Tips To Build And Maintain Your Asphalt RV Parking Pad
A camping trailer or RV provides your family with opportunities for traveling and enjoying the outdoors. But when it comes time to park and store your RV or camper when you are not using it, you may find it necessary to install a parking pad in your yard on the side of your home. Here are some tips to help you when planning and installing a convenient and long-lasting RV parking pad in your yard.
Install Durable Curbing
Installing curbing around your asphalt paved surface makes the surface attractive looking and also provides stability to the paving. Because asphalt is such a flexible surface, it requires side support to keep its edges from crumbling under the weight of your RV. So, a concrete curbing around the perimeter of where your pad will be poured ensures these characteristics in your parking pad.
You can hire a concrete professional to frame in and pour the concrete curbing to fit the specifications of your asphalt parking pad. Be sure the curbing sits level with any surrounding surfaces to keep your parking pad blended in with the rest of your yard's landscaping.
Pour a Flexible Pad Surface
By selecting asphalt as your surface material for your RV parking pad, the surface will provide you with budget-friendly durability and flexibility. Be sure you have hired the right professional who will install the foundation of the asphalt with a layer of gravel beneath your asphalt, so you don't need to worry about your asphalt cracking and failing. A poor foundation below your asphalt surface can lead to alligator cracking and sunken areas in your parking pad, which will require you to have to remove the asphalt and repair the base foundation material.
Keep the Surface Maintained
Once you install your parking pad, you cannot simply forget about it and expect it to last for years. Asphalt requires specific maintenance for it to avoid oxidation and drying out that occurs when exposed to the weather. Because asphalt is made of a mixture of aggregate and petroleum-based emulsion, it should be protected regularly with a new application of tar-based sealcoat treatment. This type of protective layer seals and fills in any small cracks in the surface of your RV pad and restores the appearance and moisture to your pavement's flexible surface.
Complete any repairs of filling cracks with a patching filling kit, and when the surface of your asphalt begins to dry out, you should hire a professional sealcoating treatment. Watch the condition of your asphalt and when it begins to lighten and dry out after several years in the sun, treat it to a sealcoating protection to extend the life of your RV pad.