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Old 07-23-2015, 10:34 AM   #11
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So there we have it. Drop the levelers on battery. Plug in the coach. Open up the slides.
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Old 07-23-2015, 06:58 PM   #12
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It's my understanding that the slide out operates off 12V motor. Hense it shouldn't matter whether it operates from the house battery or from the AC converter (which supplies you 12V). The only issue with using the house battery is that it needs enough charge to support the motor current draw. With multiple slides, it's even more of a draw. Using the A C power simply insures enough current source for the motor. I can't see any damage from running it from the battery other then it may not have enough juice to fully extend or retract it.
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Old 07-24-2015, 06:50 AM   #13
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Exactly right. It needs enough charge. I've never had levelers before so I was wondering how much charge was left on a single group 27 batt after the levelers were deployed. I like the idea of plugging into the pedestal (or running the genny if boondocking) to deploy the slides post leveler deployment.
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Old 07-28-2015, 03:22 PM   #14
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Check with your local Jayco dealer and see if they have workshops. I went this year and learned a lot. We run the generator at least once a month for an hour. If you store it close to home drive it once a month and run generator we drive to state parks in the winter just to keep all fluids moving and change generator oil no more then 100 hours of use.
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The Onan manual states the generator should be run for 2 hours w/ roughly 1/2 load monthly if not used frequently.
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Old 07-29-2015, 10:16 AM   #16
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Check with your local Jayco dealer and see if they have workshops. I went this year and learned a lot.
That is a great suggestion. My dealer is the only Motorhome dealer really close to my location. Unfortuneatly that lack of competion breeds a certain complacency and at this time they do not offer any such service. But I emailed them a today to put the bug in thier ear, maybe it is something they will look at.

Otherwise, maybe I get lucky and they have couple of maintenance workshops at the fall RV show in Toronto.
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I will say this, I have owned my rig since 2012, a 31FS. I have done very little to the slides except keep them clean, only operate them with the engine running and use the seal conditioner spray on it once a year. Lubrication is needed, but very very little or it ends up in your carpet.

Generator. Run it often. The more the better. They do not like to sit. If you are going to store it, put fuel stabilizer in your tank. Go to the storage and run it for 30 minutes every couple of weeks.

Learn how to change the oil in it and do so regularly. The fuel filter is pretty easy to replace as well.

E450: Change the oil yourself and do so every 3000 miles. These rigs work hard. Oil is cheap insurance. I use pure synthetic valvoline. 5w20. dont second guess Ford. Just change often. Keep your suspension components lubed.

TIRES: KEEP YOUR TIRE PRESSURE AT RECOMMENDED ON THE DOOR STICKER FROM JAYCO. BUY QUALITY TIRES. DID I MENTION KEEPING THEM INFLATED TO PROPER PRESSURE?
Great advice!! I have a question, have your slides ever gone out of alignment? I have read and heard some issues with the slides not going in all the way, i.e., the bottom will be snug and then the top has a gap. Is this an alignment problem and can it easily be calibrated? thank you in advance!
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I have a question, have your slides ever gone out of alignment? I have read and heard some issues with the slides not going in all the way, i.e., the bottom will be snug and then the top has a gap. Is this an alignment problem and can it easily be calibrated? thank you in advance!
Our slide was not quite square with the RV wall. We had a small amount (2~3 tbsp) of water come through in a heavy rain one night with the slide retracted. When I looked I could see that the rear vertical gasket was not compressed as tightly as the front gasket. The dealer adjusted it so it was square and we've not had a problem since.
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Hi all, on my 2015 greyhawk 31ds, I have a single group 27 coach battery. I can deploy the bigfoot levellers an open both my slides on the coach battery but it uses 30% of the battery capacity. My capacity goes from 100% full to 70% when deploying these on coach battery alone. What I do when at a serviced campground is plug in to shore power first, then deploy the levellers and slides, in that order, to avoid frame twists around the slides, and then the opposite before departure. When I dry camp I power up the genset first to deploy the levellers and slides by using the current available from the converter charger, leaving me with a fully charged battery to start dry camping with. Hope this helps. Cheers.
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