Leveling and Slideouts: Tips and Tricks for Maintaining Peak Performance
Two of the first things you do when you pull into a campsite is level up and put the slideout rooms out. To make these setup steps easier, Cornerstone and Anthem models are equipped with advanced air leveling systems and all models are built with flush-mounted, electric-powered slideout rooms. Following these pointers will help you get this process done smoothly and protect these advanced systems.
- It may seem counterintuitive, but the best way to put slides out upon arriving at camp is to plug in, run your slideouts out and then level the coach. Since we build a little differently in order to deliver the quietest riding, best handling coach on the market, the most balanced way to roll out slides is actually with weight on the tires, not the levelers.
- Slideout room remotes use a radio frequency to communicate with the antenna on the electrical panel. Radio signals need a clear path to the receiver to work - in a sense, a line of sight. For reliable remote performance, point it toward the floor near the driver’s seat where the panel and receiving antenna are located.
- The leveling system has a sensor in the basement that identifies when the coach is totally level. If you are up and moving around while auto-leveling is in process, that sensor can’t find the proper level. Be sure everyone is still and not moving gear around during leveling; it only takes about a minute and a half.
- If the tires happen to come off the ground during the leveling process and you don’t want to run the leveling process again, put something underneath to support them . Suspended tires will pull on the shocks and strain the suspension system.
- In order to check the level of your coach, we recommend using a 4-foot level on the floor. Or, a handy trick, you can open an exterior storage door to 45 degrees and see if it moves. If it doesn’t, you’re good to go.
- A good habit to get into is double checking that you’ve retracted all your leveling jacks before taking to the road. Turn the key, power up the leveling system and retract all the jacks, even if you’re “almost positive” you already did.
- Bonus tip: If you’re leveled up and ready to call the site home for a while, consider using tire covers, especially if you’re in a hot and sunny locale. Just like your skin, the sun’s UV rays can take a toll on rubber.
As always, if you have any questions about your auto-leveling system, slideouts or any other of your coach’s systems, do not hesitate to reach out to us. Give us a call at 800-517-9137.