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Old 03-27-2019, 10:21 PM   #1
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Proper way to extend/retract slides on Ventana

I just traded for a 2018 Ventana 4369. I have been previously told the correct way to extend the slides was to put the slides out, then dump the air bags and level the coach. When you are ready to take them in, level the coach by filling the airbags and then retract the slides. I was told this info was from the factory. Is still the correct procedure - if you do it differently was it because of instructions from the Newmar factory?
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Different models of Newmar's have different methods for extending/retracting the slides. Follow what the factory says, not "info" on the internet!
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We bought a used 2017 Ventana. How do you find the Newmar instructions for the slides?
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Old 03-28-2019, 06:52 AM   #4
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There is a procedure on Newgle dated Oct 24, 2018.

https://newgle.newmarcorp.com/s/arti...-the-Slideouts



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Extending and Retracting the Slideouts
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Extending-and-Retracting-the-Slideouts
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Provides step-by-step instructions for leveling the coach and operating the slideouts.
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This article provides step-by-step instructions for leveling the coach and operating the slideouts.

BEFORE EXTENDING THE SLIDEOUTS

Park the coach on a reasonably level campsite.
Leave the coach at ride-height with air in the air bags (if equipped with air suspension) or on normal suspension (coaches without air suspension).
Plug the coach into shore power (if available) or start the generator to increase the voltage for better slideout operation.
For a full wall slideout, visually inspect the front vertical trim for adequate clearance. The spacing should look even from top to bottom. (See image.)
Verify that the path of the slideout is unobstructed and free from any surrounding objects, both inside and outside of the coach.
Once the appropriate conditions are met, follow the operating instructions posted in your coach to extend the slideouts.
Deploy the leveling jacks.
Important IMPORTANT
In the unlikely occasion that the slideout trim has inadequate clearances, try leveling or repositioning the coach and rechecking the clearances before extending the slideout.

BEFORE RETRACTING THE SLIDEOUTS

Retract the leveling jacks.
Start the coach.
Allow the coach air suspension to fill and return to ride height (units without air suspension will return to normal suspension).
Turn the engine off.
For a full wall slideout, visually inspect the front vertical trim for adequate clearance. The spacing should look even from top to bottom. (See image for reference.)
Verify that the path of the slideout is unobstructed and free from any surrounding objects, both inside and outside of the coach. This includes any water or debris that may have collected on the slideout roof or the topper awning.
Important IMPORTANT
Debris left on the roof or topper may prevent the slideout from sealing properly when retracted, as well as prevent the mechanical lock arms from closing properly when the slideout is extended.
Retract the slideouts.
Inspect all slideouts for complete retraction.
If the coach is equipped with manual lock arms, make sure to lock them.
Unplug the coach from shore power when you are ready to depart.
Important IMPORTANT
In the unlikely occasion that the slideout trim has inadequate clearances, try leveling or repositioning the coach and rechecking the clearances before retracting the slideout.
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We bought a used 2017 Ventana. How do you find the Newmar instructions for the slides?



Typically in the "Owner's Manual" which is usually available on the Newmar website. You can usually find the Brochure for your model and year also.

Check out Newgle at the website.

https://www.newmarcorp.com/owner-too...hures-archive/
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Hi Gamaliel Kid,

The most important thing is to retract the slides in reverse order that you extended them. This is important because of the step:

"In the unlikely occasion that the Slideout trim has inadequate clearances, try leveling or repositioning the coach and rechecking the clearances before extending the Slideout."

Unless one is always on a paved pad the above mentioned condition is more likely to occur than indicated. This means one must remember if the jacks were deployed before or after extending the slides. When retracting the slides retract the jacks at the proper time before or after the retracting the slides depending on when they were deployed.
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One other thing to keep in mind:


If the proper procedure calls for slide deployment while still aired up, make sure you have adequate clearance under the slide before dumping air ... fence posts and pedestals make big holes!
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Typically in the "Owner's Manual" which is usually available on the Newmar website. You can usually find the Brochure for your model and year also.

Check out Newgle at the website.

https://www.newmarcorp.com/owner-too...hures-archive/
The only problem with using the owners manual is that on some coaches, like mine, the procedure changed. The procedure that I posted is the most recent I could find on Newgle. It also appears to be the same procedure that the original poster was told by Newmar.
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Interesting. The procedure on Newgle differs from the procedure in written manual I received with the new coach. I've been following the manual, which says level the coach with the jacks before extending.
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Interesting. The procedure on Newgle differs from the procedure in written manual I received with the new coach. I've been following the manual, which says level the coach with the jacks before extending.
I believe they changed that when the HWH FWS was introduced (which is not on your coach) to make one procedure for all.
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I just traded for a 2018 Ventana 4369. I have been previously told the correct way to extend the slides was to put the slides out, then dump the air bags and level the coach. When you are ready to take them in, level the coach by filling the airbags and then retract the slides. I was told this info was from the factory. Is still the correct procedure - if you do it differently was it because of instructions from the Newmar factory?

We have a 2017 of the same model. That is how we do it. Have not had any problems. -Paul
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I believe they changed that when the HWH FWS was introduced (which is not on your coach) to make one procedure for all.
Good to know. Thanks for clearing that up.
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I have a full wall slide and my manual says to level the coach before extending and retract before retracting the leveling legs.

Seems like the Coach is in the best, most stable position to operate the slides when it is level and stable on the jacks.
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