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Old 05-16-2013, 10:59 AM   #1
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RV Driveway Material

They are installing my RV gates tomorrow and I'm wondering what the best material for the driveway is, balancing cost with function.

DW likes the idea of concrete wheel paths with grass. Sounds expensive, a pain to maintain, and easily damaged. I'm favoring some kind of crush stone ground cover but worry about just pressing it into the ground with the weight and winding up with dirt. Also which material?

Ideas, oh wise and experienced RV sages?
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Living in the country, I can say that weeds are the bane of our existence. I swear that some of them were dropped here by aliens from another planet. They can be so invasive and can be difficult to control. Way worse than Arnold in The Terminator. Turn your back for a few days, and they can suddenly be everywhere.

I have no idea what weeds and other problems are like in Az other than tumbleweed and things that crawl?

If you use any kind of gravel, including 3/4" crushed gravel, you can expect weeds to take hold. This of course depends on where you are. My top choice in my weedkiller arsenal is Casaron which I put down just twice a year. I use Roundup and a couple of other liquids just for spot/area treatment. The Casaron is excellent for driveway and parking areas. Much cheaper than concrete or asphalt. If you do go with concrete, I'd put down some poly sheeting first to help keep the moisture level down a bit underneath your RV.

For just the parking spot, I would say the best option is for concrete or asphalt under the RV if you want the least maintenance. Otherwise, some type of gravel with crushed material in it. You should get a sample first. You'll be better off with one with the least amount of fines in it. There are things like 3/4" crushed road base mix but I've found it can have hardly any fines in it or a lot. Too much "fines" means it easier for the weeds to plant themselves in it.

Oh, and also, moles can be an issue too and make a mess even in some gravel.

All things considered, I'd vote for concrete and secondly, asphalt if you want to spend the $$. Asphalt can crack and heave over time. Makes it so easy to work under your RV as well. Maybe weeds are not an issue for you and in which case, just ignore what I've said!
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:18 AM   #3
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I put down a 3-4" section of what's called road base where i park mine. Spread it out and leveled it. The stuff darn near turns into concrete after being sprayed down a few times. Having rolled the MH over a few times already it stays put pretty good, is cheap and easy to re-rake if neccessary. The MH doesn't doesn't crush but does compact it. Consequesntly i can park on it and stay perfectly level without the use of levelers. It seems weeds have a hard time coming up through as well so the few that do are easy to kill off.
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i have stored my motorhome on a paved surface before and in the summer heat the wheels would sink into the paved surface. I would rather use concrete or stone. Not sure what affects the concrete has on tires though and the generation of flat spotting. If the motorhome is used on a regular bases, I doubt much issues would arise. Looking forward also to seeing others info.
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About $100.00 at a commercial ag supply.

Mix with water, has orange dye to mark spot, sun makes dye go away after few days

Mix strong and nothing will sprout...nothing
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Typically radial tires do not flat spot due to their construction, my boat trailer tires sit for 6 months a year without issues and the MH sits on it's Michelins for months at a time without issues either.
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Typically radial tires do not flat spot due to their construction, my boat trailer tires sit for 6 months a year without issues and the MH sits on it's Michelins for months at a time without issues either.

They do but tend to self correct after 10-20 miles of driving. My Lightning would have a vibration for about 20 miles or so after being stored over the winter and Ford even has information about making sure that the vehicle has been driven about 20 miles before diagnosing any vibration issues related to tires to verify that there are no flat spots.
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:56 AM   #8
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Hi Raining Star,
I did concrete. It may be the most expensive solution, but it is maintenance free. Go to Sweet Times - iRV2.com RV Photo Gallery and take a look. I justified the cost by amortizing the expense over 20 years. For me, concrete was the way to go.
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We redid our drive And RV parking area last year. After 20 years of use everything had moved, cracked, and grooved from use. The original drive was 4-6" stone base with 2" blacktop. The RV sat on 36" square cement pads 3" thick. The shallow base allowed things to move over time. The new parking area has 12" of gravel & 6" of cement, one large pad. The new drive has 12" of gravel and 3.50" of high strength blacktop, the same as roads use for a base. We may or may not add a top coat layer. The local asphalt company made the recommendations based upon RV weight. The paving company followed my directions.
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Here's a link to another similar thread that several, including me, posted on. Hope it helps.
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I put down a 3-4" section of what's called road base where i park mine. Spread it out and leveled it. The stuff darn near turns into concrete after being sprayed down a few times. Having rolled the MH over a few times already it stays put pretty good, is cheap and easy to re-rake if neccessary. The MH doesn't doesn't crush but does compact it. Consequesntly i can park on it and stay perfectly level without the use of levelers. It seems weeds have a hard time coming up through as well so the few that do are easy to kill off.
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I just put down 4" of crushed concrete and 2-4" of shell and concrete mix on top for a driveway and pad. This stuff packs tight and doesn't move after being driven over a few times. I have used it as road and driveway mix in a heavy traffic private road, and it is holding up well. About 1/3-1/2 the cost of concrete here.
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I used landscape timbers stacked two high and staggered, then I drilled and hammered in 2 feet of re-bar at the ends and a couple along the link of each timber. My pad is 32 feet long and 12 feet wide. I used 7 yards of crushed stone that had a small amount of rock sand in it. The rock sand filtered down into the rock during the first rain and set the rock like concrete. My base is about 6 inched thick. Timbers $1.57 each at Home Depot. Re-bar $15 and $60 for 7 yards of rock. $20 for guy to spread rock with his front loader.
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Nothing beats concrete over the long haul

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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