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Old 02-01-2017, 09:17 AM   #1
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Your thoughts on DPP “Diesel Pusher Parking”?

Greetings Motorhome People,

When I first get my motorhome I’ll have to park it off site in a secure location. I walked my site location the other day and it’s flat, gravel with excellent access. It’s also lighted at night with a permanent guard.

To my right is a Tiffin Allegro Red and a American Revolution. To my left is a Newmar Dutch Star and a Winnebago Journey (none of them have jacks down). All have one thing in common, they are all parked front facing south towards a permanent chain link fence. The parking area is huge with all kinds of room to back in if desired. Is there a reason you know of that all four coaches would have the front of their coaches facing south? Doing so also puts the door that much further away if you’re packing up for a trip. I just thought its not a coincidence that all four are facing south and I’m counting on you guys to tell me why?

Is it possible the owners know I’ll be coming in with my brand spanking new coach and are showing me their butt's in protest? That my working theory and is open for you to “Re-Butt”!

I also noticed the Allegro is way down in back with the exhaust no more than a couple inches from the ground. Maybe an airbag issue?

Weather this time of year is relatively mild with 45 to 65 degrees during the days and 24 to 45 degree nights. Very little snow but a good amount of rain. My coach will be parked there maybe four months with intervening trips. Anything I should know about parking on gravel or any winter prep I need to perform? I’ll be picking up the coach where it gets below 0, so they would have winterized the coach right?

Thanks guys,

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Old 02-01-2017, 09:25 AM   #2
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Parking direction could be coincidence, or it could be required (by the owner of the lot). Or maybe they've read your posts here and are protesting your arrival!
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Harry, you do need to be aware of moisture when parked on gravel. My rig is stored inside on concrete and I have plastic under it as a vapor barrier and I have the tires sitting on plywood. That may be overkill, but it does keep the moisture from coming up into the underside of the rig.

Also, a bit of advice from Camp Freightliner. They suggested making a series of blocks that can be placed under the jacks while the jacks are still up. The blocks just barely clear the jacks. When I am going to store the rig I hit the levelers just enough to deflate the air bags. The rig then is resting on the raised jacks and the tires but with very little weight on the tires.
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what is your new coach?

why do you care how the 'others' are parked?
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If there's lots of room in the parking lot as you say it's probably easier to drive in forward and back out without a spotter. Our storage location is more crowded and requires backing in to be able to clear all the obstacles.
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Greetings Motorhome People,

When I first get my motorhome I’ll have to park it off site in a secure location. I walked my site location the other day and it’s flat, gravel with excellent access. It’s also lighted at night with a permanent guard.

To my right is a Tiffin Allegro Red and a American Revolution. To my left is a Newmar Dutch Star and a Winnebago Journey (none of them have jacks down). All have one thing in common, they are all parked front facing south towards a permanent chain link fence. The parking area is huge with all kinds of room to back in if desired. Is there a reason you know of that all four coaches would have the front of their coaches facing south? Doing so also puts the door that much further away if you’re packing up for a trip. I just thought its not a coincidence that all four are facing south and I’m counting on you guys to tell me why?

Is it possible the owners know I’ll be coming in with my brand spanking new coach and are showing me their butt's in protest? That my working theory and is open for you to “Re-Butt”!

I also noticed the Allegro is way down in back with the exhaust no more than a couple inches from the ground. Maybe an airbag issue?

Weather this time of year is relatively mild with 45 to 65 degrees during the days and 24 to 45 degree nights. Very little snow but a good amount of rain. My coach will be parked there maybe four months with intervening trips. Anything I should know about parking on gravel or any winter prep I need to perform? I’ll be picking up the coach where it gets below 0, so they would have winterized the coach right?

Thanks guys,

Harry

Parking with the front facing south would maximize solar gain through the windshield.
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As said earlier, I would be concerned about drainage. And about sun exposure. The sun's UV will do damage, to tires and all things rubber ( like slide seals etc). And additionally to your leather driver and passenger seats. We bought our '07 a couple of years ago, used ; we had to recover the bottom half of the passenger seat due to cracking, caused by prolonged sun exposure.
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Got to agree with Steve Ownby, solar gain by facing south. Also, if backed in to a fence, a fence climber could reach over and use your ladder as easy access to the ground inside the secure compound.
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I also noticed the Allegro is way down in back with the exhaust no more than a couple inches from the ground. Maybe an airbag issue?
I can't speak for his coach, but mine has the HWH Active Air system, and it sits VERY low when "camped"

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Mine doesn't have the Active Air suspension (yet) but it does have the HWH self leveling air suspension and it also sits very low if I want it to, but usually I just let it self level.
I've parked every RV I've owned for the last 30 years on gravel and have never had rust nor tire problems due to it.
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People by nature are herd animals.

First person in and others will follow suit.
(walk into an empty theater, pick a sit and next person will sit very close regardless of ALL the other sitting available)

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Storage facility does not allow back-in parking
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Mine doesn't have the Active Air suspension (yet) but it does have the HWH self leveling air suspension and it also sits very low if I want it to, but usually I just let it self level.
When I camp, I hit "Auto Air" and it levels the coach. It sits very low compared to drive height. That might be why my exhaust has been changed. It might have been part of the Active Air install. It goes through the body, not under the coach.
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Also, if backed in to a fence, a fence climber could reach over and use your ladder as easy access to the ground inside the secure compound.
I bet Bob has the answer.....and/or climb the fence to get to your ladder, if it's a two piece ladder and the bottom is off.
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If in the northern hemisphere it's best to park front to the south, in the southern hemisphere best to park front to the north. It's a earth rotation thing, and in mitigation of a gravity failure. (-:
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