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Old 08-15-2017, 11:17 AM   #1
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Leveling with a slide out

We recently traded in our microlite 23lb and purchased a microlite 25brds that has a slide out. When leveling should the camper be level before or after the slide out is out. Just something I thought about. I backed into the site this week and was level side to side then I happened to notice the level after we were all set up and we weren't level side to side anymore. Then it hit me the weight of the slide out did it. So what is the consensus, do I allow for the weight and keep the side with the slide high or park it level and not worry about it. Never had a slide out before so it is all new to me.
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Old 08-15-2017, 11:25 AM   #2
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We recently traded in our microlite 23lb and purchased a microlite 25brds that has a slide out. When leveling should the camper be level before or after the slide out is out. Just something I thought about. I backed into the site this week and was level side to side then I happened to notice the level after we were all set up and we weren't level side to side anymore. Then it hit me the weight of the slide out did it. So what is the consensus, do I allow for the weight and keep the side with the slide high or park it level and not worry about it. Never had a slide out before so it is all new to me.
We know that on a Level site before deploying the slide that the "Slide Side" needs to be 2" Higher! Yours may differ! Youroo!!
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Old 08-15-2017, 11:26 AM   #3
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We have found that starting with the slide side high about 1 block, it comes level after a little time with the slides out.
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Old 08-15-2017, 11:31 AM   #4
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Mine changes about an 3/4 inch (side to side) with the slides out.
We compensate for that when leveling upon arrival.
I actually installed a second level that that indicates what level will be once the slides are deployed.
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Old 08-15-2017, 11:36 AM   #5
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I level the trailer side-to-side then front-to-back with the slide in. I then put down the stabilizers and put the slide out.
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Old 08-15-2017, 12:38 PM   #6
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Slide / Leveling

On my 32' Wildwood, I have found that extension of the slide results in a one mark drop in the "bubble level". As a result, I always "level" the trailer with the bubble one mark high on the slide side. I NEVER extend the slide until the trailer is level as described, and the stabilizer jacks are down and secure.
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Old 08-15-2017, 12:48 PM   #7
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We have 2 slides on the ODS side of our trailer. We also find that if that side is about 1 inch higher than level that we end up about level after both slides are out. We then put the stabilizer jacks down.
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Old 08-15-2017, 01:43 PM   #8
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Like many others have said, I know my slide out will bring it's side down about 3/4 inch, so I make it 3/4 inch high when leveling, then extend slide.
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Old 08-15-2017, 01:44 PM   #9
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I level the trailer side-to-side then front-to-back with the slide in. I then put down the stabilizers and put the slide out.
X2

Our travel trailer has a single super slide, about 16' long. I use a 2' long carpenters level on the floor of the trailer for levelling side-to-side. I know that the slide will affect the side-to-side level slightly but I've never measured it. I will leave the slide side a bit high if it works out that way but I don't work at getting it that way before extending the slide. As long as the level's bubble is at least 95% in the middle and it's not low on the slide side, I put the slide out.
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Old 08-15-2017, 02:08 PM   #10
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Level with slides

We always level with slides in, as per manufacturer instructions from dealer. Slides are meant to carry their own weight and should not even use slide supports, they can mess up gearing in slides and slide unit will not seal properly to main body, per dealer.
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Old 08-15-2017, 02:29 PM   #11
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I level the trailer side-to-side then front-to-back with the slide in. I then put down the stabilizers and put the slide out.
+1 I believe that this is what the manufacturer instructions recommend. You can then make adjustments after the slide is out if you have to so that your refrigerator stays level.
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Old 08-15-2017, 02:57 PM   #12
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+1 I believe that this is what the manufacturer instructions recommend. You can then make adjustments after the slide is out if you have to so that your refrigerator stays level.

How would one go about making a level adjustment once a trailer is unhooked and the stabilizers are down ? Our trailer has stabilizers and not levelers .
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Old 08-15-2017, 03:09 PM   #13
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Adjustments are generally minor, so tweaking the stabilizers a little tighter on one side and releasing tension on the other is all that is usually required.
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Old 08-15-2017, 03:45 PM   #14
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You'll soon learn your RV leveling system thru experience as I did...after reading all the replies I see every RV is a bit different...the short answer is you'll need to learn exactly where your bubble needs to be before the slide comes out! Just remember you're RVing for a reason...Have fun and don't get stressed out over it!
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Adjustments are generally minor, so tweaking the stabilizers a little tighter on one side and releasing tension on the other is all that is usually required.
I dont understand how to do that with these stupid lippert electric jacks . If one side touches something the other side then goes down .
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Old 08-15-2017, 04:22 PM   #16
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I dont understand how to do that with these stupid lippert electric jacks . If one side touches something the other side then goes down .
They may not have same stabilizer as you and I. Sounds like they may have the manuel screw stabilizer.
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Old 08-15-2017, 06:34 PM   #17
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After unhooking, I may notice I didn't quite get the slide side high enough. So I will put down only the two stabilizers on the slide side as much as they will go (without popping a breaker), put the slide out, then put down the opposite side stabilizers. That seems to give me a little more height on the slide side. Then after a day, I will tighten the stabilizers on the slide side first.
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Old 08-15-2017, 06:53 PM   #18
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Slide side high...
You will get the feel for how high after you un-hitch, deploy stabilizers and run slide out.
My old rig was 1/2 bubble off before slide deployment on a 12" torpedo level.
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Old 08-15-2017, 10:00 PM   #19
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You'll soon learn your RV leveling system thru experience as I did...after reading all the replies I see every RV is a bit different...the short answer is you'll need to learn exactly where your bubble needs to be before the slide comes out! Just remember you're RVing for a reason...Have fun and don't get stressed out over it!
X2 + we found out that the most important thing to be level is the frig--our TT has to sit slightly out of level for the frig to operate properly.
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My Windjammer has stabilizers that are connected on a single screw rod. They hold minimal weight and do not lift at all. I use two Anderson roll-on levelers on the slide-out side to raise the driver side of the trailer about two inches on an otherwise level site. That varies if the site itself isn't level. Once I'm on the leveler blocks, then I put the stabilizers down and the slides out. The torque on the trailer from the weight of the slides drops me into perfect side-to-side level.
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