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 12/20/2002 6:43 AM
 
I have just purchased my first Class A with leveling jacks. In preparation for winter storage, should I leave it on the jacks all winter or find other ways to level it. My storage location is not level. It's not too bad, but not level enough to operate the refrigerator. What are the risks of leaving one on the jacks for an extended period, either in storage or extended vacation? Thanks
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 12/20/2002 7:14 AM
 
Unless you are planning on leaving the refrigerator on during storage, I'd store the coach on its tires and not on its jacks. This would help prevent possible corrosion to the shafts. It would also insure that the coach tilt will allow good runoff of rain during storage. When you are getting ready for a trip, then level it and turn on the refrigerator. I don't think it is a big problem either way, however. dutch souder Polk City, FL
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 12/20/2002 8:33 AM
 
Kentucky - Last time this came up I called HWH for their feelings. They indicated there's no problem keeping the jacks down, and while I don't store our MH it is on the jacks 24/7/365 except when driving. A couple of points:
1) Storing it on the jacks will take the weight off the suspension, which may keep it fresher, longer. If you do store it on the jacks, check your rig periodically, because over time the jacks can lose some pressure and start to retract. Also make sure the feet aren't sinking into the ground.
2) If you store your rig on the tires, try to insulate the tires from the ground with plastic sheeting, and periodically check your tire pressures.
Good luck. - Dave

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 12/20/2002 6:42 PM
 
We are fulltimers who live in our motorhome all year and we stop and volunteer at parks and such for our site for between one and three months at a time. Jacks would be of little value to people like ourselves if we could not keep them down. I did raise mine today as I had to go and get more propane. I had put them down on Oct. 16, the day we arrived here. We spent July and Aug. in an Oregone park and we never moved the jacks, and three months in a Wash. park before that. This is pretty typical of how we do it. The shafts of our jacks are made of stainless steel to prevent any rust. They do reccomend that we keep them clean and lubed with silicone. When stored for a long period in the down position, I spray ours with a light oil and then clean it off about once each month and spray again. I then clean them and spray with silicone spray as a part of the preperation for travel at the time to leave. It has worked well for three years.
I would agree with what Dave says, but add, that the tires should have a moisture barrier between them and the ground any long term parking. We use a plastic sheet. And I keep covers on the tires as well. I like the weight off of the suspension to some extent. I usually keep about half of the weight on the tires. If in storage, I always kept the RV at a slight slope, just to improve drainage, but now that we live in it we don't do that, and I really am not sure what it gained us before?
Good Travelin !..............Kirk www.1tree.net/adventure/

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 12/22/2002 12:09 PM
 
Why do you want to operate the refer during storage? Consider turning it off and making sure the refer doors are propped open a tad to allow air circulation. Probably no need to leave the jacks down. comfordent@aol.com

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 12/24/2002 8:26 PM
 
I agree with Dave and Kirk on this one. The jacks don't know if the motor home is stored or being lived in, so leaving them down for storage won't hurt a bit. Been doing it for eight years. Regards, Jim

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 12/25/2002 8:04 AM
 
HWH told me that the jacks were self- cleaning. Therefore after the jacks have been down a few weeks, I cycle them by raising and lowering them. I also use an insecticide around the jacks and the tire areas especially if there are ants in the area. So far the jacks are clean and shiny and no ants etc even when parked in the SE. Jim on "monkey Business'
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 12/27/2002 11:12 AM
 
this is not trying to start a disagreement,just stating a point that is little known, leving weight on suspension dosen't wear it, flexing it causes wear, not sitting in one position tks,nat

ths,Nat/Vickie 2002 sandpiper 33'5RV 2000 Dodge 2500 QC 4x4 CTD
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 12/27/2002 11:24 AM
 
Nat - There are probably zillions of theories on the advantages/disadvantages of taking the weight off the suspension, but doesn't a spring under tension tend to lose its strength over time? Good luck. - Dave

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 12/27/2002 4:48 PM
 
Hi Dave. Don't want to get into a fight here, but springs under load will not lose their strength or "take a set" if they are properly designed. Only mention this because folks shouldn't worry that resting on the springs will cause them to "sag", IMHO!
RE: Jacks up or down, I've done both. One tip that I've employed is when I know the jacks will be down for a long time, I put thick blocks under them so as little of the piston will be exposed as is possible. And that exposed part should be sprayed with silicone every month or so. Regards,
F White

Regards, Fred White Polk City, FL
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