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Old 06-05-2016, 10:37 PM   #15
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Old 06-05-2016, 10:41 PM   #16
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I always lower the jacks to level, or stabilize on level ground, prior to extending the slides. I then reverse this order when getting ready to go. It just seems to me the slides were meant to be extended when the coach is level, thereby avoiding possible stress due to uneven load bearing. Kind of like adding an addition to a house when one of the corners has fallen off the foundation😕

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Old 06-06-2016, 06:26 AM   #17
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For your motorhome in general, it is best to level first then deploy the slides. However, keep in mind what you have is a box inside a box and it is best if both boxes are square before you deploy the inner box. My procedure is to park it, make sure the gap around the slides indicate there is no binding and if good deploy the slides then level. If not, then I'll level, check the gaps, and if good deploy. I have had situations where leveling causes it to be unwise to deploy the slides. Regardless of which way I go, I do the reverse to pull them back in.
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Old 06-06-2016, 06:48 AM   #18
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I have a full wall slide and only one time did I have trouble with the slide operating right. I like to level first and then extend slide. It works for me except once I was on soft ground and some of the jacks sank a bit by morning. This put a twist in the frame which did not allow the slide to come all the way in and lock. The solution was to manually use the jacks and adjust the setup to get things square. Slide then came in as it normally does. One time I was at my brothers house and his yard did not allow me to get level front to back. I was quite low in front but the slide went out as it should. I was afraid I would have trouble coming back in but it retracted as pretty as could be even though the front was low. The trouble comes if you get twisted. Jacks first and then slide is my technique. Works for me but don't let common sense escape you - you will get to know your rig. jmo mark
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Old 06-06-2016, 06:55 AM   #19
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Hi Ho: I hardly ever bother with the jacks if the coach is reasonably level. The residential refrigerator doesn't care and we don't really notice. We have been doing this for a couple of years now and it doesn't seem to have an effect on the slides.

If we were quite a bit off level, we would use the jacks first, but problems with the Level Legs seems to be a lot more likely than problems with the slides.
Ditto. We've been out four times since February and haven't used the jacks, but once and didn't really need them then either. Our owners manual says to level the coach as the last step of the slide extension process. Here are the last two steps.

•Release the slide-out switch when the room is fully extended (a change in motor sound indicates extension). The slide-out drive motor will not stop automatically, the switch must be released.
• Level the motorhome with the leveling system.
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Every RV and manufacture can be different as to their specific instructions for leveling, when to deploy jacks and when to level.

You can't go wrong IF you follow the manufactures recommended instructions.

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Old 06-06-2016, 06:59 AM   #21
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The crux of this discussion has nothing to do with slides and jacks. If you proclaim "I'm right, according to the engineers and experts!", it will be a Pyrrhic victory as you are reminded of it for years every time any little thing breaks on the coach.

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Originally Posted by Dr4Film View Post
Every RV and manufacture can be different as to their specific instructions for leveling, when to deploy jacks and when to level.

You can't go wrong IF you follow the manufactures recommended instructions.

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Old 06-06-2016, 01:29 PM   #23
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I have done this for years. We have a quad slide coach. When only doing a one nite stay on level site. Don't use jacks, but do extend opposing slides, either two or all. When staying on beach side park. If level, don't use jacks ever. Have seen rusted jack rams on folks that stay long term. Slides are fine, yes coach bounces a bit with no jacks down. Not something we loss our mind about. As a side note; have seen rigs being driven around sales lot (LD's) with slides extended. Who knows who may own one.
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Old 06-06-2016, 01:56 PM   #24
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Because you have the instruction for your coach right in front of you I suggest you already know the answer. My coach, your coach and everybody else's coach manufacturer had a different design. We all know about opinions.
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All Manufacturers may or may have different procedures depending on design etc.
I Have owned 6 class A's all purchased new since 1989. Three of these coaches have been Class A Diesel Pusher. My Latest is a Monaco 40'PDQ 4 Slides. Mfg recommends
1. a)Jacks deployed while unit levels
2.)Coach Jacks lowered and coach leveled while bags deflate/Inflate
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FWIW - Entegra gives us different but emphatic instructions.

Extend at ride height before leveling

Go to ride height and then retract on departure
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I believe the question was it is necessary to put the jacks down If the coach is ALREADY LEVEL? Not which order they're done.
My coach needs to be level before putting the slides out. If I am on level ground, I don't put the jacks down for a simple overnight. Sometimes I don't do anything other than putting the slides out.

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