Hydraulic RV Jack Fail! Four Lessons Learned

You’d think after full-timing for nearly 14 years, we’d know everything, right? But we’re always learning, which means making mistakes sometimes. And man oh man, was this ever a totally avoidable self-inflicted wound! We sometimes say “We learn things the hard way so that you don’t have to” and this sure was an example of that.

The problem with RVing a certain way most of the time (in this case, avoiding winter) is that it’s easy to forget about the basics of cold-weather RVing. We actually knew about this issue, but being snowbirds most of the time, we forgot about this potential cold-weather camping threat, and shot ourselves in the foot. The jack foot that is.

We don’t want to tip our hand too much as to what went wrong, but see how quickly you can figure out what happened when you start watching the video.

Your only hints are that we had an easily-avoidable jack failure related to cold weather. And you can see from the video thumbnail that the foot came off the hydraulic cylinder. We bet that if you’re an avid winter RVer, you won’t even need to watch the video to know which winter RVing basic we completely forgot about!

Leave us a comment and let us know how quickly you figured it out, or if you had to watch through to the reveal. Honor system please! LOL


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