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Old 10-15-2008, 07:06 PM   #1
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This is from this month's Monaco Lifestyles Online magazine:

Q: When should I extend and retract my slideout rooms, before or after leveling?

A: This is a highly debated and confusing subject, as conflicting information is frequently exchanged. Monaco Coach Corporation's position on this issue has not changed, contrary to what you may have heard or read. We'll sum it up in an easy-to-remember phrase: "First out, last in." What this means is, once you have selected your campsite, extend the rooms out before leveling, while your coach suspension is still at ride height. Then, prior to departing, disengage the leveling system, air up the coach suspension to travel height, and retract the rooms as the final step. An easy way to remember it is to think of an overcrowded, stuffy elevator. Most likely, you would want to be the "first out" when the doors open. In order to do that, you would have to be the "last in" just before they closed. First out, last in.

Q: What if my campsite is significantly sloped or twisted? Shouldn't I level the coach before extending the slideouts?

A: The answer is: perhaps. "First out, last in" is a broad generalization that applies to the wide variety of makes, models and floorplans that Monaco Coach Corporation manufactures. When the rooms are operated with the coach suspension at what we call ride- or travel height, the amount of torsional flex on the chassis, sidewall and slideout rooms is minimized, allowing for an optimized clearance around all slideout room sides and sidewall openings. As with any rule, there may be an exception and certainly it would be prudent to employ a measure of reasonable judgment to evaluate certain situations.

Q: My coach uses an air leveling system, what should I do differently?

A: In general, nothing. The same "First out, last in" principles apply whether your coach is equipped with hydraulic or air leveling.

Q: Why do my traveling partners, fellow club members and dealer continue instructing me to level the coach before extending the slideouts?

A: Different manufacturers may recommend an alternate procedure depending on their engineered design. This can further cloud waters already muddied by multiple opinions and points of view. We have already acknowledged a case where an exception can be made depending on the circumstances. The best thing to do is follow the "First out, last in" guideline. If in serious doubt, remember we are just a phone call away. Contact one of our technical support team members toll free at (877) 466-6226.
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Old 10-15-2008, 07:06 PM   #2
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This is from this month's Monaco Lifestyles Online magazine:

Q: When should I extend and retract my slideout rooms, before or after leveling?

A: This is a highly debated and confusing subject, as conflicting information is frequently exchanged. Monaco Coach Corporation's position on this issue has not changed, contrary to what you may have heard or read. We'll sum it up in an easy-to-remember phrase: "First out, last in." What this means is, once you have selected your campsite, extend the rooms out before leveling, while your coach suspension is still at ride height. Then, prior to departing, disengage the leveling system, air up the coach suspension to travel height, and retract the rooms as the final step. An easy way to remember it is to think of an overcrowded, stuffy elevator. Most likely, you would want to be the "first out" when the doors open. In order to do that, you would have to be the "last in" just before they closed. First out, last in.

Q: What if my campsite is significantly sloped or twisted? Shouldn't I level the coach before extending the slideouts?

A: The answer is: perhaps. "First out, last in" is a broad generalization that applies to the wide variety of makes, models and floorplans that Monaco Coach Corporation manufactures. When the rooms are operated with the coach suspension at what we call ride- or travel height, the amount of torsional flex on the chassis, sidewall and slideout rooms is minimized, allowing for an optimized clearance around all slideout room sides and sidewall openings. As with any rule, there may be an exception and certainly it would be prudent to employ a measure of reasonable judgment to evaluate certain situations.

Q: My coach uses an air leveling system, what should I do differently?

A: In general, nothing. The same "First out, last in" principles apply whether your coach is equipped with hydraulic or air leveling.

Q: Why do my traveling partners, fellow club members and dealer continue instructing me to level the coach before extending the slideouts?

A: Different manufacturers may recommend an alternate procedure depending on their engineered design. This can further cloud waters already muddied by multiple opinions and points of view. We have already acknowledged a case where an exception can be made depending on the circumstances. The best thing to do is follow the "First out, last in" guideline. If in serious doubt, remember we are just a phone call away. Contact one of our technical support team members toll free at (877) 466-6226.
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Old 10-16-2008, 05:33 AM   #3
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">First out, last in </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Thanks for the info. I read this in my manual so that what I've always done.
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