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Old 07-21-2020, 11:42 AM   #1
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Slide order/operation

The better half was on another forum and was advised there is a certain order in which the slides should be extended and retracted. I have gone through all the manuals I was given and searched online and haven't found anything on this.
Does anyone here know of a specific order for extending and retracting the slides on a 2013 352QS?
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Old 07-21-2020, 11:49 AM   #2
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Well, I typically extend mine before retracting them....

I can't image there would be any significance at all to what order you extend the slides on a multi-slideout RV.
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Old 07-21-2020, 11:54 AM   #3
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SO THAT's WHAT I'M DOING WRONG I have to put them out first then I can retract them!!
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Old 07-21-2020, 12:32 PM   #4
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Skip, the only thing told to me when I bought my Grand Design was that the Schwintek type slides can get out of synch if you pause/stop/change direction mid cycle. They suggest that you first examine the interior and outside for any obstructions. Then when your clear to go in or out, hit and hold the button until it fully seats into the seals.

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Old 07-21-2020, 12:41 PM   #5
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If the Schwintek type slide does get out of alignment, it is pretty easy to get back in alignment by running it through several complete open/close cycles. And always hold the button in retract or extend for about 3 seconds after the slide finishes moving to keep it aligned.
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No set order, what ever trips your trigger.
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Old 07-21-2020, 03:07 PM   #7
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No particular order unless they are numbered.

I have 3 slides, Slide 1 first - tv and dinette, Slide 2 second - sofa, refrigerator and stove, Slide 3 third - queen bed. Doesn't matter if extending or retracting, follow the numbers. Slide 2 & 3 are on the same side.
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Old 07-21-2020, 04:43 PM   #8
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Agreed - no particular order

Iíve got 5 and I only run the #2 kitchen slide out when at home.

Good advise here on the Schwintek slides
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Old 07-21-2020, 05:11 PM   #9
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I'll run the kitchen on the driver's side out, then the bigger slide with the dinette/recliners on the passenger side, and then the bed slide on the driver's side but I've never seen anything about a particular order.

I do it that way to keep the lateral center of gravity from being too heavy on one side.

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Old 07-22-2020, 10:28 AM   #10
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Skip, I have heard what you are talking about with certain order, but it is from folks with hydraulic slide systems on 5th wheels.
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Old 07-26-2020, 11:40 AM   #11
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The only thing I can think of if you were to extend the slides in a certain order is - youíre not using your levelers to prevent any kind of adverse torque on the frame. Or like on my 37í Georgetown I have my bedroom Slide and kitchen Slide both on the same side a just my main slide on the other side. So far I havenít tipped over.
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... So far I havenít tipped over.

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... So far I havenít tipped over.

LOL
Have you thought about a bumper sticker that reads
ďTHIS SIDE UPĒ if you do tip over.
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OK Here is my logic in how I extend and retract my hydraulic slides.
The Lippert hydraulic system has a limited amount of hydraulic fluid in the tank and actually is the bare minimum for 4 levelers and 3 slides as mine has.

1. I level as normal.

2. I then extend my largest slide 1st cause it needs a not more fluid as it has 3 pistons. This will use and take a lot of fluid from the tank.

3. Then I extend my medium slide then my small bedroom slide.


Now if you take a look at your tank you will actually see how low the tank gets.


Retracting
1. I reverse order and take in the smallest bedroom slide then the medium slide and by that time the tank should be at a good level to bring in the large slide.


I have used this method since I have owned my rig and never had a problem. Right or wrong or just a wash of time this is my method.

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I don't have a set order for extending my 3 slides. I don't have a set order for retracting the 3 slide either. Retracting a slide takes less than 1/2 (twice the volume returned to tank while retracting) that needed to extend and that includes the levelers and that's why the holding tank level should only be checked with all slides and levelers retracted. Perhaps extending a particular slide before another for tank volume (tank low to start with) reserve may help but retracting a particular slide for same reason is not necessary. My slides and levelers are hydraulic.
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We recently took a trip where we had 6 layovers, on 4 of the stops when bringing the Kitchen slide in it would stop about 1/2 way in - extend it and bring back in and it would come in all the way! Every time the better half did it there was no problem.
I think its my thumb! I guess I'll try a finger to push the button the next time!
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our fifth wheel has one hydraulic pump that is used to operate the six levelers and three slides. the hydraulic cylinders for the slides are all connected via common hydraulic hoses so they all see the same hydraulic pressure. there is only one switch to control all three. they extend and retract based upon how much hydraulic pressure is needed to more them. the one that requires the least pressure moves first. the one that needs the most moves last. in actuality it is not uncommon for one to move a bit and then stop while another one starts to move. just hold the switch down until all three have completed their movements.

there is a manifold with valves for the individual slides that can be used to keep a slide from moving but this is down underneath and is not meant for daily operation.
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