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Old 07-12-2019, 02:46 PM   #1
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Lippert leveling System, slides in or out

Here's my question, how do you level your trailer, with the slides out or with the slides in and why do you do it the way you do.
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I've experienced slide out failures and consider them the "weak link". Slides in to protect the mechanisms.

I don't move the camper at all with slides deployed. At. all.
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Slides in.


Back in, hook up power cord, unhook, hit auto level button, back up and watch it level.


Turn off inverter.

Open door, turn on a/c, unhook refrigerator door holder.


Hit the button to turn on Trav'lr roof dish.


Hook up water hose to faucet. (if not worn out, hook up sewer hose)


Hook up DirecTV receiver, turn on tv.


Open cold one, sit in recliner.
Watch wife unload truck into trailer.
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Old 07-12-2019, 03:56 PM   #4
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Here's my question, how do you level your trailer, with the slides out or with the slides in and why do you do it the way you do.
Everything that I have read on this issue, including owner's manuals, says to never raise, lower or level an RV with the slides out. You may not realize it but the frame is flexing, twisting a little just like a car going through a dip at an angle. To protect the slides you should pull them in.
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Old 07-12-2019, 06:42 PM   #5
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I've experienced slide out failures and consider them the "weak link". Slides in to protect the mechanisms.

I don't move the camper at all with slides deployed. At. all.
X2, on this.
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Old 07-12-2019, 07:00 PM   #6
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I've experienced slide out failures and consider them the "weak link". Slides in to protect the mechanisms.

I don't move the camper at all with slides deployed. At. all.
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Slides in. I sometimes got auto level again after the slides are out, but I never open the slides without the levellers on the ground. To me, itís more stable this way.
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Old 07-14-2019, 07:47 PM   #8
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X10 - all of the above. Never extend slides before you use the leveling system. We also make sure that all 6 leveling jacks are above firm ground with one or more leveling blocks underneath. We often find campsites that are not level, and we use the blocks to reduce the length of extension that each jack experiences to help stabilize the rig.
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Same here. Advised by a senior maintenance tech to never open the slides before leveling. There's a lot of weight on the slides, particularly the living room slides with a full fridge, plus oven, micro, etc.
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