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Old 04-11-2014, 06:33 PM   #1
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Can slides be out if the ground is not level?

I don't have my jacks down, and the ground is not level, however the coach is slightly leaning to one side, not much. Is it ok to put the sides out?

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It was not recommended for my FW Bounder. I'm not sure any mfg would.
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It would depend on your coach manufacturer's recommendation, but generally speaking it's probably not a good idea. The slide(s) on one side would be running "uphill" while opening and on the other side while closing. Depending on the degree of lean, this could put excessive strain on the slide mechanism.
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I would say yes if it's not that far off level,but as general rule you should level before putting slides in or out.
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I don't have my jacks down, and the ground is not level, however the coach is slightly leaning to one side, not much. Is it ok to put the sides out?

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How much is "not much". When standing inside, if you can sense it is not level then it is too much IMO. I would NOT recommend putting additional stress on slides. Repairs are costly and time consuming.
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You can try and see maybe it may wind up like this slide, if in drought always put jacks down to level coach and stay out of trouble.
The large LR SLIDE in most coach's could have same results.
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Not sure why you would ever not have the jacks down. On mine the slide system is so weak it is a must to be level!!!
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Level with your jacks. Then slides. IMO.
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I would say it would be best to be level before extending your slides.

But have you ever been past some RV dealers? The motorhomes and trailers are parked all sort out of level and the slides are out. Look at this dealer. Click here

But its always best to check your owners manual.
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The reason I can't put my jacks down is because I am in my driveway and I can't trust the strength of the concrete. I had to pull slightly off the driveway because I have a POD in my drive that Iam loading because we sold our sticks & bricks.

I didn't extend my slides, but I may have too for about an hour when I put my new queen mattress inside,
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The reason I can't put my jacks down is because I am in my driveway and I can't trust the strength of the concrete. I had to pull slightly off the driveway because I have a POD in my drive that Iam loading because we sold our sticks & bricks. I didn't extend my slides, but I may have too for about an hour when I put my new queen mattress inside,
Put down the pads under the levelers you will use out camping. Spread the weight.
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Maybe put a large piece of wood under your jacks. Like a 3 or 4 foot piece of 2x12
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I am going to say depends on your coach. Some coach manufacturers tell you to put the slide out before you level your coach. I have a friend that his manual tells him to do that. He has the 3 leg leveling system on his coach which I think might have something to do with it. The main thing is that no matter how unlevel his coach is the manufacturer recommends that he put the slides out first.
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I would say no, but that said, I have seen RV's on Dealership Sales Lots at all angles with the slides out.

We level our RV and then put out the slides.

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