Originally Posted by calico
Thanks for moving my post to the correct location!! I've read about new flooring being scratched when the slides are brought back in. Would it work to lay down a rug or pc of carpet in front of the slide runners prior to bringing the slide in? Also, did you remove every bit of carpet under the slide or just enough to bring the Allure to under the slide? Where did you tack the new flooring?
Many folks have had success laying down a piece of carpet or even spare planks of the Allure to have the slides ride on. They also make thin plastic sheets for this purpose I believe Camping World has them. I haven't tried them myself and want to get my slides operating properly without having to do this.
I removed every bit of carpet. I wanted a clean installation of the Allure from nose to tail with no changes in elevation on the floor so I had to install 3/16" plywood underlayment and leveling compound to get a flat, smooth floor. I had thought this would still result int the floor being no higher than the original carpeting. It might be the same height but the hard skids scratch the Allure (probably when any sand, etc is trapped between the skid and the Allure) when the slides ride over them.
To remove every bit of carpet I had to spend HOURS lying on my side and using GOOF OFF and WD40 to dissolve the glue Winnie used to hold the carpet to the ramp the skids ride up over.
My original plan was to leave the floor floating but the first time I tried to retract a slide the entire floor buckled in the center because the slide was just pushing it out of the way. I used carpet tacks to hold down the allure where it runs up to the slide and a utility knife to bevel the edges of the Allure to encourage the slide skid to ride over it.
I installed new carpet ON the slides using area rugs from WalMart cut to size and held down with staples and carpet tape. Leaving carpet on the slides allow for the hiding of the slide seam where it meets the floor and the Allure is tacked down.
There are conflicting reports on whether or not my slides are adjustable... allowing me to raise the height of the slides so they don't ride so heavily on the floor when retracting. The looks of the mechanism seems to indicate it is adjustable and a few have reported they've done it, but many experts here claim it's not a feature of the design.