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Old 08-20-2012, 11:55 PM   #1
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Level Up or Not

While not being used we have to park our 5th wheel at a local storage facility…While the facility is well maintained, most of the spaces, including ours, are not all that level, especially side to side.

We have a six point leveling system that works very well but generally when I level up there one or more of my tires are off the ground on one side…

Can having one or more wheels off the ground damage the axles or suspension?
How much is too much when comes to degrees off level?

I have to wonder if I don’t level up, am I risking additional damage to the rig?

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Old 08-23-2012, 09:59 PM   #2
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"Can having one or more wheels off the ground damage the axles or suspension?"
No. It is common for vehicles subjected to long term storage to have the frame rest on blocks or jackstands with the wheels removed.

"How much is too much when comes to degrees off level?"
I continuously read that the rig should be as level as possible.

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Old 08-23-2012, 10:10 PM   #3
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OP, I think I'd contact the manufacturer of your rig for the answer. For me to store the rig level I have to have the front tires completely off the ground. I contacted the various manufacturers and found:
Newmar (MH manufacturer) said it was OK.
Spartan (chassis manufacturer) said it was OK.
Reyco Granning (front axle manufacturer) said it was OK.
HWH (leveler manufacturer) said it was OK.
I didn't bother to contact Koni about the shocks as I installed them myself and know the length is long enough so they're not used to stop the axle drop.
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