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Old 07-13-2020, 10:24 AM   #1
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Outdoor Storage Pad Options??

I am a newbee - just purchased a 2020 19 Caravel and am currently parking it next to my garage when not traveling. I intend to upgrade the grass/dirt that it currently rests upon however it sounds like most people use blacktop or cement and I would rather not do something that is permanent. Gravel is not allowed in my area...

I really wanted to do 1) brick pavers OR 2) pavers with holes in them for grass (pictured) but have two concerns:
1. Vapors/humidity rotting out my airstream floor over time?
- Does this really happen to airstreams?
- would either option 1) or 2) work?
2. Weight of my 19 Caravel being too much for the pavers?

Really appreciate any assistance!
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Can't speak to the weight limit for the perforated pavers.
If you go with the solid brick pavers they will support the weight of a trailer just fine. Do proper base prep and use a vibrating plate compactor.
Don't use thin pavers that are about 1 1/2 inches thick. Use the driveway thickness, which are about 2 1/4"
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I'm actually finishing up a paver parking pad next to our garage that will be the summer home for our yet-to-be-purchased AS. We didn't want concrete/asphalt, and we were going to use the turf pavers for drainage as well, but my landscaper buddy said they were kind of a pain to work with- they almost never grow grass like the pictures, at least around here (Wisconsin). They are thick enough to hold the weight- they are 2 3/4" thick. He was able to get a killer deal on 8 pallets of "closeout" pavers- produced in 2018 and left over. They are 8x16 and 8x8, and 2 3/4" thick- perfect for withstanding the weight. It's also fitting that the color of the pavers is "Serenity", as we are looking for an International Serenity! It's fate!

Definitely get the thicker ones, the thinner ones will crack.

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Thank you!!!! Ok few better now about pavers.

I have a guy. He did not patio in back yard. I will connect them then and it should look nice.

Thanks again!
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Make sure you have a very thick base under the pavers: sand layer on top of dirt under your pavers will not support the weight of the trailer. We did our whole driveway in pavers about 18 years ago and it's holding up well so I understand he construction method.
We poured concrete pads for our trailer. Didn't want to do all the deep digging prep work again for pavers!

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Make sure you have a very thick base under the pavers: sand layer on top of dirt under your pavers will not support the weight of the trailer. We did our whole driveway in pavers about 18 years ago and it's holding up well so I understand he construction method.
We poured concrete pads for our trailer. Didn't want to do all the deep digging prep work again for pavers!

Kay
THIS is key! Without proper prep work, a bad paver job will fail quickly. As an example, my paver pad project is 60'x14', there is about 8" of compacted recycled concrete base material (30 tons), about 3" of compacted crushed quartzite (8 tons), and then an inch or two (4 tons) of sand for the pavers to be set in. My landscaper buddy did all this with his skid steer and compactor. He knew what we are going to park on it, and didn't want it to sag and dip. We still need to spread polymeric sand to lock the pavers together and compact it all again.

Make sure that whoever you have do the work knows what you are going to park on it so they can ensure the base is stable and properly compacted.

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