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Tips To Prepare And Order Concrete For Your RV Parking Slab

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Your travel trailer, fifth wheel, motor home, or other type of RV provides you hours, days, and weeks of adventure during the travel and camping season. But when it is time to park your RV for the winter, you will need the right type of place for it to be stored properly and safely to protect it from damage due to weather and pests. A concrete parking slab is the best option for your investment, and here are some recommendations to help you install the right type of concrete parking pad for your RV's storage needs.

Order the Right Concrete

There are a variety of different concrete mixes that you can order from your local concrete supplier, and based on the project you are going to use the concrete for, you should look for the right mixture to give you an optimal finished product. For an RV pad on your property, you will need to order a concrete pad that is going to be structurally stronger than a traditional sidewalk, patio slab, or even driveway slab. Your RV parking pad will need to be strong enough to hold thousands of pounds of weight for an extended period of time and be resistant to breaking, cracking, and settling. 

In this situation, you want to let your concrete professional know what you plan to use the slab for so they can provide you options for the right concrete mixture. A higher strength concrete mix can include larger aggregate and additives to provide additional strength, such as steel, glass, or synthetic fibers added into the mix. They can also mix in chemical additives to help provide strength to the concrete or use a concrete mix that contains a lower amount of moisture to give the concrete its required strength.

Pour the Proper Dimensions

Your concrete RV pad will need to be the appropriate size to accommodate your RV. Many RV parking pads are at least twelve feet wide and anywhere from twenty to forty feet in length, depending on the length and size of your RV. You will need to calculate your concrete order for the slab's dimensions including the width of the slab so your ready-mix supplier can mix up the proper amount for when you pour the slab. Talk to your concrete supplier about your needed dimensions to arrange for the right yardage for your concrete delivery.

Traditional RV pads are approximately six inches in thickness, but you can often choose a four-inch slab with the right reinforced and high-strength concrete. Then, be sure your concrete pad has appropriately placed tension control joints.

Contact a concrete company, such as R. Pepin & Sons Inc., for more information.