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Old 03-09-2011, 09:52 AM   #1
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I just moved up from a travel trailer to my first MH and I have a few questions! When sitting in storage for an extended period of time is it better to sit on the tires or the leveling jacks? Also, fridge empty and running or off?
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Fridge empty and doors propped open. Jacks depend on how long you will have it sitting. We sit for a month at a time with jacks down, but we are fulltimers and never "store" the coach. You do not want to raise the MH off the ground with the jacks ever.
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:31 AM   #3
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I just moved up from a travel trailer to my first MH and I have a few questions! When sitting in storage for an extended period of time is it better to sit on the tires or the leveling jacks? Also, fridge empty and running or off?

I would let it sit on the tires with an extra 20lbs. of air, turn off the fridge empty, off, cleaned , with a bowl of baking powder inside and doors propped open. jmo
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Old 03-09-2011, 12:26 PM   #4
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On the jacks, refrig off with the doors open.
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I would let it sit on the tires with an extra 20lbs. of air, turn off the fridge empty, off, cleaned , with a bowl of baking powder inside and doors propped open. jmo
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Except I'd let the jacks take some weight off the suspension
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We store ours from November to April. We run the tires up on boards so they aren't in contact with the ground. We lower the jacks till they just touch the ground, then an additional 5 seconds to take a bit of weight off the suspension. Everything is off inside. We have access to 30a power, so we do leave it plugged in the entire winter, but we check the breaker & water levels in the batteries once a month. One year we didn't & the breaker tripped shutting of shore power. The parasitic loads (microwave display, radio display..etc) in the coach drained the batteries & they burst during an extreme cold snap. Lesson learned. If you don't have access to power, just shut off power to the entire coach with the battery disconnect switches. I put bowls of activated charcoal in our empty fridge compartments & shut the doors but not all the way for the latches to catch. The slight space allows air to circulate. I also scatter a box of dryer sheets throughout the coach, cabinets & bays. They're supposed to deter rodents. Can't say yes or no to that, but we've never had critters & the coach smells really nice when we open it up in the spring.

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When I place mine in storage I level it as if I were sitting in a park. The Jacks support most of the weight and the tires are nice and round when I want to go.
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Hi Roger G,
Welcome to iRV2. Refer off and doors open. As to the jacks, consider about 11 million RVs each year come to Florida for the winter. Some have jacks, some do not. What they have in common is whenever they park, that is where they stay for several months. The bottom line is it is your choice, no harm either way.

My recommendation is for you to consider:
1. spring suspension use the jacks and take the weight off the springs
2. air suspension it does not matter, your choice
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Fridge open, drawers open, closets open, (level ground)ON THE JACKS TIRES BLOCKED both sides, shore power on, dryer sheets in all basement compartments to keep critters out (don't know why it works but it does)
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I put wood under my wheels as well. Read on another forum, that it's not good for the tires to sit for long periods on concrete...can't vouch for the accuracy.
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Jacks down, Fridge off w/ doors open.
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I would let it sit on the tires with an extra 20lbs. of air, turn off the fridge empty, off, cleaned , with a bowl of baking powder inside and doors propped open. jmo
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Pretty sure you meant baking soda.Not picking , just trying to prove I know how to read.
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I have had several people tell me that if possible it is better for the fridge to run. When I bought my 97 pace arrow last year the original owner told me that he had never turned it off. He said the fridge would last longer because the heat exchanger unit continually operates. So I have let it run for a year so far.
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Pretty sure you meant baking soda.Not picking , just trying to prove I know how to read.
You're quite correct, my mistake
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