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Old 07-31-2016, 08:11 AM   #15
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Lots of great answers here so I just want to say Welcome to the forum. There is hundreds of years of experience here and with varying opinions of course. We live in ours so the jacks are down for long periods of time.

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Old 07-31-2016, 08:43 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by ahicks View Post
That's like saying leaving a car out in the weather will protect it as well as leaving it in a garage?
My mistake. When I reread the OP post, I realized it applied to the "storage" of the motorhome and not while parked and using it. No need to level the coach in storage. That being said, do people who sit in one rv park for months at a time sitting on their leveling jacks have any problems?

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My mistake. When I reread the OP post, I realized it applied to the "storage" of the motorhome and not while parked and using it. No need to level the coach in storage. That being said, do people who sit in one rv park for months at a time sitting on their leveling jacks have any problems?

Great point! The answer is NO. When you full time you have to have the levelers down if staying extended time on that park other wise your refrigerator would not be level. Some coaches have air bags that would leak down.

The hydraulic rams which is what most levelers are have wipes on them which lubricates the shaft as you retract them. There is no difference whether it is in storage or occupied, it does not hurt anything if the levelers are extended and pressure taken off the tires and air bags if you did not want to dump the air. If you do dump the air, it still takes pressure off your tires.

What for have levelers if you are not going to use them.

And for those that live on farms and have farm equipment with hydraulic rams such as front end loaders, backhoes etc etc. Me coming from a farm never worried because the front end loader was down and the rams extended. We never had problems with the seals. Now if you are not going to use them for years? That might be different, but just because equipment sets for days or a couple of months it is not going to rust. They already have a film of hydraulic oil protecting it.
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Old 07-31-2016, 12:45 PM   #18
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Most quality hydraulic shafts have a hard chrome finish. This protects from corrosion and adds a very thin hard layer to the surface.

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I see construction equipment left all the time with hydraulic cylinders exposed for weeks or months.....in fact it seems some backhoe arms and such are fully retracted on purpose, which leaves maximum hydraulic cylinder exposed.....and they are in the dirtiest environment possible. Are they made any differently?
I said it was my biggest concern, I didn't say that made it a truly big concern. However, that equipment does experience failures, and leaks. Ultimately though, it's an environment thing. Where I live we have to deal with very fine silt dust. It can be very abrasive, yet so fine you don't notice it until you realize that your white car is looking a bit beige. Taking a towel to wipe it off of the shafts will help prevent it from possibly getting past the wipers on the jacks.

On the other side of this however is an even more abusive environment: off road racing. Think about all of the motorcycles, quads, mountain bikes, etc. racing in sandy mud, deserts, etc. I grew up racing motorcycles, and then mountain bikes. I can only think of one time where I had an upper fork seal failure, and that was probably the worst race I've ever been in. I can't imagine my jacks ever experiencing that level of dirt and debris.
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"quadman".....Can you tell us your thinking as to why you want the jacks down in storage?

Just so you know, your air bags have a stop inside of them. When you air down, the coach comes down on the stop. Unless you're parking on un level ground and need it to be level, why not leave the jacks up.

I'm in the same camp as some others, I don't want the unneeded pressure on the system or the exposed shafts. When I get home, I cover my tires, dump my air, cover my mirrors and wipers and plug the coach in.

Is the correct way to store a DP is with the air dumped? I do not put jacks down.
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"freen03".....Most DP's over a period of time, some one day, some several weeks, will lose air and the coach will start to go down, usually unevenly. You should dump your air when storing. The only time I don't dump my air is when overnighting somewhere and leaving early in the morning.

Dumping your air adds stability and gets the steps closer to the ground for easy access.
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Dumping the air does add stability, but it does not level the coach.

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