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Old 02-03-2012, 10:22 AM   #1
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Hydraulic Jacks down for 2weeks

We have been in Carson City, Nv for over 2 weeks with the hydrolic jacks down. Weather goes down to teens. Should the hydrolic jacks be raised and lowered every few days or can they stay down keeping coach level?
DW asked yesterday. Thanks for info. This coach is 2011 Monaco Monarch with 4 jacks.
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Jacks

I've never had any reason to have to "exercise" them. That's what they are for. That being said, yesterday was a nice day in the Northeast so I ran my generator and motor(gas) for an hour or so. I also put my jacks up so I could run my transmission through the gears. Everything has been under cover for 2 months now. When I was done, my "Jacks Down" light stayed lit although the jacks were all up. I have come across this before once or twice so I checked the fluid in the hydraulic container and it was a little low. Filled it up with the "proper" fluid and all is well.
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My jacks are down between 3 to 6 months at a time and I don't exercise them. However, when the time comes to retract them for the next destination I wipe the cylinders down with ATF fluid to remove the accumulation of dirt and sand so the wiper seals aren't damaged and prevent leaks.
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IF it is raining days and freezing nights you might want to put a "Spacer" between the jack pad and the ground, (Slab of wood, one lynx leveler block, plastic jack pad, most anything.. That way if you wish to leave in the morning the jack won't be frozen to the ground (A major PITA when it happens).

As to leave them down or up... Down.. If you have power gear jacks there is a lubrication procedure described in the owner's manual (Spray 'em with Silicon lube) And you might do that.. But they can be left down, and the rig level, full time.

If you have other brands of jack, Read The Fine Manual for lubrication directions.
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I'll leave mine down indefinitely.
I use atf to liube the cylinders once ina while, especially after they have been down a long time.

Oh, and monacos (this is the monaco forum, right?) have powergear jacks.
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As to leave them down or up... Down.. If you have power gear jacks there is a lubrication procedure described in the owner's manual (Spray 'em with Silicon lube) And you might do that.. But they can be left down, and the rig level, full time.

If you have other brands of jack, Read The Fine Manual for lubrication directions.[/QUOTE]

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2009 Monaco mfg (Monaco,HR,Safari) Gas models have Lippert Jacks and front Hyd sides - And many Diesels - so checkyour manual.

Mine says lub exposed jack cylinder with silcone and fill with ATF.

I have had them down weeks at a time with no problems with the cylinders.

Now problems with the Pump and slide cylinder that another story - use the search function to see what others have said.
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