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Old 09-10-2014, 12:42 PM   #1
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Jacks up or down during storage

Thinking about winter storage. It gets cold in northern Ohio. Should I store with Jack up or down? Should I store with slides in or out?
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Old 09-10-2014, 01:00 PM   #2
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Slides in, jacks down. Reason is, if a tire goes flat, plus helps reduce weight on wheels during storage, and keeps it stable in winds.
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Old 09-10-2014, 01:07 PM   #3
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Slides in, jacks down. Reason is, if a tire goes flat, plus helps reduce weight on wheels during storage, and keeps it stable in winds.

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Old 09-10-2014, 01:13 PM   #4
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Jacks out, slide in.
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Old 09-10-2014, 01:16 PM   #5
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Jacks up or down during storage

Thanks everyone for the quick reply's. Should I protect jacks somehow?
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Old 09-10-2014, 01:42 PM   #6
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It really depends what climatic conditions prevail at your storage site. The first winter with our Georgetown, I put the jacks down so as to relieve some of the load on the tires. Within two weeks, I notice a film of rust starting to show on the piston rods. I polished it off quickly.

I contacted the manufacturer for advice. They said "If you're close to salt water, don't leave them down without a protective wrap on them". I queried back on their definition of "close". I was gob-smacked when they said "less than 50 miles". We're probably 100 feet from a saltwater marina - the houses across the street have private docks!

What I've done since is to lower the jacks on one side to get both the wheels on that side off the ground, then I rotate the wheels 90 degrees then retract the jacks. Two weeks later, I do the same on the other side. Repeat the procedure four times on each side during the off-season. If we do take the rig out, I drop the next couple of procedures.

I don't know for sure if it helps the tires, but I don't get the flat-spot bumping of the tires for the first 5 miles or so first time out in the spring and the jacks are in fine shape.
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Old 09-10-2014, 01:46 PM   #7
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I would store them up for protection from the weather and also no Chance of anything hitting them. if you store them down then I would cover the chrome rods with grease to protect them a little messy but cheaper than new cylinders.
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I keep my jacks up. Anything touching the ground is a rodent path to the interior.
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If in a storage lot, I would put the slides in and jacks up. If at home and NOT near salt water, I would leave the slides out and the jacks down and cycle the slides and jacks occasionally. We do on our 5er even tho' we have reg. stab jacks.
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Aren't you putting unnecessary pressure on the hydraulic system all winter???
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