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Old 11-26-2011, 09:13 PM   #1
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Slideouts on DutchStar

Was just wondering if you could open the slides at say a rest stop without deploying the jacks. I would assume the coach would have to be fairly level. We're looking at gettin a new DSDP in the next year

Just think it would be nice to open one them a bit to have a bit more room when stopping for a lunch break.

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I have parked in rest areas and tried to find a parking space with a island on slide side so slide wouldn't interfere with traffic or people passing by.
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Not according to Newmar. they say jacks down, then deploy slideouts. I would think Newmar would know their products better than what is posted on an internet forum.
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Not according to Newmar. they say jacks down, then deploy slideouts. I would think Newmar would know their products better than what is posted on an internet forum.

When we were at the factory for service none of the coaches that were being worked on jacks were down and a lot of those coaches had their slides out.
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When we were at the factory for service none of the coaches that were being worked on jacks were down and a lot of those coaches had their slides out.
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Not according to Newmar. they say jacks down, then deploy slideouts. I would think Newmar would know their products better than what is posted on an internet forum.
FWIW I stop by Nappanee several times a year, 5 years running - it is near my usual route - know most of the techs/writers/parts folks very well and probably have a fairly good pulse on "what Newmar says" as I spend my entire multiple days there inside the shop talking to the guys all day long. They do as Iron Man said and will even move them around for short distances with slides out. You will get a 50/50 split by asking the individual techs if it is "slide then level" or "level then slide" which pretty much tells you it really does not matter (within certain limits I'll add). Once in a while there might actually be reliable information from a forum post - if you know the source and reasons.
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Not according to Newmar. they say jacks down, then deploy slideouts. I would think Newmar would know their products better than what is posted on an internet forum.
I believe Newmar's sequence is IF you need to utilize jacks. We also will open a slide for overnighting if the area can accomodate it and have never used jacks in a parking lot or Rest Area.
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If my coach is any where near level I don't have a problem with taking my slides out without the jacks. On the other hand if the coach is not level then I take my jacks down first as I believe this makes it easier on the slide's mechanism. Does this make sense?
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When we were at the factory for service none of the coaches that were being worked on jacks were down and a lot of those coaches had their slides out.
Then they weren't following their own written requirements in the owners manual!
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. Once in a while there might actually be reliable information from a forum post - if you know the source and reasons.
Which is why I quoted the written manual.
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Which is why I quoted the written manual.
Just curious...Is the year of the manual you're quoting 2002?

On our last visit to the factory Newmar replaced the slide arms on our front driver's side slide ( the one with the 52" TV). Part of the process included using an adhesive which required 24 hours to dry before pulling the slide back in. The tech moved our coach from inside the high-line building out the back door and around to the parking area and backed our coach into our reserved site with the slide out.

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Just curious...Is the year of the manual you're quoting 2002?
The following is the exact wording in my 2010 manual: "It is recommended that the leveling jacks be extended and the unit level before operating the slide out. Note: This slide out can be operated without utilizing the leveling system, but is recommended to have the unit as level as possible."

Note that it is only a recommendation and not mandatory and it states you can operate without leveling if needed.
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You should on level area if moving out slide with out jacks down.
Thats even side to side should be level.
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Sometimes knowing the reason for the rules allows you to bend them a little which is why the factory does this. Opening a slide(s) on a factory level, even floor is much different than what an owner might do at a given location. The danger here is tweaking the frame causing the slide to bind or not go out all the way, or come in once it's out, which is caused more by an uneven surface than being out of level. That being said, a parking lot would really have to be uneven to cause this and is more of a concern in a dirt lot, where there are deep depressions, than a paved surface. If you have to put out multiple slides it would be a good idea to alternate side to side.
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