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Old 06-10-2019, 11:12 AM   #1
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Re-leveling a 5th wheel.

We have a 2019 Crusader 29rsle FW with the automatic leveling legs. We sometimes park for 6 to 12 days. Does anyone re-level their rig after a rainstorm if the floors seem to creak more afterward? We are on gravel/dirt pads somewhat pack down. Just had a storm come thru last night and the floors seem to be creaking more today. Would it make sense to re-level? Not hook up the truck, just push the button for leveling?

Hope that's not a dumb question. This is our first FW. Traded up from a TT with stabilizers.

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Old 06-10-2019, 11:20 AM   #2
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Of course you can always rerun the auto level. We boondock in the backwoods for up to three weeks. Only had to relevel once, that I remember, in 7 years. That was after it had rained for three days and nights and things definitely settled. I honestly don't remember if I brought the slides in first or not.
I raised the nose up manually a few inches, then hit auto level. I believe I read that in the manual, to start nose high.
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Personally, I would bring all slides in before re-leveling. I'm not a fan of moving the camper around with them out.
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Personally, I would bring all slides in before re-leveling. I'm not a fan of moving the camper around with them out.
Probably a good idea. Auto level is not always the smoothest acting.
I do have friends with a huge fifth wheel that will hook up with slides out, just to move over a foot or two. They think nothing of releveling with all four slides out. And yes, they always have slide problems. Of course they have Schwintek slides, but moving like that can't be good for them
Better safe than sorry.
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Probably a good idea. Auto level is not always the smoothest acting.
I do have friends with a huge fifth wheel that will hook up with slides out, just to move over a foot or two. They think nothing of releveling with all four slides out. And yes, they always have slide problems. Of course they have Schwintek slides, but moving like that can't be good for them
Better safe than sorry.
Same. I have friends who the wife would head inside right away and start putting out slides even while husband was still hitched up. Same at the end of the stay, she'd be inside and he'd be raising/lowering it and hitching up with the slides out.

Not for me. Just raising and lowering it at all, I'm bringing slides in first and THEN mucking with the leveling system.
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Thank You for your input. Silly me would of not thought of putting the slides in. Makes great sense. Don't want to mess up the slides.
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Same. I have friends who the wife would head inside right away and start putting out slides even while husband was still hitched up. Same at the end of the stay, she'd be inside and he'd be raising/lowering it and hitching up with the slides out.

Not for me. Just raising and lowering it at all, I'm bringing slides in first and THEN mucking with the leveling system.
Im solidly in the camp that puts the slides out after the camper is leveled and then brings them back in before altering that level condition.

I have never had slide problems and if this is all it takes to prevent them, Im IN!!
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Thank You for your input. Silly me would of not thought of putting the slides in. Makes great sense. Don't want to mess up the slides.
Sorry, didnít mean to imply you were silly in subsequent posts. I mentioned it at first because I thought it would be a reminder, confirmation, or point of discussion.
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Sorry, didnít mean to imply you were silly in subsequent posts. I mentioned it at first because I thought it would be a reminder, confirmation, or point of discussion.
NO you didn't imply me being silly. I was calling MYSELF silly. I needed information and you gave it. Just what I needed. Thank You!
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I would also suggest that you have pads down for the leveling pads to land on. I carried 2x10 sections for the pads to rest on. Thought it might help to spread the load so things did not settle as much. I also could use the sections if needed to level the wheels if needed before unhitching and starting the leveling process - did not want to see one side with wheels off the ground.
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