RV Pad Construction - 2020 RV_Pad
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Our New RV Pad

This is how nice and level the old RV pad looked before the paving tiles were installed. We rented a compactor from Tate Rents. It was quite an experience to work with a compactor. It sure vibrates a whole lot! One has to sort of dance with it to steer it into one direction or another. They weigh over tree hundred pounds!

We ordered our pavers from Standard Park. They were very helpfull with the calculations we needed to do to make sure we ordered the correct quantity of pavers for the job.

We received a pallet of 12 boxes that barely fit through the garage door. There was a total of 171 pavers in this shipment. Karen and I began interlocking pavers in sets of three walked them over to the driveway and installed them flush at the edge of the concrete driveway. We installed 13 rows of 9 pavers total to complete the job. The final paved portion of the driveway was 12 feet wide and 34 feet long.

The picture below shows the completed paver installation minus one tile to show how big each tile is and how it fits into all the neighboring tiles. Then there is an up close view of the pattern and the 2 inch thickness of these pavers. It took us a whole 2 and a half hours to install the pavers. Not bad!

These pavers are really well built. The reason we selected these was the pattern and material used. By filling these pavers with gravel, the S pattern helps to keep the gravel in place and also serves as a way to distribute the side pressure exerted by the tires as they roll over them. Compared to the pavers sold by the big box stores, these pavers really do the job. The reviews at Home Depot and Lowe's indicated cracked and crushed pavers etc. We do not regret our selection thus fare. We are very happy with the outcome.

We spread two truck-loads of 3/4" gravel over a driveway that is 14 feet wide and 42 feet long. We filled the 2" deep pavers and topped them off with an inch of lose gravel on top. We tapered the street end to be flush with the concrete driveway and the yard end against the curbing.

All in all, we used up seven cubic yards of gravel. The park or fence side of the yard got almost four inches of gravel, the patio side about two. The first delivery came in at around 9:30 am and we completed the raking and leveling at around 2:20pm. We were lucky to find the right landscaper with the right size vehicle that allowed him to come into the yard and lay down several piles of grave to help us out!

When the second load of gravel came in, the driver dumped 3.5 cubic yards of gravel in an area less than 20 feet away from the street end of the pad. That mound must have been a good two and a half feet deep. At that point it really started to look as though we had too much gravel. The landscaper told me to move a couple of whee barrels full to the back of the yard! I didn't have one so, I did it by hand with a shovel. I received a really good workout! The good thing is that the middle 20 feet of the driveway has too much gravel on it and I will be able to use it up if I ever need more in other places.

Karen had been in the process of planting her summer annuals and had the great idea of adding some separation between the RV pad and the yard. We relocated those two large pots of flowers to these two final positions to accomplish that. This was a really nice addition to our RV pad project.

The Finished Product

We rented the compactor once again and pressed in the gravel as best we could. We know that this compaction will not be permanent but it will remain an option for us whenever the RV Pad needs leveling again. We were quite happy with the end result.

We backed in our unit a few days later and found that it didn't even leave a track in the gravel. The front wheels did move a bit of gravel when they were turned in different directions what at a stand still. The leveling pad left a very small dimple in the surface of the gravel as expected. Each pad bares approximately 8,000 pounds of load. Over time, these dimples will eventually just blend in. We can always compact it again if it becomes an issue.

The Test

We backed in our motorhome to find that there were no wheel prints left behind as it was being rolled in. The gravel covered pavers did not seem to move or be disturbed by the back and forth motion of the motorhome as it was being aligned 18 inches from the fence.

The wheels did not sink into the gravel, the pavers were able to keep the rig from sinking into the road mix below. We were pleased and relieved that our project turned out as well as it did.