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Old 01-03-2014, 12:47 PM   #1
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What sequence do you use arriving at campsite?

We're newbies and will be picking up our new 35 ft Palazzo 33.3 next month. This was the first time I've started up and shut down a vehicle with air brakes and suspension. I got the startup sequence during the test drive on video but the sales guy actually parked it and shut it down and we didn't capture it.

What sequence do you experienced DP owners use when you park in your campsite? I think it starts like:

1) Put coach in neutral
2) Set parking brake
3) Lower air
4) Level coach with jacks
5) Chock wheels
6) Turn off coach
7) Plug in shore power
8) Hook up water/sewer/cable
9) Put out slides


What am I missing or have sequenced incorrectly? Or if there's a thread that already has this in it just point me in the right direction.

Thanks in advance!

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Old 01-03-2014, 01:42 PM   #2
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There's been a lot of discussion on this. Some manufacturers recommend putting the slides out while the MH is still at travel height. Others say wait until you level to do it. My sequence (as recommended by Monaco) is:

Set parking brake
Turn off engine
extend slides
Connect AC power cable
Put on tire covers
Dump air
Level coach
Then everything else

I would suggest that you check with the manufacturer for their recommendations about the slides. I definitely would not trust the sales guy on that! JMHO!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!


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Old 01-03-2014, 01:54 PM   #3
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Sounds like a good plan. I've never used wheel chocks.
And my jacks will not go down if the engine is running,
key must be in AUX/ACC position, once leveled then
to OFF. There are many threads about leveling and then
running the slides out or vice versa. To me, it is not
logical to run the slides out before leveling the coach.
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Old 01-03-2014, 02:37 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by macandphyl View Post
To me, it is not
logical to run the slides out before leveling the coach.
Doesn't sound right to me either. But, that's exactly how HR wants it done on our Vacationer on the Workhorse chassis. They say that extending the slides is better aligned with the jacks up than down because of the possible twist that can be caused from jacking. I dunno...I do that they recommend and so far, at least, it has worked well with no problems.
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Old 01-03-2014, 02:54 PM   #5
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I like to level first. Think about lifting a suitcase against your leg as opposed to holding it out at arms length and then lifting. Which is easier.
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Old 01-03-2014, 03:04 PM   #6
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JMHO...jack and slide sequence is not a "...this is how i do it..." unless the OP has exactly the same model, year coach. As MSHAPPYCAMPER says, check with the manufacturer. They'll have a recommended process...why wouldn't you want to follow it
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Old 01-03-2014, 03:21 PM   #7
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The Mfgt. doesn't promulgate any specific order for Jack extension regarding slide room extension/retraction.

See page 54 of the Palazzo Owners Manual (this one is for 2013 models):

They just remind the owner to ensure the coach is level before slide room extension/retraction...My Outlaw has the same procedure.

If the RV is in a level parking lot, it can be assumed that the Coach will be level on it's suspension. If the RV is in a rough wilderness - the levelers will probably be needed before slide extension.

And, Jack extension in the manual does not reference the air ride system...see page 50 of the owners manual. But it is simple to understand that the air bags should be dumped before lifting the Jack system or the suspension will react to the jacking process. And that would impact the instruction "Do not allow excessive motion in the motorhome during the Auto-Level operation."

Jack extension/retraction (see page 50 again) requires to set the parking brake and have the engine running.

So, given all that...the OP's checklist would be a very rational sequence But that is just my opinion.

Finally, for the Shore Ties and then slides (or reverse)...that would be a individual preference. For my RV, the OP's sequence is exactly the same as mine, because the service bin is partially under the slide. The bin is accessible with the slide out - but easier with the slide-in. Again

I have never used wheel chocks, but it's not a bad idea. So, yet again

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Old 01-03-2014, 03:43 PM   #8
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Once the coach is where I want it. The first thing I do is connect to shore power. The wife demands HVAC at all times. The order of all the other steps depends on my mood.
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Old 01-03-2014, 03:52 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by DSL417 View Post
JMHO...jack and slide sequence is not a "...this is how i do it..." unless the OP has exactly the same model, year coach. As MSHAPPYCAMPER says, check with the manufacturer. They'll have a recommended process...why wouldn't you want to follow it

If your manual doesn't specify a specific order for jacks and slides to be deployed I think you're free to do what makes sense to you. I'm with those who feel it's intuitive to level and then extend slides.

As for other sequences... we always get leveled, extended, diesel shut down, then plugged in and satellite dish deployed. Anything more than that is dependent on how long we're planning to stay.

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Old 01-03-2014, 03:59 PM   #10
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This works for us:
  1. Verify coach position on site.
  2. If position correct, plug in AC.
  3. Clean up the cockpit (engine brake, tag axel, lights ETC, kill the engine, coach environmental as required (AC/heat).
  4. Install wheel covers (difficult to do once air is dumped).
  5. HWH auto level coach - dumps air and levels coach.
  6. Extend slides.
  7. Everything else...
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Old 01-03-2014, 05:58 PM   #11
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OK mine is different in that the tech at Winnebago said I should run the engine when putting the jacks down and/or slides out. The motor for the jacks & slides is a major drain on the batteries. If memory serves me correctly my manual says level and then slides.
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:06 PM   #12
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And my manual says slides then level..that's why I suggested going with what the manufacturer says.
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You should test the shore power outlet before plugging in.

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"If you have a 50 Amp cable on your RV, you should be checking the receptacle before you plug in with a circuit tester or voltmeter. (Or install a power monitor system in your RV that will do it for you.) If the neutral wire is not connected to the receptacle and you plug in, something in your RV will probably "smoke" as, without going into the electrical details, it'll have about 240 Volts applied. Other forum members have been victims; I've seen 3 or 4 50 Amp outlets where the neutral wire had come loose and was not making contact and I am sure that a previous RV'er left with a problem. It is also wise to throw the breaker in the campground panel before you plug in. That way you can't get the hot pins connected before the neutral is connected, and it don't take long for electricity to do it's damage."

How to test the outlet with a multi-meter

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Old 01-03-2014, 10:37 PM   #14
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1. Set Parking Brake.
2. Check Position on lot and adjust if needed.
3. Level with engine running per '14 Itasca instructions.
4. While running the leveling program, I set up in order, power, water, cable if needed then finish utilities with sewer hook-up.
5. Extend slides, with engine running, again per Itasca instructions.
6. Shut down engine.

7. Open much needed Bud Light.

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