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Old 10-21-2018, 12:19 PM   #1
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Winter storage and tires/jacks

In storage for months at a time (we do take it out at least once over the winter for a ride and to exercise genny)

Sit on concrete? Wood? Truck mud flaps (we have those)

Anybody put jacks down. We have never done that and I read conflicting reviews on doing that.

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Old 10-21-2018, 12:34 PM   #2
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I wouldn't park the MH on pressure treated wood or on fresh asphalt, everything else is good as long as it's dry and out of the sun (covered). Also, inflate the tires to the max as shown on the sidewalls.
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Old 10-21-2018, 12:44 PM   #3
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As for the Jack's, I'm not a fan of leaving hydraulic systems under full pressure for months on end for no reason. There is always the potential for oil leaking past the seals eventually causing damage to valves and seals.
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Old 10-21-2018, 12:53 PM   #4
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We park on plywood to keep the tires off the concrete. I leave jacks up and charge the truck batteries. The rv stays plugged in to 50 amp. I have a dehumidifier too, have to go out and empty it every so often.
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Old 10-21-2018, 01:11 PM   #5
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I would put something between the tires and the storage surface (IE concrete, rock, asphalt, etc). I've found mud flaps or very large plastic boards are the best.

On the hydraulic jacks, I haven't ever stored the RV on them. Cypressloser has a good point on the seals. Unless the slides are out, no reason to have the jacks down.
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Good thread and questions. Thanks for posting
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Old 10-21-2018, 02:26 PM   #7
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When I store my Vette for the winter, I over inflate the tires a bit (about 10 lbs over recommended driving pressure) to help avoid flat spots from sitting, and compensate for low temperatures and concurrent reduction in pressure. Come Spring, I bleed off any excess pressure before taking her out. Never had any problems, and these are soft high performance summer tires (run flats). Park on concrete in garage. I imagine I'll do similar procedure for trailer when I finally get it!
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Thanks all, love this forum, good advice at your fingertips.

Ok will run tires up on something for the winter. Jacks up. Wish we could stay plugged in, no 50amp at storage, when we plugged in to the 110 outlet in storage facility the outlet kept tripping. We reset it tripped again.

NJKris we have a vette too, DH just washed his baby for the winter. Store it in the garage AND he puts a cover on it. Spoiled car
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Old 10-21-2018, 06:48 PM   #9
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We park on plywood to keep the tires off the concrete. I leave jacks up and charge the truck batteries. The rv stays plugged in to 50 amp. I have a dehumidifier too, have to go out and empty it every so often.
X2. I keep mine plugged in to trickle charge the batteries and I keep the fridge turned on too.

You don't need a full 50 amps, 30 works just fine. To the OP that was tripping 110 breakers for storage, turn down the input amperage into your inverter so it does not try to use more than your circuit can supply. This should at least run the battery charger.
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With the coach aired up take a measurement from the bottom of the jack feet to the ground. Then subtract about quarter to half inch .cut four. 8x8 wood blocks put one block under. Each jack when the air runs out the coach will rest on the blocks can say for sure how much weight is off the tires this will only work if you have the blocks on cement
Will not work on dirt or pavement
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