User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11
  1. #1
    Seasoned Camper
    Join Date
    Feb 2021
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    106
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Hydraulic levelers up or down in storage?

    Curious on storing my 5th wheel with leveling jacks down or up. Is there a consensus? Thanks.

  2. #2
    Seasoned Camper
    Join Date
    Mar 2020
    Location
    Whatever state the landing gear sits upon
    Posts
    162
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Dakota View Post
    Curious on storing my 5th wheel with leveling jacks down or up. Is there a consensus? Thanks.
    How long are you storing?

    Sent from my SM-N986U using Tapatalk

  3. #3
    Seasoned Camper
    Join Date
    Feb 2021
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    106
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Only a month between trips. Then from November until May it will be outside. In Minnesota so it will be a long cold winter.

  4. #4
    Seasoned Camper towdriver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Location
    Ontario Canada
    Posts
    140
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Always up when in storage. if something happens like frost heave it can over load and cause damage to them or one section of frame

    Sent from my SM-G960W using Tapatalk
    Truck: 2005 Dodge 3500 diesel dually 6 speed crewcab with 9.5 flatbed and 120g fuel capacity

    Trailer: Sold - 2006 Fun Finder 240XXX (custom graphics)
    Current - 2019 GD 150 series Reflection 290BH

  5. #5
    Site Sponsor Txfivver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2018
    Location
    San Antonio Tx
    Posts
    1,648
    Mentioned
    19 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I store mine inside and fully leveled, takes some load off the tires and suspension. No worry about frost heaves in Texas.
    2019 Solitude 375RES Onan 5500 Splendide W/D Samsung res. fridge
    2020 Ford F450 Platinum dually 6.7L 4:30 gears
    B&W Companion for Ford puck system 20K lbs
    Jeff

  6. #6
    Site Team Second Chance's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    Wherever...
    Posts
    4,695
    Mentioned
    63 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    We're full-time (meaning the levelers are always down) and have weathered single-digit temps with no issues at all. I think you'd have to be above the Arctic Circle to experience enough frost heave to do any damage. I clean and treat the struts (which are really hydraulic pistons) with silicone lube monthly while they are extended.

    Rob
    U.S. Army Retired
    Widowed and very happily remarried
    2012 F350 DRW CC LB Lariat PS 6.7
    2020 Solitude 310GK-R, MORryde IS, disc brakes,
    Sailun LRG tires, solar, DP windows, W/D
    (Previously in a Reflection 337RLS)
    Full time since 08/2015

  7. #7
    Site Sponsor NB Canada's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2018
    Location
    Woodstock
    Posts
    1,471
    Mentioned
    23 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Second Chance View Post
    . I think you'd have to be above the Arctic Circle to experience enough frost heave to do any damage.

    Rob
    We are well below the Arctic circle

    Frost heaves happen quite often


    2021 Imagine 2400 BH
    2018 GMC Sierra 4x4 crew
    2021 Imagine 2400 BH
    2018 GMC Sierra 4x4 Crew 1840lb payload

  8. #8
    Site Sponsor SGT ROC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2019
    Location
    N Central PA
    Posts
    1,047
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Currently I store mine leveled on a pad out back. I am having a cover put over it this year. For the past 2 years in the driveway leveled. First thing I do when we get home is level it.
    Bob (retired) & Vicki
    Scuba Diver
    US ARMY Vet (Go Cav!)
    2019 Reflection 31MB
    2019 Chevy 2500HD LT Crew Cab Gasser

  9. #9
    Site Sponsor SGT ROC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2019
    Location
    N Central PA
    Posts
    1,047
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by NB Canada View Post
    We are well below the Arctic circle

    Frost heaves happen quite often


    2021 Imagine 2400 BH
    2018 GMC Sierra 4x4 crew
    We don't experience much movement from frost, at least not enough to damage anything.
    Bob (retired) & Vicki
    Scuba Diver
    US ARMY Vet (Go Cav!)
    2019 Reflection 31MB
    2019 Chevy 2500HD LT Crew Cab Gasser

  10. #10
    Site Sponsor Gran Casita's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2019
    Location
    Central CA Coast
    Posts
    152
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Dakota View Post
    Curious on storing my 5th wheel with leveling jacks down or up. Is there a consensus? Thanks.
    Dakota, my Owner’s Manual recommends against storing the trailer with the landing gear (hydraulics) extended. I developed a leak in one of my jacks after the trailer sat for a few weeks & after further scrutiny of the Owner’s Manual, discovered I had overlooked their recommendation to “exercise” the hydraulics at least weekly. In my opinion weekly was overkill so I adopted a monthly “exercise” of my hydraulics. Interestingly, the leak went away. I can only surmise it was because the seal lubricated itself & expanded.

    My current practice is if I store my trailer for a month or less, I will store it with the landing gear retracted & the trailer resting on its axles & front landing gear. If I am going to store for longer than a month, I will raise the trailer (with the hydraulic landing gear) just high enough to remove the bulk of the trailer weight off the axles & then install jackstands at 4-points on the frame. I will then store the trailer with the hydraulics retracted & exercise them monthly. This has worked well for me so far. I keep the pistons lubricated & exercised regularly & keep the bulk of the trailer’s weight off the axles/suspension.

    Hope this helps! -Diego

    2017 Ford F350 DRW 6.7L Custom Ordered
    2018 GD Solitude 310GK
    39,000+Miles
    "Censorship reflects society's lack of confidence in itself." -Potter Stewart

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

DISCLAIMER:This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Grand Design RV, LLC or any of its affiliates. This is an independent site.