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Old 05-22-2015, 07:42 AM   #1
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Do you level the coach with the slides in or out?

I am picking up a Sunseeker 2860 DS this afternoon and heading to a nearby campground for the shakedown cruise. I will hopefully remember to ask at the lot, but wanted to check here to see if the RV should be leveled with the slides in or out? It has the Bigfoot leveling system.

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Old 05-22-2015, 07:46 AM   #2
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I always level my RV's with the slides IN. This places less strain on the slide when extending.
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Old 05-22-2015, 07:50 AM   #3
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I always level my RV's with the slides IN. This places less strain on the slide when extending.
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Old 05-22-2015, 08:42 AM   #4
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In my generic Forest River's owner manual it states to level the unit first and then extend the slides. I have always done this on my other two 5er's, in fact I have always plugged into shore power before extending the slides easier on the battery and electrical motors since the required amperage draws are high. Now that I have a hydraulic driven slides I will still practice the same setup routine.
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Old 05-22-2015, 12:14 PM   #5
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Agree ~ always level with slides in. Putting the slides out after I level has never moved me "off-level".
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Old 05-22-2015, 12:21 PM   #6
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In... but that's an interesting question. As another respondent said, I've never gone off-level after moving the slides out.
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Old 05-22-2015, 12:33 PM   #7
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Slides in

Most manufacturers will recommend leveling before extending slides. Less stress on the whole structure. Have always done it with slides on, and will connect shore power before extending if it is available.
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Old 05-22-2015, 01:06 PM   #8
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Definitely level before extending slides.

The real issue is leveling after extending can put stress on the slides and cause some damage when retracting.

The opposite procedure when breaking camp, first retract slides and then retract jacks.

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Old 05-22-2015, 01:21 PM   #9
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slides in for sure!
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I agree with all of the above
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