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Old 12-11-2005, 05:06 PM   #1
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Would it be smart to pour a pad?

I'm going to "prep" my Texas seacoast lot for my '69 Ambassador in two weeks. I plan to park it there for a long time. Although the lot is essentially bare crushed shell and is built up a bit from its surroundings, would it be smart to have a concrete pad poured to park it on, or would it be better to simply set the tires on concrete or cinderblock squares? Or--should I just leave the ground as it is?
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Old 12-11-2005, 05:32 PM   #2
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I like the idea of a pad.

Here's a thread with some pros & cons on what you face.

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Old 12-11-2005, 05:47 PM   #3
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I can't decide either....

But I was told that the tires don't like concrete. Maybe we could use welcome mats over the concrete.
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Old 12-11-2005, 05:51 PM   #4
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Are you gonna take the concrete pad with you when the next hurricane comes through?

Or are you gonna put down a new one every other year?
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Old 12-11-2005, 06:04 PM   #5
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My personal preference for a pad situation is well drained gravel and then park the trailer up on some PT wood. Seems to be the least detrimental to the tires. Besides gravel is cheaper than concrete.

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I use scrap Corian rectangles under my tires. No water absorption and quite an inert material. ... Works for me!
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Pour a pad. I am going to. The moisture coming up from the ground is detrimental. As far as tire damage, I would not worry about it. If you going to park it, take the tires off, and put the coach on blocks.
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I use scrap Corian rectangles under my tires. No water absorption and quite an inert material. ... Works for me!
WOW! Millionnare Airstreaming at its best on second thought...just make the whole pad out of corian

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Old 12-11-2005, 06:32 PM   #9
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I agree. Pour the pad.

Ours sits over winter inside in a quasi heated garage (about 30 degrees when it's below zero outside).

I have some cheap patio carpeting I place under the tires. The fabric cushions the tires sitting and also prevents constant contact with the cement.
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If you decide on a pad, think about pitch for drainage. My master plan includes a pad which has a level area where the tires sit so that the refrigerator can be pre-cooled before a trip.

If you hire a contractor, and do not discuss the project, you may end up with a pad pitched for drainage which means you may have to shim one side of your trailer for level when you park it.

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Pads are a nice feature. Just put the tires on plywood during the park. Check with local codes to see how far property setbacks are. I poured mine to close to the street (38 feet rather than the 50 foot setback) and our county won't let me use it for the intended purpose. We live in the boonies too.
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Even if you park the trailer with the tires seperated from the concrete, after about 5 to 7 years those tires will not be trust worthy enough to use. The tire will not last forever if not used.

Long term park? Block it and sell the tires.

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I just completed the first phase of what will become the personal parking spot for our Overlander. I first leveled out the ground with a tractor as we live on slight grade and then put down a good quality decomposed granite (DG). I put an approx. 5 degree slope for water drainage and the DG has good draining qualities as well. Phase 2-10 of this project will include a fence, gate,lights, landscaping and a wood pergola to keep her covered at night. Alot of work, but she's worth it. Right?

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Seems to me that the crushed shells would give you the drainage, but not the support you might need.
I poured two pads, one for each tire on a single axle GlobeTrotter, level with each other. Don't forget rebar. I just placed a couple layers of patio blocks under the tongue jack.
Inexpensive, no maintainence, NO permits required, and a sound place to store and work on the trailer. Granted your situation is a bit different but this installation has lasted for 6 years without any problems.
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