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 5/2/2004 6:43 PM
 
I have a 38' DP and need some help on the correct procedure on Leveling and putting the slideout out. The book said to put the slide out before you let the air out of the air suspension. However the book was not clear on how to level with our Power Gear Levelers. It said to put the front jacks down, then level front to back, then side to side with no comment about the air suspension. My question is, do I level after letting the air out of the suspension? My thinking is; 1.) Put the slide out. 2.) Let the air out of the suspension. 3) Level the RV. Also will I hurt any thing if I put the levers down and then let the air out? My driveway is somewhat steep and if I let the jacks down in the back before I let the air out I know that I wont lift the rear wheels off the ground trying to get the RV level. Also, with the system aired up, can I lift the RV up with the levelers, is there still room for up travel before the wheels start to lift off the ground? This would allow my to get the RV level in order to run the Frig. Thanks for any comments. :confuse: Jim <>< 38' 2001 HR Endeavor DP Hoffman Estates IL.

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 5/3/2004 5:43 AM
 
Hi Jim, I too disagree with the proper proceedure for leveling our new coach. I think every manufacturer out there has their own proceedure and they all are different for the same basic task. I think the reason they tell us to dump the air out of the air bags is so the levleing jacks don't have so far to go down to level the coach, I understand this, I would guess it's a stability thing not having the coach up in the air quite so much. Have you ever noticed about how many inches your coach settles when you dump the air? If you read the instructions about leveling according to them the jacks are not supposed to hold the coach up off the ground, raising the coach until the wheels aren't touching is a no no. Of course I've run into parks where this is impossible if we want to be level. On mine rig I dump the air, slide out the slides then let the computer level it, usually it's a tad off so I override the computer and manually finish leveling it myself. Works for me.

Neil
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 5/3/2004 7:33 AM
 
Jim/Neil,
The reason you don't want to lift the coach off the ground, which you Can Do on the front, but not the rear is because the rear wheels are locked to keep the coach from drifting. The brakes are your anchor. Remember the yellow knob you pulled out?
Usually the only rule on leveling is not to stretch the coach from side to side or twist the frame as they call it. HTH will only level pairs at a time but others will do what ever you tell it.
Usually you drop the air to get the frame closer to the ground. Then hit the levelers. Most of the time I wait to put the slide out last so as if I have to drop the coach a little, which jerks the slide it doesn't put unnecessary pressure on the extended room.
The last item is to set the auto satellite because now the coach is level and it won't change your position.
One more thing. Sooner or later you will bury your jacks after sitting in soft dirt for a week or more. I have dug them out many times until I learned to hit the retract button on the jacks, then start up the HM and let the air suspension pump up and pull them out of the ground. It saves a lot of unnecessary digging. Big Bad John & Runaround Sue

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 5/3/2004 8:42 AM
 
A main reason for dumping air before leveling the coach with jacks is so that you do not overly stress the air bags. If you put down the jacks with the air bags fully inflated for travel, the continued stress caused by stretching the air bags can cause weak spots in the bags which will cause them to tear. Dumping air allows the bags to stretch again when the coach is raised, but not overly so.
Monaco seems to be one major manufacturer that wants you to put out the slide before dumping air and leveling with the jacks. They must feel that to do things in the intuitive order (dump, level, extend slide) puts stress somewhere where it shouldn't be put. If your question pertains to a Monaco coach, call their service number and ask them. Dutch Hebron, MD Polk City, FL
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 5/3/2004 11:32 AM
 
Jim, your HR leveling sequence is probably the same as my Monaco, and I would definetly go by the manual. Leveling in any other sequence could and does bust things...expensive tings. If your manual does not spell out this procedure to your satisfaction, call Monaco and get the procedure for your "specific" coach. Do not rely on what someone else does with their coach. There are good reasons why Monaco wants it done their way... Happy Motoring, Butch & Sharon Nancy Lake, Alaska OR Mission, Texas

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 5/3/2004 5:14 PM
 
Jim, Try http://www.powergearus.com
Dick Weaver
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 5/9/2004 11:36 PM
 
Jim/Neil and everybody,
I have had some initial problems with "binding" on my slide outs on my new Mandalay last Fall until the dealer rep explained why the proceedures need to be followed in a certain way when expending Jacks and the slide outs. They said since the most stable your coach system can be (without any twisting or strain on the frame) is when it is on the full air bags. Therefore if you are on relative leve ground, extend the sides before dumping air and leveling the system. Once the system is leveled, when getting ready to move, retract the slide outs then the jacks. THe sugestion to crank up the engine and let the higher air pressure assist in the jack retreaval is also a good idea.
C Gates Ft Worth , TX This message was edited by hcgates on 5-9-04 @ 11:37 PM
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