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Old 05-07-2014, 07:34 PM   #15
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by some cheap cutting boards at the dollar store. tough, plastic and will last for as long as you own your MH.
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Old 05-07-2014, 10:12 PM   #16
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RV's should be parked on some sort of barrier, especially when parked on concrete. RV tires last a long time when they are exercised regularly. The exercise keeps the oil in the tires working to protect them.

True...cars don't need barriers for their tires, but you drive your car everyday! Have you ever watched concrete absorb water? It does the same thing to tires. It draws the water out of them. Even the tire manufacturers recommend using a barrier.

I use rubber truck mud flaps. They work great, are inexpensive and don't move around.
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:22 AM   #17
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If you want to use pads, Tractor Supply sells rubber pads for horse stalls that work well. They are 3/4" thick and can be cut. Here is a link to them, Rubber Horse Stall Mat, 4 ft. x 6 ft. - Tractor Supply Co..
Been using Horse Mats for a few years. Cheap insurance.
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Old 05-08-2014, 09:10 AM   #18
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DavisK, question on rubber horse stall mats for you. Is there no asphalt type materials in rubber stall mats? I started wondering after I had bought one and cut it to park the mh tires on our concrete pad. I started worrying (I am a worrier) that there was something in those mats similar to asphalt that would do more damage than parking on the concrete pad itself.
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Old 05-08-2014, 09:22 AM   #19
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If the concrete is well sealed, maybe not a huge problem Concrete is pourous, and there will be moisture exchange with the tires in addition to possibly leaching the oils out of the tires when they sit rather than being exercised by driving. Mfg'ers recommend a non-pourous vapor barrier.

I had thin plastic "landing pads" for years. They were easy to deal with, but got brittle and started breaking when I handled them. Also, since they were so thin, they would allow water to pool on them around the tires. I got a stall mat from Tractor Supply and cut it with a carpet knife and use those recycled rubber mats now. They are heavier, and apx 1/2" thick so don't allow water to pool around the tires. I even had enough left over for some small pads under the tires of my old "shop queen" pickup that doesn't get driven much!
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Old 05-08-2014, 10:33 AM   #20
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Great advice! Thanks folks. I am doing my best to take care of our motor home and really didn't give this issue much thought.

I think I will go the plastic cutting board route since there won't be a chance of any sort of substance causing problems.
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Aren't the stall mats primarily made from ground up tires?

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Good point. I will ask Tractor Supply.
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I had a few 2' x 2' plywood pieces around, and a bunch of old plastic signs no longer in use. A few minutes with a skilsaw and staple gun, and I've got four nice plastic surfaced plywood pads to park on.
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We winter in Tucson and I place a sheet of plastic under the tires. I am one of the few who does so, but with the cost of tires for our MH, I figure that a sheet of plastic will not hurt anything and it is cheap insurance if it is as necessary as many people seem to think it is.
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