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Old 09-14-2016, 02:57 PM   #1
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Winter Storage on MH Levelers?

Trying to find any information on long term winter storage, with the Hydraulic Levels carrying the coach weight, to help save the tires? You know, flat spots, cracks and so on. Have stored with the tires on wood boards in the past, but would like to improve if that makes sense. Maybe put the MH on blocks with the tires off the ground? Not sure the levelers and hoses would be good the best option under pressure for 5 months and 10 degs.

I have indoor cold storage at my house in Minnesota. Have a 2000 - 36t Fleetwood 5.9 Cummins, Class A, Air Ride system.
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Consider using blocks built up to w/i two inches of the height of your retracted jacks with air up. When you dump the air the retracted jacks will sit on the blocks and take weight off the tires and suspension...
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Thanks Steve,
Sounds like a simple and safe method.

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Use your jacks that's what they are for...if level, you'll still have weight on the tires.
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x2 on using dunnage to build up under the retracted jacks with the suspension aired up. I build up the dunnage tight under the jack pad and then dump the air. Come spring the dunnage has sunk about 1-2" so once suspension is reaired it's easy to pull the dunnage.
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My jacks are down nearly 365 days/year. Wherever we park, including at home in the off season, they are down.
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I stored our '02 DSDP with the front wheels/tires completely off the ground for 13 winters with no problems, BUT:
Newmar said it was OK
Spartan said it was OK
Koni said it was OK
Reyco Granning said it was OK
HWH said it was OK
Yep, contacted them all for clearance before doing it. Still had the original retraction springs and the rams were working fine without ever having to lube them.
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What kind of blocks are we talking about? I'm guessing concrete, not wood. And how would you build them up?
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Gary, you still have your tires on the ground, yes? My concern is keeping the 15 year old Hyd. hoses under great pressure when it freezes hard here. Breaking and leaking hoses?

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You probably have Power Gear jacks. If so change the fluid in the tank to Mercon V that will take cold better.

After weight is off the tires. Add 20% more PSI to them for storage but not more then the rims are rated for.
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My jacks are down nearly 365 days/year. Wherever we park, including at home in the off season, they are down.
X2 down for storage. My coach has A Power Gear system and they recommend spraying the exposed shafts with silicone. Been doing it for 9 years with no problems.
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The 36t Discovery has full hydraulic levelers. Would be nice to change out to a full synthetic oil. Your ISB is a 275? Working well for you?
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The 36t Discovery has full hydraulic levelers. Would be nice to change out to a full synthetic oil. Your ISB is a 275? Working well for you?
The Mercon V is recommended by Power Gear over the Dexron II for cold weather use.

Your PG hydraulic tank will take 7.5 QT for drain and a refill.

In the 14 years I have owned the 275 I have replaced a cracked manifold once and one lift pump with the dash low pressure light connection.

It also has had the bigger Banks turbo kit put on that is no longer sold by them. And their brain box went out on mine. It also is no longer available.

While you are working on the PG system. It will pay you to seal around the outside top gasket area of the PG motor if it's not too late. Water can get in and cause a lot of rust problems to the motor.
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Store on Blocks

Yes you can use the levelers but why not take extra care of expensive stuff.
I store my 2015 Thor Palazzo on wood blocks made from stacked 2x8 pieces cut about 8" square (or whatever size would be slightly larger than your jack pads) Make them tall enough so that they will just slide under your jack pads when they are retracted AND your suspension is aired up. Then park the tires on fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) squares cut from a sheet of FRP from Home Depot. Anything non-organic will help prevent tire degradation better than concrete, wood, the ground, etc. Not as big a deal as sun light UV and atmospheric pollution but again, why not do all you can to take care of your gear? Drive onto the FRP pads, slide the wooden blocks under the jacks then deflate your suspension. Coach now sits on retracted jacks which sit on wooden blocks. Only weight on the tires is the weight of the un-sprung suspension components. Tires are isolated from the ground. This works easiest if parking on concrete but can be done on other firm surfaces. Learned this at the Freightliner school.
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