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Old 10-13-2018, 11:07 AM   #1
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Slide out or leveling jacks first?

I have an “early” 2019 Isata 3 FW (full wall slide) with cab-over bunk and Equalizer Systems auto-levelers. I have noted that when parked on a level pad, the coach sits in slightly nose-down attitude, I assume because of the heavy engine weight up front and the cab-over enclosure. I have searched the electronic manual and this forum and talked with the service mgr. where I bought it and have gotten conflicting advice about whether it is OK to put out and use the slide out without the auto-leveling jacks down. I have also noticed that no matter how many times I have reset the “null level” by following the system instructions, it just doesn’t seem to find the exact level without some manual adjustment. Hoping maybe bclemens can give me the factory recommendations. Thank you.

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Old 10-13-2018, 11:18 AM   #2
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Jacks first , always.

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Old 10-13-2018, 11:24 AM   #3
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I have a 36 foot class A motorhome and I was always told Jacks down first then slides out. When leaving, slides in first jacks up last. I was told this helps keep the stress on the frame to a minimum. This was also in my motorhome user manual. (2004 Forest River Georgetown 359t).
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Old 10-14-2018, 08:30 AM   #4
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Level first, then extend the slide.

It kind of makes sense, you want the slide drive mechanism level when it's working. That's how I always thought of it

Regarding your auto levelers, you might get in touch with a tech at Equalizer while you are in the MH and see if they can walk you through a fix.
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We have reset our null a couple times, coach still always seems to raise the front too much. We just lower it manually. 2 sec, no big deal. And always level first before slides out. Also equalizer says air up before jacks up when leaving. So on departure-slides in, air up-jacks up.

When we first got coach we would raise the jacks before airing up, coach would always move, jacks would drag slightly. No more.
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Old 10-14-2018, 02:34 PM   #6
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Slides first, then jacks. And I have checked level on my refrigerator as that needs to be level ± to operate properly. My unit doesn't look level on the outside either.
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Old 10-14-2018, 04:53 PM   #7
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I always level first then full-slide out. Have an Isata 3 FWM and have the auto-leveling jacks and love them (auto and manual). Agree on the look after all is done though as it does seem like it tilts just slightly. In my case a bit to the right when in front of the unit. Levels tell a different story so things fine. I would want things level before putting stress on the slide out mechanism.
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Old 10-14-2018, 05:14 PM   #8
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I always level the RV first then extend the slides, and later retract the slides first & then lower the RV. When we first got the DX3 I used the auto leveling feature, but it always went thru various herky jerky motions & never seemed to be level when it finished. Since then I've been manually leveling the RV and it's quick & easy. I mounted a couple of bubble levels on the dash so I can see exactly what is going on & this has worked much better than the auto level feature. A couple of times I've placed a level on the floor to double check the dash levels, & they're always been right on the money.
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Old 10-14-2018, 06:45 PM   #9
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Level first, set the stabilizers on the side where your heaviest slides are, then extend your slides. After the slides are out, check your level once again, then drop the remaining stabilizers. Recheck again after 48 hours.
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Old 10-14-2018, 08:03 PM   #10
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Many RV's with air suspension say slides first then level, my Newmar with full wall slide is one, Monaco is a another. Don't ask here, ask the factory.

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