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Old 06-02-2013, 04:18 PM   #15
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washout concrete? how does that work?
Trucks return to plant with unused concrete and dump it in a pile. Pile is sold by truckload pretty cheap. Usually dried and crumbly by the time delivered to your project. Spread, pack and water. There is always a little life left in cement and in fact you can add some. Makes for great driveways and parking pads.
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The problem with a parking pad, as compared to a driveway is that the only thing that needs more than virgin soil is the 4 (6?) points of contact where there tires sit. Beyond that even the wheel tracks are only an issue in wet weather and / or poor soil conditions.

The down 'n' dirty solution is to determine wear you want to park, then more particularly, where the tires will be. Make your 3" pad to park on, but make a 3' or 4' square area centered on each tire where the pad is either double thickness or reinforced poured concrete slabs.

If you do double thickness gravel and it settles, all you have to do is top it up each year. Between the extra compression and the increased thickness it stops settling after just a few years.
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:06 PM   #17
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33x9x.25 is 74.25 cubic feet or 2.75 cubic yards. Most dump trucks can haul 6 to 10 yards depending on size. You would be paying a premium for fuel and driver if you didn't fill the truck. Double thickness or 6 inches would be about 6 yards. Plus you may need more for the approach to the pad. If your soil is a hard soil like clay you probably won't need to compact crusher run, spreading with equipment and rain tends to make it pretty solid.
I would go with 6 inches as that would be in the 300 dollar range( at least in my area)
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I made a pad for my DSDP from crusher run. When I got it pretty level, the back was about 8 inches the front about 4. At the end of three years, the area where the back tires sat had dropped about 3 inches. I filled them back in and it has worked great. Am actually planning on widening the pad to make room for my trailers.
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Appreciate all the advice and suggestions. I'm going to abandon this project altogether. This pad would sit in my back yard (actually on the side of the house), just behind my fence. While the pad would be nice I still have to drive over my side lawn to get there. Unfortunately the water table is so high around here that an hour of rain can give us really soft soil. A full day of rain creates a lake on that side of the yard. It takes days to dry out and I don't want to plan for a trip only to be screwed up by some random rain storm and have my MH stuck on the pad for days because the side yard is a swamp. You know the saying, "If you build it, he will come". In this case "he" is Murphy! As I said, appreciate the advise and help. Hope I didn't waste anyone's time.
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Appreciate all the advice and suggestions. I'm going to abandon this project altogether. This pad would sit in my back yard (actually on the side of the house), just behind my fence. While the pad would be nice I still have to drive over my side lawn to get there. Unfortunately the water table is so high around here that an hour of rain can give us really soft soil. A full day of rain creates a lake on that side of the yard. It takes days to dry out and I don't want to plan for a trip only to be screwed up by some random rain storm and have my MH stuck on the pad for days because the side yard is a swamp. You know the saying, "If you build it, he will come". In this case "he" is Murphy! As I said, appreciate the advise and help. Hope I didn't waste anyone's time.
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Interesting. I'm in the NE so get winter. Town passed a pad ordinance requiring 6 inches of stone or concrete. Stone fits the budget better. What I wonder about is adding drainage. Soil is not heavy clay or sand and location is a terraced hill side. It looks like adding some perforated pipe wrapped in landscape cloth under the crushed stone would help keep the pad dry or am over thinking the problems.
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Interesting. I'm in the NE so get winter. Town passed a pad ordinance requiring 6 inches of stone or concrete. Stone fits the budget better. What I wonder about is adding drainage. Soil is not heavy clay or sand and location is a terraced hill side. It looks like adding some perforated pipe wrapped in landscape cloth under the crushed stone would help keep the pad dry or am over thinking the problems.
If the surrounding is a 'terraced hill side, and 'not heavy clay,' I think nature will do the draining. You'd just create a new issue with the outflow of the drain.
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