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Old 12-19-2017, 06:08 PM   #21
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Wear good gloves and depending on you and your manpower a good long sleeve shirt because a creosote splinter sucks and the tar used to need kero or gas to get it off?
+1 on the railroad ties and +20 on the sticky creosote.
Dunno much about buses, expert in giant sticky chunks of wood..

Nice cheap way to build a pad that will definitely support a bus for a conversion. Also good for stacking to level and/or shore up the frame, depending.

Did something similar, a load of cheap crush n run gravel for a level bed, then tossed the rr ties in. Had plenty of old canvas to put over the sticky ties when working.

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Old 12-19-2017, 06:23 PM   #22
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If you can buy the older ties, they had much less creosote remaining on them. It's all about using whats available in your area.

I'm not suggesting a plank road, just a tie parking pad. You might even be able to use a creeper.
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Old 12-19-2017, 08:05 PM   #23
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The railroad ties are a great idea for the parking spot. I will definitely look into that as a possibility instead of gravel. My major concern was getting the bus to the parking spot. I cant build a driveway as it is in between 2 houses. was looking for a very temporary solution. I think i will try the 2x6's and see how they do. Probably move them throughout the process egyptian style.
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Those 2x6s likely won't hold up in soft sand. You could do the egyption thing with ties.
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Old 12-20-2017, 08:18 AM   #25
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Those 2x6s likely won't hold up in soft sand. You could do the egyption thing with ties.
How do you think a bus would do getting up onto a tie. I don't really want to dig the temporary ones into the ground.
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You could create a little ramp using some pieces of those 2x6s after they get broken from trying to drive on them.

Honesty I don't know how firm your soil is there. I've got a fairly light weight bus at just over 17k, but I get stuck easily in my own yard.
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Old 12-20-2017, 09:19 AM   #27
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You could create a little ramp using some pieces of those 2x6s after they get broken from trying to drive on them.

Honesty I don't know how firm your soil is there. I've got a fairly light weight bus at just over 17k, but I get stuck easily in my own yard.


I hear ya! I think I have some good direction. Seems like a little trial and error is how Im going to need to proceed!
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Pine 2x6's simply aren't up to the task of keeping you afloat in soft dirt or sand. You'll want to get 2x10's or wider, or a harder wood such as oak.
Agreed! It was a slip up before to mention 2x6s. I was definitely using 2x8s or 2x10s. Probably 2x8s. Whoops!
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You could create a little ramp using some pieces of those 2x6s after they get broken from trying to drive on them.
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