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Old 10-18-2012, 08:18 AM   #1
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Slideout question for the veterains

I am a newbie to rving.. When stoping for a pit stop at a rest area, in order to get to the back of my mh I need to slide out, one of my slideouts. I am a big guy and a little claustrophobic. The wife says you must have the stands down, according to the Manuel
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:40 AM   #2
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Wink If the manual tells you to!

I don't have slides but if the manual says to have the jacks down, I would do it that way! I have a 38ft TourMaster and when the coach is not level the the entry door binds! This is normal as the rv body is flexible over the length. This tells me that with extensions, you are likely to get binding as you extend and retract them in any position other than level. Just my opinion though!
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

Assuming you're sitting at a rest stop and fairly level, I wouldn't think that extending a bedroom slide without jacks down would be a problem. I've done it with my Winnie many times. I probably wouldn't do it if the coach were somehow in a contorted position though.

BTW, you might consider adding the year, make and model of your coach to your signature line. This makes it much easier for folks to respond effectively to questions about your rig.

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Old 10-18-2012, 08:52 AM   #4
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What motor home do you have?
My Monaco Camelot manual, says slides first then level, after 3 years doing it this way have had no problems. It will depend on your coach. It should be in your owners manual.
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:58 PM   #6
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And the purpose of that map was????
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:04 PM   #7
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I would not at all be concerned about extending a slide, especially one 24" or less, for a brief period at a rest stop or whatever. I do it whenever we have a need.

The tecnnicians are of mixed opinions on the subject of jacks and slides anyway. Different RV manufacturers state different procedures, even though they may both use the same mechanisms! I have two "official" procedures from my coach builder, both written on their letterhead, stating the exact opposite procedures.
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Thanks for the info. Sorry map was a mistake.
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:29 PM   #9
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Level ground and you have no worry. Also you probably will not have to extend it all the way to get what you need. Big and happy is a good thing
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:14 PM   #10
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The manual is written to do what a hospital gown does not.. Cover, a specific portion of the anatomy. (When in a hospital protect your rear, you are in enema territory, Old joke)

So long as the rig is relatively level it's ok to slide the slide. My coach is the same way by the way.
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It's often hard to eye-ball "level"...it doesn't even take 2 minutes to level up, so why risk it??

OR, buy a levels to see how straight you are.
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My MH didn't come with a manual so I just wing it. (my slides are not super deep).

I just try and only extend the slides when I'm reasonably level. I prefer to do that before putting the coach on the jacks because I am concerned about binding, but if I can't get close to level without it I will jack first, extend second.

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Crocket,
I have a Tiffin Allegro Open Road 35 TSA which is similar to your RED and I have extended the slides many times without having the jacks down. Like another poster said, if you are on a fairly level surface you shouldn't have any problems.

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It's often hard to eye-ball "level"...it doesn't even take 2 minutes to level up, so why risk it??

OR, buy a levels to see how straight you are.
I agree. If the manual says jacks down (and ours does), then that is how we will do it. This stuff costs too much to fool around.
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