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Posted: 11/17/21 04:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello all,

What’s the consensus on leaving your stabilizers down while in storage?

Ive heard it’s 4 more ways for mice to get into the coach. I also heard it keep some of the weight off of the tires minimizing flat spots on the tires.

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Posted: 11/17/21 04:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

when my coach was not being used I supported the frame with jack stands to keep the weight off of the springs as well as the tires. I was on a concrete slab.
I have to think that most full timers keep their levelers down most of the time.

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Posted: 11/17/21 04:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, use the jacks to take weight off tires and suspension. Inflate tires to sidewall pressures. Don’t forget to reset pressures later. Also good time to give tires a good bath.


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wildtoad wrote:

Inflate tires to sidewall pressures. Don’t forget to reset pressures later. Also good time to give tires a good bath.


Please explain.

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Posted: 11/18/21 01:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not a huge issue either way but I would lean toward raising them:
- Flat spots on the tires are more an issue from 40-50yrs ago. Modern tires are much more stable.
- Hydraulics will be under pressure, so lots of time to leak (but really a low risk).


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The only real downside I ever thought of when leaving jacks down for storage, is if there is a problem with your jacks when you go to take it out, you are stuck. But I guess better to know in storage than while on a trip. Any RV I ever had, the jacks will lose a small amount of pressure and relax. Hardly noticeable in a month, but in 3 months it could be several inches. My FW has been in storage for 2 months and we took it out last weekend. I didn't think about the jacks dropping and almost hit the bed rails on the bottom of the nose of the FW. And I know you are asking about MH's, but on FW's at least 2 of the jacks are always down (you can't store it any other way) and I have never heard anyone complain of any problem. And they are the same jack systems used on MH's.


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Posted: 11/18/21 07:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

way2roll wrote:

The only real downside I ever thought of when leaving jacks down for storage, is if there is a problem with your jacks when you go to take it out, you are stuck. But I guess better to know in storage than while on a trip.


Good point but I come to the opposite conclusion.

Stabilizers are certainly nice to have but not mission critical. Worst case I can spend $30 on a set of aluminum jack stands to get by for a short trip...vs no trip if I can't get them working and they trap the trailer. Also, that means I need to pay someone to go to the rig vs taking the rig to someone.

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FLHTCI wrote:

Hello all,

What’s the consensus on leaving your stabilizers down while in storage?

Ive heard it’s 4 more ways for mice to get into the coach. I also heard it keep some of the weight off of the tires minimizing flat spots on the tires.

Thank you


Sorry, had to laugh. Mice would look at 2 motorhomes and conclude the one with 4 jacks extended is the one to go into[emoticon]? IF you have NON powered retract type jacks(HWH and some Powergear), I would extend. But if you have electric or Power down and Power up jacks I would not leave extended. If you have a failure to get retracted, then you have a problem getting the RV to the Service Center. Doug

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valhalla360 wrote:

Not a huge issue either way but I would lean toward raising them:
- Flat spots on the tires are more an issue from 40-50yrs ago. Modern tires are much more stable.
- Hydraulics will be under pressure, so lots of time to leak (but really a low risk).
Think of the millions of trucks, tractors, cars and other heavy equipment that sit without levelers. Snow, rust and dirt can build up on extender levelers. Retracted levelers stay immersed in hydraulic fluid and are protected from the elements assuming you have hydraulic jacks.

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Posted: 11/18/21 11:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes mice. It looks like 4 runways for mice to march inside the RV.

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