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Posted: 03/25/20 11:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 2005 samba class a.When I put it into storage is it better to put the jacks uo or down thank you.

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Posted: 03/25/20 11:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It doesn't matter....they are leveling and stabilizing jacks. You don't need either if you aren't using it.

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If they are hydraulic cylinders (can you see a shiny shaft extended when they are lowered?) then they should be stored in the closed/retracted position. Otherwise, rust will form on the shaft, and when retracted after storage, will damage the hydraulic seals.


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Posted: 03/25/20 12:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Maybe needed down if storage is in specially high wind locations.

Found myself inside an RV with 50-70 mph wind and I have to put mine down even on a temporary stop.

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Our hydraulic cylinders do not rust. We have been full-time since 2011 and sit from 4-6 months at any one time with the jacks down/extended. We have been within a mile of salt water and that didn't happen. This is not true. I would say, consult your owners manual or see if there is an answer on your manufacturers website.

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Posted: 03/25/20 02:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ours is stored in the drive with the jacks down to level it. We do spray the pistons with grease occasionally to help keep water off.


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Posted: 03/25/20 02:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have the Bigfoot levelers and the company says it is okay to store the jacks up or down since the shafts are stainless steel and don't rust. I always spray them well with a silicone spray as per manufacturer's recommendations.

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Posted: 03/25/20 02:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

“Found myself inside an RV with 50-70 mph wind and I have to put mine down even on a temporary stop.“

No need to put down a Class A’s jacks in 50-70 mph winds other than for your comfort.


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If they are leveling jacks::::: One expert Said lower 'em and in fact raise 'em a bit more than you need to take some of the load off the springs.

If they are stabilizing jacks. Your choice. Depends on if you plan to walk about inside the rig.


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Slides and Jacks when stored. NEVER extend Jacks for storage and never leave slide rooms extended in storage. WHY? Because IF they malfunction and will not retract, you are stuck until you get it fixed. There is NO REASON to extend jacks in storage. Even if fulltime, you need to cycle the jacks twice a month, Same for slide rooms. I get calls all the time from customers that have left Jacks or slide rooms extended in storage and they cannot get them to retract. Nothing I can do, until they get the RV in to me. Otherwise they have to call a mobile repair service. Doug

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