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Old 10-14-2011, 01:22 AM   #1
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Slideout flat floor or raised

Here's the question. I have a 03 Itasca Suncruiser 33v; V10. The main slideout is not flat when extended. It has about a 2" lip however a saw an 03 Itasca 38G 8.1ltr which the main slideout is flat. The front of these two basically the same. The big difference is the chassis and the extra 5' in the rear.
Does anyone out there have a F53 chassis in the same model that can clear this up for me?
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Old 10-14-2011, 01:53 AM   #2
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I don't believe it has anything to do with the F53 chassis... It has to do with whatever slide technology the coach maker chooses. I believe the slides that are flat or near flat require a more expensive system. We had a 2007 Fourwinds Hurricane (F53) that the slide was about 2" higher than the floor and a 2006 Cross Country DP (Freightliner) that was about 3" higher. Our 2003 Monaco Dynasty (Roadmaster) is near flat when extended.
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Old 10-14-2011, 04:39 AM   #3
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My Monaco LaPalma 34 is f53 v10 and has flat slide out floor
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Old 10-14-2011, 05:02 AM   #4
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my f.w. windsport is also flat
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My 2001 Winn. Chieftain 35 U , had a flat slideout as well as my current FW Bounder 35 E.
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97 Hurricane 33SL and the slide out (living area) is raised about 2 inches. Design of living area is such that the slide out floor being raised isn't noticed and I've never tripped on it.
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Old 10-14-2011, 06:13 PM   #7
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my f.w. windsport is also flat
Does your slide tilt to a crazy angle when moving in and out? Thanks.
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The flat floor seals much better. The raised floor is harder to seal and usually gives much less trouble. Like most things in life it is a tradeoff.
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Does your slide tilt to a crazy angle when moving in and out? Thanks.
sure it does, i think any that are flat have to tilt as it starts to come in. its wierd to watch, you think its going to fall out.
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sure it does, i think any that are flat have to tilt as it starts to come in. its wierd to watch, you think its going to fall out.
After coming to my senses, I began to look at the physics involved in "lifting" up a slide so it can come in. That's when I really worried about camping somewhere and having the system crap out. How to get that slide back in. On my last rig, the slide (using HWH) was level so you could just open the valve and push that sucker in. No way at all this would ever happen with the floor level slide that we have. I called Thor. They actually told me via an engineer that they discussed this matter with HWH. HWH recommended some form of winch system. Thor declined to mess with it. Now, they have all these units out on the road with floor level slides and there is no way in hell you will ever just push that slide back in once you open the valves on the pump. I pulled out my couch and installed a heavy duty eye bolt though the floor into the bottom frame. That combined with a come-along, some timbers, and a cloth strap gave me a nice little system to winch in my slide if I ever have a bad hydraulic failure.
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hey pirate, i was looking back at your post on the slide retraction problem if someting went wrong with it, have you tried the setup with the come along. that sounded like a good plan.
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Yes, I did in fact try the winch system out. It worked fine for pulling in this slide. I shoved all the components under the couch. Hopefully I never have to use it but I'm glad now I took the time to design the method and obtain the gear to do it.
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