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Old 08-21-2019, 11:49 PM   #1
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Slides out / level

If we pull into a relatively level parking lot, say Walmart can we open slides without unhooking and leveling? Have a 4150 Voltage and we're going to do a night or two not stopping at a park. Also any opinions on the more expensive sewer hoses, are they worth it. Only got 7 months out of first ones but that was "sun" in Arizona. Thanks for the help, Colleen
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Old 08-22-2019, 12:30 AM   #2
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No need to level for the slides to be out.
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Old 08-22-2019, 12:32 AM   #3
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Sure... not a problem. I used to remain hooked up, but did drop the landing gear just enough to put weight on the legs. Helped steady the rig a bit during my overnight stay.

Sewer hoses are a matter of preference. Really depends how often you're gonna use it (weekends, extended trips, or full-time) as to how much you wanna invest in one.

I'm full-time. When my initial common-brand hose wore out, I invested in a Waste Master hose, with cam-lok fittings. That was over 4 years ago... shows no sign of wear.

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Old 08-22-2019, 10:59 AM   #4
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I agree with Tom about the sewer hose. I had several of the "cheap" ones and eventually purchased one that would last, worth every penny and it has been well used and put to the test. One word of caution, if you purchase it in a "camping" store, be prepared to shell out more $$$ than if you buy it online or at Walmart in their little camping sections.
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Old 08-22-2019, 12:00 PM   #5
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Firm believer in you get what you pay for. Love my WasteMaster system as well. As far as leveling, a bit off isn't a big deal putting out or pulling in your slides, but a substantial tilt, as logic and physics dictate, will put unnecessary strain on the slide-out mechanism. Just my opinion but I don't think level is as critical with a hydraulic slide.
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Old 08-22-2019, 01:01 PM   #6
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Sure... not a problem. I used to remain hooked up, but did drop the landing gear just enough to put weight on the legs. Helped steady the rig a bit during my overnight stay.

Sewer hoses are a matter of preference. Really depends how often you're gonna use it (weekends, extended trips, or full-time) as to how much you wanna invest in one.

I'm full-time. When my initial common-brand hose wore out, I invested in a Waste Master hose, with cam-lok fittings. That was over 4 years ago... shows no sign of wear.

Thanks so much everyone will be full time from now on so will go with the good hoses, thanks again
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Old 08-28-2019, 10:51 PM   #8
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I read somewhere you should never be more than 3 degrees off level. Most importantly for the refrigerator! For each degree off equals .204 inches per foot 8 foot wide RV would be approx. 1.632" inches approx. thickness of a 2x6 piece of lumber 2 degree 3.264" 3 degrees 4.896" you can see it does add up!
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I believe that the commonly reported 3 degree off level limit for fridges refers to the side to side level for the fridge, which would be front to back for most trailers.
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I believe that the commonly reported 3 degree off level limit for fridges refers to the side to side level for the fridge, which would be front to back for most trailers.
Correct the math still applies! The original post was about keep the truck attached 3 degrees is an absolute number.
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Correct, the math is absolute, however if your are talking about a large toyhauler the distance between the points where you can level the trailer is more like 20 to 25 feet, or the distance between the trailer axles and the axle on the tow vehicle. If you are dealing with 3 degrees or more then you will need what, 15 inches or more under either the truck axle or the trailer axels.
When I stop for lunch, a break, or overnight (hopefully without unhitching) I check the front to back level of the trailer first.
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Old 08-31-2019, 12:48 AM   #12
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No need to level for the slides to be out.
My Dutchman owners documentation recommends the tt be level before the slides are extended. Was told at the dealership that it could void warranty....

As for the sewer hose we use the brown/orange one you get from camper land. 5 years in the Oklahoma weather and still flexible
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I wouldn't put the slide out on my worst enemies camper unless it was leveled first.
I'm referring to any slide with the Schwintec system.

As far as the fridge thing, I routinely tow on roads that are well over 3 degrees and have never had a problem, shrug
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