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Old 02-24-2016, 08:21 AM   #1
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Newbie here... On a day when the winds are going to be 25-30 with 40 gusts, is my 40-footer more stable with jacks down or jacks retracted??
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I can't speak to your coach but mine seems most stable in high winds with the slides in and on the jacks ASSUMING the ground is relatively level and the tires are still making contact with the ground.
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Newbie here... On a day when the winds are going to be 25-30 with 40 gusts, is my 40-footer more stable with jacks down or jacks retracted??
Jacks down.
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Awnings in, slides in, and jacks down. Don't forget to secure outside objects. Gear for RVers is usually light weight and will blow around easily.
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I pointed ours 'into the wind' yesterday to endure the winds today. We have the jacks down for best stability, and the slides are out(for now, but I've run them in on extremely heavy wind times). Gusts are certainly hitting us today, on the GA/FL I75 line at CampingWorld campground in Lake Park, GA, but it looks like we'll weather the storm : )
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Heading into or tail to the winds are far better than side winds! I've left the slides out but the awnings over the slides must be tied down. I use spongee cords. Very noisy if you don't.
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Newbie here... On a day when the winds are going to be 25-30 with 40 gusts, is my 40-footer more stable with jacks down or jacks retracted??

What would you think the answer should be?
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What would you think the answer should be?
Right? I was waiting for this response because I was going to ask the same thing if I did not read it by the time I got through all of the other answers.
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Okay I am going to throw a monkey in the mix. I was told by Tiffin NOT to put down the jacks. The reason they state is that the tires and springs are made to take swaying. The jacks are not. Therefore if the coach sways much back and forth in high wind the jacks can break. For several years I put mine down for stability but this came up on another forum. I called and asked after reading those posts and sure enough Tiffin said no.
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Another monkey wrench: on most coaches the jacks are situated inside of the wheels, so it seems the tires down would be inherently more stable with a broader base, while the jacks down would make the rig feel more solid. That said, I don't think it makes much difference. If you are in wind that can blow over a motor coach, you have big problems. I have seen a few that were blown over, but as the result of a tornado, where I don't think either choice would have mattered.
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Okay I am going to throw a monkey in the mix. I was told by Tiffin NOT to put down the jacks. The reason they state is that the tires and springs are made to take swaying. The jacks are not. Therefore if the coach sways much back and forth in high wind the jacks can break. For several years I put mine down for stability but this came up on another forum. I called and asked after reading those posts and sure enough Tiffin said no.
As I was reading this thread I was thinking 'of course, jacks down, how else would it be', but this does make sense.
I suppose there is the question of 'comfort' in this too. Jacks down if you in the rig to be more comfortable, up if it's just sitting in the driveway or otherwise not in use. I'd assume it would take a pretty good wind to cause enough movement to bend or break the jacks.
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No need for sarcasm. There are only good questions but there are stupid answers.
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I pointed ours 'into the wind' yesterday to endure the winds today. We have the jacks down for best stability, and the slides are out(for now, but I've run them in on extremely heavy wind times). Gusts are certainly hitting us today, on the GA/FL I75 line at CampingWorld campground in Lake Park, GA, but it looks like we'll weather the storm : )

I'll also add to the mix - I manually leveled with the legs, only enough to level the unit - this allowed both the legs AND the wheels to be on the ground - the best of both options.
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Thanks very much for your responses -- even the smart asses. It's great to have these forums for those of us who are new to this!

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