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Posted by Rob in Washougal, WA on 5/15/2015

I used the box blade on the tractor, with its 'teeth' to rake/loosen up the top soil in the driveways intended path. Then I used the front bucket as a scoop to collect and go dump the material along the regular road to create a berm. This is phase one of the driveway, being roughly 200 feet long, 15 feet wide, with a wide approach at the entrance so we can get our RV onto and off of the property easily. 


We also decided to do the driveway right, by not only removing all grass and roots while leveling it, but we also put down Geo-cloth before graveling it and then vibrating it hard packed. It was fun running a smooth roller packer, and I think my wife had more fun than I did. Was it overkill do rent that big thing, vibrating thing? Sure. Was it fun? Heck yeah. And let me tell you, the first 200 feet of driveway is packed down hard and smooth! If I did it over again though, I would have used a push compactor for this phase, and saved the big daddy packer for later when the full length of driveway was ready. 

The Geo-cloth came in via a 15 foot wide roll and it weighted a couple hundred pounds. I again visited Uhaul and had one of their trucks rented to get the material out to the property. My wife and I started talking about the need for a pickup, since the Expedition just wasn't going to cut it for hauling materials. 

We wouldn't end up pulling the trigger on something for another 6 months, but ultimately we figured out, and are now thankful that we didn't get a pickup truck, but rather got a double axle dump trailer instead. The dump trailer has hauled so many varied and different things, I wish we had bought it day one and saved the cost of the multiple rentals with Uhaul. Much like the tractor, we looked at used trailers, but the quality dump trailers seemed to hold their value so we went with a new trailer instead. Its been almost as helpful as the tractor.  

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