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Old 05-16-2013, 03:36 PM   #15
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What we call "washout concrete" might be available in your area. Trucks come back to plant anywhere from empty to full load for a lot of different reasons. If still loose and not hardened it is almost as good as the real thing. Load is dumped at plant and sold ay steep discount. As long as you have tractor to move and spread material - it is a cheap drive surface.
spread it, keep it wet for a week or two and done. Coupled with geo fabric you can build a great driveway with five or so inches of washout that will last for years. We have almost 600 feet of washout drive on loose sandy soil and some almost fifteen years in place with no rutting. Also covered barn floor with it. Great stuff for the price

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Old 05-16-2013, 04:03 PM   #16
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I have not done a pad here yet, however for several other long driveways, I
specified UNWASHED crushed stone. The dust get wet and packs hard after being driven on and it does not wash out even on a hill. It should pack real well for a
level pad with the weight of an RV pushing on it.

The father-in-law, when he was living wanted only simple pads to park his
Class A on to get the tires out of the grass. He placed cinder blocks in the ground open side up. Then he filled them in with dirt. They were just above ground level. They worked well and never broke. The pads were about 3' sq.

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Old 05-16-2013, 04:18 PM   #17
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It also depends on what is required in your area. My city has an ordinance that the parking area must be "paved"; gravel and such like is not acceptable.
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Old 05-16-2013, 04:26 PM   #18
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8" concrete with lots of rebar
our 65 x 26 pad has small surface cracks but nothing else after nearly 9 years
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Old 05-16-2013, 04:32 PM   #19
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It also depends on what is required in your area. My city has an ordinance that the parking area must be "paved"; gravel and such like is not acceptable.
Thankfully no HOA to contend with. Behind the front line of the house is all that's required in my neighborhood. I could park it on the dirt as far as the city is concerned. That's obviously not a desirable option.
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I used crushed recycled concrete leveled then took a spreader and put concrete mix on top then sprinkled with water. It is not as pretty as a concrete pad but it is solid
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There are lots of good ideas here and they should work well, some with a little up keep. The most expensive, of course, is concrete but it, done properly to begin with, will last forever. Do it once and never have to worry with it again. It sure is nice to be able to lay on something smooth and firm with you need to crawl under the coach. The right parking spot at the house with 50 amp hook up and 110V convenience outlet nearby, maybe a roof overhead with lights sure makes it nice. Just sayin.
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As an aside, I am lucky enough to have a fully enclosed garage for our RV. Being enclosed (and in the desert) has helped to keep our Alpine in reasonably good shape. I am sure my tires last longer, since they are not exposed to very significant changes in temperature and sun exposure.
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I have a compacted DG driveway, RV parking spot, and apron to my workshop, Has been in place for ~7 years. Has worked well, and is still in good shape. Round-up a couple times a year keeps any weeds away. Inexpensive and serviceable.
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I called a local concrete company and asked them what they did with their leftovers. The supt said they dumped it and were always looking for places other than their plant. After some discussion, it was agreed I would prepare and frame a pad and they would deliver the leftover concrete. The only promise was the concrete, no guarantees on color, mix, quantity or when. The driver would empty out and leave and the rest was up to me. I dug out a spot, 12x40, added 1" limestone up to ground level and framed it with 2x6s. Two days later the supt called about 4 pm and said he had one of the big trucks full---11 yards of 6,000 mix, did I want it yes or no. Sensing the panic in my voice he agreed to meet the truck and help me and a call to my neighbor made three. Bottom line is I have a 12x36x5.5 pad. That was about 3 years ago but about 6 months ago the supt called me said business was picking up and asked if I wanted to start framing my gravel driveway 10x30 at a time and "we'd have it done in no time--all 520 feet of it." Long story but see if you can get the left overs from a cement plant.

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