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Old 01-10-2013, 02:51 PM   #1
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Don't Make The Same Mistake

Some of you may have read posts on the National Forum where I decided to go with laminate and tried to come up with great ways to defeat my laminate eating Black Plastic Skids. After I broke one skid off I changed my mind and went with what the BOSS said and installed some real quality carpet and real nice thick plush padding on the floor where the slide sits when in. My "pet" skids seem to get along with carpet, so I thought everything was okie dokie.
Yesterday I took the old girl (not the DW) in for new tires and when I hit a bump in the road there was a loud bang from behind me. I was on a rough road so I turned my head and looked at the slide. As I hit rough spots it would bounce and the top was actually moving. So I thought I had screwed up the slide and started looking for answers on the good ole IRV2 Forums. After I posted what my problem was and only got one response I decided to use the search tool on the Forum.
Back in 2010 I found some info from Gary RVRoamer who warned some folks to be careful when you change out the original flooring to something different especially if it is thicker and it will be under your slides when they are in. I sent him a PM with my problem of the 1/2"+ gap at the top of my slide and it moving while driving. He suggested that my carpet/padding may be too thick.
This morning I removed the nice thick plush padding from under the carpet and brought the slide in. The slide is now flush with the rest of the MH like it's supposed to be. The back top corner is a hair or two out from being snug but I'm sure that is because of me having to fix the broken skid.
Now all I need is a Slide Expert to replace or fix my lovely skids. Anyone know a place I can trust to do a reasonable and good job??

Hope I run into Gary RVRoamer on down the road, really owe him.
I would say Gary RVRoamer saved me a bundle.
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I dont know anyone but thanks for sharing. I am considering replacing my flooring and it looks like you just paid the money Gary saved you foward to the rest of us.
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I am in the middle ofchanding my flooring. Just removed the carpet and getting ready to install air step vinyl, which is not as thick as the carpet. Do you recommend any further steps I should take? I have tested the movement of my slides without the carpet and they seem to be fine.

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None that I can think of. What is air step vinyl?

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Air Step Plus is a fiber backed loose lay vinyl. Has scotchguard, stain resistant, and repairable. Made by congolium. Check it out on-line. This is what they are using in new coaches. Durable and does not crack.

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