What Is The Best Way Of Storing My Class A, On Tires Or Jacks?

by Chrissy

I recently inherited a 1989 40' Country Coach Diesel pusher.

What is the best way to store it while parked in our driveway? Should we keep it on its tires, or put down the hydrolic jacks?

Its been parked on its wheels for about a week and I've noticed that it has started to slowly lean to the left. Is it just loosing air out of the suspension?

Thank you for any info you may have!


ANSWER Greetings Chrissy thanks for submitting your question on our Ask An RV Question Page.

Congratulation on your newly inherited RV, I hope you have many years of camping enjoyment with it. The best way to store your RV is usually on a paved or gravel surface. Try to stay away from dirt and grassy surfaces for long-term storage. If you have to store the RV on a dirt or grass make sure you put some weather resistant plywood, etc. under the tires. Dirt or grass can affect the longevity of tires.

Another point is to make sure that the tires are covered with RV Tire Protectors while storing the RV. Tires exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time can deteriorate very quickly. If your motorhome does not have these tire protectors you can purchase them through the EARV Camping and RVing Accessories Store just type in "Tire Protectors" (without the quotations) in the search box in the upper right hand corner of our store to see what we carry. OK enough of the sales pitch :-).

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As far as using the leveling jacks to take pressure off the tires while storing the RV. The leveling jacks just as their name implies are designed
to level and stabilize the RV when camping or in storage You can use them to level the RV while in storage. These jacks are not designed to lift the tires off of the ground. If you attempt to put the jacks too high, you can damage the jacks or the chassis/frame of your RV. If you are using the leveling jacks on dirt, grass or blacktop (on hot days) you should put some RV Leveler Jack Pads under the jacks to prevent them from sinking into the ground and yes we sell those in our store as well :-)

The reason your RV is leaning to the left is because it has a problem in its Air Ride System. In other words you are slowly losing air on the left side of the system. It could also be a problem with the springs on that side of the RV. The only way of finding out for sure is taking your RV to an RV dealership that works on Air Ride Systems (not all RV service departments work on air ride systems or deal with the springs) and have them diagnose the problem. This could be an expensive repair depending on what the problem is.

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I am not sure what model Country Coach you have, so I cannot be of further assistance on the air ride system. I can tell you one thing this is not a do-it-yourself repair. If any of our visitors have any further comments or suggestions for you they can add them by clicking on the add a comment link near the bottom of this page.

Happy RVing

RVing Al

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