If your RV has slideouts—often called just “slides” (the wall sections that extend in and out)—then you have a correct sequence for putting them in and out. This sequence is based on the manufacturer’s process and is different among different manufacturers. Some want it level first, then jacks, then slides. Others want jacks first, then level, then slides. Some say it doesn’t matter. So you MUST check with the manufacturer of your brand of RV to learn the correct sequence—it doesn’t make any difference what your friends told you or what is convenient.
To confuse things even more, there may be a different sequence for putting the slides in.
The correct sequence can be confusing. For example, on my motorhome, the correct sequence (as told to me by the manufacturer) is to put the slides in and out when coach is at “ride-height.” When we stop driving and plan to stay, mine works like this…
- Shut down the engine, key to OFF, extend all four slides (the coach is at “ride-height”)
- Ignition key on Accessory, put jacks down to level.
But to bring the slides in, ready to travel, here’s my sequence…
- Ignition key on Accessory, jacks up.
- Start engine, air up to ride height.
- Bring all four slides in.
While similar, the process is different. Also note that this is MY process on MY coach and not for every brand or model of RV. You have to learn the correct method on your RV. Life will be better and things will last longer!!!