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Old 03-26-2016, 07:11 AM   #1
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Level then slide or slide then level

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We are going to pick up our new 8289ws on monday.
The refrigerator is in the driver slide out.
Do you deploy the slide, then level to fridge or level then deploy?
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Old 03-26-2016, 08:09 AM   #2
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Level first. You may find that you need that side a touch higher, but you'll need to do it a couple of times first.

But, without a leveling system - how would you level after deploying the slide? Surely you're not going to move the camper with the slide out to drive up onto boards. And the stabilizers aren't meant for leveling...
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We find that the side of our TT with the 2 slides needs to be 1 orange block higher than the other side prior to putting the slides out. We set it up that way, put the stabilizers down, push out sides the the trailer levels in a few hours as the slides side spring settles down a bit.
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Old 03-26-2016, 08:27 AM   #5
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Level first. You may find that you need that side a touch higher, but you'll need to do it a couple of times first.

But, without a leveling system - how would you level after deploying the slide? Surely you're not going to move the camper with the slide out to drive up onto boards. And the stabilizers aren't meant for leveling...
X's 2 you never want to deploy a slide unless you are level already, they stress and will bind on you. If you have one slide and your know that you will not be level after, then you will have to compensate for it like a board on that side. ependydad is correct, he might not be a wrencher as he's stated in other post but he does know about the correct way from trial and error, I have been following his post for a long time now.... It's just a learning curve that we all go through...
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Old 03-26-2016, 08:29 AM   #6
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Ependy is exactly right. Always level first! There can be undesired forces by moving the coach with the slides out. They are not designed for that. Also, FYI, always, always make sure kitchen drawers and cabinet doors are closed before moving the slide. I had to learn this lesson the hard way several years ago. Lucky for us that I have built cabinets before, so making repairs was easy.
On our new fiver, my wife found some U style child proof locks to put through cabinet door handles before we close the slides for travel. You may have to get inventive to protect cabinets and drawers from the power of hydraulic slides, but I always check things before moving the slide in either direction. The smallest thing can cause trouble....a flip flop, plastic garbage can, dog bed,....for example.
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Level first. You may find that you need that side a touch higher, but you'll need to do it a couple of times first.

But, without a leveling system - how would you level after deploying the slide? Surely you're not going to move the camper with the slide out to drive up onto boards. And the stabilizers aren't meant for leveling...

X2 Our TT has 2 slides, both extend out on the same side. We always add an extra Lego block to compensate for the slides, then with the slides out, recheck that its level.


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The amount of "Blockage" needed to "bring to level every time" is dependent on a Level Site,some Sites require Lots of Blockage! Youroo!!
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Look closely at the latches on your doors and drawers.....they are adjustable
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Look closely at the latches on your doors and drawers.....they are adjustable
Bob, the door latches are indeed adjustable, but only for the latch point,...so the door appears closed,....but not adjustable for latching force. That would require bending the metal insert, which might lead to other problems. The drawers, I'm not sure about, but I've never had a camper that potholes wouldn't open a drawer. At least on Louisiana roads...
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