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deejay41

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Posted: 04/05/13 08:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does anyone park their MH on wooden blocks?
I was told that it would help protect the tires from the bad effects of moisture.
I have a concrete RV pad, and I have been using the wooden pads under my tires.

Today, I noticed that the driveway concrete was completely dry, but the wood pads under the tires was still waterlogged.
It seems to me that it is more harmful to park on the wet wood, than to just park on the dry concrete.

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Many use something like the acrylic cutting boards under the tires, idea is to isolate the tire from the leaching effect of the concrete. Wood on the other hand can have the exact issue you have found, it can hold water.


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Posted: 04/05/13 08:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have always parked mine on plywood pads, but that's in my garage. Marine plywood would probably be ok outside.


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Posted: 04/05/13 08:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Some use roofing shingles. Don't really know why.


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Posted: 04/05/13 09:02pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Water is trapped between the wood and will also be trapped behind cutting type nylon boards.
Yes, plywood will abosrb it and eventually rot out.
Rubber door mats like from Lowes would still trap the water but won't rot. Less expensive then large cutting boards.


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I park our Class C on sections of 2X10 boards. Our driveway has a shallow slope, so the front tires are on ramps three boards high and the rear duals are on single boards. For a time I had used plywood under one set of duals, but the plywood warped, collected water and stayed wet. The 2X10 boards dry quickly. Up to last year the driveway was gravel, as seen in the picture. We had it paved with asphalt last year and the boards now have the additional purpose of keeping the tires from sinking into the asphalt.




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Posted: 04/05/13 09:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have been using rubber belting for years,it keeps the tires off my concrete pad and never any moisture problems. u can also use rubber pads from harbor freight.Will last a lot longer then wood,

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I use a cut up horse mat from Tractor Supply Company. One mat will do 2 MH's.


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Posted: 04/06/13 04:09am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Park mine on concrete for years NC's years. Makes no difference. Never had a problem.





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Directly from the Michelin web page:

LONG TERM STORAGE OF RV TIRES

Unless the RV owner is a full-time RV-er, the vehicle
probably spends some time in long-term storage. But
what the RV owner probably didn’t know is that rubber
tires age when not being used. So, if the owner must store
the RV, a cool, dry, sealed garage is the best bet. Also, some
storage surfaces can cause tires to age faster. That’s why
Michelin recommends placing a barrier (cardboard,
plastic or plywood) between the tire and the storage
surface.

For additional info go here and click RV Tire Guide:

http://www.michelinrvtires.com/michelinrv/toolbox/reference-material.jsp


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