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Old 05-02-2016, 08:40 PM   #11
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If you level wheel to wheel, then front to rear, and then set all four stabilizers, the trailer shouldn't sag on the suspension when you move the slides out. The stabilizers are supposed to keep the suspension from moving when you move around inside the trailer....
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If you level wheel to wheel, then front to rear, and then set all four stabilizers, the trailer shouldn't sag on the suspension when you move the slides out. The stabilizers are supposed to keep the suspension from moving when you move around inside the trailer....
The stabilizers on our TT are useless. When you walk inside the TT or walk up the stairs, you can feel and see things vibrate I went out and purchased 4 jacks and they work perfect. Neighbor bought the same Harbor Freight jacks and is happy now. When I purchased the TT, the service guy said after having jacks on your last TT, you will probably not be happy with stabilizers... boy was he right

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Old 05-02-2016, 11:11 PM   #13
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Thanks for the advice. I am getting the feeling that the slide can really lean the trailer. I am not surprised, the slide has the dinette and the sofa so lots of weight. This is my first slide.
Yes that's normal and to be expected. In the unit in my signature, If the site is level I will still pull my slide side up on a 1/2" blocks prior to deploying my slide. Once deployed it is then level. This technique was developed over many years of learning which way the crayons roll when my daughter is coloring.
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Just a quick note: After the slide is run out, recheck stabilizer jacks on the opposite side. They may need to be tightened a bit to help reduce trailer shaking.
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I must have eliminated that slide out problem of unleveling the unit. I have opposing slides so if one unlevels, the other must level it back. I have never noticed any drooping with the slides out.
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I must have eliminated that slide out problem of unleveling the unit. I have opposing slides so if one unlevels, the other must level it back. I have never noticed any drooping with the slides out.
Same here. Having two same size slides on either side of the trailer seem to cancel one another out. Kinda like a tight rope walker with a balance bar..the center of my trailer becomes the fulcrum, making it easier to level.
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Yes that's normal and to be expected. In the unit in my signature, If the site is level I will still pull my slide side up on a 1/2" blocks prior to deploying my slide. Once deployed it is then level. This technique was developed over many years of learning which way the crayons roll when my daughter is coloring.

Are you setting your stabilizers down at all four corners prior to pushing the slide out?

It would seem to me if all stabilizers are down prior to moving the slide out, then there would be no way the trailer could lean. No? If the the trailer leaned that would mean the stabilizers on the opposite side of the slide would be off the ground.
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There are a zillion recommendations on how to level a TT, so you get to read one more...mine

The best way I found is to compensate for the street side drop when you extend the slide:

1. The first time level the TT with the slide-out (using the level on the floor of the TT and no jacks or stabilizers). Use wood or plastic blocks under the wheels.
2. Now that you have the TT level with the slide out, pull the slide-out back in (still no jacks or stabilizers).
3. Now mount your visual bubble levels so they read level (this will compensate for the difference when you extend the slideout)

So now when you pull into the CG, you level the TT using the compensated leveling bubble.. then extend the slide out and you TT is level. (With the slide-out out your bubble will not be centered.)

Works great for us.

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If someone didn't already think of this trick themselves there must be something wrong with them.

That said, thanks for the tip... the way you explain it makes perfect sense. And yes, there must be something wrong with me, because I never would have thought of this myself :-)
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Are you setting your stabilizers down at all four corners prior to pushing the slide out?

It would seem to me if all stabilizers are down prior to moving the slide out, then there would be no way the trailer could lean. No? If the the trailer leaned that would mean the stabilizers on the opposite side of the slide would be off the ground.
My experience:
I snug (3/8" drill stalls) all 4 stabilizers on mine before running out the slide. But after running out the slide, the two stabilizers opposite the slide are not as tight as the slide side stabilizers. I then snug those two again.

My reasoning why this happens:
There is some flexibility in the frame etc., plus the slide hangs 'outside' of the tires and the stabilizers on the slide side; the slide-side tires and stabilizers become the fulcrum. The weight of the slide then pivots on the fulcrum to raise the non-slide side. In addition, as the slide extends, it is removing the slide's weight from nearer the center of the trailer and moving it all to the slide side so the tires, springs, and stabilizers on the non-slide side are carrying less weight.
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The stabilizers on our TT are useless. When you walk inside the TT or walk up the stairs, you can feel and see things vibrate I went out and purchased 4 jacks and they work perfect. Neighbor bought the same Harbor Freight jacks and is happy now. When I purchased the TT, the service guy said after having jacks on your last TT, you will probably not be happy with stabilizers... boy was he right

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Which jacks?
I'd love to ditch the stbilizers.
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