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Old 04-15-2011, 06:12 AM   #1
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Parking on mulch over clay

I am in the process of using a tractor to make a parking spot next to my garage. I was initially going to bring in gravel but am now thinking it would be smarter and more attractive to cover the hard clay ground with landscape fabric and mulch.

The trailer will be up on concrete blocks and the spot will have good drainage, but what do you all think about this route?
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:07 AM   #2
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While not knowing what type of mulch you have in mind, many of the common mulches will grow a type of mold that will "throw-off" spores that will leave black specs all over whatever is nearby. White cars look really strange when parked near a flower bed mulched with oak and other hardwoods............don't ask.
Seems like gravel of some sort would do better.
Good luck.
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Where do you plan on supporting your coach? Any labeled "jack points" at either end of the trailer are intended for stabilizers only. The frame is not rigid enough to have those points support substantial weight of the trailer. Makes me wonder what will happen when clay swells as moisture conditions change.

Steel channel that the axles are bolted to can take all the weight you load there.

Not sure that cinder blocks are the best idea. See here and here. This issue keeps coming up -- hope someone with informed opinions speaks up.
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Mulch will hold a lot more water then gravel. I would think that the humidity level under the trailer with mulch would be much higher then with gravel. More likely to cause the steel axles/frame to rust.
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Mulch will hold a lot more water then gravel. I would think that the humidity level under the trailer with mulch would be much higher then with gravel. More likely to cause the steel axles/frame to rust.
Good point. And nothing is worse than letting grass or any vegetation grow up to the belly wrap.
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Packed gravel. No Mulch. It will lead to accelerated corrosion underneath.
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Gravel it is. Thanks guys.
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