Here’s an RV Question about leveling and putting out RV slides:
RV slides are wonderful things to have. They give us extra room and truly enhance the RV Lifestyle. But slides are often prone to issues and one of the questions so many have has to do with whether the entire RV should be leveled before the slides go out or whether leveling after the slides are extended is okay.
The question comes from Michael, who asks:
“On a 40 foot class A, should we level first and then put out the slides or put the slides out and then level?
Leveling and putting out RV slide
For us, when we owned a Leisure Travel Vans Unity model with a slide, we were told to always level first, and then put out the slide. The rationale being that if the RV is uneven, putting the slide out that way could cause unnecessary wear and tear on the slide mechanism.
But that was the advice of our manufacturer. There are some manufacturers who recommend the opposite and this question on our Facebook Group has brought over 40 comments. The vast majority said to level first and then put out the slide but not all. Here are some of the replies:
There are differing views on when the RV should be leveled
Rick says “Depends on the manufacturer. Newmar says slides out, then level”
Chad notes that “Different manufacturers have different procedures: It depends on what the manual says…certainly don’t listen to everyone who thinks it’s all the same across the board— my Winnebago said to level 1st, but now my Beaver says to run slides before jacks (even says so next to the switches for the jacks)”
Kimberly Ann says “Our manual says to slide then level. First year, we did that. We were constantly in the shop with “slide” issues. Finally we decided to level first. No issues since then. It’s been 7 years! I say level first. We have 37ft class A.”
Steve says: “Always stabilize first. Slides last.”
Michael says: “I’ve used the slide to help get it level before putting my jacks down.”
The consensus is level first and then put the slide out
So…summing up: Check your manual but if in doubt or you can’t find specific instructions in the manual, level your rig first.
That’s overwhelming advice of our RV Lifestyle Facebook Group.
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