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psdesousa87

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First post! We are getting ready to park our TT on a seasonal site for the first time. It's a natural site (not a slab). Seems fairly level but has anyone ever leveled the site before bringing their TT to the site? I was thinking of using gravel and some granite 12"x12" slabs I have and using them to create level spots. would use an 8" 2x4 and a level to make sure its level. Thoughts?

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What does the park say?

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Hi,

Welcome to the Forums!!!

We don't have a TT, and we've never had a seasonal site. But....I'll give you a bit of what I've observed over the past 18 years of RV'ing. Way back then...I was a newbie to the RV world and these forums!

Anyway, is this a "seasonal site" where you will park your TT there the entire year? I've been at campgrounds and the seasonal sites often have decks, sheds, driveways, landscaping and many other improvements to their sites. I'm assuming that ultimately that's up to the rules of the campground to determine what you can do on the site.

As for leveling, I'm assuming your TT would have stabilizers on it to sturdy it. My understanding is that you're not supposed to use those for "leveling", just for stabilizing movement when walking inside. However, I think the vast majority of folks just either use block(s) under the tires or jack stands under the axles if they want to level for longer periods. If you're going to be using the TT for other trips during the season, leveling blocks under the wheels will probably be more convenient. If you're going to park it for the entire season and maybe year round, then putting it on jack stands will take the weight off the tires.

Perhaps, if you use jack stands, you could level out and put 2"x12" P.T. lumber under where the jack stands will be placed and level those blocks before positioning the trailer. Granite slabs seems a bit excessive, but if that's what you want to do, it should be fine. But then you'll have to make sure you get them in the right spot, and then position the trailer in the exact spot later. I guess you could level out a larger area to give you some leeway.

So...there you have it...TT advice from a Class A owner!!! LOL Hopefully the real experts will pipe up with some great advice for you.

Again, welcome, and I hope to see you around the Forums!

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Level by raising one set of wheels? Proceed! If a larger area, have you considered drainage? And walking on gravel isn’t fun IMO.


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Good adjustable jack stands and an adequately sized jack pad for them to rest on. You might have to readjust once or twice during the season.

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psdesousa87 wrote:

First post! We are getting ready to park our TT on a seasonal site for the first time. It's a natural site (not a slab). Seems fairly level but has anyone ever leveled the site before bringing their TT to the site? I was thinking of using gravel and some granite 12"x12" slabs I have and using them to create level spots. would use an 8" 2x4 and a level to make sure its level. Thoughts?


I would do the outline of your area in pressure treated 4X4 or what ever size you need depending on how unlevel you are. pin them down then fill with crushed granet. leave a slight angle for water runoff away from the rest of the site.

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StirCrazy wrote:

psdesousa87 wrote:

First post! We are getting ready to park our TT on a seasonal site for the first time. It's a natural site (not a slab). Seems fairly level but has anyone ever leveled the site before bringing their TT to the site? I was thinking of using gravel and some granite 12"x12" slabs I have and using them to create level spots. would use an 8" 2x4 and a level to make sure its level. Thoughts?


I would do the outline of your area in pressure treated 4X4 or what ever size you need depending on how unlevel you are. pin them down then fill with crushed granet. leave a slight angle for water runoff away from the rest of the site.

Steve


Agreed. Use pieces of 1/2" rebar as "pins", driving then in at least 12". Find a concrete recycling place and get road base (1/2 the price of gravel). Road base is just crushed concrete.....good enough to be used on millions of miles of roads. If you have access to a backhoe, install a septic system too. Maybe even put in a large water tank that can be filled for longer stays. Heck. Why stop there? Put in a small solar system too.

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Mfan wrote:

What does the park say?


Agree with this... talk to the park management first, to see what you can and cannot do. Also the park may do some things for you, even maybe have a tractor to help level the site.

Talk with your new neighbors, they may have ideas and possibly materials you can use. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a "local guy" that does work in the campground with heavy equipment and probably delivery of things like gravel and dirt.

Also a good idea to get to know your neighbors as soon as possible!


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First year, assuming it's not horrible I would just use a couple pressure treated 2x8s.

If you decide you really like the park, you can look at pouring a couple of wheel track slabs (assuming the park is OK with it). Just takes a few bags of cement mixed on site...maybe a day's project.

Make sure you don't muck up the drainage and create a swamp.


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jdc1 wrote:

StirCrazy wrote:

psdesousa87 wrote:

First post! We are getting ready to park our TT on a seasonal site for the first time. It's a natural site (not a slab). Seems fairly level but has anyone ever leveled the site before bringing their TT to the site? I was thinking of using gravel and some granite 12"x12" slabs I have and using them to create level spots. would use an 8" 2x4 and a level to make sure its level. Thoughts?


I would do the outline of your area in pressure treated 4X4 or what ever size you need depending on how unlevel you are. pin them down then fill with crushed granet. leave a slight angle for water runoff away from the rest of the site.

Steve


Agreed. Use pieces of 1/2" rebar as "pins", driving then in at least 12". Find a concrete recycling place and get road base (1/2 the price of gravel). Road base is just crushed concrete.....good enough to be used on millions of miles of roads. If you have access to a backhoe, install a septic system too. Maybe even put in a large water tank that can be filled for longer stays. Heck. Why stop there? Put in a small solar system too.


I used 3/4" thick walled heavy galvanized pipe for my ground anchors, less likely to rust through. Railroad ties were locked together with 10" long Timberlok screws. My wall sits along a swale and so it spends a good portion of the year wet, if you've got good drainage rebar is probably sufficient. The other thing you'll definitely want is a footer drain, I used 4" perforated PVC pipe for mine.


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