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Old 11-29-2015, 02:06 PM   #1
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Blocking up a Berkshire

Read on here a couple months ago that one of the members blocked up their coach so all the weight would not be on the suspension / jacks all winter.

Will it harm anything just to take some of the weight off with the jacks and just leave it like that for the winter ?

Trying to find a place on the bottom for support. Not sure that I want it resting on the sub frame for the basement storage, all that weight for a long time.

Are there designated points under front and rear to support all the weight ?
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Old 11-29-2015, 02:11 PM   #2
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Joe, I remember reading somewhere here on the forum that they recommended block the axles. I also read that an increase in tire pressure of 10 lbs.
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Old 11-29-2015, 02:57 PM   #3
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Joe, I made some wooden blocks that fit under my jacks while they are retracted. I measured from the bottom of the jacks to the ground while the coach was aired up at ride height.

I slide these blocks under the jack pads and just allow the air bags to deflate on their own. The weight of the coach in on the blocks and jacks with the jacks retracted all the way up. This takes some of the weight off the tires and suspension without having to expose the jack's rods to the elements.
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Old 11-29-2015, 03:25 PM   #4
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Ok thanks Paul and CC. I cut up some 6x6's and blocked up under front and rear axles.
then retracted the jacks. I think this will suffice.
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Old 11-29-2015, 03:27 PM   #5
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Joe, I made some wooden blocks that fit under my jacks while they are retracted. I measured from the bottom of the jacks to the ground while the coach was aired up at ride height.

I slide these blocks under the jack pads and just allow the air bags to deflate on their own. The weight of the coach in on the blocks and jacks with the jacks retracted all the way up. This takes some of the weight off the tires and suspension without having to expose the jack's rods to the elements.
X2!! This is exactly how I handle the situation. Don't want the extended jacks exposed and it takes the weight off the suspension when the jacks bleed down.
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Old 11-29-2015, 08:28 PM   #6
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Joe, I don't want to put a dampener on your project but if you jacked up, put boards under your axles then jacked back down you only took very little pressure off your tires.

If your intent was to relieve the suspension air bags and tires you need to do like I did and put support under the jacks while they are fully retracted.
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Old 11-29-2015, 09:33 PM   #7
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I have also wondered about this and good see some solutions. I did not think it would be good for the moho to sit on the deflated airbags (once they deflate after sitting for a while) for long periods of time. The blocks under the retracted jack pads would take some of the strain off of the airbags too.
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Joe, I don't want to put a dampener on your project but if you jacked up, put boards under your axles then jacked back down you only took very little pressure off your tires.

If your intent was to relieve the suspension air bags and tires you need to do like I did and put support under the jacks while they are fully retracted.

Noted and changed. Thanks CC.
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Worrying about a non problem.
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Old 11-30-2015, 07:23 PM   #10
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Worrying about a non problem.

The OP is not worrying, comments like this don't need to be posted. They serve no purpose other than to insult.
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