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hanish

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Posted: 11/02/20 04:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi all. We live in an HOA that requires us to have our camper van hidden from view and not in our main driveway if we want to park it at our house for longer than 24 hours. We have space on one side of our garage where we can add a fenced in area to park it, but the problem is that the existing driveway does not lead to that are so it requires either (1) driving over grass to get there, (2) pouring a concrete driveway leading to it, or (3) using gravel or something as a driveway. None of these are really desirable to us. #1 would ruin the grass, #2 is too expensive just for the occasional drive in/drive out, and #3 would look ugly near a regularly poured driveway.

I was brainstorming and thinking if there was just some temporary structure I could drag out and lay on the grass when I pull in or out and then drag it back after driving over it then that would work. Sort of like a temporary 5 minute driveway just to protect the grass. Is there anything like that?

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2x8 sheets of plywood. How long of a run do you have?

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If the ground is hard it want hurt the grass you said it was just in and out occasionally. I drive thru mine and you can not tell it. I do not when wet for long time. Have done this for years.

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bgum wrote:

2x8 sheets of plywood. How long of a run do you have?


Its about 35 feet to the street, but it would run adjacent to the existing driveway so I could turn the van and get it on to the existing driveway. I'm not sure about how long a length I'd need before the turn, maybe 20 feet to be safe (the van is 19 feet long)

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I agree with jrobert, I use to drive across the grass at my old place all the time, no problem unless there is a lot of rain.

Another idea there is a grid you can lay do and fill with dirt and plant grass and mow as part of your yard. The grid supports the weight of the vehicle even when it is wet. Here is an Amazon link with several designs to pick from.

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What’s your location? Is it dry, wet, cold, warm? Is the grassy area solid, soft? Hard to suggest without the details.


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JimBollman wrote:

I agree with jrobert, I use to drive across the grass at my old place all the time, no problem unless there is a lot of rain.

Another idea there is a grid you can lay do and fill with dirt and plant grass and mow as part of your yard. The grid supports the weight of the vehicle even when it is wet. Here is an Amazon link with several designs to pick from.


This was the first thing I thought of, I knew someone that did it and it worked.

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Paver addition (if HOA will permit) or for just a temp thing, I would roll down a big tarp, like the 20 x 10 or maybe longer, from Harbor Freight?

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Welcome to the forum! [emoticon]
I'm with bgum, strips of plywood as he said.
You don't need a complete runway with them, buy 3 sheets of 5/8", rip them in half lengthwise and lay them down.

You will only ever be on 2 pieces at any time, so pick up the third and move it to the front and so on until you get there.


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Plywood will definitely work. I had a very large and heavy tree planted two years ago in the back yard, first using a large tractor/back hoe for the hole and then an even larger fork lift to carry the tree from their semi trailer to the back yard. They were concerned about the weight on my driveway so they laid plywood from the street to the back yard, all on grass. When they removed the plywood there was a slight depression that was gone after a few days and no damage to the grass.

But if your lawn is dry and pretty firm it will probably not hurt to drive on on rare occasions. More often and you will begin to see depressions.

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