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Old 11-22-2015, 06:46 PM   #1
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First Time user! Question about Slides and Jacks

I have a 2008 FR Georgetown 373 V10. I have used unit for 2.3 years and love it! Problem is everytime I go to use slides and jacks, they come out different each time. One time I can get slides to work anytime. Some times I have to have Jacks going down and pressure going to lines to get slides to drag themselves out. If I don't hurry and get to switches while I am raising jacks, slides will not come all the way in and I have to cross my fingers and hope I can extend then retract to finish getting slides in. Just this weekend front jacks came down and then nothing. Slides went out a few inches and that's it. I finally was able to retract everything. Pump was extremely warm plus my main batteries were 4 years old. I tried to "charge" them with a battery charger. Still nothing and anger was setting in. I decided to replace both batteries (400 bucks super) still could really get anything working. I had my wife come in and we used the manual button and I told her to lower rear jacks while I simultaneously was then able to extend slides! We were content to leave them out and I charged new batteries (were drained by now) In about 2 hours I was able to level unit with auto mode and we enjoyed the weekend. When time arrived to break camp was uneventful. When I got home I tried process again. This time is was not like I hoped. Front jacks came down perfect. Slides stayed in while I depressed buttons. Wife said rear jacks are now coming down and once they were down I was able to get slides out and everything is good to go again.

Very long and drawn out, I apologize for that. Read what you can and please comment on what I am doing right or wrong. We are going to California (2K mile jaunt) and I am concerned about my slides!

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Old 11-22-2015, 06:56 PM   #2
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Really don't know. I am thinking frame is flexing on uneven ground causing some issues. But its just a guess.
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Old 11-22-2015, 07:04 PM   #3
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Thanks, I actually am not new to these items, just wondering if anyone knew the order that these slides and jacks come down. I just know that I was never worried about the silly things not working properly before.....
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Old 11-26-2015, 07:57 PM   #4
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Not sure about 2008, but my 2011 seems to work fine as long as plugged in to shore power when slides are activated. To lower or raise jacks I need to have parking brake set and engine running.

When I arrive at a site, I lower jacks and level coach while engine is running. Then shut off engine, plug to shore power, or start generator and extend slides, large slides first, one at a time, then bedroom.
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Old 11-26-2015, 08:04 PM   #5
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Old 11-27-2015, 07:38 AM   #6
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Not sure about 2008, but my 2011 seems to work fine as long as plugged in to shore power when slides are activated. To lower or raise jacks I need to have parking brake set and engine running.

When I arrive at a site, I lower jacks and level coach while engine is running. Then shut off engine, plug to shore power, or start generator and extend slides, large slides first, one at a time, then bedroom.
X2 Have you checked your resevoir to make sure that your fluid level is not low
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Does sound like low fluid to me...
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Old 11-27-2015, 01:08 PM   #8
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Does sound like low fluid to me...
I was thinking the same thing.

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Old 11-27-2015, 01:13 PM   #9
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Hi Jayhawk. I believe the owners instruction pamphlet recommends leveling your motorhome first then extending the slides. When leaving, slides in first then raise leveling jacks. After the jacks are raised the ride cushioning bags will begin filling which will raise your coach. I have a 2008 Charleston with an Equalizer leveling system and five slides. Hope this helps. 😎
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Old 11-27-2015, 01:41 PM   #10
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The sequence is with the engine running, as soon as you decide to no longer move, apply the park brake and extend the jacks (mine is an LCI system). Shut off the engine and do your setup sequence. I go outside and clear each slide and tell the wife to hit the switch. By then she has looked around the inside of the slide housing to be sure nothing has moved. My batteries are good so weather you choose to hook up electric it run the slides out on the battery is a choice. My Georgetown is finicky about running the hydraulic pump and from time to time I have to reset the red flag breaker under the step
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