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Old 01-09-2015, 05:25 PM   #1
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Procedures for Slide Out and Levelers

Is everyone in agreement that the levelers should be lowered before the slide(s) are extended? Also, we were told by our dealer that the unit should be either plugged in or generator running before lowering jacks or extending slide(s). In February's edition of Motorhome Magazine, an article in the P.O. Box states the engine should be running versus pedestal or generator.
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Old 01-09-2015, 05:36 PM   #2
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I'm in the habit of jacks down before slides with the trailer plugged in if possible.


ON EDIT: I see now you're referring to a MH but I think the same applies for both.
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Old 01-09-2015, 05:49 PM   #3
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I'm just the opposite. I open all sides then extend the rear stabilizers. I don't want the frame torqued one way or another then have to run the slides out. Just my .02
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Old 01-10-2015, 08:32 PM   #4
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I was told to level with jacks while engine is running 1st thing you do when you ready to set up but this was back in 2003 when bought my 1st mh also theirs a lot of difference in leveling jacks and Stabalizers I put the slides out first when I used stablizers on other rv's
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Old 01-10-2015, 08:42 PM   #5
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For mine, same as most, I lower the jacks (auto level) first then the slides. Slides are too heavy without stabilization.
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On my 3051s I level with auto levers first then pull slide out, I don't want that full wall slide bouncing around as it hangs out there, as the auto level does its thing. Also I feel if your battery is fully charged why do you need engine running to level unit?
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Old 01-11-2015, 03:23 PM   #7
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On my 3051s I level with auto levers first then pull slide out, I don't want that full wall slide bouncing around as it hangs out there, as the auto level does its thing. Also I feel if your battery is fully charged why do you need engine running to level unit?
Do the same with ours. Don't understand running the engine to level either. Out of curiosity, did you have many quality problems with your 3051S?
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Old 01-11-2015, 03:56 PM   #8
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Our Forester has the Bigfoot automatic levelers and the manual states the MH should be plugged into 110-v. or generator running during leveler and slideout operation. Reason being to ensure the battery maintains proper voltage during operation. The ignition key should be in the off position.
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Correct. For the levelers to work properly the unit should be leveled FIRST, then the slides out.

If not, the unit will get level, but could end up higher than need be. If the unit leans due to the slide, it could set the level off the high side first, which brings the low side up, instead of the high side down.
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i have the pathfinder elite 404rb, 4 slides, 3 of the slides work perfectly..one will not budge. Are there separate motors for each slide where i could manually retract the slide? It is stuck extended so i can't take it anywhere till i get it retracted. we have had the unit only about 6 months, no trouble till now. My usual procedure is to plug into shore power (at least 110v), shut off engine, lower jacks, then extend slides. Worked fine up till this last weekend when we were headed out. Fortunatley it stuck at home so not on the road. Operator manual is no help for manual operation (if that's even possible). Help? And thanks.
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