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Old 04-11-2015, 11:36 AM   #1
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Leveling with Slides in or out

Hi,

I came across a video that suggests the slides should be opened out when levelling the trailer. This is first time I have heard this said. His theory is that you will throw the level out once you open the slides because of the weight displacement. Seems to make sense; but like I said; first time I have heard this. What are you folks doing?

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Old 04-11-2015, 11:58 AM   #2
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Level, then put slides out. Depending on the ground or how long I am going to be at the spot, I sometimes put an extra piece of wood under the tires on the side with the slides as it sometimes will start to tilt that way after half a day or a full day. The extra piece of wood will tilt me the opposite way at first, but then everything settles and we are level.
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Old 04-11-2015, 11:59 AM   #3
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In my opinion, with slides closed. I try to have the slide side raised about 1" above level, and it seems to come down a little with slide out. Slides out of level can create a problem going out in a real bind.
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Jayco's manual cleary states to ensure the unit is level before operating the slides which makes sense. The unit being unlevel could put extra stress on the slide mechanisms. Once the unit is level and the stablizing jacks are down I can't see it changing from the slides going out. Just my .02
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Depends on slide size and weight. Mine is large and heavy, and after re leveling a few times, I found it simpler just to put an extra inch, and let it do its thing.
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Old 04-11-2015, 01:00 PM   #7
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Hi,
I came across a video that suggests the slides should be opened out when levelling the trailer. What are you folks doing?
If you ask JAYCO the answer is no, you do not level the TT with the slide(s) out.

I approached the ongoing problem of leveling (with slide-out not EXTENDED), re-leveling.. re-leveling... and stopping when it got close. DW hates when the bathroom door does not stay open, because the TT is not perfectly level. Here is my method, works 100% of the time (so far).

How to compensate for the 1-3 degrees the slide adds by adding the difference in the permanently mounted bubble level, without the slide being extended.

Before going camping the next time:
1 - Find a level section of ground (for leveling the curb/street side of the TT). I lucked out as where my TT sits next to the house it is perfectly level with the slide extended. I used a 4' carpenters level placed on the floor in front of the fridge (which is right next to the bathroom swinging door).

2 - Remove the sway bars.... (they will alter the height of one side of the TT)

3 - With the SLIDE in the EXTENDED position, take the necessary steps to level the TT as close to perfect as possible. The difference on our TT is about 3 degrees between the slide being in/out.

4 - Once the TT is level with the slide-EXTENDED, put the slide-out back in. Take a small RV bubble level (usually they have a self stick on the back and is sold at Walmart) and mount it on the front of the TT or in my case the metal angle bracket that holds the battery box in place on the tongue. Mount the bubble level (with slide-in) so that it shows perfectly level. This compensates for the 1-3 degrees that the slide-out alters the TT's level. Just remember that when you are finished and the slide is EXTENDED the bubble will not show the TT as being level, but it is.

In reality when you level the TT (with slide-in) using the bubble you mounted, you are automatically compensating for the drop that the slide- out causes.

After this enhancement you just level the TT with the slide in and when you extend the slide, it will be level.

It works for me.... DW is happy no more swinging door.

Just my thoughts,

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Be it known also, should you have a Lippart system, they state to have the unit level prior to extending slide, and to always store unit with slide closed.
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If you ask JAYCO the answer is no, you do not level the TT with the slide(s) out.

I approached the ongoing problem of leveling (with slide-out not EXTENDED), re-leveling.. re-leveling... and stopping when it got close. DW hates when the bathroom door does not stay open, because the TT is not perfectly level. Here is my method, works 100% of the time (so far).

How to compensate for the 1-3 degrees the slide adds by adding the difference in the permanently mounted bubble level, without the slide being extended.

Before going camping the next time:
1 - Find a level section of ground (for leveling the curb/street side of the TT). I lucked out as where my TT sits next to the house it is perfectly level with the slide extended. I used a 4' carpenters level placed on the floor in front of the fridge (which is right next to the bathroom swinging door).

2 - Remove the sway bars.... (they will alter the height of one side of the TT)

3 - With the SLIDE in the EXTENDED position, take the necessary steps to level the TT as close to perfect as possible. The difference on our TT is about 3 degrees between the slide being in/out.

4 - Once the TT is level with the slide-EXTENDED, put the slide-out back in. Take a small RV bubble level (usually they have a self stick on the back and is sold at Walmart) and mount it on the front of the TT or in my case the metal angle bracket that holds the battery box in place on the tongue. Mount the bubble level (with slide-in) so that it shows perfectly level. This compensates for the 1-3 degrees that the slide-out alters the TT's level. Just remember that when you are finished and the slide is EXTENDED the bubble will not show the TT as being level, but it is.

In reality when you level the TT (with slide-in) using the bubble you mounted, you are automatically compensating for the drop that the slide- out causes.

After this enhancement you just level the TT with the slide in and when you extend the slide, it will be level.

It works for me.... DW is happy no more swinging door.

Just my thoughts,

Don
+1 on this method, but I haven't done it yet.

Instead, I just level with slide IN, then stabilize, THEN run the slide out. Between the factory stabilizers and the extra stab jacks I put in front of the axles, TT doesn't move when I run the slide out, at least not enough for me to care.
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My leveling requires me to drive onto raising blocks, and I wouldn't want to move the unit once the slide(s) are out. I think those who have learned from prior experience to add an extra block (or two) may be on the right track.

In my case I have two opposing slides, quite similar in size. I guess they counteract each other.
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