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Old 04-10-2013, 11:50 AM   #1
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5th Wheel Short Term Storage Jacks Down?

New 5er owners here:

HOA rules prevent us from keeping our new 5er here at the house, so we parked it at the storage lot a couple days after purchasing last month.

We chocked the wheels/tires forward and aft and did not use the auto-leveling system when we parked on the level surface.

Question: Are we OK, or should we use the auto leveler when we park it? By doing so, it would extend the rear stab jacks (now stowed in the up position).

Thanks in advance for advice.
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Yes, you're OK. I don't have the fancy-schmancy leveling system like you young whippersnappers - I chock the wheels and disconnect the truck and that's it. The roof is sloped, so I don't even worry about fore/aft leveling.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:06 PM   #3
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Refrigerator level?

Does the refrigerator need to be level when in storage or is that only necessary when it is parked and operating? A friend had told me to make sure it was level when in storage also so when I put my coach in storage I level it front to back. But I don't know if that is really required.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:23 PM   #4
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Does the refrigerator need to be level when in storage or is that only necessary when it is parked and operating? A friend had told me to make sure it was level when in storage also so when I put my coach in storage I level it front to back. But I don't know if that is really required.
Just when in use .
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:40 PM   #5
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No need for rear jacks or levelling in storage that I can think of unless you are planning to run the slides out, then level is better.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:58 PM   #6
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For short periods of time I personally wouldn't worry about it. If you are going to store it for a few weeks or more, you mite as well run it up on the jacks. It will take the weight off the tires and suspension, also up in the air no one can just hook up and take it.

My parents brand new 5er has the auto leveling system. They bought it in October took it on a trip to Arkansas then brought it back up and dad parked it in his shop for the winter. It has been ran up on the jacks with all 4 tires 2" off the ground since November.
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I've been told to NEVER store it with the jacks down. Tires lose air and can go flat and that will put ALL the TT weight on the jacks- and they were not designed for that. Things will bend.

You do want to try and park level - boards under the tires and use tounge or landing gear so that water drains properly.
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Yes, you're OK. I don't have the fancy-schmancy leveling system like you young whippersnappers - I chock the wheels and disconnect the truck and that's it. The roof is sloped, so I don't even worry about fore/aft leveling.
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I've been told to NEVER store it with the jacks down. Tires lose air and can go flat and that will put ALL the TT weight on the jacks- and they were not designed for that. Things will bend.

You do want to try and park level - boards under the tires and use tounge or landing gear so that water drains properly.
The auto leveling system on 5ers is different than just stabilizer jacks on most TT and 5ers. The auto level is meant to be able to lift the 5er to level it, it uses the front landing gear of the 5er and either 1 or 2 more sets towards the rear depending on the size of the 5er. Its a COMPLETELY different animal than probably 99% of campers out there, it is similar to the systems used on big class A motorhomes. The RV dealer that we bought our TT from last year and my parents bought their new 5er from has all of their 5ers with the auto system raised sightly off the ground to "show it off" as the dealer was telling us.
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