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Old 08-29-2011, 04:05 PM   #15
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I believe Monaco installs the slides when the chassis is on the ground, not on jacks. Hence the slides are adjusted to work best when the frame is on the tires and not supported/stressed on the jacks. For Monaco products,,,,,,slides-then jacks. A parallel question, does it make a difference in operation if your entry door is on the tires or jacks? As strong as any frames are made there are always deflections between on/off the jacks. When in doubt, go with the mfg. recommendations so if issues arise you did it "their" way. My 2 cents.
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Old 09-03-2011, 11:21 AM   #16
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I believe Monaco installs the slides when the chassis is on the ground, not on jacks. Hence the slides are adjusted to work best when the frame is on the tires and not supported/stressed on the jacks. For Monaco products,,,,,,slides-then jacks. A parallel question, does it make a difference in operation if your entry door is on the tires or jacks? As strong as any frames are made there are always deflections between on/off the jacks. When in doubt, go with the mfg. recommendations so if issues arise you did it "their" way. My 2 cents.
I am trying to understand your parallel question regarding the entry door?

Could you maybe restate it ?
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Jacks/ Slide

Yes, we contacted Monaco and they recommend slide out first and then jacks.

Also, you need to open a couple of windows (over the sofa and over the dinette area) and we also open either the door or front window - when operating the slide (especially when retracting) - for air displacement.
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My difficulty in understanding Monaco's recommendation can be illustrated as follows:

Scenario #1 - I'm parked on a dead level concrete slab, sitting on the tires.

Scenario #2 - I'm parked in a rustic site with one front wheel sitting in a hole that's 6" deep.

There must be a significant difference in frame distortion between Scenarios #1 and #2 above. Conversely, if the RV is correctly leveled and on the jacks, then the terrain should make no difference insofar as frame distortion is concerned.

But I'm just a mechanical engineer - what do I know?

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As to the door scenario. If you are on the tires and your door does not bind at all, it may bind when you are on the jacks. Frames are made of steel but there is always some deflection. As to the engineer, I'm sorry! - but thanks for letting us know your area off expertise.
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When setting up - which is done first - slide out then leveling jacks or leveling jacks down first and then put the slide out? We have a full wall slide ( 2012 HR Vacationer 30 SFS).

Thanks in advance.
The owners manual for my 2009 Safari Cheetah says, slides out then level with no movement in the coach while leveling.
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My difficulty in understanding Monaco's recommendation can be illustrated as follows:

Scenario #1 - I'm parked on a dead level concrete slab, sitting on the tires.

Scenario #2 - I'm parked in a rustic site with one front wheel sitting in a hole that's 6" deep.

There must be a significant difference in frame distortion between Scenarios #1 and #2 above. Conversely, if the RV is correctly leveled and on the jacks, then the terrain should make no difference insofar as frame distortion is concerned.

But I'm just a mechanical engineer - what do I know?

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I agree with your contention regarding frame distortion however, I choose to go with the engineer/manufacturer that designed the system, especially when proven right over years of successful use. Sure seems like it should be opposite. My assumption it that the weight of the slides side to side are not equal and therefore loading is not equal which could be bad for the jacks.
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