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Old 10-07-2016, 02:33 PM   #1
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2017 Dutch Star 4369 - Slides and Jacks

I have read the many posts on the procedure to operate the slides and jacks on our new 2017 Dutch Star. And, I have read the Newmar manual. This being our first Newmar motor home, I find some of the instructions counter-intuitive. Nonetheless, I am trying to follow the Newmar instructions. I have listed the arrival and departure sequence below and would appreciate your comments and suggestions if I have anything out of order.

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• Engine off
• Check FWS reveal for alignment - from outside
• Connect Electrical Cord to Shore Power
• Slides out with Key off
• Jacks Down, Key in ACC position

Departing
• Jacks up, Key in ACC position
• Retract slide, Key off
• Disconnect and store Shore Electric
• Start Engine
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I guess the question I have is what do you do if you don't have shore power??
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I guess the question I have is what do you do if you don't have shore power??
Run your generator
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Old 10-07-2016, 03:15 PM   #4
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Or, just open the slides. Your house batteries should be able to operate the slides with no issues, especially on a new coach. If they can't then you have a battery problem. Running the generator just to operate the slides either puts too much stress on the unit by just running it for many short periods of time or if you run it to full warm then you are wasting fuel and run time. JMHO.

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House batteries fully charged should open or close slides but if not can run into problems and its best to run GEN or be plugged into shore power.
Here are a couple of links on the slide systems , jacks and what possibly might happen if reveal is not checked.
Follow the directions given to you at your PDI.
All the links below in my signature have info links for your new DSDP.
Congratulations and welcome to the world of Newmar, safe travels.
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My concern is primarily related to the sequence of slides and jacks. With our SOB coach, I always leveled first and then extended the slides. It seemed to make sense to have the coach level before the slides are extended to avoid torquing the slides.

With our Dutch Star the instructions are to extend the slides first and then the jacks. Are there situations, perhaps unlevel campsites, where you would lower the jacks first?
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With your coach air bags inflated you coach body should be level if I am correct so reveal should be same around slide.
If you operate the jacks air will be released out pf bags maybe causing the reveal to close as shown in pictures in link I provided.
We have members with the FWS since 2013 and I am sure they will correct me if Iam wrong.
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Thanks for the reply.

So, should I start the engine and inflate the air bags before retracting the slides for departure?
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Newmar techs recommend hooked to shore power, or generator on before deploying slides
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Thanks for the reply.

So, should I start the engine and inflate the air bags before retracting the slides for departure?

The short answer is yes. I always extend the FWS with the bags inflated, and when ready to leave we start the coach and inflate the bags until the frame is level, have had no issues at all.
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I'm at the Customer Service Center in Nappanee right now, having been here for a week. We have had a lot of discussions about this, and I can tell you that - by far - most people have said (as Newmar did in a note about two years ago) that you should put out the slides on the inflated airbags. THEN put down the jacks. Follow the procedure in reverse when you leave.

I have never had a problem using my slides on jacks, but my technican came out to me three days ago and asked "Do you put out your slides on jacks or airbags?" I answered "jacks" and he said, "Never, ever do that again - okay? Please?" We discussed it further and I said I'd start using the bags.

So the only thing missing from your departure checklist is to air up before you slide 'em in.
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LK23 , this PIB from Newmar that BrooksW posted in link I gave you may help to explain and Mike and Dave have just said.
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Did the slide sequence change when they went to the HWH system in 2016 ?
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Big Question:

I changed my departure sequence to:

Departing
• Start Engine & wait for bags to inflate
• Engine off
• Jacks up, Key in ACC position
• Retract slide, Key in Off position
• Disconnect and store Shore Electric
• Restart engine

Since the slide-outs operate with the Key off, I assume that I shut down the engine before retracting the FWS? Is this sequence correct?
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