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Old 07-16-2012, 07:17 PM   #1
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Two questions from a newbie

1. Are slide out squeaks normal? Anything that can be done? I have a 2012 vacationer, not high end I know, but squeaks on bumps and don't know if I can do anything about it.
2. Why do some manufactures say jacks out before slide out and other say the opposite,? Are slides that different?
Sorry this is all new to me.

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Old 07-16-2012, 07:21 PM   #2
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Slide or jacks first. Yep...you nailed that one correctly that different manuals say different things. At some point I think one has to learn some common sense even though it may be hard to find. LOL

Now, there are some differences regarding air bags vs. non-air bag rigs. Mine is the latter. I put out jacks, put out slides, and then if the slides cause a shift in level (I haven't had that happen yet), I would tweak as needed.

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Old 07-16-2012, 07:31 PM   #3
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I don't think a slide out should make any sound when you travel. Maybe there is an adjustment that could be made to quiet them down. The owners manual with my previous and present coach say level first then slides out. My coach has a slide that is over 23 feet long and I wouldn't want to try running that out without being level.
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:05 PM   #4
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malkman68 - They do sell slide up seal lube in RV stores. I use it. Our slide outs do not squeak. If you lube the seals and still have the problem then start lubing /WD 40ing the things that could rub. We had a really bad step squeak. WD 40 in the right spot fixes it.
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:15 PM   #5
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Just ran across your thread and thought I'd respond with our experience on our Vacationer 30SFS (2012) - We had a great deal of banging, clunking and just plain noise on our first trip out with our new Vacationer.
Took it back to the dealer immediately and the noise was fixed with an adjustment to the slide rails. Our center slide rail was misaligned which caused all the noise. Fixed the problem completely.

The Monaco manual and technical service @ Monaco notes: that the slide should be extended and then level with jacks if necessary.
On reversal - Jacks retracted and then slide room retracted. Before bringing the slide room in -- open windows by the sofa/dining area and open the entrance door to equalize pressure.

"The Motorhome must be supported by the spring suspension whether extending or retracting any slide room. Damage to the slide room mechanism or seals can occur if supported by the hydraulic jacks."
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