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profdant139 wrote:

I've used thick boards in muddy campsites when we boondock. It works ok but it is a pain to pry up the sunken boards after the mud has dried.

Those "pads" need to be at least 2'x2'. Probably at least 3'x2' for dual wheels.

You can make them out of pressure treated lumber, but don't use lumber wider than 6". Wider boards are likely to crack. Forget gluing them together also. This means screws are your only choice. Drill a hole about half way through the 2x6, large enough for the head of the screw to sink into the middle. Use screws compatible with PT wood. If you screw cross braces on top, you have built in small chocks !

No help from me on prying them out of the soft soil and they won't be light ! You had better have a hose handy to rinse them off and a place to store dirty outside items.

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As you've read, there are many different, but similar solutions.
Whether you want to lower the ground pressure of the rig, which is what you asked, or stabilize the soil/construct a parking pad.
Assuming the 5 pads you're considering are seeing about 2klbs a piece, with a 2'x2' pad, you'll be lowering the effective ground pressure to less than 5psi, which will work in most conditions short of liquefied earth.


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You can also use the 16" concrete paving blocks. Three on each side is long enough for the tandems to fit on. Now If you can't hit the 16" block every time you park, put another set beside of the first set. but you should be able to hit the 16" block. I kept mine on those blocks for years before I had the spot paved.


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Put down some road base and drive on it. You need around 2 1/2 inches or more. Much cheaper than concrete.

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“I just left the wood there for the next camper.”

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There isn’t any plywood made for ground contact, even marine plywood.


Actually not true. Had a wood basement in a 20yr old house. The plywood showed no signs of decay...unfortunately don't recall the plywood spec.


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when my camper used to winter in my buddies field it sat on 12 foot cedar 2x12's no problems even in a swamped field. now it sits on gravel

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valhalla360 wrote:

GrandpaKip wrote:


There isn’t any plywood made for ground contact, even marine plywood.


Actually not true. Had a wood basement in a 20yr old house. The plywood showed no signs of decay...unfortunately don't recall the plywood spec.


But who cares, we’re talking pads to keep a camper from sinking....
Wood basement, lol. Must been very dry climate. Otherwise that makes as much sense as a lead balloon.

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valhalla360 wrote:

GrandpaKip wrote:


There isn’t any plywood made for ground contact, even marine plywood.


Actually not true. Had a wood basement in a 20yr old house. The plywood showed no signs of decay...unfortunately don't recall the plywood spec.

I just found out HomeDepot has a ground contact plywood rated as such by the APA. In all my years of construction, that’s the first I’ve seen.
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