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How to Build a Permeable Parking Pad
Posted by: Ammo
Date: April 10, 2021 12:41PM
Wife and I’d like to install a pad alongside our driveway to park a small camper on over the summer. It’d be easy to put in an asphalt or concrete pad, but we wonder if some type of material that allows rainwater to pass through could be used instead. That way run off wouldn’t go into the storm sewer system.

I know next to nothing about this, so I’d be grateful if anyone with thoughts or experience on this type of construction would like to comment. Thanks!



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Re: How to Build a Permeable Parking Pad
Posted by: Acer
Date: April 10, 2021 12:56PM
Look for "permeable pavers" for many options
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Re: How to Build a Permeable Parking Pad
Posted by: mikebw
Date: April 10, 2021 12:59PM
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Acer
Look for "permeable pavers" for many options

Some local governments will even incentivize going this approach over non permeable pads.
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Re: How to Build a Permeable Parking Pad
Posted by: vitus
Date: April 10, 2021 01:11PM
I have had good experience with truegridpaver.

It's a plastic grid laid on top of crushed stone and backfilled with smaller crushed stone.
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Re: How to Build a Permeable Parking Pad
Posted by: btfc
Date: April 10, 2021 01:31PM
Also look into a crush run pad; it is a gravel mix designed to compact into a long lasting surface. Proper site prep is essential. Some recommend a fabric barrier.
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Re: How to Build a Permeable Parking Pad
Posted by: mattkime
Date: April 10, 2021 02:29PM
Its a good idea, I hope it works for you.



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Re: How to Build a Permeable Parking Pad
Posted by: flareslow
Date: April 10, 2021 03:58PM
I've seen this used in parking lots with gravel screenings. I've also seen it in a stadium parking lot with grass in it.
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Re: How to Build a Permeable Parking Pad
Posted by: CJsNvrUrly
Date: April 10, 2021 04:07PM
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flareslow
I've seen this used in parking lots with gravel screenings. I've also seen it in a stadium parking lot with grass in it.
Truegrid

That is really cool. Thanks!




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Re: How to Build a Permeable Parking Pad
Posted by: Ken Sp.
Date: April 10, 2021 05:26PM
Re: How to Build a Permeable Parking Pad
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: April 10, 2021 05:50PM
They don't work well in the winter with freezing and thawing. Work put in a permeable surface in a parking lot and it was a nightmare in the winter. They ended up ripping it all out the next year and replacing with concrete.



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Re: How to Build a Permeable Parking Pad
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: April 10, 2021 05:56PM
We went simple...

Scraped off very last bit of living material. Secured weed cloth with mostly plastic spikes. We then covered with about four inches of 1" gravel. The space was used for our boat, then a travel trailer, and now our camper van. It's still holding up pretty well after 18 years. We added another truckload of gravel about 3 years ago and kill an occasional weed with vinegar.

The only downside is that it is not great for snowblowing. But we generally just park something there and leave it all winter.



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Re: How to Build a Permeable Parking Pad
Posted by: testcase
Date: April 10, 2021 08:21PM
Another vote for gravel over landscaping fabric. Easy peasy.
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Re: How to Build a Permeable Parking Pad
Posted by: RecipeForDisaster
Date: April 11, 2021 06:45AM
My truck is parked outside on grass/dirt. We get plenty of snow. Could I use pavers to help prevent rust? I never thought of it.
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