Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > THE OWNER'S CORNER FORUMS > Monaco Owner's Forum
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-26-2012, 01:59 PM   #1
Member
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: North Florida
Posts: 41
Dumping Air

I recently purchased a DP and have a question that I bet has been hashed out many times in the past. What is the general consensus regarding whether to dump the air and use the levelers when the coach is put in the garage for several weeks or just leave it aired up?

Owen
Florida
01 HR Ambassador
Gearshift39 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 10-26-2012, 03:03 PM   #2
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Nacogdoches Texas
Posts: 17
Blog Entries: 7
put the jacks down and take the load off the tires as they tend to develop flat spots where they contact the floor over a period of time.
mmartinkus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2012, 10:46 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 113
Quote:
Originally Posted by mmartinkus View Post
put the jacks down and take the load off the tires as they tend to develop flat spots where they contact the floor over a period of time.
Safe to assume this goes for outdoor winter storage too?
__________________
2002 Monaco Knight
fortisi876 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2012, 07:53 PM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Nacogdoches Texas
Posts: 17
Blog Entries: 7
you should also cover them if the coach is outside
mmartinkus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2012, 10:54 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 466
Quote:
Originally Posted by mmartinkus View Post
put the jacks down and take the load off the tires as they tend to develop flat spots where they contact the floor over a period of time.
I'm certainly not an expert but a very long time MH owner. I don't buy the flat spot scenario. If he owns an '01 MH the tires have been replaced at least once, probably more. That means his tires are constructed of material that will not develop flat spots. Of course this depends on your definition "a period of time". Every year my 1997 Beaver sits for about 6 months on the tires and has no flat spots. The rear tires are 4 years old. That "flat spot" stuff is old technology. Furthermore, placing a heavy load on hydraulic jacks, for long periods of time, could result in premature failure of jack seals.

Jim E
Pairajays is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2012, 03:40 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
National RV Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 151
Ok, so it appears I have been screwing up. I thought I was supposed to let the air out, then let jacks out to level the coach. Only did it 2-3 times in the couple of months I've had it so I hope I haven't screwed up to bad. Gotta love this forum. So much to learn, so little time.
anewtoi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2012, 04:50 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
palehorse89's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 9,098
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pairajays View Post
Furthermore, placing a heavy load on hydraulic jacks, for long periods of time, could result in premature failure of jack seals.

Jim E
What about folks that full time? Are they going to have premature jack failure due to having them down all the time?
__________________
2012 Essex 4544 2011 Jeep JK, M&G Braking, 2014 MTI 27' Hog Hauler, Wireless brake control, 2006 Ultra & 1989 Springer
palehorse89 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2012, 05:37 AM   #8
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 2,454
Blog Entries: 2
When you store is it inside or out? What kind of surface will it sit on? Are you going to walk away for months or are you going to visit the MH to run the engine/generator every few weeks? It is not an easy answer unless we know under what conditions you plan on storing your MH. There are other considerations beyond dumping the air bags.
TheArnolds is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2012, 06:32 AM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Nacogdoches Texas
Posts: 17
Blog Entries: 7
The hydraulic jacks will be fine. "Google" "Flat spots on tires"
mmartinkus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2012, 01:23 PM   #10
Registered User


 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 3,198
Quote:
Originally Posted by anewtoi
Ok, so it appears I have been screwing up. I thought I was supposed to let the air out, then let jacks out to level the coach. Only did it 2-3 times in the couple of months I've had it so I hope I haven't screwed up to bad. Gotta love this forum. So much to learn, so little time.
no, you've screwed nothing, that is exactly the procedure most of us use.
JimM68 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2012, 01:41 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
burfurd's Avatar
 
Tiffin Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Cookeville, TN
Posts: 544
Yes, the correct procedure is to let the air out of the suspension and then level. My leveling system does this automatically. I only have one button to push. This really helps as I am getting old and senile!

burfurd
__________________
K4WQK
2012 Tiffin Phaeton 36QSH Diesel Pusher, TireTraker TPMS, Safe-T-Plus, BrakeMaster, '08 Honda CRV, Protect-a-Tow
burfurd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2012, 02:04 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
tims52ford's Avatar
 
National RV Owners Club
Nor'easters Club
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Posts: 224
I have seen motorhomes sitting on dealers lots for long periods of time, with no levelers down and resting on there tires.
tims52ford is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2012, 06:34 AM   #13
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Nacogdoches Texas
Posts: 17
Blog Entries: 7
you are correct about the units sitting on dealers lots with no jacks down. It's why we know about the "flat spots"
mmartinkus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2012, 08:03 AM   #14
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 2,454
Blog Entries: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by burfurd View Post
Yes, the correct procedure is to let the air out of the suspension and then level. My leveling system does this automatically. I only have one button to push. This really helps as I am getting old and senile!

burfurd
My dump is manual so when I do deploy the jacks I need to dump first however I do have the option to deploy the jacks then dump it all depends on how level the parking site is and how high I want my coach to sit after the jacks have been extended.

I have read a ton about flat spots which leads one to believe that this is a BIG problem. I agree that if let to sit for months on end you may develop a flat spot. I for one do not plan on letting my MH sit for longer than 3-4 weeks without visiting the MH, starting the engine and generator, cycle the air bags, jack and other systems. I also plan on moving the MH forward or back a foot or two to ward off the dreaded "flat spot".

I have a lot of money invested in my MH so I can’t just walk away for the winter and expect all to be good in the spring. A watchful eye and a little preventative maintenance go a long way to keep these complex pieces of machinery working properly.
TheArnolds is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:13 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.