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Old 04-14-2018, 12:50 PM   #1
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Installing wood floor

I'm trying to install wood flooring in my Dutchstar. I've read a few posts what others have done without changing the rollers on the slideout, something I definitely want to avoid.

The carpet and way too many staples are out so it's ready for the wood floor. Before gluing anything down I wanted to make sure that I won't have problems with the rollers mounting the wood floor so I've tried a test run a few times and pretty much failed trying to keep the wood from being pushed by the rollers. The wood I'm using is 3/8" engineered wood, once the glue is applied and set I'm anticipating the total climb to be a bit more than a half inch.

I hate the idea of hoping for the best if the best ends up in utter failure and possible damage to the slide.

My overall question is am I worrying too much and should I just throw caution to the wind and glue it down then once it dries/cures then hope for the best?

I can't return the wood since I removed it from the boxes so it could acclimate. As an alternative I could put carpet tiles down to where the slide rollers go to and then transition to wood so I don't waste the wood.

Any ideas, suggestions, and maybe comforting words would be greatly appreciated.

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I am not sure if you have read my install on a 2002 MADP. But there was tile originally in some areas and was later changed to vinyl the vinyl was on top of 3/8 plywood that was added. When I removed all this the engineered floor was just slightly lower than the original flooring and the rollers were no issue. I do use pads to protect when bringing in the slide.
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I definitely did read your post, quite a few times. My dutchstar is quite the opposite of yours. Nothing but carpet which was really worn down where the rollers went. There doesnít seem much play with the rollers.

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I definitely did read your post, quite a few times. My dutchstar is quite the opposite of yours. Nothing but carpet which was really worn down where the rollers went. There doesnít seem much play with the rollers.

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I would have thought carpet with pad would be pretty close to 3/8Ē engineered floor when new. BTW mine had carpet in slide area when new. So I am guessing it was pretty close to what you have.
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The difference that has me a bit worried is that carpet gives wood does not

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Put a couple pieces down and bring the slide in a little at a time. Keeping an eye on the top clearance.
Then when all the way in look at the reveal on the outside.
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I tried that. It wonít roll into the wood. It pushes it. But then Iím only doing one roller not all so that may be my problem.
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I tried that. It wonít roll into the wood. It pushes it. But then Iím only doing one roller not all so that may be my problem.


Yes, might be the problem. I would place a piece at each roller. Drive a screw in front of wood so it will not slide.
On our slide ramp there is a piece of sheet metal that transitions between ramp and the floor. If you have this make sure the wood is slightly under the sheet metal. Not jammed up tight as that makes it a little steeper for the roller to get started on.
The front rollers are carrying the front of the slide so it can move up and down some.
I have to hold my protectors in place at times so the do not slide and they are only 1/16 thick. Once the rollers are on top it works fine.
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Something to keep in mind on the slide rollers. The bedroom rollers typically carry less weight. Only the end of the bed. Ours do not touch unless weight is added to bed.
The main slide rollers carry a lot of weight and is distributed over all the rollers. So if only one roller is touching then majority of weight is on that roller. This is specific to the flush floor slide.
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Iím exploring using a thin strip of wood to act as a little ramp in between the sheet metal and the wood flooring. The sheet metal is too low to be of any use in mounting the floor.

BTW. Your flooring looks amazing. Iím only doing the flooring in front of the slide to the bedroom and in the bathroom. Maybe do the bedroom later.
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This is the way mine worked out on 03 DS. I just beveled the wood to fit under the metal.

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I like the idea of beveled wood. Thanks.
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I used the strip of wood in between the metal ramp and the wood floor and let the slide in and lo and behold I didn't break anything and it worked.

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Thatís great now the fun can begin! Look forward to seeing some pics when finished.
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