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dennych1

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Posted: 02/11/18 09:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another newbe question, my drive way is on a slant is there a problem opening slide when camper is on truck in driveway.
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Depends, but my drive way isn't flat either. My Name Host slides have survived.


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You have to observe TC levels. The structure will flex quite a bit with uneven jacks support. I had 3 levels glued outside, but lately found that level app on my android placed on rear bumper works the best as it has bubble as option and way more accurate than what Camping World sells for the purspose.
Before moving the slide, I go inside and usually it is slide rear upper corner that likes to get to the wall and it scratched the wall in the past.
Lifting LR jack and inch, or 2 brings it back to square.

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This is my first post. Been hanging out here for two years. My driveway is very steep and I have to open the slides to load it. Been doing this for two years. I don’t understand the part about the jacks as I have never put the jacks down after loading it just to put the slides out. As long as my truck bed is not twisted or racked (which isn’t a problem for Rams) then I can put my slides in and out. The slide openings are still square. I think it’s going to depend on your driveway. If it’s uneven or slants in more than one direction it might be a problem but the camper doesn’t have to be level to open the slides if they are not in a bind. My drive is steep enough that putting down the jacks would make the camper want to slide out of the truck.

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Thanks again I'm sure I will have more questions
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Heck, I've DRIVEN an hour with the slide out deployed on twisty highway without any ill effects. I have a rear view camera and evidently I do not check the passenger rear view mirror often enough. Ha!

So I'd say a slope in a driveway just sitting there isn't gonna hurt anything.


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Posted: 02/12/18 11:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Some camper mfgs recommend extending the jacks before deploying the slide. Ours being one.
Not lifting off truck but down enough to support/stabilize the structure as slide goes out and its cantilevered weight.


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I have no problem opening my slide when camper is on truck, even if truck is not level. and I also live on a hill. I figure the bed is pretty rigid, as well as the camper body is rigid, but combine the two and its got to really take a lot of "out of level" to cause problems.


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Your question is totally open ended. But in my experience, I’ve had no trouble on slopes, either longitudinal or cross or both...on the truck. Not sure I’ve ever run the slide out when it was way out of level on its legs. But it shouldn’t matter as long as you haven’t racked the camper structure out of square. Dunno if that’s even possible, as mine lifts on 3 legs all the time. One of the back jacks always needs to catch up.
I’ll presume you’re leveling the camper halfway close after you unload it.


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AnEv942 wrote:

Some camper mfgs recommend extending the jacks before deploying the slide. Ours being one.
Not lifting off truck but down enough to support/stabilize the structure as slide goes out and its cantilevered weight.


That seems strange. Means every time you stop for lunch or a quick sleep you have to run the legs down to the ground to run the slide out?

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