough to get a weed eater up under that thing. There's a lot of options for that and eventually a pre-emergent would probably be needed, because weeds eventually find a way past the barrier material.

I don't think you need to hire a soil compaction expert to figure out the soil. Digging a small hole about a foot deep should be pretty revealing. Just knowing the soil and a visual might be all that's needed.
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Some state's (WA is one) use a paving block that has 2" X 2" holes in it, that allows the grass to go through and looks almost like there is no driveway. Worked great when we had a 8,800# Type B MH and the heavier Type C. When we went to the Type A's the blocks broke apart under the weight. Now I just have gravel for the MH drive and every couple of years I get some ¼" minus and spread it on top.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:03 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by RonA View Post
Buying a new to us house and will be keeping my motor home on the property... have a half acre so room is no problem. I do not want to pour additional concrete on the property. I was thinking about putting down mulch between landscape timbers over my grass.
What have you folks done?
Thanks, Ron

I tried that a few years ago and it was a miserable failure. It made a terrible mess.
First I put down geotextile fabric and then about 4 inches of mulch. It was all fine and well until the wet weather came and it was just like parking on dirt, or mud. You'd be better off just parking in the grass than to go to all of the trouble.
A base of #3 or #4 Limestone, then some #57 on top will make a lot better parking surface. It's what I ended up doing and was much happier.
Trust me, the mulch idea sounds good in theory, I thought so too, but it's terrible in practice. Especially if you have to move the unit when the ground is wet or soft.

Your mileage may vary.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:39 PM   #13
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Interesting that this thread was started. I have been pondering the question over the past couple of days. We have the room on the side of the house in a housing tract. The soil is mostly and quite soft during the rainy season. What is the most effective and least expensive way to prep the ground for a 30,000 lb rig with two axles? I was thinking that I would need to excavate the driving and parking surface at least 12" and start building base from there with decomposed granite, or a gravel. Be interesting to hear from owners with similar circumstances.
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Hey RonA.

You do not have an RV parking problem!
Some municipalities would not allow it.
You have space! Lucky for that!
You will figure out the proper base that will suit your soil, and park it just fine.
I look forward to your solution!
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