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Old 02-23-2016, 08:00 AM   #1
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Florida Beach Sand vs protecting jack deployment

When parking on the beach in Florida, what do you do to protect your jacks from getting fine sand in the shaft?

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Old 02-23-2016, 08:06 AM   #2
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clean them before retracting

and do what we did when we got back from Galveston...
go by a Blue Beacon that has an under carriage wash...

You can put the jacks down before they start it and it will at least get from the front back to the rear wheels (It is designed for 18 wheel cabs only, but still helps!)

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I wipe them down with WD-40 per HTH documentation.
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...I wipe them down with WD-40...
Same here, then spray them with a light coat of silicone/dry lube.
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I clean mine with transmission fluid prior to retracting. I also will wipe them down in other situations prior to retracting, dusty areas, or one of my favorites, when they come around and cut the wet grass and blow it on the jacks.
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I can imagine all of you squeezing under the coach to spray any type of fluid
I'll clean them when I'm back home or on a solid pavement in my RV park.
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Old 02-23-2016, 06:33 PM   #7
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I would squirt them with WD 40 from afar and not wipe them down, while at the beach.

Wipe them off and the salty sea air gets to them.

As far as wiping dust and dirt off, have you ever watched a backhoe working ? The wipers are in the cyilinder caps, just like yours.
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I just don't park on the beach.... Too much of a long-term risk....
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Old 02-28-2016, 06:11 PM   #9
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I bet I know which beach you are parking on ( Daytona / NSB?) . Well worth the risk!

I agree with TWINBOAT. These jacks are made just like the pistons of back hoes and clean themselves as they retract. I would be concerned, that if you lubricated the piston shafts, it would just leave a film, that would allow the very fine sand of these beaches to stick to the shafts, which would sort of defeat the whole purpose of lubricating them.

There were two motorhomes down on the beach at NSB, a few days ago. It looked like the owners were having a wonderful time. Hope it was you!

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