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Old 07-31-2017, 02:02 PM   #1
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WD Spring Bars and Leveling

Hey Folks,
I have a 35' Laredo TT and seem to be having an issue with getting it level. I have always leveled trailers with the slides in and the WD spring bars still attached. The only thing I remove is my friction sway bar. But, it seems to be tilting a hair when i open the slides. Does this happen to anyone else. Keystone manual states you level it with the slides closed . Also, seems to tilt when i release the WD bars as well before slides are even open. Should I start removing the spring bars before i back in? My truck rear will drop a little if i do this. And should i just compensate for the slight bubble movement when slides open up or look for a larger problem...? Thanks
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Old 07-31-2017, 02:08 PM   #2
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Hmmmmmmm.....I level side to side and then unhook my WD bars. I don't check again side to side once it's done. The weight of the slide out and the fact it acts as a lever will/may cause some tilt, but it should be slight at best, unless you are on some very soft ground. I don't worry about it.

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Old 07-31-2017, 02:29 PM   #3
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If your TV and camper are not on the same plane, one bar or the other will exert different pressure to its side of the camper.

The size bars, how tight they are, the length of your camper, the weight of your camper and the number of axles on your trailer are all factors.

If your TV and camper are not straight ahead the same thing can occur.

How much it matters can vary widely.

I see more changes from having many more feet of slide on one side than the other.


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Old 07-31-2017, 02:57 PM   #4
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If your TV and camper are not on the same plane, one bar or the other will exert different pressure to its side of the camper.

The size bars, how tight they are, the length of your camper, the weight of your camper and the number of axles on your trailer are all factors.

If your TV and camper are not straight ahead the same thing can occur.

How much it matters can vary widely.

I see more changes from having many more feet of slide on one side than the other.


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OK this makes sense. The last time I camped the truck was having to back uphill a little...therefore it wouldn't have been on the same plane as the trailer. The trailer dry weight is 7k and the length is 35' both slides are on the same side as well and one is around 10' long (dinette and couch). It is a two axle rig.
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Old 07-31-2017, 04:45 PM   #5
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I level side to side with the bars on and front to back with them off.


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Old 07-31-2017, 05:40 PM   #6
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OK this makes sense. The last time I camped the truck was having to back uphill a little...therefore it wouldn't have been on the same plane as the trailer. The trailer dry weight is 7k and the length is 35' both slides are on the same side as well and one is around 10' long (dinette and couch). It is a two axle rig.


... and when I say same plane, I am meaning the same side-to-side levelness.

If the truck is lot level and the trailer is (as would be the case after leveling the trailer), the truck (through the bars) is trying to twist the trailer.

Not sure how much it matters though.


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... and when I say same plane, I am meaning the same side-to-side levelness.

If the truck is lot level and the trailer is (as would be the case after leveling the trailer), the truck (through the bars) is trying to twist the trailer.

Not sure how much it matters though.


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Seemed that it did make a difference. I noticed the trailer did move out of side to side level as soon as i unhooked the spring bar on that side. And then it continued a hair more out of side to side level when i opened the slides. hmmm. 35 ft total length and a 12' slideout (dinette and couch) and a 4' slideout (wardrobe) both on the same side.
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Old 08-01-2017, 01:39 PM   #8
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[QUOTE=Luke Croll;249783]Hey Folks,
I have a 35' Laredo TT and seem to be having an issue with getting it level.
Don't know what model you have but mine does this as well. Those 2 slides exert a lot of leverage when extended. I automatically compensate by setting mine up about a half bubble high on the driver side. Then remove WD bars and unhitch.
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Old 08-01-2017, 01:48 PM   #9
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Don't know what model you have but mine does this as well. Those 2 slides exert a lot of leverage when extended. I automatically compensate by setting mine up about a half bubble high on the driver side. Then remove WD bars and unhitch.
I have a 2012 Keystone Laredo 300RB rear bunkhouse. Both slides are on the same side too. I like this idea. Thanks
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