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Old 03-06-2015, 06:40 PM   #1
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Any ideas on how to bolt new couch down in slide out?

Did some up grades to the southwind...new carpet and couch / sofa bed. Problem is the factory bolt holes do not match up to new couch frame. Because it is a fold down bed I need it to be bolted down to pull it up and out for "bed mode". I went to Lowes and found some thread inserts that bite in to the wood when its twisted. The wood is pretty thin and it has foam in the slide out floor and those just rip out. Thought about carriage bolts all the way through the slide floor...hopefully wouldn't rip the brand new carpet when sliding in and out...Any ideas????
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Old 03-06-2015, 07:32 PM   #2
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Fender washers will cover a greater area.
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Old 03-06-2015, 08:08 PM   #3
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on the front edge (lip) of the slide-attach aluminum angle or square stock. You can use the top side of the stock to attach the couch or flat stock to the couch.
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The sofa in my slide is held buy carriage bolts.
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Carriage bolts from the bottom side are the best solution. You can even recess them a bit if worried about clearance.
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Old 03-14-2015, 08:53 PM   #6
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Elevator bolts are what you need. They are carriage bolts with a flat head that does not protrude below the floor. Any good hardware store.
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I second the use of elevator bolts. Only about 1/16 thick and you don't use washers. They set basically flush with the bottom of the slide when tight.
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I second the use of elevator bolts. Only about 1/16 thick and you don't use washers. They set basically flush with the bottom of the slide when tight.
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How would you keep them from turning during tightening? You might could groove them so you could use a flat head screw driver.
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Did some up grades to the southwind...new carpet and couch / sofa bed. Problem is the factory bolt holes do not match up to new couch frame. Because it is a fold down bed I need it to be bolted down to pull it up and out for "bed mode". I went to Lowes and found some thread inserts that bite in to the wood when its twisted. The wood is pretty thin and it has foam in the slide out floor and those just rip out. Thought about carriage bolts all the way through the slide floor...hopefully wouldn't rip the brand new carpet when sliding in and out...Any ideas????
when I did mine... there was a frame that was under the light wood...
the factory installed with drywall screws and little l brackets....

one problem I raninto was the sofa was about 3'' too high
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How would you keep them from turning during tightening? You might could groove them so you could use a flat head screw driver.
I looked some up and some appear to have little fangs that bite into the surface as they are tightened up.
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How would you keep them from turning during tightening? You might could groove them so you could use a flat head screw driver.

There is a square section on the shaft like a carriage bolt that gets set in the hole drilled . They work well when a flush surface is required.
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My Bounder sofa is held with machine bolts with nuts under the floor. The nuts maybe t-nuts as they do not fall out if couch is removed.
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I wish I had taken pictures, but I didn't. We took our old couch out and bought some flat steel that was about 1/4 inch thick by 1 1/2 wide and about 5 foot long. We drilled and bolted two down long ways using the original bolt holes. We had to use shorter bolts so they didn't stick out the bottom of the slide. Then we set the new couch on it and drilled holes in the steel straps and bolted the couch to the straps. That way you don't have to mess with the slide. The original bolts bolted down to the slide and had metal nuts on the bottom of the slide.
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