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Old 11-08-2013, 11:04 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, my wife and I just moved into a 5th wheel (Keystone Cougar, 31') back in September. We are living in the Phoenix area where the sun is always beating down on it. We are thinking about being here for quite a while (maybe a year), before heading out and traveling in it.

I was just wondering if there are any preventative measures I should be taking since it will be in one spot for so long. I see people prop their RV off the ground, to take the pressure completely off of the wheels. I also see people with wheel covers and jacks under the fifth wheel hitch. Are these things I should be doing too or are they not necessary? Is there anything else I should be doing? Should I move the RV around every once in a while or is it okay just sitting in one spot for so long?

Thanks for your help!
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Old 11-09-2013, 05:37 AM   #2
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Not full timing yet but here's what I would do first. I would run the tires up on something, plywood, plastic leveling blocks, just something to get the tires out of contact with the concrete/ground. Tire covers will definitely extend the life of you tires, or at least use some kind of tire shine with a UV protectant. I would clean and treat the roof with a UV protectant, what kind would depend on your roof material. An RV center should have what you need for this and be able to recommend the correct treatment for your roof.
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Old 11-09-2013, 07:38 AM   #3
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One has to just love the heat to live full time in AZ. I know when I was out there (79-82) it was a rough getting use to the heat in June,July, and Aug. the rest of the year was ok.

We have owned 2 5th wheels in the past and the roof and tires should be your biggest concern. I think the reason you seen the rigs up on jacks and such was to help firm things up and to take as much of the weight of the tires and axle bearings as possible. That heat might dry out the bearings and i would at the very least repack them before the next trip after setting for a year. As to the roof, we always had issues with the seals around vents and the AC units. Be sure to check these seals as much as possible. Both of our rigs had different roof, one was metal and the other had a rubber roof. The rubber roof had to be serviced every year, Cleaned and re-sealed. Something to think about for sure.

I hope i was of some help to you and good luck with the future full time thing, were getting ready to do the same in a couple of years.
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