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Old 07-02-2014, 02:27 PM   #1
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Full Wall Slide Protocol from Newmar

Many threads on the subject of Newmar's instructions for full wall slides. After taking delivery of our 15 KA 4553 which does have a FWS, I got the skinny straight from Newmar:

Up until we started building the full wall slides, Newmar has always recommended leveling the coach prior to deploying the slides. This is still the recommendation unless you have a full wall slide. As you know the motorhome has to be able to flex, and the flexing will be different mainly based on terrain and the coaches fulcrums (tires or jacks). This is normally not an issue for normal sized slide-out but on a full wall slide you have a large box (the slide), inside another large box (the coach) and they both flex, especially the coach.

Currently what we suggest to customers with a full wall slide is once you park the coach, take a walk around the driver’s side and look at the “reveal” or “gap” around the slide-out to make sure you have plenty of clearance, and the trim will not rub if you run the slide-out out.
(Most likely the gap will look best when setting on the tires and not the jacks). If the gap looks good go ahead and run the slide out. If the gap is tight in one or more places, try leveling the coach to see if that corrects it, then run the slide out. Basically all we want you to do is pay attention to the opening to make sure the slide is not in a bind and change accordingly. Hope this helps.


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Old 07-02-2014, 03:14 PM   #2
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So one with a FWS one could pull into a campsite, level your coach and check clearances before deploying your slide which is exactly what I do. The key is being level and with a full wall slide you have less tolerance.

Bottom line, keep doing what I am doing and all is well. I do however appreciate Newmar formally making a statement.
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thats NOT what it said, the instructions were to park and then walk around the unit to check clearances before you level. If you do, then extend the FWS and then level. If you do not have the needed clearances, then level and again check your clearances all BEFORE you extend the FWS.
By the way, the clearances are not for trees etc. its for the FWS and the body of the coach to prevent binding of the FWS.
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I see the confusion is still possible. Once in the camp site if the reveal is good, then run the slide out and then level. Also to slide back in, reverse your procedure exactly and in order.
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I am not confused at all. I have checked clearances before and after I level and they are the same. I do not have a problem and do not anticipate that I will have a problem continuing my current process. What I do not like is extending my full wall slide and then extending my jacks so that the entire coach can rock back and forth while the level process begins. This can cause a problem over time with a full wall slide, common sense tells me so.
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FWS level

Im coming in on the back end of this conversation. I have read other conversations on this topic. Your concern about the "rocking" the FWS makes sense to me. I have a 2104 DS same floorplan 4369. . So as I understand it, you park, level and then extend your slide, correct? (making sure before you extend that there is no binding of slide )
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Newmar14, that is correct and what I have been doing which works great for me.




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I think the RedBaron came up with the walk around and checking the caps of both ends of FWS or maybe it was PDR John.
I can see Newmars point in this and if your on a uneven pad I would not use the AUTO function raise each front and back jacks on same rail MANUALLY if gaps are close on both ends of FWS..
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