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Old 11-23-2011, 09:11 PM   #1
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Winter Storage near saltwater

This is only our second winter with our Class A. We store it in the extended driveway alongside the garage.

Last year, I stored it with the levelling jacks extended and most of the weight off the tires. I followed the recommendations about keeping the exposed piston rods wiped down regularly with spray silicone. I still got some fairly large rust patches, but they were very shallow and buffed out OK.

I discovered later that the levelling system manufacturer considers "close to salt water" as being within 60 miles. We're probably closer to 60 yards, as the houses across the street are on salt-water marina waterfront.

I'd like everyone's comments on my plan for this year, as follows:

Once the rig is in its storage location, I plan to extend the jacks to their maximum extension, hopefully getting the wheels off the ground. I will then put a heavy-duty axle stand under both front and rear axles as close to the hubs as possible. Then I will retract the levellers and let the rig settle onto the jack stands.

I figure this way, the levellers aren't exposed and the tires are off the ground (with covers). Then I go up on the roof and put the winter cover on. It was included in the sale by the owner we bought from, but we didn't use it last year. We do have some pretty wild winds here in Anacortes, but I think the rig is well-enough sheltered by the house that flapping of the cover won't be too big an issue. We did have 45 gusting to 70 mph just two nights ago, but it was in the prevailing direction and the rig is sheltered somewhat by the house/garage.

I figure I've got the bases covered.
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:17 PM   #2
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Maybe you could use plastic bags on the ground, opened to accept the leveler pad. Extend the levelers then pull the plastic bag up around the leveler housing and tape it in place.
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Old 11-24-2011, 08:08 AM   #3
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And silicone won't give you much rust protection. Go with a light coat of white grease, then wipe it off and hit it with WD40 before you retract them. Although the heavy duty jackstands is an even better idea. HWH no longer recommends silicone, they recommend WD40.
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