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Old 03-06-2015, 10:45 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the replies. With the chain question, are you still getting the same benefit if the chains are attached to the frame so closely together? I guess maybe i'm thinking too much into it, but I feel like the fact that since the weld points on the frame are not separated, you lose the effect of crossing the chains, if that makes any sense. Adding to my imagination, the chains were too short to start with, so they just added a few links to each, making me wonder why Jayco makes their chains so darn short to start with.
They might be short because of the close connection point, thus even if they are not crossed your tounge will not hit the road. Crossing will have some effect in stopping, but the catch point will be closer to the tounge connection point if that makes sense.

What you need to make sure is that you can make a turn without binding. Also connect your EBrake line to the frame of your car without pulling on a turn.
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Old 03-06-2015, 11:14 AM   #12
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3'senough, that's exactly my thought on the short chains/close connection point.
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Old 03-08-2015, 09:52 AM   #13
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I always put down the stabilizing jacks befor putting out the slide.

On the chains I was stopped by a patrolman a few years back when I was going through some hilly areas and was at the bottom of a hill when he came over the top of the next one. I was trying to gain some momentum coming down the hill so the truck didn't have to work so hard going up the other side...needless to say I was going over the speed limit and he pulled me over. He talked to me for a few minutes went back looked at the hitch, came back and said that my chains were crossed properly. He said if they weren't he would have gave me a ticket but since they were he said have a great day and keep it below the speed limit.
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Old 03-08-2015, 10:18 AM   #14
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We have a small slide out, even with ours I notice a slight chance in the level if we put the slide out before the stabilizers. If you pay attention to your level over time you can learn to compensate for it.
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on checking distance of slides from objects before putting stabilizers down you could just keep a yard stick handy and check with that instead of deploying slides to check
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Old 03-08-2015, 11:31 AM   #16
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I put both my slideouts out first then level then stabilize.Both mine are on one side.If I level out first then open the slides I always end up a little off due to slideouts pulling down on that side of the trailer.maybe im doing it wrong and should try to stabilize first,I have seen It done both ways
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I put both my slideouts out first then level then stabilize.Both mine are on one side.If I level out first then open the slides I always end up a little off due to slideouts pulling down on that side of the trailer.maybe im doing it wrong and should try to stabilize first,I have seen It done both ways
How do you level after the slides are out? Are you backing up and pulling forward with your slides out?

It seems to me that if having the slides out is enough to pull one side of your rig down, you should compensate for it by making that side of the camper just a little bit higher (ie another layer of blocking under those tires). That way when you extend the slide and it pulls the one side down a little bit it levels out the trailer.
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I guess it depends on how you stabilize it ... I don't like to run the slides out without it being as level as I can get it ... if the 4 corners are stabilized you wouldn't think it would move much but if it is put 2 jack stands in front of the axles and it should be solid
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Yes I level out by pulling forward onto leveling pads.I try to make sure the ground is at it's best spot,no dips,humps or anything then I figure out if I need a block under 1 tire or both with my slides out.I have leveled with slides in and opened them up only to have to add a block under 1 tire or both. I try to get it as good as I can or my shower leaks from water running down the drain rails to fast.If I just add blocks and wing it to try to compensate I could end up to high.I just find it easier to do it this way I been doing,that way im doing it 1 time(hopefully). I see some people say they level out then put stabilzers down,i guess that could work but of my slides pull down on that side I don't wanna be putting strain on jacks or trailer frame.I could be thinking to much into this,so far from browsing this site theres 2 or 3 ways people like to do when emptying tanks,leveling,towing etc. Pick the one you like and go for it,lol
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So, let me understand better. If you were parked on a concrete pad, perfectly level, and you put your slide out, your trailer would tilt in that direction? About how much "tilt" would you expect?
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