When you own a camping trailer or RV, it is helpful to have a place to store it safely in your yard. Many neighborhood or local governments do not allow large vehicles to be parked and stored on public streets, so having a designated parking pad in your yard can be a good option. Here are some tips to consider when you choose to have one installed in your yard.
Plan the Layout and Position
A good place for a parking pad in your yard is in an area with enough space for your recreational vehicle, which may be located next to your existing driveway or on the side or back of your home. If there is an extra strip of soil next to your driveway, or on the opposite side of your home, remove the lawn or other landscaping, and plan to install the pad there.
If you have an alleyway adjacent to your backyard, you may choose to install the pad in your backyard with access from the alley. Make sure you are able to maneuver your RV or trailer safely into your backyard, through the alleyway.
Make sure you measure the site for its dimension compared to the dimensions of your recreational vehicle, so you have enough space to safely park it on the pad. Most RVs and trailers are approximately eight feet in width, so make sure you have slightly more space than this, when planning for your pad.
Prepare the Concrete
Hire a concrete contractor to frame and pour the concrete slab. Once the concrete has cured, a concrete cutting company can cut expansion joints in the slab. These planned cuts keep the concrete from breaking due to temperature change and pressure from the weight of your vehicle.
If your parking pad has been installed above a 90-degree street curb, you will need to have the concrete cutter cut the curb from the front, to create an appropriate driveway approach.
Install an Electrical Outlet
You may also want a three-prong outdoor, electrical outlet located near your concrete pad. This electrical outlet will come in handy, when you need to charge your camping trailer's batteries between uses. Charging your camping trailer's batteries is an important step in preparing for a camping trip. And you will need direct electricity to your trailer to turn on the fridge and freezer, to cool them adequately before packing them with food items.
If you don't have an electrical outlet near your concrete pad, hire an electrician to install one for you.
For more information, talk to companies like KC Coring & Cutting.