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Posted: 11/18/21 06:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Since the leveling jacks/stabilizers don't reveal any openings into the RV when extended, I don't see mice being attracted to them. That's assuming they could get a grip on the cylinders in the first place to climb them.


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Michelin Tire recommends using leveling jacks to support coach weight during long-term storage, AND inflate tires to sidewall listed pressure.
HWH jack shafts are SST and do not corrode/rust. HWH says leaving jacks extended during long-term storage is OK.

As to flat-spotting yes it is still a thing:


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Posted: 11/18/21 08:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think mice are far more likely to climb up the tires and wheels to the axles than to try to climb up a slippery stainless steel shaft.


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Posted: 11/19/21 05:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I store ours with the air dumped and the jacks up. I do not change the tire pressure. On or about the first of every month I run the generator, under a load, and take the coach for a drive on the interstate to get everything hot. So far that has worked well for me.

Ours is stored inside a building and plugged into 20A service.

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I store my coach with jacks down, that's what the owner's manual says and that's why they are there.


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We don't utilize our power gear levelers unless we need to level and/or stabilize our coach. That's us, not worried about flat spots, mice/chipmunks/squirrels, or hydraulic leaks. Haven't researched what Toyo tires or Monaco says about the subject, and frankly don't plan to waste my time. Do what works for you, try it both ways and make your own conclusion. If you were going to store it indefinitely maybe it would pay to be more anal about it, for a just a few months or less would likely not matter either way you decide to go.

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