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Old 10-13-2013, 08:47 PM   #1
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storing your motor home

When you are storing your motor home do you lower the carriage or keep lifted.
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:08 PM   #2
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I think you will get differing folks doing up and down. Me, my jacks are usually down when not in use and resting in my backyard awaiting the next adventure outing.
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:25 PM   #3
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Same here; take the load off the tires and springs. I even put my 20' enclosed trailer on blocks.
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:33 AM   #4
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Same here; take the load off the tires and springs. I even put my 20' enclosed trailer on blocks.
That's always been a definite maybe on having it's advantages or not. Are you treating the exposed cylinder, if you are, against the elements?
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:38 AM   #5
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I have a 98 Winne Chieftain and use coach hyd jacks to lift the coach some what and put 8x8 blocks between ground and frame. Then retract jacks. This takes load off tires & springs - in my case. I don't like leaving jacks down for an extended time. Too much pressure on the hyd system. Would probably be different if you had screw type jacks.
Don't forget to put wood or something under tires to insulate from ground.
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:48 AM   #6
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We usually leave our jacks down and the coach level on the concrete pad next to our house. It takes the weight off the tires and springs. We do "exercise" the jacks at least once or twice a month. At the same time we run the generator and engine up to operating temp. I also have it plugged in at the house to keep the batteries up. When the spring weather comes, we are ready to de-winterize and go.
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I left my jacks down and on a very cold day I could not get them to go up. I spayed silcone seal on them and finally got them up. I now leave them up when I park in the cold north.
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Old 10-14-2013, 01:47 PM   #8
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I think you meant silicon spray. Not seal. That would make a mess.
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I'll be putting wood blocks snug under the jacks while retracted, and then dumping the air when storing for the winter. This way the jacks are retracted, yet taking the weight off the suspension and tires.
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Jacks down when parked/stored. No need to "treat" or "protect" the shafts per HWH... can't say what other mfg'ers say about theirs. I have never touched mine in the 10 years and 85k we have had the coach. Hydraulic shafts sit exposed on farm and construction equipment too.
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Why take the weight off the suspension and tires during the winter, when the weight is on them during camping season in my case 7 months of camping.
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Why take the weight off the suspension and tires during the winter, when the weight is on them during camping season in my case 7 months of camping.
Every little bit helps. "Camping season" is year round for me, and I use the levelers when parked in a campground too ...you don't use your levelers? ...or don't have levelers? The only time my levelers are not down is on driving days.
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My camping season is 6 months.

Ask any tire store... Not good to let tires sit with the weight on them for long periods of time.
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Been storing our DSDP with the front wheel/tires off the ground for 11 years now. Never even lubed the rams nor cleaned them. Still have the OEM HWH straight springs too
Newmar says it's OK to store with the front wheels/tires off the ground.
Spartan says it's OK
Reyco Graning says it's OK
Koni says it's OK.
HWH says it's OK
So we do.
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When to level your Rig.

I store our M.H. adjacent to our house, on a long driveway it's sloped in a small V side to side so the rain water will run down the middle of the concrete and not into the side of the house.
I have an Electric outlet on the side of the garage so when we are going to go someplace we plug the Elect. cord in so we can turn on the Refrigerate a day or so earlier (per my wifes suggestion) actual the only reason you should level the Rig in the first place is if you turn on the Refrigerate or if you are putting a slide out room out.
The M.H. tips a little to clear the eves on the house as well as to let the rain run off of the roof.
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