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New parking place for a motorhome

Jul 5, 2020
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Going to be reclaiming part of the front lawn for a new parking spot for a 3.5t motorhome.
Just looking for thought's on which method people would recommend.

The options I am considering are,

1. Concrete slab with gravel surround
2. Concrete strips to drive onto surrounded by gravel
3. Gravel

Drainage is not a problem for a concrete slab.
 
Apr 6, 2019
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1999 Autocruise Impala, bought 2019
Watching thread as I have a similar plan to make use of 100foot rear garden I now own with double gate that should just about allow me to swing 7.5M MH in.
 
Jan 8, 2013
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I would construct the two concrete strip's. Less of an eyesore and shouldn't crack

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Aug 18, 2014
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I'd check with the council .Dont know about Scotland but in many areas down south any concret slab over 2m2 is notallowed under planning due to run off problems.I.e. you cannot concrete the front to park on. has to be something that allows water absorbtion like TCG posted
 
Oct 2, 2008
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It is usually advised not to park long periods over grass due to corrosion , concrete , paving or gravel better.

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knickam
Jul 5, 2020
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I'd check with the council .Dont know about Scotland but in many areas down south any concret slab over 2m2 is notallowed under planning due to run off problems.I.e. you cannot concrete the front to park on. has to be something that allows water absorbtion like TCG posted
Don't see that being a problem as I was allowed to lay over 150m2 of tarmac when I built the house.
 

TheBig1

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many many years! since I was a kid
I would stabilise the ground with something like fibregrid interlocking honeycomb mesh, which the grass can grow through. Or dig out 9 inches deep, backfill with 6 inches of rubble or roadstone compacted, then top with 3 inches of heavy gravel. Not pea shingle, proper cobs of stone as the wheels will sink into light material
 
Dec 2, 2019
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I would use gravel or grass with these
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+1 for the Gravelguard - it will take 3.5t no problem with just a weed control fabric underneath. Use an angular gravel stone to fill the pockets, rounded stone will end up all over the road. Grass will also work but won't grow very well if van stored for any time

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Feb 17, 2017
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just done mine for a 4.25 tonne MH, I dug out to 8 inches, put in 6 inch of MOT1 sub base (I used wacker plate at 3 inch then again at 6) topped with 2 inch of 20 mm plus gravel (any smaller will get in tyre tread) then run plate over finished gravel, its on a slope and haven't had any movement yet and put MH on and off quite a few times already.

edit. forgot to mention put control fabric under the sub base not between sub base and gravel and always use it as it prevents movement as well as weeds.
 
May 31, 2015
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An expensive experience.. still..!
This is what I did...
Two trenches, compact rubble, Plastic grids, membrane, sand and artificial grass so when away for weeks on end...😃
Thanks to the side fence I put a marker there to know the end of the runs... the grass really does bounce back ok so no tyre marks..

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Feb 25, 2018
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As was mentioned, clear it with the local council. Paving front gardens has lead to a large amount of surface water entering drains APPARENTLY....which is said to increase the flooding levels

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knickam
Jul 5, 2020
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As was mentioned, clear it with the local council. Paving front gardens has lead to a large amount of surface water entering drains APPARENTLY....which is said to increase the flooding levels
As I have said already this will not be a problem.
All rain water will be contained within my existing boundary
 
Feb 25, 2018
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Sorry if you got the wrong end of the stick, the point I was making us that the local authority MAY want to check your work to make sure it will be contained within your existing boundary.

You dont need planning permission if its permeable etc, you MAY just have to show it is.

You MAY of course seek their opinion beforehand just to check...
 
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suavecarve

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It might be just me, but i dont like gravel.
Forever pulling away and getting a bit of gravel in the tyre and it annoys me til it falls off.

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TerryL

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The houses on our estate all had gravel drives when they were built. Most have now been resurfaced with slabs, blocks, tarmac, pervious concrete (local council ruling) but a few have been left and IMO look awful especially if not regularly tidied up (which of course they're not, that's why they're still gravel).
 
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knickam
Jul 5, 2020
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Sorry if you got the wrong end of the stick, the point I was making us that the local authority MAY want to check your work to make sure it will be contained within your existing boundary.

You dont need planning permission if its permeable etc, you MAY just have to show it is.

You MAY of course seek their opinion beforehand just to check...
There is nothing for hem to check!
My property has a wall built around the perimeter with the only opening being the driveway to access the property. There is a full length surface drain across the driveway entrance to catch any water from my property, Mainly the 150m2 of tarmac. This was a requirement from SEPA and nothing to do with the council.

So for the 4th time drainage is not a problem.
If you still don't believe me I would be happy to provide photographic evidence!
 
Jul 31, 2018
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Anyone know the advised weight limits for these? And what can be underneath?
Grasscrete blocks can be purchased in varying load specifications, I have in the past used them to form an environmentally friendly access road for fully loaded fire engine access on a project. To succeed and be fit for purpose they will require a decent suitable stone base, as the name states grass will eventually grow through as they are designed to do exactly that. Thickness of base to place them on depends on current ground conditions, they can be purchased as plastic or concrete units. HTH

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Jun 8, 2019
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I only have one comment. Make sure it’s level. You can alway ramp it up if needed. I have a 8” difference it’s a pain in the back end☹
 
Sep 11, 2012
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I'd check with the council .Dont know about Scotland but in many areas down south any concret slab over 2m2 is notallowed under planning due to run off problems.I.e. you cannot concrete the front to park on. has to be something that allows water absorbtion like TCG posted
Yeah but that’s down south. In the real world there a great deal fewer of us per square mile. I would use the plastic trays, back filled with whatever gravel you like.
 
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