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Old 07-29-2014, 05:12 PM   #1
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Levelup Made Main Slides Deploy! WHY?

I fear that this has been discussed elsewhere, but darned if I can find it.

While on vacation recently, after dropping and locking the RW into the hitch I pressed "autoretract" and instead of retracting the landing legs, both main slides came out!

We checked the hydraulic fluid levels to make sure there wasn't some sort of leak or obvious problem, and there was none. It hasn't happened since (about 3 more hitch-ups). Is this very common? Thanks!
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Old 07-29-2014, 06:51 PM   #2
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I fear that this has been discussed elsewhere, but darned if I can find it.

While on vacation recently, after dropping and locking the RW into the hitch I pressed "autoretract" and instead of retracting the landing legs, both main slides came out!

We checked the hydraulic fluid levels to make sure there wasn't some sort of leak or obvious problem, and there was none. It hasn't happened since (about 3 more hitch-ups). Is this very common? Thanks!
I have never tried to use the "automatic" operations other than auto-level. Always use the the manual retract operation to lift all of the jacks.
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:08 PM   #3
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This is a first I believe, I've never heard of that happening. As far as I know the leveling system is independent of the slides [the hydraulics are associated with both] but I am not aware of any correlation between the two systems???
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Old 07-30-2014, 03:20 AM   #4
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Theresa/Todd - first thing I would check is the valves on the oil distribution box, located above the batteries. They are for manually operating the rear legs and hydraulic slides. They should be closed, unless operating manually. Requires an Allen key to turn. We have 3 on our 36FL and another one at the top of one of the landing legs.

If slightly open some oil can bypass.
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Old 07-30-2014, 05:50 AM   #5
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Hi, you got a pic of that setup. Never had issue with slides, but still nice to know about.
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Old 07-30-2014, 12:19 PM   #6
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I have had the same thing happen to me, but it seems to be intermittent. Every time I take it to my dealer and ask them to watch while I show them it works fine. Lol. In some cases I have to reach in and manually turn off the slide valves that isolate them then retract the landing gear.
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Old 07-30-2014, 02:42 PM   #7
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I've never had this happen but I would suspect a short in the control box. Do you have anything in the basement on the upper shelf that could be touching the control boxes?
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Old 07-30-2014, 06:10 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone. I will have Todd take a look at your suggestions. It only happened the one time, but it likely will happen again. I will be very careful about making sure there is clearance for the slides when operating the landing gear JUST IN CASE! I shudder to think if we were in a tight spot operating the landing gear (like a storage unit!!) and it happened. I don't know if I could have gotten it stopped fast enough, PLUS I Didn't even know it was happening until the passenger-side slide was fully deployed and the driver-side started! Yikes. Thanks again.
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May have just been a sticking valve - the slides and gear share the same pump and fluid. There are electric solenoid valves that send pressure where it needs to go.
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Thanks AA; I think so too. It hasn't happened again <yet> but I WILL make sure there is clearance for something like this happening again. Hopefully just using it will make it not "stick" any more!
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