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Old 01-23-2013, 01:14 PM   #1
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Storage with jacks up/down?

What's the best way to store my Palazzo in terms of using the jacks and air suspension?

Should I use the jacks, or just air down the suspension? Or, should I keep the suspension aired up and not use the jacks?

Thanks in advance...
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:22 PM   #2
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We store ours outside. I deflate the air suspension, place tall blocks under the jacks and raise the RV slightly aking the weight off the tires & suspension. Then I raise the front so that any water will flow to the rear. Mostly this puts those black streaks only on one end. Clothes pins attached to the gutters also helps keep the streaks to a minimum. The tall blocks allows only minimal jack extension, reducing jack post exposure to mother nature. A little WD-40 on the exposed jack post at the beginning and end of storage goes along ways.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:30 PM   #3
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From what I remember ( Jack - please correct me if I am wrong) you should put blocks under the jacks while the air is still in the air bags. With the jacks up, dump the air bags and let the blocks support the weight. You should also have something under the tires to keep them from having contact with the dirt/gravel/concrete. It should be something like plastic pads and not pourous like wood. This way the weight of your MH is supported on the blocks under the jacks. The jacks should not be left extended out for storage purposes. At least this is what I remember from attending the Camp Freightliner taught by Mike Cody.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:33 PM   #4
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I have never used anything on the rams on our HWH system. After almost 11 years I still have no problems with seals leaking nor sticking rams even with the original springs.
I store our rig with out using the rear jacks and the fronts fully extended and the front tires off the ground.
Now, before you jump on me as being unsafe I will say:
Newmar says it's OK
Spartan says it's OK
Reyco Granning says it's OK
HWH says it's OK
And I've been doing it since it was new.
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For winter storage. Put some kind of block or pad under the jacks, to seperate them from the ground... Reason.. If you need to move the beast, the jacks may freeze to the ground, they do not usually freeze to a 2x8 or whatever size you lay down. and the 2x8, once frozen to the ground, can be knocked loose by a gental tap from an 8 pound sledge once the Motor home is "off site" Others will give you other reasons, this is the valid one.

Then set the jacks in the same manner as you would if camping, You might put 'em down a bit farther than normal. This has two functions, 1: Makes the rig more stable if wind blows hard. 2: Takes a load off (The springs)

DO NOT EXTEND FAR ENOUGH TO LIFT TIRES OFF GROUND.

Finally, read your jack owner's manual. Some suggest you lubricate the jacks, Usually they specify a lube, Power gear and due to two very similar spellings I wont' even try to spell it. (I often get the wrong one). This would be a good time to do that.. (Helps protect against rust) and again in spring before you raise jacks.
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From what I remember ( Jack - please correct me if I am wrong) you should put blocks under the jacks while the air is still in the air bags. With the jacks up, dump the air bags and let the blocks support the weight. You should also have something under the tires to keep them from having contact with the dirt/gravel/concrete. It should be something like plastic pads and not pourous like wood. This way the weight of your MH is supported on the blocks under the jacks. The jacks should not be left extended out for storage purposes. At least this is what I remember from attending the Camp Freightliner taught by Mike Cody.
Gary,

This is the way I remember it from Camp Freightliner.

Thanks!
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