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Old 04-11-2015, 05:08 PM   #11
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Slide stabilizers?

Very interesting conversation.

I can see the logical side to leveling with the slide out, but like others have said, I level prior to moving the slide going out. I also use leveling blocks,when the site is more than half a bubble off center circle. less then that causes me to chase the perfect level and wastes a lot of time. I get no door swings, when this close.

My question is for those who are concerns about the slide(s) making you un-level, why not just use slide stabilizers? That would take the pressure off the slide and better support the weight of the dinnete, couch, people, and storage.

My unit (WH 25BHS) is too small to make a difference, but those who are 30+ feet, then I would see it affecting your unit more.

I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Old 04-11-2015, 07:07 PM   #12
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mine would change a little even with stabilizers down so this year I mounted 2 scissors jacks in front of the axles with stabilizer bars attached ... that way if when the slides go out it is off a little I can compensate with the jacks then re adjust the stabilizers front and rear ... going next weekend I will tell you if it works but I level with the slides in
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Old 04-11-2015, 07:35 PM   #13
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Slide stabilizers -- I utilize my TT (and have utilized my past ones) through a lot. I boondock camp often during hunting season. That is not to say, I treat my rigs rough. I am very meticulous about the before, during and after care. Slide stabilizers work great to stabilize the slide area when its out. They also compensate for the slight leveling issue they sometimes cause. Most can be had for less than $100.00, and since they stabilize and support the slide when its out, that means less wear on the tracks when extended.
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I just took my trailer to campsite for a 30 day work adventure,the sites are 3/4 stone and are fairly level but there is dips in spots. I got my trailer where I wanted it and was low on passenger side,opened up my slides now I was half in the level and half out.Put one block under rear tire that was a little lower and perfectly level.I don't see what the big deal is putting your slides out first then finding your level.At the most you are gonna be moving 6"to pull onto a leveling pad to get where you need to be,and your gonna be doing it slow so you don't over shoot the leveling block.I can see where people think it gonna damage the slide mechanism,i did it with slides in my first trip and old timer told me about the slides out trick and it's worked fine for me.
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Old 04-11-2015, 11:28 PM   #15
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Thanks for starting this thread, Bill. I saw that same video and was going to start extending the slide then leveling until I read these responses. I'll stick with leveling then extending.

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Old 04-12-2015, 08:41 AM   #16
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I level mine with the slide in but fudge a little on the non slide side so when I open the slide if it moves that way I'm still good. Once I get it leveled I put the stabilizers down and open both slides. I usually check the stabilizers once a day to make sure they are still tight against the ground. even on a concrete slab they sometimes need adjusting.
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Old 04-12-2015, 12:13 PM   #17
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I like your slogan, Joe. May I suggest a shortened version?

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Old 04-12-2015, 07:31 PM   #18
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I level with the slide in, that way when the slide is out is will be SLIGHTLY lower on that side. I prefer it that way ,when it rains the water will run away from the slide seal, thus less chance of a leak.
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Old 04-12-2015, 09:56 PM   #19
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I level with slides in. In our trailer it doesn't make a difference cause we have slides across from each other. Even with the old trailer we had I would level it first.
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