Originally Posted by Route 66
After reading these Monaco threads on slides first or level first for years, I still fail to understand the aversion to following the manufacturers procedure.
The answer to that question is simple. With slides on both sides, it is definitely easier to position the coach, level it, deal with all the hook-ups, get the chairs and other stuff out of the bays, and THEN put out the slides. But Monaco says "don't do that". Like Kevin says, it's not an "aversion". There are some folks (like me) for whom going out of our way to "follow a rule", with no reasonable explanation for the "rule", simply goes against the grain. If I'm going to go to extra trouble to do something, I just want to know why.
As I've said before, the more I ponder this, the more I suspect that the real reason has to do with protecting the windshield. So, as for me, I've just decided that, until I'm reasonably convinced otherwise, I'm going to follow Monaco's slide rule to the extent that it protects the windshield. So I follow the "rule" in most cases, without aversion. But common sense would tell me not to do it that way when the coach is leaning to the left (due to my heavy full wall slide), or when I am setting up on a level pad (because twisting torque then is not sufficient to effect the windshield).