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Old 04-07-2014, 08:28 AM   #1
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Floor in forward slide on a 05 KS 3720

I have a question on a coach we are considering. When the living room slide comes in there is about a 1/2 inch gap between what looks like a fiberglass sheet that runs the length of the slide out floor. In other words the slideout floor does not touch the coach floor. You can see this fiberglass if you peel back the carpet that wraps around the edge. The owner seemed real paranoid that we don't step on that as we walk. Is he being over protective or is there an issue with those breaking? And is it normal to have that big of a gap between the floor and the fiberglass/slideout floor?
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:44 AM   #2
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Normal. There are rollers under the slideout that sit on the coach floor when it is retracted. The slideout floor will be level with the coach floor once it is deployed. Personally, I don't think it is a big deal if you step on the slideout when it is retracted, but you may get a more knowledgeable answer soon from someone else.
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The slide drops down a ramp to become flush with the coach floor.
When slide comes in and up ramp the rollers ride on top of coach floor and leaving the 2" gap between floors.
Here is a link to Newmar slide information.
When walking down aisle with main slide in you have to step on slide floor and it will not cause a problem. My three coach's never had a problem, your not going to be jumping on slide edge your walking on edge.
This link and others on slide information are in QT's 1 & 2.
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Thanks 007 for the answer and links.
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We are also looking at a 2005 KS and the current owner puts thin plastic pieces on the carpet and kitchen floor where the rollers stop to prevent indentations in the carpet and floor.
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The black plastic pieces are used to keep the carpet extended and flat. Also if those were not in place, the carpet would fold under the slide when retracting. They are not very structural. They are also screwed to the slide floor.
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Never looked for plastic pieces under Newmar slide rug on edge of slide, just noticed the slide rug was stiff along the edge so it would not fold down when slide is pulled in.
My rug edges never folded down on three coach's when closed.
If there was plastic and you stepped on it would seem that it would break and be noticeable.
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of all the coaches I have removed carpet in, I have never seen a piece of that plastic broken. That stuff must be tough. I have saved a few pieces - cause I'm old and I never throw stuff away- much to the consternation of the "boss"
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