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Old 08-13-2014, 02:52 PM   #1
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Parking diesel pusher in loading dock

Have an opportunity to park my motorhome in a loading dock that is slanted approx. 4-5 ft. Will this harm engine, trans. or motorhome component if left this way for the winter. Any advice would be appreciated.
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I doubt if it'll be an issue. Just hope the loading dock is well drained so your RV doesn't float away. Don't turn on the refrigerator while on that slope. I'd think the roof should drain well at that angle, don't think it will be an issue.
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If the angle is really steep, I would not run the engine long. Not sure how oil is pumped in your engine. You could run into lack of oil for parts.

Start it up and go when the time comes.
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I doubt if it'll be an issue. Just hope the loading dock is well drained so your RV doesn't float away. Don't turn on the refrigerator while on that slope. I'd think the roof should drain well at that angle, don't think it will be an issue.
There always seems to be a below grade loading dock that fill with water every once in a while. I would never risk my coach, on the hope that the drains would work and be clear of trash, or not get backed up.
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I believe the oil pickup is in the front of the engine so rear of coach should be lower just to make sure plenty of oil on startup. Just a guess but that's how I would park it under these conditions. Fuel tank full though and wouldn't run generator just to be safe. You may be able to pull it up on blocks to minimize the angle and, as said, don't run the refer.
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Not sure what degree of slant you are dealing with---4-5 feet in 40 ft or 4-5 feet in 100 ft???? Oil pick-up for most diesels is in the front of the pan--toward the back of the coach. Fuel pick up might be an issue but assume you plan to park it with a full tank--right?????? Most class A trannys dont have a parking prong so you are relying on a friction shoe in most cases to hold position--depends on the condition of your brake, but you should be ok........
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Only parts of motor home that is sensitive to that kind of thing are as follows, along with how to prevent damage:

FRIDGE, if operating.. But you said parked for winter so it will be OFF and thus not affected.

Tanks..Will not drain properly, But they will be empty (or just a small amount of pink) so again no problem.

I can think of nothing else that would be bothered

Oh and on the fridge.. Recommended that it be stored with the door open. On my Fridge, if the front of the motor home is higher than the rear, the door will hold itself open.. (Otherwise I used a device to hold it open).


Short version.. You are good to park for the winter.
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Forgot to mention, the loading dock is inside and heated. Would still winterize for safety.
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Also, thanks for your imput. Jack
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It being inside and heated was the benefit I was looking for. The only thing that I would be concerned about ( and don't know) would that type of angle put any additional pressure on the rear axle?
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If the length of the ramp is longer thsn wheel base then no twist

Just concern over the bump at the transistion point so be sure you clear that as you back in.
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It being inside and heated was the benefit I was looking for. The only thing that I would be concerned about ( and don't know) would that type of angle put any additional pressure on the rear axle?
I assume your RV has a heavy duty truck/bus chassis. Parking it on a slope it's capable of climbing isn't going to hurt it. Block the wheels to keep it in place and you'll be fine.
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If the length of the ramp is longer thsn wheel base then no twist

Just concern over the bump at the transistion point so be sure you clear that as you back in.

This. Make sure you don't high center & get stuck or break something backing in.
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Since it is a loading dock for (I ASSume large trucks),
then the break over angles and all should not be a problem.

But if it's not for 18 wheelers, then you MAY have an issue:

You could high center the frame as you first back down the ramp
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the rear end could hit when it levels out...

just look closely at it before trying !
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