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Old 10-07-2011, 11:56 AM   #1
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Jacks down during storage?

Hi. My last coach had air leveling so this was not an issue, but my new(er) one has hydraulic jacks. What is the conventional wisdom? Should I put the jacks down while in short term storage? What do manufacturers recommend? We never go more than a month between trips, so that is the duration I am talking about. My storage lot is concrete and I am in So.Cal. Some of my neighbors store with jacks down and some don't. Thanks.

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Old 10-07-2011, 01:14 PM   #2
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We always store ( a week or a month ) with the coach as level as possible. Ours is always plugged in and the fridge usually on and set on low. So the fridge works better level. I hope you get some better answers, but I say jack down... D

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Old 10-07-2011, 06:53 PM   #3
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Always down, that's why they are there.
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Old 10-07-2011, 10:15 PM   #4
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Living here in "hurricane alley" we try to keep our coach at least semi-stocked and ready to roll. In the five and one half years we have owned it the refrigerator has never been turned off. The jacks are up when we're on the road or it's in the shop for maintenance. We "store" it in our driveway. We have a 30 amp box to plug it into the house electricity. If we're going to be home more than a week the jacks are down with pads under the tires and the jacks. For less than a week we usually don't bother with pads under the jacks or tires. But the jacks are down. Is it going to hurt if you don't the jacks down, nah, probably not.
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Old 10-08-2011, 03:52 AM   #5
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What is best when storing for several months-Leaving the refrigerator on or turning it off ? Seems in the summertime when it is so hot and a/c not on, it would really have to work to keep cool. What do most folks do ?
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Old 10-08-2011, 05:12 AM   #6
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A couple of observations.

When the jacks are down, there is less pressure on the vehicle's tires and suspension system. And a whole lot more pressure on the o-rings of the hydraulics. As well, the pistons of the jacks are completely exposed to the elements (read that as "salt" if you're near an ocean), and will rust. (At least, mine have.)

With the jacks up, the tires and suspension are bearing the weight they were made to bear, and the pistons are safely secured inside their little shells, isolated from the worst of the elements.

Which do you see more problems with - suspensions or jacks?

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Old 10-08-2011, 05:17 AM   #7
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What is best when storing for several months-Leaving the refrigerator on or turning it off ? Seems in the summertime when it is so hot and a/c not on, it would really have to work to keep cool. What do most folks do ?
Since this thread is concerning jacks, you need to start another to ask a totally different question.....
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I'm with glarnold.
Leaving the jacks down for extended periods exposes the polished rods to moisture and, sooner or later, they're going to rust. Wipers, Seals and Glyd rings don't like rust.
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jacks down

If full time jacks could be down six months.
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Jacks down. I Leave it that way all winter long, in Chicago.
A wipe with ATF when I park it, and another prior to raising the jacks in the spring, takes care of any potential corrosion problems.
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I have stored for 1 to 2 months at a time both up and down. Asked some RV techs and answer was down ok and best for the tires. If down they would spray jacks with WD40 only. WD will protect but not attract dirt. WD in all locks best also. I have 16" sq. pads and use them under the jacks when stored and camping.
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Mike Cody (Camp Freightliner guru) recently published Freightliner's recommendations for winterizing.

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Why are the jacks placed in the "down" position during storage? We tend to store for several months in the winter as we live in Nebraska?
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Here is what Power Gear says in there manual. (See # 5 & 6)

1. Check and/or fill the reservoir with the jacks and room(s) in the
retracted position, each month. The fluid should be ” onto
the dipstick (on models so equipped) or to the bottom of the fill
port on models without dipsticks.
2. Change fluid every 24 months.
3. Inspect and clean all hydraulic pump electrical connections every
12 months.
4. Remove dirt and road debris from jacks as needed.
5. If jacks are down for extended periods, it is recommended to
spray exposed leveling jack chrome rods with a silicone lubricant
every 5 to 7 days for protection.
6. If your coach is located in a salty environment (within 60 miles of
coastal areas), it is recommended to spray the rods every 2 to 3
days with a silicone lubricant.
7. Grease the fitting on the bottom of each jack cylinder with Lithium

grease every 20-30 uses

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