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Old 03-26-2015, 03:50 PM   #1
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leveling our Travel trailer

Hi everyone we are getting ready to go on our first camping trip with our 23 foot Salem Travel trailer. Since our trailer is used and we don't have an owners manual do you have the slide out or in before you level the T.T. ? This is our first T.T. so we have a lot to learn. Thank you Neil and Maureen
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Old 03-26-2015, 04:08 PM   #2
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It all comes with trial and error, on mine I have to set it up a 1/4 of a bubble off on the level then unhook and put all my stabilizers down. When I open our slides after everything is set the weight of them trues everything up and it is level. I keep 3 2" x 8" x 4' boards and 1 5/4 " x 6" x 4'. When I back the trailer in to the spot at the CG I put the 2" x 8" x 4' under the wheels then ck level and decide on how much more I need on the slide side and either add the 5/4 or the other 2" x 8" .
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Old 03-26-2015, 04:08 PM   #3
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Hi everyone we are getting ready to go on our first camping trip with our 23 foot Salem Travel trailer. Since our trailer is used and we don't have an owners manual do you have the slide out or in before you level the T.T. ? This is our first T.T. so we have a lot to learn. Thank you Neil and Maureen
The rig should be level first, but you can get into trouble if the rig twisted. I would say if it is close to level operate the slides first. It is possible for the weigh of the slide to cause it to lean that way (particularly if there is only one slide on a smaller unit, so you might have to check level after and relevel if needed. That is why many folks operate the slides first; then level. The owner's manual you are missing probably is nearly useless anyway, but you might try to get one.
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Old 03-26-2015, 04:15 PM   #4
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Slides in. You can't level side to side without moving the camper forward/backward and I personally wouldn't do it with my own camper (not on a regular basis).

See if this helps:
Learn To RV: RV Leveling is Really Quick and Easy
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Hi everyone we are getting ready to go on our first camping trip with our 23 foot Salem Travel trailer. Since our trailer is used and we don't have an owners manual do you have the slide out or in before you level the T.T. ? This is our first T.T. so we have a lot to learn. Thank you Neil and Maureen
Hi Old Goat! Welcome to the Forums and congrats on your new TT!!

Here is a extract from my 5th wheel checklist (adapted for your Travel Trailer)

Recommended items:
2-3' bubble level (you can get em cheap at Harbor Freight)
Anderson Leveler (SO much easier than Lego blocks!)
BAL X-Chocks (to stop any front-to-rear movement while camped)
Both the above can be purchased from Amazon.com

  1. BEFORE unhooking, use your level and check your Right-Left Level
  2. If you use a Andersen Leveler, put it behind the low-side trailer wheel(s) and back up until you are level.
  3. If you use Lego blocks it will be a trial and error process to see how many blocks you need to get level
  4. Once level, put on the BAL X-Chocks
  5. Your rig is now secure, unhitch and drive the TV forward
  6. Get the level and, check the front-rear level
  7. Using your tongue jack, raise or lower the tongue until front-rear is level
  8. Lower your rear stabilizer jacks

Presto, you are done!
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Old 03-26-2015, 08:37 PM   #6
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Thank you for all the great info. One thing I didn't tell you is I have one of those slide out braces that help support the slide, don't know if I need it but that is another thing to think about when leveling.
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Thank you for all the great info. One thing I didn't tell you is I have one of those slide out braces that help support the slide, don't know if I need it but that is another thing to think about when leveling.
Would highly suggest you find another use for your slide out braces to support the slide. IF the camper settles any or you should have a tire go down, there will be damage to the slide that is supported with your supports.
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good to know thank you.
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Leveling seems to be a constant problem of trial and error. This year I intend to go to an empty parking lot that looks level...then level it and screw in the bible levels permanent. I had always used the stick on bubbles which always were questionable. Good luck!
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Nothing to add except I really like your name Old Goat Travelers, LMAO.
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