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March 22, 2017
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I am curious to hear how you all “keep” your trailer when it is not in use?

I plan on keeping our trailer on the side of my house.  I will take a photo of the area and post it this afternoon.  I need to remove some bushes to open up the space a bit.

My real question is, should I put a gravel or concrete pad in for the wheels and tongue?  If not, I would park it and have the tires on boards on top of ground.

I built a parking pad out of crushed stone and gravel a few years ago to get my car out of the road as our driveway is only wide enough for one car and we didn’t like having to move cars to leave the house.  I am not sure a whole pad would be necessary, a pad under the wheels and tongue, or just blocks on the ground.

Thoughts?

 

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A.J.

March 28, 2017
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I park my 177se in a gravel driveway. I jack it up and block it so weight is off the tires. Works for me.

March 29, 2017
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That is sort of what I am thinking.  I just wasn’t sure if I would need the gravel and crushed stone.  I cleared a few bushes out this week to make more room for our trailer (We are picking it up in 12 days!).  I am starting to think that we will do the gravel for a few reasons.  First, the maintenance of the yard and the trailer together will be easier I would think.  I don’t want to have to mow or use my weed wacker right next to the trailer and kick up dust, grass onto the trailer.  A gravel pad will give a little space.  I am not sure I will get the pad down prior to leaving to pick our trailer up on April 8th.  The attached photos show where we are at  at this point.  By clearing the bushes, we gave ourselves a little more room to play with.  Our property line extends about four feet past the end of our fencing (long story, but a mistake was made by the previous homeowner).  I took the photo from a gravel pad that I put in a few years ago for one of our cars.  I could extend it all the way to where the trailer will be, or just create a pad and pull the trailer through about 20 to 30 feet of yard/grass.

Any other thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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A.J.

 

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Cost would be my first consideration. The expense of pouring a pad is huge and a lot more work. It looks as if you have a bit of a slope to adjust for. Do you have water and power close? I usually keep mine plugged in and since we have a small house, we sleep in the Retro and give our guests our bedroom when the need arises. It looks as if your “spot” will work out fine. 

March 29, 2017
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Yes, there is a bit of a slope.  If I were to do a pad, it would be a gravel pad. I do not have an outlet there but I plan to install one in the near future.  We plan to do the same when guests visit.  We learned this from a good friend that we visited last summer.  When it came time for bed, they headed out to their trailer.  

 

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March 29, 2017
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We had a custom mattress made locally and sleep better in the Retro than in the house! Just returned yesterday from a few weeks up in Seattle with family and slept in the house last night, felt strange.

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A.J. said
I am curious to hear how you all “keep” your trailer when it is not in use?
I plan on keeping our trailer on the side of my house.  I will take a photo of the area and post it this afternoon.  I need to remove some bushes to open up the space a bit.
My real question is, should I put a gravel or concrete pad in for the wheels and tongue?  If not, I would park it and have the tires on boards on top of ground.
I built a parking pad out of crushed stone and gravel a few years ago to get my car out of the road as our driveway is only wide enough for one car and we didn’t like having to move cars to leave the house.  I am not sure a whole pad would be necessary, a pad under the wheels and tongue, or just blocks on the ground.
Thoughts?

 

Thanks,

A.J.  

Usually I put the tung jack down to take the weight off my trailer. from the tow bars too.  And lastly I unplug the camper.

May 24, 2017
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A J , my wife and I have just purchased a 2018 177se whitewater retro and our plans for storage are not to store it but rather set it up with awning extended (when not windy), lights on the awning, and power cord hooked up right in our back yard. It will be our little getaway away from home at home.  My wife is so much enjoying this process it makes it all worth it. It will be an extension of her secret garden and she is great at decorating and it will be beautiful when she is done. 

May 25, 2017
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Very nice.  We too keep our 181B plugged in (at least for the next few months when we will be using it a lot).  We decided we would keep things in the fridge too.  Based on feedback from folks here, we have the dehumidifier running as well.  I put our awning out for the first time yesterday with my kids there to learn the process.  We have slept in the trailer several times since we picked it up in April but have never had a need for the awning.  At the very least, I wanted some practice.  

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A.J. said
I am curious to hear how you all “keep” your trailer when it is not in use?
I plan on keeping our trailer on the side of my house.  I will take a photo of the area and post it this afternoon.  I need to remove some bushes to open up the space a bit.
My real question is, should I put a gravel or concrete pad in for the wheels and tongue?  If not, I would park it and have the tires on boards on top of ground.
I built a parking pad out of crushed stone and gravel a few years ago to get my car out of the road as our driveway is only wide enough for one car and we didn’t like having to move cars to leave the house.  I am not sure a whole pad would be necessary, a pad under the wheels and tongue, or just blocks on the ground.
Thoughts?

 

Thanks,

A.J.  

I had a pad put in for the trailer.  As well I find myself parking my truck next to so it cleared up space in the driveway.

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