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Old 04-27-2012, 10:49 AM   #1
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Help with leveling

I have a 2011 Fleetwood Expedition and I can't find it anywhere in any book i have if i need to level before or after letting the slides out. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-27-2012, 11:07 AM   #2
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There are many theories either way...
I subscribe to the one that says level first then slide out and slide in before unlevelling.
My OCD makes me think things are less in a bind when level
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:23 AM   #3
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La-Z-Boy ---- that's my way of thinkin as well....
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:30 AM   #4
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As per habit I dump bags first, level and then put slides out.
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:42 AM   #5
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Thanks so much for the help.
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:44 AM   #6
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Level first, then slides out. Chances are you will lock up the slide mechanisim for the slide and it wont move in or out.

A neighbor of mine acually got his slide out before puting down the leveling system in his coach. The coach almost tiped over in his drive way once the slide was out and he had a terible time leveling his coach so that he could bring the slide back in.
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:55 AM   #7
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As previous post different makes are not all the same. Fleetwood revolution dump first level and square that big box and open slides then reverse close slides then retract jacks.
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Old 04-27-2012, 01:28 PM   #8
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Ditto the Rooster above.
Have a Fleetwood Discovery and I, dump air, set leveling jacks and then slides out. Reverse the procedure when leaving. I also start the engine before I run the slides in or out per my instruction manual.
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Old 04-28-2012, 03:07 PM   #9
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Leveling and slideout extension /retraction is not really a matter of opinion.
The Coach Manufacturer has proceedures that need to be folowed when leveling and or extending slides. I drive a 2011 Monaco knight and owners manual is very specific note the caution below from the manual.
To extend or retract the slideout room,
the ignition must be off and the park
brake set, hydraulic jacks retracted
and the motorhome supported by air
suspension. Do not operate the slideout
room with the air suspension (air
springs) deflated or when supported
by hydraulic jacks. Damage to the
slideout room, mechanism or seals can
Prior to the Monaco I owned a 2006 Fleetwood Providence and manufacturer for that coach reccommends coach be level on jacks . Prior to the Providence I owned a 2001 Winnebago Journey for that coach manual indicated it did not matter .Therefore if you are not sure and can not find in your manual check with the caoch manufacurer or dealer.
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Old 04-28-2012, 04:47 PM   #10
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My 2010 Fleetwood Providence says to dump the air, deploy the levelers and then put the slides out. Reverse when it is time to go.
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This all depends on chassis stiffness. There is a BIG difference between diesel and gas coaches in this regard. Most diesel coaches are on larger, heavier and most importantly stiffer frames. I've never had any trouble with the slides on my diesel coach and extend them freely levelers up and levelers down. In fact, one of the things I love about my diesel is being able to make a short stop somewhere (parking lot, side of the road, rest area, etc.) and extend the slides without having to level.

My gasser (2002 Georgie Boy) was not that way at all. Extending the slides before leveling the coach was a sure way to jam one of them up. I never extended the slides unless the Georgie Boy was leveled.

I think the type of chassis makes the biggest difference. After that, the slide construction and mechanism type probably come into play.

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