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Old 12-28-2010, 12:53 PM   #1
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Storage questions

I am storing my coach for the first time this winter as a new owner and I have a couple of questions. Should I store with the HWH jacks down and the coach leveled or dump the air and let it sit as is. The second questions is about keeping my batteries charged. The storage site has a 15 amp electrical connection and in the past I have plugged it in and left if as such for short (1-2 weeks) periods of time. I plan to do that for the 3-4 month winter storage as well. Any reason not to? Also I plan to leave the charger on but the inverter off. Is that the correct way to do it or do I need to leave the inverter on?

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We store our coach, outside under an RV-port, from Nov-May. Our pad is level. During winter, the tires are run up on boards to get them off the ground. I automatically lower the jacks until they just touch the ground, then I take over & manually lower them further for about 5 seconds. This takes some of the pressure/weight of the coach off the tires. We leave it plugged into shore power the entire stored time, checking the battery water levels monthly. Everything is off in the coach, including the inverter.

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Old 12-29-2010, 07:43 AM   #3
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Read your tire manufacturer's storage instructions. Goodyear recommends getting some of the weight off the tires. Your jacks can do this.
While on the subject of long term storage, read your engine manual as well. CAT, for one, has a storage prep procedure. During storage, the oil will run down off the cylinder walls and they can rust, shortening engine life.
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Hi Dave,
Storing with jacks up or down is a personal choice. What ever allows you to sleep at night is what you should do. Some points to consider are:

1. Millions of RVs head south for the winter. These coaches a parked and sit in the same place for several months. These coaches are occupied and the jacks are down.

2. A gas coach may benefit from the jacks being down. It takes the weight off the spring suspension.

3. A diesel coach it makes no difference, IMHO.

The above mentioned coaches are connected to shore power (as is my coach) 100% of the time. If you have flooded batteries, one needs to check the water monthly.
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We've had our current RV for almost 7 years and have always stored it with the jacks down. It is parked on a level pad and under a roof but the sides are open to the elements but temps here are mostly mild. I always level it the same as if we are on an RV lot and have never experienced a problem.

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Old 12-31-2010, 12:50 PM   #6
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Storage questions

Thanks to all of you who responded to my questions about storage. I appreciate your taking the time to respond.

Happy traveling in 2011!

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Dont forget the engine storage procedures and generator as well. Theyre much more expen$ive than tires.

If you park it on the tires, move it occasionally so the flat spot moves.

Motorhomes are built on bus chassis and busses dont sit on jacks...
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