Before we even wrote the offer on the house we made sure with THREE official sources, the city planner, the city zoning department, and the City Police Department. All three gave us the go-ahead that it was okay to park our RV in our yard as long as it was licensed, operational, and not parked up by the street. Putting it in the backyard at the far back end of our driveway was just fine with them.
(the red box is where we wanted to put it)
The week before we were ready to bring the motorhome over, there was a huge crash in our backyard during a storm. Oh my goodness! A huge section of the old box elder tree in the backyard crashed down right in the exact section we were going to put the motorhome. If we had brought the motorhome over that weekend, it would have had a big section of tree go through the front windshield or smash the roof!
Using the chainsaw, Steve took care of the remaining tree and cut up the huge hunk on the ground too. He is a certified by the by the state of Wisconsin DNR, Department of Natural Resources to cut down trees safely.
Both trees in the backyard had rotten centers so he took them down to the stumps.
We would remove the stumps in the spring when things thaw out.
We advertised on Craigslist, for anyone who wanted the free wood to come and get it. Within half an hour there was somebody here loading it up as fast as Steve could cut it into chunks. Since most of it was dead, it was pretty dry already. We don't have a wood burning fireplace so it was a win-win for both of us.
Now we could bring over the motorhome and park it in the plowed area. We moved it to our yard just the nick of time because an ice storm was coming that night. It patiently waited in our yard for a couple weeks before we hopped in and went away on a pre-planned vacation to Louisiana and Texas for the next two months..
By the time we got home at the end of March it was mostly bare in the yard --- the snow had mostly melted. Of course, the ground is all grass and still frozen. But it would become a muddy mess in no time once the frost came out of the ground.
Now came step two of our plan:
Not a single contractor followed through! Some even give us an exact time over the phone that they would stop by to give an estimate. Not a single one called us back with a price or even to discuss the job. Geesh.
We took matters into our own hands. Steve rented a cute little skidloader unit from a local implement shop. He didn't even have to trailer it here. They said just drive it straight down the side of the road over to our house, right in the middle of the city. They said people do it all the time!!
It was about 2 miles from our house,
and here he came, right down the street!
He went right to work, and leveled out all the soil, after scraping off the sod. The device sure made it easy... and he was done in no time. Plus, he had a lot of fun! He is like a big boy playing with a sand box toy. LOL
Steve leveled out the yard and had everything ready. The dump truck delivered the gravel right on time. The driver was even skillfully able to spread it out in smaller piles as he dumped and moved along, taking care with the overhead power lines as well.
Steve played with his little toy
and finished leveling it off .
He made a beautiful parking pad!!!
Can you see him grinning from ear to ear while doing this?
Once he returned the skidloader,
then he drove our tracker over and over it back and forth,
packing it down evenly....
The driveway is on our property but we allow the neighbors to use it to access their garage. They even help with snowblowing sometimes when we are gone. By extending our drive now straight back, it gave us both more turnaround room from our garages when leaving.
the red line is where we added the gravel motorhome parking pad
Fast forward 5 and a half years----
The parking pad is just as beautiful as it was when we put it in.
He measured out where the line would run. We already had called Digger's Hotline when we did the fence and knew there weren't any power, gas or water lines in that area of the yard. He painted a line on the ground where the trench would be dug.
I shot a little You Tube video
of how neat this thing worked:
He only ran into three rocks, and NO tree roots. Whew!
The dirt is all hard packed and dry
no moisture or mud at all,
even 14 inches down.
At the end, he just had to use this little trowel to get under the fence. I was being silly and posted it on facebook --- saying that he dug the whole trench that way! LOL !
Before he began he had to carefully make a template of the bottom bolt pattern of the post. Then he knew where to put the four anchoring threaded rods to set into the cement. What a smart guy!
He likes using this new post cement concrete mix--- You just pour the bag of powder in the hole and spray it with a hose. Then mix it up with a big pipe or stick until it looks to be the right consistancy. It sets up REALLY quick! He figured between two and three bags to fill the hole.
He mixed up the first bag in the hole by adding the water and stirring it with a big pipe. Then he set his wooden template with the four threaded rods into place quickly before the cement hardened.
Now he did the second bag of cement mix scooping it in one scoop at a time around the threaded rods and mixing it as he went. Doing about two or three scoops at a time made the mixing easier than trying to dump in one big bag at once. Slow and steady wins the race he says.
Now he was right near the very top. The two bottom bags worth of cement were already solid and firm. He was able to take the wooden template off as the four bolts were now firmly cemented into place. They were not going anywhere.
It dried very quickly. In a half hour, he set the post into place and it was perfectly level. He carefully bolted it down using lock nuts, sometimes called aircraft nuts. The post was perfectly level, plum and and straight in all directions. I love how precise he is when we work on projects.
That's the way Steve likes to do things!
Once he got that far, now it was time to call our electrician friend Tom over to finish the final hook up. He came this afternoon, but I was napping and missed him. Steve said he double checked everything, hooked the lines in the breaker box in the garage, and we were good to go.
Now our "guesthouse" motorhome can be securely plugged in using the thick 50 amp cord. We can now run both roof air conditioners safely, in case of friends wanting to visit. The motorhome makes a great mini hotel room out in the yard. Plus, my my mom and stepdad want to spend a couple days in there when they come up to visit from Florida in August. They can be comfortable and have their own personal space.
We mainly will use it to run an air conditioner to cool down the rig while loading up and prepping for vacation or weekend trips. We can start the refrig on electric a day or two before leaving, and get it cooled down before loading it up. Or if something happens in the house, we can be comfortable in the motorhome until things are made right again.
Will see how this one works?