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Old 08-05-2016, 02:39 PM   #11
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I put a yard stick in my side compartment and have all my slide measurements marked on it. Comes in VERY handy.

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Old 08-05-2016, 03:28 PM   #12
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Before we leave for a trip, our rig is parked in the driveway with the slides out. We clean and pack it up. We then pull in our slides and hook it up to the truck so we can leave the next morning without any delays. Have always done this without any problems with the slides.

On the road, if we are only staying for one night, we do not unhitch but will lower the front landing gear to take some weight off the truck and then put out the slides. In the morning, the slides come in and then the landing gear is pulled up.

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Old 08-05-2016, 04:27 PM   #13
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I usually have a tape measure in the truck but couldn't find it this time. Backed in and looked,said ah it will fit and unhooked. Used the remote to slide it out while I watched because I knew it would be close. Didn't think it would be that close. I didn't want it to shift sideways if I was not perfectly straight and hit so I made sure we closed before I attempted it.

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Old 08-05-2016, 10:02 PM   #14
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Best practice is to only operate the slides when the unit is levelled and stabilized. Operating a slide when the unit isn't level may risk putting the slide out of alignment. I don't know if the frame is twisted enough when the 5er is hooked up to affect the operation of the slides butI doubt it. Walmart campers do it regularly. I'm not sure how changing the order will save time though.
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Old 08-06-2016, 12:46 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by mekkerlc View Post
I would like to speed up the time it takes us to pack-up and leave for our trips. One part that irks me is that I feel I shouldn't hook the 5'r up to the truck while the slides are out...and then when we are ready to go, put the slides in and pull away.
If what you are asking is - is it ok to hookup while the slides are out? I would be leery about doing that. Any bounce while hooking up could cause a problem. If it were me, I would pull the slides in, hook up, put the slides back out to complete whatever packing/loading you want to do, then pull them back in before driving.

I don't see an issue with having the slides out while stationary.

Be careful about running the refer if you aren't level - just read about a guy who destroyed his because it was run while "off balance", looked like he was up against a $2000+ repair bill.
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Old 08-06-2016, 07:40 AM   #16
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We do not own a 5th Wheel,,, but I never have had a slide out unless our unit,,, MH or TT were level !!!
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Old 08-10-2016, 07:42 AM   #17
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When arriving or departing from a site, the slides are in until level and no longer connected to the truck.

When We get home we always wash the whole fiver (roof, sides, etc) before it goes in the garage so I put the slides out while connected to the truck. However, our gravel "pad" is level. After reading this thread though, I might start lowering the front gear to take some weight off the truck.

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Old 08-10-2016, 07:53 AM   #18
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At US Customs last year we had to blow all three slides out in inspection on a 5 degree tilt. No Choice at all. At home on the road in front of our house not perfect level but they go out. Camping they are level.
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Old 08-10-2016, 08:49 AM   #19
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I do not allow the DW to move slides in or out unless I am watching !!!
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