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Old 05-27-2015, 02:21 AM   #1
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What's first jacks or slide?

So I've been struggling with this the past few trips. I think I know the best answer but I want your opinion. I have a 31z forest river which has the dinette and bunk house slide on the driver side. I used to think it was best to park the TT and put down all 4 jacks before rolling out the slides.

What I have found is once the slides are out the trailer "leans" to the driver side and the passenger jacks have little to no weight on them. So I question my procedure.
Should I put down the drivers side jacks first, then roll out the slides, then follow up with running the passenger jacks down?
How do you setup?




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Old 05-27-2015, 02:32 AM   #2
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I don't think the order matters a lot as long as the trailer is sufficienly level to be comfortable. Personally I have always put the jacks down first, then operate slide, then adjust the jacks as needed to keep TT level.
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Old 05-27-2015, 12:34 PM   #3
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What's first jacks or slide?

We have a double slide also. We level to about 3/4 inch high on the slide side. Let the slides out and then put the stabilizers down.


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We have a double slide also. We level to about 3/4 inch high on the slide side. Let the slides out and then put the stabilizers down.


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We also level 3/4 to an inch high on slide side but jacks go down before slides come out.
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Old 05-28-2015, 02:20 PM   #5
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While I don't have that problem with my class A, I'd be concerned with balance if you know that there's very little weight on the jacks opposite the slide. This situation is a golden opportunity for the unit to tip over if a gust of wind hits it from the "wrong" side.

My recommendation is that you get a supplemental hand jack that can be placed under the outer wall of a slide. Install this jack after the slide is extended and add a reminder to your "prepare to leave" checklist to remove it before pulling in the slide. You might need a board under the slide to distribute the support point force across a larger area than the top of the jack.

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Old 05-28-2015, 02:22 PM   #6
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I just get things close and move the stick on levels. My wife has never caught on.
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Old 05-28-2015, 02:38 PM   #7
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My theory is slideout first then stabilizers. And don't think it's a good idea to put something under the slide to hold it up - things could bend if trailer sinks at all
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My recommendation is that you get a supplemental hand jack that can be placed under the outer wall of a slide. Install this jack after the slide is extended and add a reminder to your "prepare to leave" checklist to remove it before pulling in the slide. You might need a board under the slide to distribute the support point force across a larger area than the top of the jack.

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Personally, I would never advise this procedure to anyone unless your manual specifically says to do it. If you brace your slide and the unit starts rocking side-to-side, because of wind or what not, or you get a flat tire on that side, your camper will move but your slide will not move with it. That could potentially cause a more serious problem than weather or not you're perfectly level. Better to leave that slide alone, in my opinion.


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Personally, I would never advise this procedure to anyone unless your manual specifically says to do it. If you brace your slide and the unit starts rocking side-to-side, because of wind or what not, or you get a flat tire on that side, your camper will move but your slide will not move with it. That could potentially cause a more serious problem than weather or not you're perfectly level. Better to leave that slide alone, in my opinion.


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We have a 2014 Puma with the dining room table and hideaway couch on one slide. We always had a problem with the slider, felt as though it were settling. I made several calls to Forest River before I was lucky enough to speak with an engineer there. When I posed the question to him, he said always level the trailer with the slider in first. He said using those 4"x 16"x 16" concrete blocks would alleviate settling. Once we got the trailer level, bow to stern and side to side, then move the slider out. We use the slider jack stands that screw up or down. And we put them on top of the same concrete blocks.

We are full timers now, and the trailer sits on a concrete pad poured over red clay. At the ends, we run two ratchet straps over the top of the trailer to prevent the wind from rocking it. We also have four steel bands on the ends fastened to the frame via anchor lags. We don't have the rocking and rolling any more, but before we poured the pad, doing what the engineer suggested solved the majority of the problem.
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I don't think the order matters a lot as long as the trailer is sufficienly level to be comfortable. Personally I have always put the jacks down first, then operate slide, then adjust the jacks as needed to keep TT level.
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We have a double slide also. We level to about 3/4 inch high on the slide side. Let the slides out and then put the stabilizers down.
I do these exact same things, I level slightly high on the slide side, run my jacks down, run my slide out, then re-adjust any jacks. This has been working well for me.

I also check the jacks after a day or so, sometimes I have to snug em back up because of settling and shifting depending on where we are camping (it has been wet and rainy non stop for weeks).
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