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Old 07-31-2018, 08:11 AM   #1
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owner manual/ extending&rectracting slide outs. Do not operate the slide out room with the air suspension (air bags) deflated or when supported by hydraulic jacks. Damage to the slide out room,the mechanism or seals can occur. Is this typical on all class a motorhomes?
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Nothing is typical of all motorhomes. Every one has a little different take on what's right or wrong. My MH manual says to put the slides out before leveling. The slide manufacturer says to level before putting the slides out. I temper everything I read with a little bit of common sense.

I envision my motorhome is a lot like a box (think thin cardboard like a cracker box)
with 4 holes cut in the sides. If it's laying on a flat table all those square holes are lined up properly. If I put a couple of quarters under one corner, kind of like parking my MH on a lot that's not perfectly flat, then the box starts to sag a little and the square holes are a little bit out of alignment. If I push my perfectly square slideouts thru those slightly out of square holes, I'm likely to scrape somewhere. Once I level my MH (remove the quarters or add quarters to the other corners), those holes are square again and won't scrape.

Now, having said that you have to decide which way you want to put yours in and out. After all, you're the one paying for the problems if they arise.
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how to open back road side bend (round cylinder lock) or find a key? thanks
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Old 07-31-2018, 10:48 AM   #4
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Nothing is typical of all motorhomes. Every one has a little different take on what's right or wrong. My MH manual says to put the slides out before leveling. The slide manufacturer says to level before putting the slides out. I temper everything I read with a little bit of common sense.

I envision my motorhome is a lot like a box (think thin cardboard like a cracker box)
with 4 holes cut in the sides. If it's laying on a flat table all those square holes are lined up properly. If I put a couple of quarters under one corner, kind of like parking my MH on a lot that's not perfectly flat, then the box starts to sag a little and the square holes are a little bit out of alignment. If I push my perfectly square slideouts thru those slightly out of square holes, I'm likely to scrape somewhere. Once I level my MH (remove the quarters or add quarters to the other corners), those holes are square again and won't scrape.

Now, having said that you have to decide which way you want to put yours in and out. After all, you're the one paying for the problems if they arise.
Another way! Take your perfectly square box and put it on a frame that is rigid "Chassis." Put the frame on an uneven surface, the box on the rigid frame stays square. Put your quarter (the jacks) between the box and the ground making the formerly square box deform to conform to the new orientation. Now try to slide the slide out your no longer square holes. Monaco says that they built the "box" while the chassis was in place and the suspension was aired up. Thats why most say to follow your manufacturers recommendations, for Monaco products that is slides out then level and the reverse. To each his or her own. I choose to follow the OM. On a side note, on my Beaver, before I knew better, I opened my driver's slide several times and cringed while it scraped wood trim on tops and side of the slide inside. I did some research and found that if I operate the slides as recommended they do not rub. The smaller passenger slide doesn't care. Good luck.
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Sorry, can't help with that.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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I'd call your dealer or the manufacturer and see if they can provide them.
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