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Old 07-08-2014, 09:16 PM   #1
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Jacks so high the tires are in the air. Really?

This past weekend I saw four fairly new and large motorhomes so jacked up, that all four tires were at least 6" to a foot off the ground. It looked almost unstable. The sites were all level, so it wasn't a leveling issue. I felt like asking the owners why... But didn't want to get into a debate or be a "Mr. Know it all"... Especially when I am not! Are manufacturers now recommending this or is this the correct way to park the rig for the weekend?

I usually dump the air and then put my rear jacks down until I see the back go up a little in my side-view mirror. Then I put the fronts down to level. None of my tires are ever completely off the ground, but the rig is very stable. Once level, I put the slides out.

What do you all do?
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:25 PM   #2
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All your tires in the off the ground is NOT a good idea...period.
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I hate to put the tires off the ground, a few weekends ago we pulled in after dark and I did to get level. Got up the next morning and just didn't like it so I blocked the front tires and then brought the front up. I know it doesn't hurt anything but just doesn't seem safe...
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I was told by Winnebago that raising up the back wheels is a No No and I should refrain from even raising the front off the ground. They said it hangs the weight of the front on the airbags. I have automatic leveling. It drops the air first and than drops the jacks in pairs starting with the low side. I never raise my wheels off the ground.

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I've been told it puts a tremendous strain on the frame of the coach and should never be done....
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Back when I had a coach with jacks, I raised the front end off the ground to get level. I was rewarded with a broken windshiels
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When I attended the FMCA rally this past March, there was a coach that had a single leveler in the center of the front of the coach and they had the front tires a good foot off the ground with nothing under the tires....

Scared the crap out of me and I wasn't even the one in the coach. Zz
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If you have air brakes, the rear drivers are the only ones with the spring brakes. Jacking those off the ground and coach can roll and mess up more stuff then you realize.
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Yikes!!! I can't for the life of me understand why ALL would have to be in the air to get level.
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I'll raise the fronts off but never the rears. The parking brake is on the rear.
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These things weigh so much, it's hard to believe that an owner would risk so much. There's no reason to have all wheels off the ground, other than to show off. Imagine what could happen with a hydraulic failure or something like that. Just too scary to contemplate...
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Obviously, to keep the coach from moving the rears have to be on the ground. As far as the fronts, well, load wise, as you lift at all with the jacks, all the weight (other than the front axle/wheels) is going through them. That said, I don't like the idea of having things in full droop on the stops so I use blocks under the front wheels whenever possible.

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Those that choose to block may want to read this document. Note the photos were taken at an actual RV rally.

http://www.winnebagoind.com/resource...tor%20Home.pdf

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I'll raise the fronts off but never the rears. The parking brake is on the rear.
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