When you’re browsing our selection of RVs for sale in Michigan and beyond, you’re probably imagining all those incredible destinations it will take you to. But along with all those picturesque places, you’ll also need to consider the parking surfaces and terrain that you’ll be putting your RV on. Some parking surfaces have more to be desired than others, and it can be difficult to know which one will provide the best foundation for your RV. So to help give you some insights into this topic, we’ve compiled this list of the best surfaces to park your RV on. We’ve ordered them from worst to best with recognition to the fact that our opinions are debatable.
Parking your RV directly on a natural terrain like grass or sod may be the most easily accessible option, but it’s definitely not ideal. Not only will the pressure of the RV kill your grass, but the grass could also negatively affect your RV. Grass and dirt retain water, so exposing your tires to extended periods of moisture can increase dry rot and shorten the lifespan of your tires. Grass can also lead to problems with bugs and other creepy-crawlers climbing into your RV and building nests. If you do decide to park your RV on grass, consider adding a vapor barrier between your tires and the ground.
We wouldn’t recommend parking your RV on asphalt for an extended period of time. While asphalt may seem like a solid surface that would be ideal for parking on, asphalt contains petroleum crude oil which can be absorbed by your RV tires and cause them damage when exposed for a lengthy duration.
While pavers can be a cost-effective options for creating a great parking surface for your RV, they do have some flaws. And with the unbeatable prices of the RVs for sale at National RV, you’ll save so much money on your initial purchase that you won’t mind spending a little more to get a better surface than stone pavers. The issue with these tiles is that they aren’t strong enough to withstand the weight of the RV. As a result, after extended parking, they are likely to crack and break beneath the pressure of the tires.
Putting down a plot of gravel or crushed rock is another cost-effective alternative for a great RV parking surface. Gravel is cheaper than concrete, and unlike grass or dirt, it will allow for better water drainage and runoff. If you do decide to park your RV on gravel, we would still recommend putting a vapor barrier between the tires and the ground.
Forming a pad of concrete using individual blocks is a lot easier than pouring concrete, so the installation of this option is one of its main advantages. Similarly, concrete blocks are also stronger than pavers so they will better withstand the weight of the RV and be less prone to cracking or breaking.
FULL PAD OF CONCRETE
It can be argued that parking on concrete can cause flat spots on your RV tires, but overall we feel that a full pad of concrete would provide a durable and ideal parking surface. Concrete doesn’t contain petroleum-based products like the ones used in asphalt, so you don’t have to worry about chemicals clashing and causing damage. As far as water drainage goes, we would highly recommend shaping your concrete pad so that it is crowned and water can drain off rather than collect around your tires.
ADDED VAPOR BARRIERS
Some people will advise you to lift your RV tires off the ground using jacks or blocks, and while this isn’t necessarily a bad idea, adding an extra barrier between your RV tires and your parking surface will provide sufficient protection. Some materials to use as an added barrier are:
Plywood—Regardless of which surface or terrain your RV is parked on, placing a piece of plywood beneath your RV tires can provide added protection between the ground and your rig.
Plastic Cutting Boards—Repurpose your plastic cutting boards by using them to keep moisture from coming into contact with your RV tires and causing dry rot. You can also use plastic mats as well.
Tire Covers—These covers are designed specifically to protect tires from environmental damage. In addition to blocking moisture and unlike the other barriers we’ve mentioned, these covers will also protect your RV tires from UV damage.
Whatever surface you decide to park your RV on, make sure it covers the full footprint of the tire to prevent unnecessary wear and tear. If you have any insights or opinions to share on this topic, we’d love to hear what you have to say! Leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts!