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Old 06-20-2009, 04:46 AM   #1
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I back my camper into the yard off the back alley and am planning to upgrade this area. I was going to have a 10' x 10' concrete pad put in where the wheels go and the rest would be gravel due to the high cost of concrete. Now someone told me that is a bad idea because in the winter the water will not drain around the tires and that the entire pad should be gravel.

I am wondering what your thoughts are?

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Old 06-20-2009, 04:50 AM   #2
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I had a 6" deep pad poured for mine to sit on, in the winter I back it up on 2x12's and keep the tires off the concrete, I also keep the tires covered....I was always told that dirt and gravel give off more moisture than you get from concrete...
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Old 06-20-2009, 05:46 AM   #3
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Why wouldn't the water drain ? Put a little slope in it. I would think a Kreet would be better but cost a little more. I also don't think gravel would be the end of the world.

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Old 06-20-2009, 06:04 AM   #4
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A concrete pad for the whole trailer would be the preferred method, but concrete and gravel will work just fine.Wedon't have the luxury of being able to parkour trailer inour yard so we park it in a storage yard. The owner to the yard, has laid about a foot of cement plant tailings and compacted it. Nothing grows in it so weeds aren't an issue nor are "de leetle mouses". I put down two 2 by 10's and park the trailer wheels on them.
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Old 06-20-2009, 06:29 AM   #5
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We had an 80' driveway poured for the trailer when we bought this house. It is 12' wide and 6" deep. When the guy I hired poured it he put a small crown in it so the water would drain off. 2 years now and no issues. I never get the wheels off the concrete because we use it year round. Edited by: Hunter11
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Old 06-20-2009, 06:55 AM   #6
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I have a gravel driveway in the back yard to park the trailer on. I have 2X12's for under the tires.Thedriveway is crowned so the water runs off. It is pretty wellpacked down now after 5 years of driving the trailer in and out. My plan is cover it with cobblestone pavers. I had the first pallet delivered last month and plan to get more pallets delivered as the money is on hand. I am starting at the gate and working my way back. Hopefully in a year or two I'll have the whole driveway done..
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Old 06-20-2009, 06:56 AM   #7
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I have always parked my trailer on gravel and have never had a tireissue because of it. I think that it is morepersonal preference than anything else.
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Old 06-20-2009, 07:30 AM   #8
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Amazing. *One option no one has mentioned is asphalt. *Inexpensive compared to concrete. Durable. *Snow and ice will melt quicker than all other paving material. *Only real drawback is it is hot in the summer, so walking on it in bare feet may hazardous to your comfort.

I have another neighbor that simply poured concrete feet for the tires and the jack. *Only taking it on/off a couple of times per year. *This has worked well for him.

Lots of options, no one right way to do it.





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Old 06-20-2009, 07:53 AM   #9
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i poured a 16' x 42' slab on the side of my house myself. i prefer it for a couple of reasons.

1. easy to crawl under my trailer for repairs/inspections.

2.easy to load and unload my trailer.(i have a bad foot and knee, so loading on gravel could be a problem for me).

3.i also put a 6' ring and a dome for dumping waste water.(w/ steel closed casting)

4.best of all...no maintenence
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Old 06-20-2009, 08:02 AM   #10
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spinella, goodyou brought this up. I had to replace our rear scissorjacks and fix a leak on the fresh water tank this morning and I was on concretewhile under the trailer.Although I have done it on gravel before by just laying a piece of plywood on the ground first. I got a good deal on the concrete because theguy that owns the company is a neighbor. If I had not I probably would have gone with gravel. Asphalt does not hold up well around here with the heat in the Summer.



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Old 06-20-2009, 02:06 PM   #11
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Concrete for me too. I had a friend of the family do the concrete work for cash....saved a bunch. I also had a small slope put in the pad so the water sheds quite nicely. One 2x6 on the one side is all I need to level the camper. Asphalt costs were higher than concrete last year due to the price of oil, so I stuck with concrete. I will re-seal every year to keep it looking good.

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Old 06-21-2009, 01:14 PM   #12
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Thanks, everyone. I think I will go ahead with the concrete slab.

Ideally I would like to do the whole pad in concrete but for this year

I will start with the 10" x 10" and maybe next year I can add to it. Thanks again.

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