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Old 07-18-2006, 11:40 AM   #1
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For those that have or are purchasing an Essex or Mountain Aire with the full porcelin floor, this may be of interest.
I spoke with an owner today of a '06 Essex with the full porcelin floor option. He claimed after six months the left main slide causes wear marks on the tile from the support rollers when the slide is in and the coach is driving. These marks must be caused by the movement of the coach and the rollers moving ever so slightly. It is only the driver side that this happens on. He bought a common plastic runner which he puts on the floor prior to retracting the slide and claims it works to eliminate the scratching.
Keep in mind, I only heard this today and do not know if it is common on some or all, but it seems to make sense.
Anybody out there that can support or appose this issue?
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For those that have or are purchasing an Essex or Mountain Aire with the full porcelin floor, this may be of interest.
I spoke with an owner today of a '06 Essex with the full porcelin floor option. He claimed after six months the left main slide causes wear marks on the tile from the support rollers when the slide is in and the coach is driving. These marks must be caused by the movement of the coach and the rollers moving ever so slightly. It is only the driver side that this happens on. He bought a common plastic runner which he puts on the floor prior to retracting the slide and claims it works to eliminate the scratching.
Keep in mind, I only heard this today and do not know if it is common on some or all, but it seems to make sense.
Anybody out there that can support or appose this issue?
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Old 07-18-2006, 11:57 AM   #3
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Peter, it sounds like something we should run by Newmar....

Maybe it's something I can run by the rep.
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Great Bob. I'ld be interested in their take. I mentioned to the gentleman that I would think if it were a problem in the '06 perhaps it has been corrected.
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Thanks for the post Peter I only own one of those KS's but have noticed dirt lines on floor tile with slide retracted can easily clean but could get same wear from rollers as those high end coachs will keep an eye for wear and try your surgestion.
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Has this been a problem in the past with linoleum or tile floors? We are in the process of deleted carpeting on a new coach(ATME) and having "simulated marble"(vinyl) throughout the coach.
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On a vinyl floor covering it may not be apparent due to the somewhat flexible surface as apposed to the hard shiny surface of polished porcelian. However I doubt there are many full tiled living area motorhomes to get a reading on as to how well they worked.
I know on my current coach, which has carpet where the slide on the left comes in, leaves two large roller intents. One could imagine that these rollers would move slightly as the coach rides down the road which in time may mark nearly any type of surface.

But, this is the first time I've ever heard of this as being an issue, however the vast majority of motorhomes are carpeted in this area.

The only correction I could imagine at the manufacturer's end would be to employ rubber contact Sheppard like casters to allow them to roll rather than scrub the surface.
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I don't think it will post a problem just something to bear watching for wear. When I had a wood floor would sweep floor before closing to remove any dirt from getting trapped under rollers.
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