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Old 11-01-2017, 08:23 AM   #1
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Tired, winter storage

What’s better, park on pavement for the winter or park on rubber mats under each tire? Bad winters here in Mass. thanks
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Old 11-01-2017, 08:41 AM   #2
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I have read that concrete or asphalt is bad for rubber, but I don't have a clear idea of why. I park mine on 1.5" thick plywood pads on gravel. I do that to keep it from sinking and then having to get it out of the rut when I retrieve it.
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Old 11-01-2017, 08:44 AM   #3
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Rubber mats really seem to well ! I made mine from horse stall mats from Tractor Supply.. heavy matt, cuts reasonably and strong. Made sets for coach easily !
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Tired, winter storage

Wood or rubber I have used both. I think the wood is better at insulating the weather from tires.
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Old 11-02-2017, 06:17 AM   #6
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I Use Plastic Cutting Boards

I use large plastic cutting boards to keep my tires off the blacktop for winter storage (Chicago). In season, these double as foot plates to go under the hydraulic jack stands when camping.

I have found reasonably priced white polyethylene boards 0.25 to 0.375 thick at places like Costco, Ikea and Walmart.
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Old 11-02-2017, 05:42 PM   #7
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It doesn't get that cold here in Vegas, but I went to Lowes and had them cut me 4 pieces of clear vinyl carpet runner. I put them down on the asphalt and then drive over them so the tires are resting on the vinyl, not the asphalt.
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Have to admit I was a skeptic -never parked on anything before...

Checked the Michelin site when getting ready to store the MH and they recommend something as a barrier - wood rubber even cardboard.

I changed my ways and cut up some scrap plywood & OSB I found at at a local Mfg scrap pile.
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Every time I pull the coach into the hanger I pull onto Stall Mats. A large 5/8" thick (they make a 1/2"and 3/4" thick also depending on the store) Stall Mat from your local feed store will run about $15, usually 3'X5' or so, made from recycled tires. I cut the mats up with a jig saw and carry the smaller mats under my slide tray and park on them when we stay anywhere over a few days. I used the smaller left over pieces as hard surface jack pads. The large mat is a bit heavy but when you cut it up they are easy to move around. PS..drill a 1/2 hole in a corner of each mat about 3/4" in from each edge and you can use your awning tool to adjust them on the ground.

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Every time I pull the coach into the hanger I pull onto Stall Mats. A large 5/8" thick (they make a 1/2"and 3/4" thick also depending on the store) Stall Mat from your local feed store will run about $15, usually 3'X5' or so, made from recycled tires. I cut the mats up with a jig saw and carry the smaller mats under my slide tray and park on them when we stay anywhere over a few days. I used the smaller left over pieces as hard surface jack pads. The large mat is a bit heavy but when you cut it up they are easy to move around. PS..drill a 1/2 hole in a corner of each mat about 3/4" in from each edge and you can use your awning tool to adjust them on the ground.

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I do the same with about 18x18 pieces left but add 3/8 diameter rope thru the hole and use heat shrink tubing to secure ends of the knot making a loop that is easy to grab and place these under my Jacks when we travel.. big mats stay home in the barn ready for return and storage once I drive in... best of both worlds
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