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Old 05-09-2015, 08:47 AM   #1
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To Air Dump or Not To Air Dump

When arriving at destination should I dump the air and then level, or not? The manual on my 07 42 ft Camelot doesn't instruct me to dump and then level, but it would lower the coach a bit which is nice. Also, what are the proper steps to follow when using the Air Dump function. New to my coach and new to the forum.
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You didn't mention if your coach has slides but Monaco recommends extending the slides then dump the air. I always dump the air after extending the slides which lowers the coach so the jacks don't have to extend so far.
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Thank you for the reply. Four slides with Valid auto air leveling system.
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When arriving at destination should I dump the air and then level, or not? The manual on my 07 42 ft Camelot doesn't instruct me to dump and then level, but it would lower the coach a bit which is nice. Also, what are the proper steps to follow when using the Air Dump function. New to my coach and new to the forum.
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I have air leveling also and I don't dump the air just because the compressor has to work a lot harder to air back up but when I level I level first then put my slides out then the system goes into a sleep mod and if needed comes on to level again.
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:38 AM   #5
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I would only dump if the coach was level...causes a lot of chassis flex with the amount of weight and length. Also, have not really read any instruction on set up that tells you to dump or when to dump.
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I have air leveling and three slides. Monaco recommends extending the slides while the coach is at "travel" height on the air bags. After I put the slides out I dump the air, then level. When departing, I start the engine and turn off the air leveling, letting the air bags fill back up to the "travel" position. Then I retract the slides.

I dump the air so the entry door step will be as close to the ground as possible, keeping us from having to use a stepstool!
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I too have an 07 Camelot 42PDQ with Valid air leveling.
I always dump my air then level and then deploy the slides. Yea, I know Monaco recommends deploy the slides then level, but I also know when the chassis is straight and level, the slides will operate as they should with no binding etc. JMHO and it works for me.
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Old 05-10-2015, 06:51 AM   #8
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I agree with Joe (MSHappyCampers). The big difference is about the step height after leveling. If that's not a concern, makes no difference if you dump prior to leveling or not. If you want to keep it as low as possible for your stay, dump first.
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Thank you bgbranch, do you dump with the key in the accessory position as suggested elsewhere? I am new to air leveling and the logic of leveling prior to deploying slides makes sense, and I want to get the steps down right for my checklist.
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Our MH directs us to dump air, level, then extend slides. All while engine is running.
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I believe HR's and Monaco's have a relay that will not allow you to extend slides with the engine running. I have a different jack system (PG-Hyd) so I will not confuse the OP with my manual's steps.
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Old 05-10-2015, 09:37 AM   #12
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On our monaco the instructions say the slides are the first out, last in. Always extend and retract in the travel height that the coach adjust on the fly.
Then I level after extending slides.
I rarely dump the air, if I do it is after the slides go out.
Remember that Monaco is different in this procedure than other coachs.
The Camalot maybe different still.
I do try and follow the instructions as I figure those folks know more than I do.
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Front Wheels before you drop the chassis

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I could see where that would happen it drops so much !

I finally got this air dump 'feature' to work on our new to us 2011 Diplomat

I happened to have the door open and decided to push the switch and heard the hiss like when I used to let the air out of the rear bags on the truck I pulled the 5er with!

Didn't know or hadn't read/been told that I have to hold the button down on this one until it drops.... guess I should ensure the steps don't ground, but other than that, how long do I let it drop ? is there a minimum or maximum?

Thanks ! (SO many things to learn on this thing )
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