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Old 09-26-2015, 07:25 AM   #1
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How about parking on gravel?

I there any downside to the moho tires parking on gravel for extended periods? I am debating installing a gravel parking strip (as opposed to concrete) to locate my rig on a different part of my property?


Yes I am trying to save a few bucks if no problem.

Thoughts, experience, opinions advice?
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My two cents. If I where going to park for a long time I would consider parking on lumber! A 2x8x12 under each tire.
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My two cents. If I where going to park for a long time I would consider parking on lumber! A 2x8x12 under each tire.
+1. Gravel is a good and inexpensive alternative to concrete or asphalt. Some lumber would keep the tires from digging in and make a moisture barrier.

Over time you do have to replace some of the gravel but it is cheap. Sometimes I am sorry we didn't go with gravel instead of our badly cracked concrete pad.
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I would suggest keeping some large pieces of cardboard around because crawling around on gravel can be painful!
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Old 09-26-2015, 08:08 AM   #5
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If I had to choose a long term parking surface Gravel would be #1 on my list, then Crushed rock My parking spot when I had a house was crushed rock..

ONLY disadvantage is if you need to do undercarraige work (IE: Run Coax cables for your ham radios) a mechanics creeper does not creep well on gravel/rock,,, it likes concrete. But toss a tarp to protect your back and it's still OK.
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When we put our MH away for the winter, it is parked on a gravel pad, under the car port. I have cut large pieces of 1" ply wood to put under the tires, to keep the tires off the gravel and out of any water that may settle/freeze in there. While this might be a 'little over kill', it does make me feel a little better.
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Both sand and gravel are good - anything that drains well. Gravel pads for the tires are fine, but an entire gravel parking site is tough on hands and knees if you need to get under or work in a storage bay.
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I would suggest keeping some large pieces of cardboard around because crawling around on gravel can be painful!
I also keep a couple of the plastic coated foam pool floats as a "creeper". They provide some "cushion" and protection from the gravel, resist oil & staining, and are comfortable on concrete surfaces as well.
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No problem with gravel as long as it is the type that doesn't have sharp points like crushed run for example. The sharp points may get into the voids on the tires and eventually push into the steel belts of the tire due to weight.
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The sharp points may get into the voids on the tires and eventually push into the steel belts of the tire due to weight.
I don't think I'll lose any sleep over that risk.

That is not to say it can't happen, but you can pick up a stone most anywhere. Both my car and coach tires often have a pebble or some size wedged in the tread, and they come and go. Just not something I chose to worry about.
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Lumber to keep the moisture from the tires, good idea so the tires don't rust, how many of you have ulcers from worrying about stuff...
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Mine has been on gravel for years. I put Plywood under them to keep from freezing to the ground, Never have had a problem
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I throw down rubber mats, bought at TSC, over the gravel under the tires.
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Lumber to keep the moisture from the tires, good idea so the tires don't rust, how many of you have ulcers from worrying about stuff...
I never thought about lumber to keep the tires from rusting. Now that I finally have that solution, I can get on with wondering how the Cowboys lost, and how much money I have to give China to do away with our debt to them.

There are so many things to contemplate while driving down the road, like should I drive the required 120 miles today or should I take a couple of days or a week and deep think about gravity. Usually deep thinking wins out when the required nap is over.

My son was so upset with us because it took us 6 days to drive from Alb to Hou (883 mi) but I didn't want him to think we were driving at an un-safe high speed. LOTS TO DO AND LOOK AT. Still way to fast!


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