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Old 07-22-2020, 12:55 PM   #1
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Seneca Slides and Levelling

For you Seneca and Accolade owners:

I noticed today that there is conflicting info in the Accolade owners manual.
On page 48 there is a note which reads

"NOTE: All slide-out rooms should be fully extended prior to level- ing the motorhome; rooms out, jacks down. Raise the jacks before retracting the slide-out rooms."

On page 61 under the section General Slideout Operation the second bullet reads

"The RV must be level and the stabilizer jacks in the extended position."

I always level before operating slide rooms and will continue doing so. Just wondered if anyone else has caught the conflicting notes. The conflict could cause problems for some inexperienced folks. Also, I contacted Entegra to see what they have to say.
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Old 07-22-2020, 01:18 PM   #2
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I was just wondering this same thing actually... There's a sticker in my 2020 37K right above the firefly panel that says level before slides are out then level again after they've been extended... I've always done the auto-level and then manually tweaked as needed since the auto level, despite setting the null point in both my Seneca currently and my Greyhawk previously, is always slightly off. Then I extend the slides and generally don't worry about it after that.

Very interesting...

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Response from Jayco

Response from Jayco

"David,
You are correct there is conflicting information in our generalized ownerís manuals.
We do feel it is best to what you are most comfortable with.
Either way is going to be fine."

I will continue to level first and then operate slides.
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It has been that way for many years... our 2015 manual has the same discrepancies... and we pointed it out to them in 2016 with a similar worded email.

It seems at Jayco - some things will never change


One thing I might note... We learned to level first, before the slides go out.

Sometimes the leveling system will go all stupid on us... It will end up creating a twist in the seneca chassis when one jack does not travel with the other. We felt that it in case it happens again, it would be much safer to have the slides stowed and secured on the chassis - than to have them extended and then have the frame flexing a bunch and having a slide bind up..

When it does happen to go all stupid... I quickly do a "retract all" and wait until it is done, then try again. It has happened 4 or 5 times in the 4 years we have used it.
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Auto level first and then manual adjust before slides go out
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Auto level first and then manual adjust before slides go out
Rarely do we need to adjust... even after the slides go out. If there ever is a reason we might need to re-level is when our Jacks are sinking into the ground and need cribbing.
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The only time I fiddled with adjusting to compensate for the dinette slide and had the bubble centered in a spirit level is the only time I had an issue with toilet and black tank not disposing and draining correctly.

Never again. That slight, and I mean slight, difference in level has a major impact on the black tank.

Never again. I will always be a whisker low on the driverís side.
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The only time I fiddled with adjusting to compensate for the dinette slide and had the bubble centered in a spirit level is the only time I had an issue with toilet and black tank not disposing and draining correctly.

Never again. That slight, and I mean slight, difference in level has a major impact on the black tank.

Never again. I will always be a whisker low on the driverís side.
We have always taken the philosophy of leveling to the Fridge. Our Couch/dinette slide is always been low on the drivers side compared to the rest of the Seneca, mostly due to the way it has a drop of the floor as it goes out. If we leveled to that - we would be high on the drivers and in the same situation you describe that affects the tank drains.
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