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Old 10-02-2017, 02:16 PM   #1
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Slide and leveling proceduure

Can someone please tell me what Tiffin procedure is for leveling and putting slides out? Thanks.
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Can someone please tell me what Tiffin procedure is for leveling and putting slides out? Thanks.
Not sure Tiffin has one. Anyway, I always level first, then put the slides out.
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I also do this, and bring the slides in before lifting the jacks. If you are fairly level to start with, it probably doesn't matter that much.
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Can someone please tell me what Tiffin procedure is for leveling and putting slides out? Thanks.
The owner's manual for both our Allegro RED and our Phaeton say level the coach first, then extend the slides with the engine running. Some will say extend the slides on shore power, but I tried that one time with our RED and it messed up the Spyder system which had to be rebooted.

From the Phaeton owner's manual:
Make sure that the motorhome has been leveled,
that the battery is fully charged and connected to
the electrical system, and that the ignition switch
is “on” and the engine is running before attempting
to use the slide-out features.
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Can someone please tell me what Tiffin procedure is for leveling and putting slides out? Thanks.
I always level first, then put the slides out. I also keep the engine running while doing this. If you watch your voltage level, you will see that the engine alternator keeps the voltage up around 14v while the big hydraulic motor runs for the jacks and any hydraulic slide outs that you have. On shore power, the converter can't keep up and the voltage will quickly drop to around 12 volts or even lower. The Schwintek slides use smaller motors, but they still seem to run much more smoothly with the extra boost the alternator supplies.

As others have mentioned, the parking brake must be set for the whole procedure. Also, be VERY careful of lifting off your rear wheels. If you do, you are on a pretty good slope and at the same time you lose the parking brake since it only functions through the rear wheels. If the motorhome shifts at all you will really mess up your jacks. They can lift very heavy loads, but they can't withstand much of any forward or backward forces.

If a campground has a lot of slope I ask for a "nose down" site. I then drive the front end up on a couple blocks and put similar blocks under the front jacks. Adds maybe 5 minutes to the setup process and with the front tires on blocks and the front jacks not extended a great deal, I end up with a nice stable setup. No wobbles when walking around inside.
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Thank you, that is the procedure that I will follow.
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On my 2005 Bay I have to have the engine running and park brake set for the levelers to work. I then have to switch "off" the engine for my slides to work, the slides will not extend or retract with the engine running. Tiffin has probably made many changes in 12 years.
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I have a Holiday Rambler so procedures may be different, but how do you level with engine running? If my engine is running the air bags are inflating
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Slides should only be moved when the coach is has the suspension dumped and is reasonably level. So dump and level first, then extend slides and retract slides before retracting jacks. Our Phaeton has hydraulic slides in the PS, elecrics on the DS. The electrics require the key to be on, the hydraulics do not. Engine is off for jacks and slide movement. Connecting to shore or genny power can help the slides to mive.
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The salesman who sold us our pre-owned coach said slides then level. I did that a couple of times since it made sense that the slides could "unlevel" the coach if done after leveling. I've since read the manual and it says to do the opposite. Guess I'll level with the engine running then slides and manually adjust if required.
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The salesman who sold us our pre-owned coach said slides then level. I did that a couple of times since it made sense that the slides could "unlevel" the coach if done after leveling. I've since read the manual and it says to do the opposite. Guess I'll level with the engine running then slides and manually adjust if required.


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I really worry about how our motorhomes were treated by sales staff and dealers, and even at the Tiffin factory, before we bought them. I've seen coaches being driven around with all the slides out!
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Slides should only be moved when the coach is has the suspension dumped and is reasonably level. So dump and level first, then extend slides and retract slides before retracting jacks. Our Phaeton has hydraulic slides in the PS, elecrics on the DS. The electrics require the key to be on, the hydraulics do not. Engine is off for jacks and slide movement. Connecting to shore or genny power can help the slides to mive.
Thanks Vsheetz - thats what i will do. Unfortunately, looks like one of my bushings is bent and off track causing a slight uneven extension. not sure how to replace the bushing.
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On my 2005 Bay I have to have the engine running and park brake set for the levelers to work. I then have to switch "off" the engine for my slides to work, the slides will not extend or retract with the engine running. Tiffin has probably made many changes in 12 years.
You can have the engine off, with the key accessories on and the Jacks will work. At least it works like that too on my 2005 Bay
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