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Old 12-20-2012, 07:29 PM   #1
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when to use the leveling jacks

Ok, we had the PDI and learned how to use the leveling jacks but I am unsure as to when they are used. Do you put the jacks down evry time you stop to sleep or camp? Do you need if one level spot?
Right now we backed into our drive and we are on a slight incline with the rear of the coach a little higher than the front. Could the jacks level us out? should I try to do this?
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:36 PM   #2
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I put my jacks down whenever I extend the slides and when I am parked at home. My pad at home slopes to the rear, about 2 inches, and I use my jacks to level. Unless I am on concrete I put pads under my jacks. I have seen motorhome jacks go through asphalt on hot days, campgrounds really don't like that.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:40 PM   #3
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My coach is stable enough that if I am sitting level, I don;t even put them down. I never feel the coach rock when moving inside.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:05 PM   #4
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Put the jacks down any time you put the slides out. Also use the jacks to level the MH even if the slides are not going to be extended if you are going to run the frig. Excessive slope is bad for the refrigerator. Not exactly sure want constitutes excessive slope though.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:10 PM   #5
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I put my jacks down for a couple of reasons. First is stability. Unlike the previous poster, our Adventurer will move when it's sitting on suppension only. Second, fridges won't operate on an incline of 6 degrees or more. Push the button they go down, push the button they go up. Not much hassel.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:15 PM   #6
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One important thing to note with leveling jacks: you always want to keep the rear wheels on the ground. Your rear wheels are where your parking break is. In your case, you mentioned that your slope puts the rear of the MH high. This is ideal as you can keep the rear wheels on the ground and lift the front to achieve level.

As for WHEN to use the jacks: I do NOT use my jacks when the MH is parked (stored) on the side of the house. I only use them when camping. The guy who did our PDI said something that made sense to me. When the jacks are extended for a long period of time, the legs collect dust and debris. When you retract the jacks, the dirt and debris can get in between the seals and legs causing them to leak.
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:45 PM   #7
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Hi Dakrism,
The jacks are there for two main reasons.
1. so the refrigerator will run without damage.
2. comfort of the occupants (stability and level)

Use the jacks when either or both of these conditions need to be corrected.
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Hi Dakrism,
The jacks are there for two main reasons.
1. so the refrigerator will run without damage.
2. comfort of the occupants (stability and level)

Use the jacks when either or both of these conditions need to be corrected.
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:42 PM   #9
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When parked for a long time, or in dusty conditions, wipe down the tubes that extend from the jacks with a cloth before retracting them. Some people will use jack oil on the cloth if they've been extended for a long time.
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If you have air bag suspension (most DPs), the air bags will leak down over several days but rarely evenly. My HWH jacks have been down most of the past 9 1/2 years & 60+k miles ...only up when on a road trip or parked at a service place. I have never wiped down or lubed the rams, and have never had a problem with them. HWH says, "Put 'em down ...that's what they are for."
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I thought I read somewhere when storing the MH that the jacks should be down in order to help alleviate some flat spots in the tires. Is that an urban myth?
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Hi Theluckys,
The short answer is yes. With modern tires there is no need to take weight off them to relieve a flat spot. Contact any tire manufacturer and that is the answer you will receive.
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:50 AM   #13
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I put them down to level the motor home or if I am going to put the slides out. We store in our back yard on a level pad without the slides out so I do not use them then. Not really any reason to not, just how I have done it. I do use wood pads with I put them down almost always, unless on very solid concrete. It is a lot of weight on almost any suface.
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Ours are kick downs, and the rears need to be vertical before air dump.
We place a 2x6 under each jack when we store it in the driveway, the coach will drop down onto the blocks in a day or so.

It better distributes the weight into 8 places instead of just 4, plus ours needs to be parked at the edge of the concrete, this distribution gets some weight away from the edge and at a different alignment from the axles, so for storage by all means get the jacks down, no need to lift, just get the jacks so they are such that when the air dumps they are supporting the MH, your driveway will thank you
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