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Old 04-10-2018, 09:49 PM   #21
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We always level first like most others. When we are in a spot long term, I have occasionally re-leveled after several months. Only happens rarely; when a door won't stay open or shut or etc, re-level with slides out and it fixes the problem.
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Old 04-10-2018, 10:37 PM   #22
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Always have leveled first, never noticed any settling so far.
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Old 04-10-2018, 11:00 PM   #23
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You allwes level first and then put out the slides but don't forget to caulk your tirs first!
been doing that way for about 25 years and never had any settling!

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Old 04-10-2018, 11:01 PM   #24
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Always have leveled 1st. Have never had a unit settle enough to be a bother, actually never noticed any! Still, easy enough to hit the auto-level button again.
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Old 04-11-2018, 06:34 AM   #25
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Our previous Montanas and any other RV we have had it was always: level first, then deploy slides. Same when breaking camp, retract slides, then retract landing legs/leveling legs and hook up. We were always told, especially on long slides, that they could bind if you were out of level too far.

Fast forward to our present RV. Starting last year with this model the manufacturer is saying just the opposite, slides out then level.
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Old 04-11-2018, 06:54 AM   #26
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Our previous Montanas and any other RV we have had it was always: level first, then deploy slides. Same when breaking camp, retract slides, then retract landing legs/leveling legs and hook up. We were always told, especially on long slides, that they could bind if you were out of level too far.

Fast forward to our present RV. Starting last year with this model the manufacturer is saying just the opposite, slides out then level.
That is exactly what my manufacturing said when I picked my 381TH up three weeks ago. I thought it was alittle strange to.
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Old 04-11-2018, 07:33 AM   #27
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It seems to me that the least strain on the frame and the slide mechanism would be to only operate the slides when you are level...but if you have settling over the time you are at that site, just "tweak" the leveling.
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Old 04-11-2018, 08:37 AM   #28
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I guess if you are parked in a mud field or a pasture you may settle and we have been in both other than that we have never settled after setting up.
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Old 04-11-2018, 09:08 AM   #29
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I have always leveled 1st. It's just our sequence that we stick to. If you happen to be parked strategically to miss trees or posts with the slides open you stand the risk of leveling into one of them. That has always been my reasoning anyway. I don't like to change the procedure for ANY reason-that's when something happens.
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Old 04-11-2018, 12:50 PM   #30
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LCI website video titled "Level-up Operation" - at the 4 minute mark in the video - message comes on screen:
(It is a best practice to not level the coach with the slide rooms extended)

https://www.lci1.com/level-up#video
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Old 04-11-2018, 01:02 PM   #31
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LCI website video titled "Level-up Operation" - at the 4 minute mark in the video - message comes on screen:
(It is a best practice to not level the coach with the slide rooms extended)

https://www.lci1.com/level-up#video
X2 What Mike just said. I always Level up 1st then slides.
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Old 04-11-2018, 04:23 PM   #32
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Our dealer told us to level first and IF NEEDED we could push the "Auto Level" button a second time with the slides out.
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Old 04-11-2018, 05:03 PM   #33
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LCI website video titled "Level-up Operation" - at the 4 minute mark in the video - message comes on screen:
(It is a best practice to not level the coach with the slide rooms extended)

https://www.lci1.com/level-up#video
Ditto on this info. Consensus on this thread is do what I do. Take strain off frame by leveling up prior to slides out. Follow the instructions from LCI to save the torque on the frame. Save yourself a bunch of headaches and expensive repairs.
And put the slides in prior to hooking up. STRAIN OFF FRAME
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