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Old 12-09-2016, 06:13 PM   #1
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How to leave your Class A when not in use

Still working on this learning curve after purchasing our mh we have gone over it learned a bunch of things and know for sure we have a lot more to learn because so far it hasn't left the driveway other than for to get some work done. Now it has new tires and we have a little knowledge of how things work. We are leaving form Florida in 6 weeks. Do I leave it sitting on the tires or do I need to put the jacks down. It was winterized when we got it I have been keeping the furnaces on as we end up in it most nights stocking it and just admiring it. A little direction would help thanks
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Old 12-09-2016, 06:39 PM   #2
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I would say you can leave it on its tires.

There are many MHs that don't even have levelers and are stored for the season and do fine.
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I would say you can leave it on its tires.

There are many MHs that don't even have levelers and are stored for the season and do fine.
Have the hydraulic levelers on ours but i have never used them when the motorhome sits at home. This is probably at least 90 percent of the time and the first set of Michelins lasted over 10 years. I think i read where it wasn't good for tires to sit up on concrete for long periods of time so this might be something to think about if that is the case.
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I assume you've got the refrigerator turned off since you said it's winterized. (Yes, I realize that the frig does not need to be winterized, I just assume you're not using it at this point.) However IF the frig is on then the RV should be leveled.
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You can leave it on the jacks or on the tires what ever you prefer. If you plan on using your slides in and out I would leave it on the jacks. One thing if you do leave it on the tires and plan on using the jacks start up the engine and let windshield warm up. I did not 2 years ago on a bitter cold day (below 10 degrees) and cracked my windshield when the rv flexed as it was being leveled. Are tires on dirt? If it is I would put them on some wood planks.


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My one suggestion as a new used Class A owner is to take it out of trial weekend trip before you hit the road on your big trip,there are lots of things you will find in the first 48 hours of actual use that you may miss otherwise. These may be simple things to fix like burned out light bulbs, or may be more complicated.
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My one suggestion as a new used Class A owner is to take it out of trial weekend trip before you hit the road on your big trip,there are lots of things you will find in the first 48 hours of actual use that you may miss otherwise. These may be simple things to fix like burned out light bulbs, or may be more complicated.
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If it's going to sit on the tires for an extended amount of time, more that likely it's not loaded up with gear like it would be when you are traveling, therefore it's recommended to have your tire PSI at it's minimum. Go get your weighed, and set the PSI accordingly. I would also recommend buying a TPMS system.

I've attached a 1 doc, a link to tire care, a video link for you as a reference to learn a lot about tires & their care.

https://www.michelinb2b.com/wps/b2bc...s_Brochure.pdf

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Even if you put the jacks down, it will still be on the tires. The jacks don't completely lift the MH off the ground (never lift the rear axle off the ground or you won't have emergency brakes!). If you decide to level the MH, place boards under the jack pads. If you don't the steel jack pads can freeze to the ground. You won't be able to lift your jacks until after the ground thaws in the spring!
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If it's going to sit on the tires for an extended amount of time, more that likely it's not loaded up with gear like it would be when you are traveling, therefore it's recommended to have your tire PSI at it's minimum. Go get your weighed, and set the PSI accordingly.
The document you supplied, recommends inflating you tires, up to the pressure stated on the sidewall for long term storage. That is the minimum pressure, for the maximum weight.

It seems contrary to what you said.
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easy - most folks probably put a little too much worry in some of these questions... Some coaches sit on a dealers lot for months, if not sometimes even years, while on their tires.
If yours sit for a while, or months, on it's tires, I'm sure you'll have no issues.

Some folks will pick this apart and give you every reason why they 'never' keep their coach on their tires when parked or stored, because so many things are 'possible'.
I subscribe to the opposite - so little things are 'probable'.

Take it easy and enjoy, rather than worrying.
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,,, Do I leave it sitting on the tires or do I need to put the jacks down. It was winterized when we got it I have been keeping the furnaces on as we end up in it most nights stocking it and just admiring it. ,,,
Personally I would leave it on the tires unless you're running the slides in and out then use the jacks to level the coach and create a more stable platform.

Since it is winterized I would leave the furnace off and save the propane. Easy enough to turn the furnace on when you're in the coach and it should bring the internal temperature up fairly quickly. If you have stocked the coach with liquids that could freeze and break then keep the furnace on but set to a low temperature.

Another option would be an electric heater with the furnace set to minimum temperature as a back up. You'll find that the furnace will consume propane at a pretty fast rate and if it is your only source of heat you'll have problems once it empties the tank and you don't catch it in time.

The advise concerning using the coach now before heading south is spot on. Even driveway camping will help. Although the coach appears to have all the comforts of home you'll find stuff doesn't quite work the same. The 140 deg water heater and how loud the furnace blower is at 2AM for example.

Good luck and have fun.
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The document you supplied, recommends inflating you tires, up to the pressure stated on the sidewall for long term storage. That is the minimum pressure, for the maximum weight.

It seems contrary to what you said.
Yes you're correct. I misspoke on that.

There's so much info. out there on tires it gets very confusing. That's why I have saved all these doc's and do pass them on. It's the only I can stay straight on all this stuff too.
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