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Old 08-04-2016, 11:10 AM   #1
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Is it okay to put slides in AFTER hooking up?

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.
Essentially, when we get back from a trip, I park it on the driveway, which has slope to it. I level the unit front to back with the landing gear. We will put the slides out before our next trip to pack and clean, etc...
My hesitation is that when I put the 5'r onto the truck, the weight is shifted to the pin box, and the frame of the camper is tweaked slightly. Does this have a negative effect on the slides going in?

Sounds confusing
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Old 08-04-2016, 11:14 AM   #2
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I have run my slides in and out while hooked up. The key is do not plug into TV until unplugged from pedestal.
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Old 08-04-2016, 11:35 AM   #3
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Yes I have run my slides in and out while hooked up as well but my question is it okay 2 run slides in after hooking up when the slides were out while being on front legs of camper?
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Old 08-04-2016, 11:38 AM   #4
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I prefer to run the slides in and out once the lite has been leveled and the stab jacks on deployed.

When moving out the last thing is the Slide goes in, jacks up, truck hooked legs up, pads and blocks put away.

Make sure all doors are closed and locked, power cord is put away, light check break away cable hooked.

I never rush when moving out because I will likely miss something.
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Old 08-04-2016, 11:41 AM   #5
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Every manufacturer's recommendations I've ever dealt with says to operate the slides once the unit is properly leveled & stabilized.

Can you do it otherwise... yes.
Should you... ????
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Old 08-05-2016, 01:43 PM   #6
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They say not to buy most dealers run them out on the lot no mater how level it is or isn't and move hem around with a fork lift with them out.


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Every manufacturer's recommendations I've ever dealt with says to operate the slides once the unit is properly leveled & stabilized.

Can you do it otherwise... yes.
Should you... ????
I think the preferred method is to unhook, stabilize, and then run the slides out and the reverse when leaving. And this is what I try to do. But there are also times when hooked up that I will run the slides (or 1 of them) in and out while hooked up. And yes I've hooked up while the slides were out as I was getting impatient waiting on the DW, and then brought in the slides. But I don't prefer to do that. I, like yourself, worry about the stress point changes so I try not to do it often.
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My last site I didn't dare hook up before I slid it in. Was way to close. Click image for larger version

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My last site I didn't dare hook up before I slid it in. Was way to close.
I use Hitchin Rods for aligning up to hook up the tt, ...... on one of them I have marked two points that I always want to know,....... the height from the ground up that I need to crank my trailer tongue to do the hookup, and the 19" that my slide comes out,.... I can easily grab it as a measuring stick to see if anything is going to be in the way of my slide coming out 19",..... I like to KISS(keep it simple stupid)

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