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Old 11-09-2011, 07:45:57 PM
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I have a enclosed 16X7 trailer. I was told that acidity from the grass will corrode the trailer. Was told to purchase an one of the cheap tarps stake it to ground and back trailer on to it for the winter. Whats your take on this . Had it in my driveway but moved it on grass to pave driveway. Would like to keep it on grass over the winter. Whats your take on this ?


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Old 11-09-2011, 09:02:40 PM
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Default Re: Parking enclosed trailer on grass

I've heard the same thing. Look at any old car that's been sitting on the grass for any length of time and you'll see the same thing! Try putting down some Visqueen (plastic) sheets that might help. Make sure you put weights on the plastic so it doesn't blow away. Good luck.
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:12:43 PM
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Default Re: Parking enclosed trailer on grass

I don't know what the heck kind of grass you guys have, but, we park stuff on the grass all the time with no ill effects. I park my Gibson tractor on the grass, close to the house, with a tarp over it, along with a trailer and a few other things. No problems.
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It's not the grass that is the issue, it is the moisture in the ground the grass grows in. The bottom of your trailer and anything parked over the grass/ground, makes a great place for condensation, which breeds rust and corrosion.

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Well I'm going to park it on the new driveway and yes going to rip a 3/4 X4X8 sheet of pressure treated plywood in 2 to put under wheels so they don't sink into 2 month old asphalt drive way.

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MO RO I didn't think you had grass in North Dakota i didn't think ground ever thawed !
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MO RO I didn't think you had grass in North Dakota i didn't think ground ever thawed !
It always thaws, for about 2 weeks in July, and the grass grows like crazy. It's because our grass is smart enough to know it hasn't got much time.
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Ro Mo My son and I just read your post about your grass Thats so funny!! Maybe you ought to bag the clippings take them in the house and spread them around in living room so you can enjoy it a little longer.

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It's not the grass that is the issue, it is the moisture in the ground the grass grows in. The bottom of your trailer and anything parked over the grass/ground, makes a great place for condensation, which breeds rust and corrosion.

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Give this man the prize- that's the issue. That being said, I had my camper parked on the grass for years with no ill effect....in northern Indiana where there is plenty of rain and also snow all winter.
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Well I'm going to park it on the new driveway and yes going to rip a 3/4 X4X8 sheet of pressure treated plywood in 2 to put under wheels so they don't sink into 2 month old asphalt drive way.

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Ronny : don't use Pressure treated wood under the tires. the chemicals in it will eat the rubber and cause problems down the road. Just put down a piece of 2x8 KD and you will be good.
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Whats 2X8 KD ? Just had my driveway repaved a month ago and the fella that did it said pressure treated. I thought he would be the expert.

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2 inch X 8 inch regular framing lumber , pine spruce, hemlock. Actually 1 1/2" X 7 1/4 " in real life ,measurement.

Your paving guy said to use plywood to spread out the load on the fresh asphalt so the tires don't sink in and leave ruts .
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The paver said if I use a we'll say 2X8 it's too stiff and the plank will leave a imprint = to size of plank that's why he said use the 3/4 plywood it gives. So what do you all think of laying cheap blue tarps under trailer staking it down driving trailer on it in the field. will this stop the corrosion I've been warned about. Realy would like to keep this trailer out in the field in back of my house to free up space in driveway.

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Default Re: Parking enclosed trailer on grass

The tarp may help keep the ground moisture down a bit, and keep the grass from growing which attracts dew over night adding the the moisture problem. Biggest thing I think, is to make sure you have good air flow around and under it.

I had a beautiful looking one owner low milage 1979 Thunderbird I picked up at an Estate sale in 1988 or 89 that looked almost new without a speck of rust on it. It had a rod knocking in it (original owner did an oil change and forgot to put the filter back on) so I parked it for a while figuring on fixing it later. Parked it under a car port roof on bare ground up against the garage which limited the airflow from one side. With the car setting on bare ground which got damp from ground water runoff every time it rained and the roof keeping the sun from shining on it to dry things off again, it took less than a year and a half for the frame to rot out and the back bumper fall off.

Your trailer probably sets higher off the ground than the Thunderbird did which should help with the airflow, and hopefully the tarp will work as a vapor barrier. Wouldn't hurt to put it up on blocks to get it even higher off the ground, which will also help avoid flat spots on the tires.
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I've decided to put trailer back on paved drive takes up a lot of room. I couldn't see that a tarp that had puddles of water on it after a rain would really stop the moisture.

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Default Re: Parking enclosed trailer on grass

Our new trailer/RV is parked out front on a mixture of concrete and asphalt, as we had to take out a flower bed to make room for it.

There is plenty of air under it and the ground does slope towards the road, so rain does run off pretty quickly.

The main chassis was shot blasted and Zinc sprayed before powder coating, and won't be an issue. The floor panels are GRP honeycomb, just the outer panels are ply with GRP covering, but we don't anticipate too much trouble.

Plenty of fresh air underneath will help a lot to keep moisture down.







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You could do what us hillbillys do....Mix you up a 50/50 solution of diesel fuel and used motor oil..put in a garden sprayer and coat the underside of your trailer. Repeat every couple years, and park it anywhere you like, as it will be protected from the elements...

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Well I changed my mind again and put a 10X20 tarp under trailer with 4 pieces of plank under tarp where wheels set backed trailer on it have cement blocks holding tarp down I like the 50 50 diesel idea will do it in spring winter here in Vermont don't want to get tarp all messy either. Will take a pic so you can see what Idid.

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