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Old 10-08-2013, 08:27 AM   #15
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Our MH is stored in the winter in an open car port type structure with a gravel floor. I park the MH on wood to keep the tires off the ground and leave the jack up. For me there is NOT enough room to crawl underneath to lube the jack shafts. In the summer time I can run up on ramps and have enough room for underside maintenance.
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Old 10-08-2013, 10:08 AM   #16
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Unless you are a full-time RV-er, your vehicle probably spends some time in long term storage. But what you probably didn't know is that rubber tires age when not being used.

So, if you must store your RV, a cool, dry, sealed garage is your best bet. Also some
storage surfaces can cause tires to age faster.

That ís why Michelin recommends placing abarrier (cardboard, plastic or plywood) between your tire and the storage surface.
Here are some other steps you can take to help reduce the aging effects from long-term storage:
1)Thoroughly clean tires with soap and water before placing into storage.
2)Cover tires to block direct sunlight and ultraviolet rays.
3)Store out of a high ozone area.
Note: When a vehicle is stored, tires should be inflated to the inflation pressure

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• A vehicle in storage should be placed on blocks to remove weight from the tires
• If the vehicle cannot be put on blocks, follow these steps for tire protection:

Unload the vehicle so that minimum weight will be placed on the tires
Inflate tires to recommended operation pressure plus 25%
Ensure that the rim manufacturer’s inflation capacity is not exceeded
Make sure storage surface is firm, clean, well-drained and reasonably level
Avoid moving the vehicle during extremely cold weather
Move the vehicle at least every three months to prevent ozone cracking in the tire bulge area, as well as “flat-spotting” from prolonged strain of sidewall and tread deflection
Adjust inflation before putting the vehicle back into service
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:25 PM   #17
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My manual says to store the MH with the jacks down...that's what they are for.
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At the Freightliner Camp (school) Mike Cody recommended always camping and storing with Jacks down. 1. It takes weight off the airbags. 2. It stabilizes the rig as well as levels the rig. 3. with bags deflated and jacks UP you run risk of possibly pinching a air bag causing a leak. Unless we're Wal docking I always drop air and extend Jacks. safe travels.... ed
Humm, I risk "pinching an air bag" every time the automatic air dump activates when I use the HWH leveling system.
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The first winter we had our GT, I put the jacks down and after only about a week, there were signs of corrosion on the piston rods. I contacted the manufacturer and got a reply that, if "close to saltwater" don't leave them down for very long. When I asked how they defined "close", they said "within 60 miles".

Since we're across the street from a saltwater marina, we're probably within 60 yards! To give the tires an even chance of survival, I jack up once a month and rotate the wheels about 60 degrees. then retract again.
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:09 AM   #20
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The first winter we had our GT, I put the jacks down and after only about a week, there were signs of corrosion on the piston rods. I contacted the manufacturer and got a reply that, if "close to saltwater" don't leave them down for very long. When I asked how they defined "close", they said "within 60 miles".

Since we're across the street from a saltwater marina, we're probably within 60 yards! To give the tires an even chance of survival, I jack up once a month and rotate the wheels about 60 degrees. then retract again.
We are parked about 20' from the ocean most of the winter with the jacks down and haven't noticed corrosion on the rams. I do give them a shot of WD40 once in a while though. Did have one of the springs break on the right front jack though. Could be from ocean salt or northeast road salt.
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