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Old 04-23-2009, 02:44 PM   #1
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I am trying to find out if I can lift the the weight off of the tires when I store my 30 LE for a month or so in storage. Will this damage anything in the leveling system? I live in Vegas and the heat here is hard on tires. If I lift the weight off of them I think it will preserve them; any thoughts?
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First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

If you are planning to lift the tires off of the ground with your built-in stabilizers, the answer is NO. The Airstream's stabilizers are not intended or designed to level or lift the trailer. Frame damage can result from doing this.

You are probably better off to just get the tires off the ground on some wood planks and cover them.

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I am trying to find out if I can lift the the weight off of the tires when I store my 30 LE for a month or so in storage. Will this damage anything in the leveling system? I live in Vegas and the heat here is hard on tires. If I lift the weight off of them I think it will preserve them; any thoughts?
I believe you can do that with the motorhome stabilizers. I have done it with other brands of motorhomes. Hopefully someone with an AS MoHo will have the answer.

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You can lift the tires off the ground with the hydraulic levelers. I choose not to for a lenghtier time span. The extended pistons can develops surface rust. This rough surface will damage the seals the hold the fluids in & cause them to leak as they go in & out.
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Old 04-23-2009, 07:12 PM   #5
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Certainly you can use the hydraulic jacks to pick up the weight of the vehicle but then put dunnage or other supports under the unit to relive the weight off the jacks. If only for a month or so, I wouldn't do anything - not even put the jacks down.
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I don't know the make of your levelers, but mine are HWH. I contacted them and asked if it was all right to store MH for extended periods. They said it was ok, but if it was stored in a area exposed to a lot blowing wind,(sand&dirt) or high moister, you would want to release and retract them once in a while to clean an lubercate hydraulic shaft.
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I am trying to find out if I can lift the the weight off of the tires when I store my 30 LE for a month or so in storage. Will this damage anything in the leveling system? I live in Vegas and the heat here is hard on tires. If I lift the weight off of them I think it will preserve them; any thoughts?

As an alternative idea: This is what I do. Found a set of 4 old wheels at a junk yard. The wheels are from the Chevy s10 pickup I believe and were 6 hole. Mounted old set of tires on them. Put these on the trailer when in storage and put my good set in free tire bags(from the local tire dealer) and store inside my trailer. My good tires never crack or show any signs of age from Ozone anymore.
Note: I only use the junk yard wheels and old tires while the unit is sitting in storage and never use them on the road.
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I don't know the make of your levelers, but mine are HWH. I contacted them and asked if it was all right to store MH for extended periods. They said it was ok, but if it was stored in a area exposed to a lot blowing wind,(sand&dirt) or high moister, you would want to release and retract them once in a while to clean an lubercate hydraulic shaft.
The logic behind not leaving the hydralic pressure on the piston cylinder for long periods of time is that it's harder on the seals. Interesting you propose to use the shaft seals to clean the shaft.
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I would not recomend that you use the jacks to lift the moho off the ground. you will have no braking action with the rear wheels in the air,just the support of the jacks. Some choose to use wood or plastic under the tires that may help. Welcome to the forum, enjoy your motorhome
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