Originally Posted by Frappier
Storage for winter indoor garage. Should we put our jacks down a bit to get some weight off the tires?
Never use the levelers to raise the wheels off the ground - it can bend cylinder rods. Using them to reduce the amount of weight on each tire is plausible. When the levelers are extended the rods are exposed leaving them vulnerable to rust pitting. Being inside will help prevent this moreso than being outside, but it certainly can occur. Likewise it's not always feasible to raise and block the unit off the ground. For extended leveling I use a thin coat of bearing grease wiped on with a paper towel to the exposed rods. This helps prevent rust pitting.
Originally Posted by spsm
..... Running the engine, or gennie (Gas or Diesel) an hour every 30 days under a half load is harmful and wasteful.
Absolutely incorrect. Not sure if you have a diesel or gas rig but in either case the rule of thumb is not to run the engine during extended storage unless you can allow it run up to operating temperatures. If you can't then it's best to allow it to sleep until next season. The worst thing for either type of engine is to start it for a few minutes and shut it off before it's had a chance to come up to operating temps, displace moisture, etc etc.
Generators absolutely must be exercised on a monthly basis
. Whether gasoline or diesel the worst thing a generator can do is "sit". It's imperative they be run to displace moisture to prevent oxidization buildup in the AC alternator section of the unit, prevent slip rings from oxidizing, etc etc. Most all manufactuers recommend a minimum of 2 hrs every month under at least 1/2 load. I see comments all the time about someone who has generator problems and they say it's a 2000 model year with really low hours on it, like 50 hrs.
A well exercised and used generator is a happy and healthy generator.