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Old 11-26-2013, 07:50 AM   #1
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Question about jacks

So end of camping season left me with an RV that needed a new starter. I parked it at the storage place and put the leveling jacks down in the rear so I would be able to pull the starter out. Meanwhile I winterized the RV which also included removing the batteries. I take them home put in the garage with trickle charger on them for the winter. Anyway pulled starter repaired it and will put it back in prob next day over 35deg.
My question is does anyone leave leveling jacks down all winter? I'm concerned about rust on the cylinders. Although I believe I should be able to pull them up after the starter is in even without the batteries. Since they are spring loaded. But the valve might not open without power. In which case I would prob just put jumper cables on to provide enough power to release switch.
But just wondered if people store their RV with levelers down?

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Old 11-26-2013, 08:10 AM   #2
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But just wondered if people store their RV with levelers down?
I have not "stored" my coach with the levelers down.
However, we have often camped for as long as 2 months with them down.
I simply clean/lubricate the cylinders, (using the procedure recommended by manufacturer), before raising them.
(No problems in 12 years with my 17 year old RVA 3 point jacks).
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:21 AM   #3
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The first winter we were full-timing I called the company that made our jacking system to ask about keeping the jacks down for an extended period. The company, RVA in our case, said that there would be no problem but, if I wanted, I could use some spray on dry lubricant on the cylinders to protect them and make retracting them a bit easier.
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:32 AM   #4
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theres a lot of farm and construction equipment that sit for months with cylinders partially extended.does no harm
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:11 PM   #5
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When in storage for a week or several months, the jacks are down...that's what they are made for. As noted earlier, I lube them once in a while, and before I retract them.
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:56 PM   #6
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Same here. I extend them far enough to take 75% of the weight off the tires and I leave the jacks extended the whole winter. The MH is in dry storage, but I would do the same thing if it sat outside. I put a dry lube on to keep any surface rust off.

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