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Old 08-30-2011, 04:39 AM   #1
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i don't know where to put this so will try here I know this is stupid and i have learned my lesson but just in case someone else makes the same mistake
Anyway I parked in Vermont to ride out Irene and put my jacks down on the grass where the campsite put me. Two mornings later after some awesome rain storms it was time to leave my left rear jack had punched a hole straight down about 4 to 6 inches and would not come up the back end was two low to get a shovel close to the jack to start digging out so i decided to try using the air suspension to try to pull out the jack. it worked like a charm the Jack came up to ground level and i shut down the motor and retracted the jack and than went merrly on my way.
I got lucky and learned two things don't put your jacks down on grass or soil with out something underneath to spread the weight and if you think problems through there is probably a solution somewhere. i got lucky this time

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Old 08-30-2011, 05:20 AM   #2
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I would like to expand that a little. Even if you know your on descent ground watch your jacks. My father parks his Allegro Bus in my driveway the last 5 or so years for 1-3 months while he visits. It is a gravel driveway. Well this year it was, evidently, a little softer than usual. 4 years no problem, year 5 a 6" deep hole we had to throw gravel in. I now fear that 40k monster in my driveway more than my 12k 5er in my lawn... at least I can jump up and down on my lawn to try to get it flat again.

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Old 08-30-2011, 09:11 AM   #3
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From day one I have always carried something to go under the jacks for specific situations, especially as you described. Even hot asphalt will cause an indentation. I have wood 2/8's with 5/8 plywood on top that I use for ramps, and they can also be used under the jacks. I also purchased a set of the "orange" jack stand square made out of plastic that can be used.

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