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Old 08-31-2013, 08:50 PM   #1
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How do we level trailer with slides?



Getting ready to take delivery of our new White Hawk 30dsre from the factory. Since this is our first TT with slides I was wondering about the proper way to level it on a site.

I have posted a link above to a video from a dealer that says to extend slides while still hooked to TV then use levelers for left/right leveling. My question is will this hurt the slides allignment to move TT with slides fully extended? One slide is a short slide using a Schwintek and the slide on opposite side is 36' deep using the typical cog & gear type slide.
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I should also mention that our new trailer will have the electric stabalizer jacks that drop at the same time left & right either in front or back depending which switch I go to first (front or rear).
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:18 PM   #3
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I may do it wrong,, but I determine how much I need to raise one side or the other,back on the my blocks,(I block under both axels) chock the wheels,unhook,level front to back,extend my electric stabilizers,extend the slide,let the wife take over inside while I hook up the utilitys. I guess I never noticed the slide making that much of a diff.
I always undesrtood that you should be fairly close to level when you extend the slide.
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:17 PM   #4
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I level first, and pull slides second.
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:42 AM   #5
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I may do it wrong,, but I determine how much I need to raise one side or the other,back on the my blocks,(I block under both axels) chock the wheels,unhook,level front to back,extend my electric stabilizers,extend the slide,let the wife take over inside while I hook up the utilitys. I guess I never noticed the slide making that much of a diff.
I always undesrtood that you should be fairly close to level when you extend the slide.
This is what we do. Never seen anyone extend the slides first and then unhook.
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Three fivers with slides in my past. I always level the rig side to side, then disconnect and raise or lower to level front to back. Then open slides.

Reverse procedure when leaving.
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I would think that extending the slides before being level might lead to them snagging or catching. Personally, I always extend and bring in my slides while level.
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Old 09-01-2013, 10:38 AM   #8
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This works for my TT:

Check for "opened slide" interferences (trees, shore power post, etc.), and that slide(s) when opened won't be in neighbor's campsite (courtesy thing for me.. especially when sites are small/narrow).

Level side-to-side (wood boards if necessary), block tires, plug in shore power.

Unhitch TV/TT, level front-to-back, lower corner stabilizers, install tire chocks.

Open slide(s), re-check stabilizers.

Sample beverage from frig for correct temp.

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ps: I carry a collapsing ladder to check slide roof for debris before closing.
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I have encountered a noticeable drop on the slide-out side after leveling and then extending the slide. This is natural, since you are altering the center of balance by 500 - 700 lbs and the leverage comes in to play here. I got tired of leveling left/right and then unhitching and finding that the interior doors swing toward the slide-out side. The bubble level is between 1 to 2 notches off from center (after extending slide-out). Granted every TT will have its own amount of tilt.

So at the last campground, I got the TT level with the slide "IN" and aligned the left/right bubble level to be perfectly level. Next I extended the slide-out, and marked the bubble level. I then took the difference on the bubble level and marked it on the opposite side of the "0" mark (which compensates for the additional tilt that the slide causes). Now when I set up, the levels are preset to compensate for the slide-out. No more swinging doors when I extend the slide out.
Camp Ground Process -
- Pull in space
- Disconnect sway-bars (will also affect left/right level)
- Level left/right by bubble level (pre adjusted to compensate for extending slide out)
- Insert wheel chocks (under both axles both sides)
- Disconnect from TV
- Connect shore power
- Extend slide (after shore power hooked up.. saves battery charge)
- And as "BOB" suggested, "Sample beverage from frig for correct temp.
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Works for me
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Thanks Mustang75. Your process seems to make the best sense using a compensation method. Guess I'll be playing with the new TT and then adding a bubble level after I get the tilt factored in.
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