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Old 01-11-2013, 11:54 PM   #1
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I have some raw land which I bought and plan to build on in about a year. I have a "camp site" of sorts setup just to visit and enjoy on the weekends. Well, last weekend the rains came and my poor little Ford Ranger got stuck. So I'm curious what I could do to provide a place to park without the risk of getting stuck in the mud. I haven't worked out the details of where I'll be putting my house or the future parking area or anything so I'm not ready to pay for the dump trucks to bring in gravel and all that. Just want to keep from getting stuck again. I just need an area large enough to park my Ranger. Any ideas?

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What would be perfect is to make up your mind on where this house is going and build the real driveway now. At least get the base for it laid.
You'll be sorry if you put it off and the huge trucks can not get to the site or the employees needed to build it are tearing up the whole yard trying to find a place to park.

Guess whos going to be paying for it if one of those trucks gets stuck?
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I have seen old plywood scrape sheets used for this. It only takes a few sheets to make a parking pad.
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I have some raw land which I bought and plan to build on in about a year. I have a "camp site" of sorts setup just to visit and enjoy on the weekends. Well, last weekend the rains came and my poor little Ford Ranger got stuck. So I'm curious what I could do to provide a place to park without the risk of getting stuck in the mud. I haven't worked out the details of where I'll be putting my house or the future parking area or anything so I'm not ready to pay for the dump trucks to bring in gravel and all that. Just want to keep from getting stuck again. I just need an area large enough to park my Ranger. Any ideas?
Ayuh,.... Have a contractor bring in a load of gravel,...

Knock it around, 'n flatten it enough to park on....

In the future, when the real driveway is put in, the temporary spot's gravel can be reused, or left where ya have it put...
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park in the road
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Get some crushed concrete for the parking area and driveway to get there. You can always remove the crush after you decide where you want the house, an use it for base later for the drive when the house goes up.
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The reason I ask is because driving in mud is a lot like driving on ice and snow.

You may not need to create a parking area if you plan ahead. First, don't park so you have to begin by backing up. Parking in a spot you can pull straight out and get some momentum before having to turn your wheels is half the battle. If you're pointed downhill, that's another plus. And if you can find a spot that doesn't collect water you will probably be home free.

If you have enough room, create a loop you can drive around and park at the highest, driest point.
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Sorry for my delayed reply. I think my reply email alerts are turned off or something. Anyway, a guy recommended crushed concrete. If I layed that down, could I move and reuse that later when the permanent spot is chosen?
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Yes, just keep in mind that you end up scooping dirt when moving, but can be used for the base, when you go to lay the new base for your parking pad, or toy park area. Why let it go to waste, or cause you not to grow grass in that area later on.

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