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Old 01-01-2012, 04:07 PM   #1
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Jacks down or stowed

Just winterized for the next few months. My question is what is better, storing it with the jacks down or stowed?
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:25 PM   #2
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Stowed and if u start your Motorhome once a month use the jacks let them down and up just so they don't seize up on u.
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HWH says it really doesn't matter, I usually store mine for months with the front tires off the ground and the rams almost fully extended with no problems.
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:51 PM   #4
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In a word, Yes.

If I need the coach leveled out, the jacks are down. If I don't, they are stowed. Whether in use or not.
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Check your manual. I read somewhere once that jacks down wheels up was bad for the frame. Doesn't mean this applies to your coach though. Different manufacturers have different specs.

I put mats under my tires and leave the jacks up. If stored more than a month I cycle the jacks monthly.
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When i took the class at Freightliner, they said put a 6X6 block under each jack, and then drop jacks just so that they are touching them. anyone try this? since I am on a blacktop parking area, I also place wood under each tire. i am sure there will be at least 50 different ways to do this, which one will be correct????
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:06 PM   #7
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I asked Bigfoot and they told me it was okay to store with the jacks extended without damaging the jacks. I am not sure what Gulf Stream would say about the frame, but I wouldn't think it would be any different than a F/T staying put for a few months.

One thing I would add is that the shaft will be exposed so be sure to keep them lubricated. And wipe them clean before retracting. I had to replace 2 brand new hydralic shafts for our elevator that set exposed and unlubricated for 6 months during construction.
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Down...that's what they are on the coach to do, and it takes the load off the tires.
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Hi Outbumn,
There is no right or wrong. Up or down, it matters not. It is your decision. Millions of RVs travel to warm climates every year and sit for several months with the jacks down. Millions of RVs are stored every year with the jacks up. Modern jacks and tires don't much care.

Please make sure the tires are covered.
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Probably the more important question is what kind of surface are you parking on? If it is blacktop make sure you have pads under the tires. With concrete pads are not necessary.
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Check your manual. I read somewhere once that jacks down wheels up was bad for the frame. Doesn't mean this applies to your coach though. Different manufacturers have different specs.

I put mats under my tires and leave the jacks up. If stored more than a month I cycle the jacks monthly.
On ours:
Newmar says it's OK
Spartan says it's OK
HWH says it's OK
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I'm somewhat reluctant to say this but, a mountain is being made from a mole hill. If you are not using your RV, it does not need to be level therefore the jacks do not need to be deployed. Flat spots on the tires, from long periods of being stationary, is an old wives tale, which would be the only reason to deploy the jacks. There are thousands or RVs without jacks, especially TTs and 5th wheel trailers. Even a lot of MHs only have air spring leveling. So, what's the big deal? Point out to me any RV or Jack manufacturer that recommends deploying jacks when the RV is not in use. Think of the thousands of RVs on dealer lots that are not level.

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I too had talked about that with the HWH technicians. They told me you can winter the coach with the jacks down. They also recommended that at least once a month the jacks should be exercized.
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Be cautious if you park it "close" to saltwater. The manufacturer of the jacks on my rig defined "close" as within 60 miles. We're probably about 60 yards - the houses across the street are salt-water marina waterfront. Last year, I left them down, wiped the piston rods with hydraulic fluid once a week and got rust patches. They were surface-only and buffed out.

This year, I'm planning to put them down onto wooden pads with a heavy-gauge plastic bag under the foot. I'll then wipe down with hydraulic fluid, pull the bag up to above the bottom of the cylinder and close the neck of the bag with ties.

I like to get most of the weight off the tires. Our driveway is flat concrete, so the friction of the jacks and pads against the surface will be more than enough to handle the braked wheels only being lightly loaded.
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