How to Manually Crank a Camper Slide

by Eric Cedric
Camper trailers provide a portable route to adventure.

Camper trailers provide a portable route to adventure.

Campers with slides, better known as slide-outs, use one of two methods to bring the slide-outs out from the main camping cabin: motor or hand cranks. Hand cranks give better control over the slide-out deployment as you control the speed and have a precise method of placing the slide at the distance you wish it extended. Almost all hand-crank style slide-outs use a proprietary crank for the RV or camper model.

1.

Park and secure the camper. Detach the camper from the towing vehicle, level it using the camper jacks and place wheel chocks under the wheels as a safety measure.

2.

Go to the slide-out control panel, typically found on the exterior of the camper, on the slide-out side. Open the panel and insert the hand crank onto the spindle in the control panel.

3.

Go to the slide-out exterior and unlock any latches or hinges keeping it in place. Check that the slide-out area (where it will go) is free of low hanging tree limbs or other obstructions.

4.

Hand crank the slide-out handle clockwise to begin bringing the slide-out into the extended position.

5.

Crank until the spindle stops, indicating the slide-out is in the open position. Lock the slide-out in the open position using the camper's slide-out locks found in the control panel, and on the inside of the camping cabin. Interior locks are typically a latch and hinge system found near the floor or ceiling where the slide-out extends out from the camper.

6.

Unlock the hatches or hinges when ready to hand crank the slide-out back into the camper. Insert the handle onto the spindle and turn counterclockwise to bring it in. Make sure all interior obstructions are out of the way as you crank it into the camper. Lock the hinges or latches, remove the crank and lock the crank panel.

Items you will need

  • Dedicated crank handle for your camper

About the Author

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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