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Old 03-10-2010
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Default "Wanderlodge ready" driveway specs?

Does anyone have the general specs on the depth (thickness) of cement necessary to hold a PT-40? Does it need re-bar etc. I have completely trashed my driveway in just a couple of months and its time to repair. Not what i wanted to do.

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Got 2 Birds side by side for a total of 38 tons... 4" slab with rebar..

No new cracks yet

Wish I had 6" rebarred concrete like Kurt!
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6" minimum 3500 PSI with fiber is state of the art, but good old fashion re-bar is still a good choice. I went with the fiber, mostly because it cost less. A good concrete contractor is a must, get several bids, you'll be surprised at the price spread. If your the do it yourself type you already know this. Let it cure for at least 7 days, above 40 degrees if possible before driving you coach on it. I'm still giddy every time I walk into my barn with the new concrete floor, The coach likes it to.
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I have a similar concern about parking a Bird on an asphalt driveway. Will it destroy it?
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Yes, my FC trashed 6" thick, yes 6" thick asphalt on compacted stone base. New slab poured last fall, ready for parking after curing all winter. 6" with rebar and wire mesh.
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How big of a slab did you pour? Did you pour footers as well?
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My Bird crushed the original 30 year old 4" thick concrete driveway at my house. I had it all ripped out and replaced with 6" thick concrete with rebar about a year and a half ago and it has held up great.
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I'll bet 6" concrete with rebar would be fine. Depends on your clay content. Years ago I got tired of working on my bus conversion in the dirt so I rented a bobcat and started on my concrete forms...

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While I'm digging down with the bobcat my drunk friends are saying "it's a little high over there".. so I dig.. then "it's a little high over here".. so I dig..

Before I figured out what was goind on I had a form that was 10-12" deep! I was shooting for 6-8" due to the high clay content here, every concrete job in the neighborhood cracks.. houses, driveways, etc...

So, at the time it was cheaper to just pour more concrete ($50/yard) and it ended up using 22 yards. I did throw down some rebar but only enough to cover a 4'x4' pattern. After 10 years it has cracked in one spot but in the drive up to the bus, not from the weight of the bus.

I sure feel sorry for the poor SOB that buys this place when I'm gone. I can see his wife saying "I want that slab out of the back yard" and him thinking it's 3-4" like everything else.. hee hee hee
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How big of a slab did you pour? Did you pour footers as well?
12X30, no footings. On the corner of asphalt parking lot.
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I'd be more concerned about the initial prep then I would about the thiickness of the slab. If the prep work was not done correctly and the ground was not tamped or settled you could still get cracks even with rebar or fiber. I redid my drive and told the concrete guy exactly what we would be parking on it. We have 4 inch with rebar and to date no cracks in the drive where the bus sits but we do have a crack were the sidewalk meets the street. In that area it was a seperate pour and I'm guessing that in that area the concrete was not the same mixture as it was in the driveway.
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