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Old 10-13-2014, 10:47 PM   #1
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I'm wondering if it's a good idea to leave all 6 jacks in the down position during winter storage?


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Old 10-13-2014, 11:26 PM   #2
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I'm wondering if it's a good idea to leave all 6 jacks in the down position during winter storage?...
Probably not. LCI recommends that you coat the exposed jack with silicone on a weekly basis if you do. Allowing the smooth surface to be subjected to harsh wx conditions without protection is probably not a good plan. Most folks block the front landing gear so as to minimize the exposed area. I have also seen folks use a garbage bag over the gear before lowering them on the blocks then duct taping the top around the jack housing.

Of course, everything is dependent on where this "Winter" storage is located.
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Old 10-14-2014, 12:15 AM   #3
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Thanks guys. I was wondering about this myself. Right now the RV is at the dealers but whenever I collect it, it will be going straight into storage. From what you've said, I'll retract the rear legs and cover the front ones with garbage bags.


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Probably not. LCI recommends that you coat the exposed jack with silicone on a weekly basis if you do. Allowing the smooth surface to be subjected to harsh wx conditions without protection is probably not a good plan. Most folks block the front landing gear so as to minimize the exposed area. I have also seen folks use a garbage bag over the gear before lowering them on the blocks then duct taping the top around the jack housing.

Of course, everything is dependent on where this "Winter" storage is located.
That's a good idea, never thought of that. Sure would stop any pitting and dried out seals.....
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I store mine at the house, so I level it up with the system and wipe the legs down about once a month. Since it is parked under a shed the silicone spray I use stays on for awhile.
Think it helps not to have all that weight on the tires for long storage time. Just my two cents
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I would not wrap them in plastic - condensation will cause significantly more problems than leaving them exposed.

Our rig sits on the side of our house - we are the corner house and the side the rig sits on is parallel to the road. I was concerned about rust/corrosion from salt used to treat the roads (road spray and such).

Just before it is time to set it for the winter, I hook to the truck and use the rear jacks to lift the rig slightly. I then stack the front landing jack blocks with wood high enough so there is only an inch or two exposed jack in the front when it is just slightly nose high once removed from the truck.

I then use WD40 to spray the exposed parts once a month. This year I had the truck treated (underbody) with a chemical called Fluid Film and bought a small spray can and will treat them with that this year. It will need to be cleaned off but it should last most (if not all) of the winter, instead of trying to remember to spray them each month.

I have thought about several possible ideas including wrapping them with pipe insulation, plastic, etc and always come back to just spray with WD40 to keep them clean. (and that has worked so far). I did think about building an wooden u-shaped box to put on the one side that is exposed to the street, sort of like a guard to minimize splash to the landing gear.

Only the front 2 landing gear are down all winter. I would prefer all 6 being down in a warmer location but that won't happen this year.
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so would wd40 work instead of silicon for the exposed legs?
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Seems to work so far
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good to know thanks.
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so would wd40 work instead of silicon for the exposed legs?
That is really what they recommend to use in there manual. Once a week in non salt environments, or every 3 days in a salty one like on the beach or something. Or snow area'a with salt used for roads.
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