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Old 09-22-2012, 08:50 PM   #1
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Levelers during winterizing

What to do with the levelers when storing the Class A Motorhome for winter. Down or up?

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Old 09-22-2012, 09:08 PM   #2
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Up , protects the shaft from the riggors of winter weather and relaxes the tension on the return springs; they will last longer, same for the hydraulic lines, no pressure longer life.

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If you want weight off the tyres, use the jacks to get it up high enough to block under the axles and then retract the jacks fully. Some also block between the axle and the body so the airbags don't spend months all scrunched up.
If up on blocks, can reduce the tyre pressure to about 20% of normal so they keep their shape but aren't under stress.
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I have the front ones down and the front wheels off the ground for as much as six months for storage.
Tire companies say to relieve the weight if possible and pump the tires up to max pressure.
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I guess it might depend on how cold it gets. Leaving the jacks down in cold winter conditions increases the risk of seal damage and oil leakage. The seals will contract due to temperature at some point allowing hydraulic oil to bypass the seal and leak. You could damage the seal when you attempt to lower the vehicle in the spring if it hasn't returned to its normal size. This happened to me the first year I stored my MH (indoors unheated) but I lucked out with not damaging a couple of seals, probably due to doing it when the weather became much warmer in late spring. I now block it as others in this thread have mentioned.
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Originally Posted by mlynch View Post
What to do with the levelers when storing the Class A Motorhome for winter. Down or up?
Here is a page from the HWH manual on this subject that may help answer your question.
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Originally Posted by dennis45 View Post
Here is a page from the HWH manual on this subject that may help answer your question.
FWIW, HWH gave basically the same advice as I received from Quadra Manufacturing, makers of the Bigfoot Leveling systems. (There's a thread in the General Motorhome forum three doors down pondering this same question.)

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Old 09-25-2012, 08:26 PM   #8
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Thank you everyone for the helpful responses. Winters in New England can get cold and snowy!
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Down, that's why they are there. Also, I keep them lubricated while exposed and don't have any springs.

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