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Old 12-09-2019, 10:42 PM   #1
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Stabilizer Jack Up or Down During Storage

Sorry to start this as a new thread because I'm sure it has been adequately covered in the past, but I want to see the latest opinions.

Should we store our motorhomes with the stabilizer jacks down or up, and, while you are at it, what should we do about tire pressures during the off season?

Our 29g Class C Chateau is on black top and plugged into our home. I have the tires on plywood. I also installed those clown feet hard rubber-like pads onto the jacks. They seem to function well and so far haven't fallen off.

Appreciate your input.
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Old 12-09-2019, 11:16 PM   #2
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This is always a good question!
My RV is stored at the dealership, and I know that it's sitting there with only the tires holding it up...
If I had it here at home: I'd lay down some HD pads, and drop the jacks. Then I would liberally spray them down with a really good lubricant.
(I think that CRC makes a couple of good ones for this type of work.)
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This is always a good question!
My RV is stored at the dealership, and I know that it's sitting there with only the tires holding it up...
If I had it here at home: I'd lay down some HD pads, and drop the jacks. Then I would liberally spray them down with a really good lubricant.
(I think that CRC makes a couple of good ones for this type of work.)
Bob - What are HD pads?
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As I have said before, jacks down and exercise them once or twice a month. Heavy rain or snow I’ll lower them for roof runoff.
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Old 12-10-2019, 01:08 AM   #5
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Bob - What are HD pads?
They are the heavy duty pads that you'd put down to keep from sinking into soft ground. It'll protect your blacktop by spreading out the weight of the clack onto a larger surface area.
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They are the heavy duty pads that you'd put down to keep from sinking into soft ground. It'll protect your blacktop by spreading out the weight of the clack onto a larger surface area.
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Old 12-10-2019, 06:44 PM   #7
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Thank you all. I will look for lubricant and will put the jacks down. Move them back up and down when I run the generator.

Spring! hurry up!@
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Old 12-10-2019, 11:51 PM   #9
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I put mine down most of the time to keep alot of weight off the tires so they dont get flat spotsbut I do start and run engine and generator about every 2 wks and will cycle the legs up and down just to keep rust from pitting the legs and tearing the outer seal but a good lube is also a good idea I never thought of.
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the levelers don't know if you're using the coach, or just storing it, so they don't care, or know any different - only the 'human' owner does.

I always say when these types of 'storage' questions are asked that someone is concerned that somehow an RV is different when we're not there, compared to when we are....but it really doesn't know, or make, any difference.
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Old 12-18-2019, 07:48 PM   #11
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Bob - What are HD pads?
Yes, whether in storage or use, unit should be level. We use:
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Snap Pads would probably be a better choice than what I bought...

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I leave mine up, mainly because the stored coach is on ramps to level and the jacks won't reach the ground. Drivers side is about 10" off the ground.
Takes a long pole to wash that side.
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Snap Pads would probably be a better choice than what I bought...

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I own a 2018 Class C Quantum stored at Extra Space Storage, San Diego,CA. Great year-round weather stored with levelers up on level concreate. Never been an issue.

And, I have Snap Pads (great investment) attached to my leveler pads for protection when levelers are down while Camping.
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Old 12-19-2019, 03:23 AM   #15
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Mine is stored on concrete in central Indiana with the jacks up. I see no value in putting them down. I drive it about 20 miles every three or four weeks. No problems so far!
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Old 12-19-2019, 06:10 PM   #16
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I had big foot install jacks on my chateau. The said do not put them down for storage because of pressure on the seals.
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I had big foot install jacks on my chateau. The said do not put them down for storage because of pressure on the seals.
Me too, they had informed me also that the posts would eventually rust if left out in the elements through winter storage.
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Old 01-01-2020, 08:08 PM   #18
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Me too, they had informed me also that the posts would eventually rust if left out in the elements through winter storage.
So I their jacks are not suitable for full timers?

Above is facetious. But one has to be careful asking a single person, even at the manufacturer. You can get different answers. Unless it made it to the written manual of FAQ Iíd take it as one opinion.

I didnít leave them down on my previous Class C for a couple of winters. No issues. I only store for about three months.

I decided to put them down this winter on my new Class A. I plan to cycle them at least once a month when I run gen. Easy to do as I park it next to my house.
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Me too, they had informed me also that the posts would eventually rust if left out in the elements through winter storage.
Depends where you live. But a good reason to cycle them every so often.
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So I their jacks are not suitable for full timers?

Above is facetious. But one has to be careful asking a single person, even at the manufacturer. You can get different answers. Unless it made it to the written manual of FAQ Iíd take it as one opinion.

I didnít leave them down on my previous Class C for a couple of winters. No issues. I only store for about three months.

I decided to put them down this winter on my new Class A. I plan to cycle them at least once a month when I run gen. Easy to do as I park it next to my house.
They are fine for fulltimers just not permanently down. You need to excercise them at least monthly or more often near the coast. They are stainless but not impervious to the elements. Iíd suggest you wipe them down if you talking permanent. Call them theyíll give you the deal.
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