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Old 06-18-2013, 05:57 PM   #1
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Temporary storage with jacks down or not?

When we got back from our Halibut trip I stored the MH in the shop. We would be leaving again in a month for the salmon opener so I left the air up and didn't put the jacks down. So, it's sitting on the tires. I store it in the winter with the air out and jacks down to get the weight off the tires, but should I being doing this each time it's stored?

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Old 06-18-2013, 06:25 PM   #2
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Some do some don't. I am a don't and never have been a do.

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Old 06-18-2013, 06:27 PM   #3
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Yep, some do and some don't... but I usually do. Not sure it does any good at all but for some reason it makes me feel better because my coach will bleed the air off in a few days and it just seems to be a good idea for me.

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Old 06-18-2013, 06:52 PM   #4
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I don't with mine. Mostly because of the cylinders can rust if left a long time in a humid/wet/rainy enviroment. Dirt and dust can stick to them too which all wouldn't help the seals when retracted. I'm not crazy about leaving them under pressure that long either when it isn't necessary. Replacing seals is not easy nor cheap, I know
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:23 PM   #5
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Relative to periods of storage and non-use over 30 days, my Spartan manual says:
"In addition, the motorhome should be safely secured on the leveling jacks in accordance with the Body Manufacturer instructions."
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:38 PM   #6
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Down, that's what they are made to do and why they are there.
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:14 PM   #7
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This time of year I leave the fridge on (and plugged in), slides open, suspension lowered, jacks down and rig level. I've read threads questioning each one of these and there are as many opinions as there are combinations...
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:46 PM   #8
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We store with the jacks down.

If you have HWH jacks, this is what they say in their FAQs:

Vehicle Storage Information Concerning HWH Equipment

54. Can I store my coach with my jacks extended?
  • Yes, this will not hurt the system.
55. How long can I leave my coach parked with the jacks extended?
  • As long as you want. We recommend operating the system occasionally if possible.
56. Do I need to do any maintenance on the jacks or rooms while the vehicle is parked with the jacks and rooms extended?
  • There is no necessary maintenance for the jacks or rooms while the vehicle is parked. If desired, WD-40 can be used on the jack rods right before storing the jacks if dirt has collected on the rods. Refer to the following link for jack maintenance information http://www.hwh.com/ml47149.pdf
57. If I’m parked for a month or two, should I occasionally operate my system?
  • Yes, it is good to operate the system occasionally but it is not required.
58. I have the HWH air leveling system. Should I dump all the air from my suspension when I store the coach?
  • You should talk to the coach manufacturer to get the information. Storing the coach either way will not hurt the HWH equipment.

BTW: Following HWH's recommendation, each time we retract the jacks, we hose off the jack rods with water using a hose and then apply WD-40. This will keep the jacks clean, in good working order, make the extend and retract faster, and prevent them from sticking.

HWH frequently recommends using WD-40 in their manuals and maintenance guides.

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Old 06-22-2013, 06:28 AM   #9
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I would not leave the entire weight of the MH on the tires if parked on uneven ground. I'd have to level it out using the jacks. The idea of that 'box' being twisted while in storage doesn't sit well with me. OTH, if on even ground (level/flat), I like the idea of leaving the load on the tires to protect the jacks and unload jack components.
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:47 AM   #10
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Being a CPA, mine gets stored for 4 months every year during tax season. I store with jacks down on a level concrete pad. I also use jack pads so that they don't extend fully. I wash the pistons off with water and rub them down with a dry lubricant before retracting. The tires have some weight on them for safety purposes in case the jacks fail. I dry lube and exercise the slides occasionally. I have 50 amp service. I disconnect power and exercise the generator with 50% load every other month for two hours. I have been doing this since 2004, have HWH jacks and it has worked well for me. I do this same procedure if storing for 30 days.
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Old 06-22-2013, 01:25 PM   #11
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Hi csrrsr,
The decision is yours. There is no right or wrong. Tire manufacturers say no problem for the tires. Jack manufacturers say no problem for the jacks. Millions of coaches are lived in for months at a time with the jacks down. Most likely, the same number are stored with the jacks up. When not in use, my coach is on a level concrete pad with the jacks up.

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