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Old 02-01-2018, 10:10 PM   #1
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Alternative to Carpet in the Slides

Has anyone eliminated the slide carpeting and just continued wood flooring throughout? I know it means approximately a 1" lip but it's hard to picture that without seeing how it's actually done. I know NH will do it and we would dearly love to eliminate all carpeting. However, NH also includes a warning that scratching or marring of the flooring could occur during slide operation and therefore there is no warranty covering that type of damage. Anybody tried this? Comments or thoughts?
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We're looking at doing this as well. There are several different slide mechanisms used and each presents its own issues. Ours does not ride on the center portion of the floor at all, so scratching is not much of an issue. Other do ride across the floor. Some folks place rugs, etc under the rollers, but this may not work in some units. I saw one RV where the slide floor drops down even with the center portion when extended. This guy did a great job and laid the flooring down so when the slides were open you could not really tell where each floor segment started/ended on a joint line.

I'm still thinking about how to solve on it on our floor.
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I ordered my NH with full wood floors including the slides. I'll be picking her up at the end of March/beginning of April. Will be happy to post pics after.
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I ordered my NH with full wood floors including the slides. I'll be picking her up at the end of March/beginning of April. Will be happy to post pics after.
That would be very helpful to see. Before ordering it that way, did you see an example or will yours be the first you've seen? With so many negative comments about carpet anywhere in an RV, I would have thought this would be a common idea and there would be many examples but I guess that may not be the case???
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This weekend, I sat for a while in a new Winnebago Horizon. Among the other amazing things they did with it, instead of carpet in the slide, there was this thin mat. Felt like a bamboo mat. Really a classy touch.
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That would be very helpful to see. Before ordering it that way, did you see an example or will yours be the first you've seen? With so many negative comments about carpet anywhere in an RV, I would have thought this would be a common idea and there would be many examples but I guess that may not be the case???
No, I haven't seen a picture, but Drew explained to me that there will be a bullnose molding to hide/cover the crevice and height differential. I'll gladly take that over the carpet. I guess you can say I'm a clean nut.
I don't think mine is the first.
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I'll gladly take that over the carpet. I guess you can say I'm a clean nut.
I agree 100%. Carpet = retention of dirt. Cole told me basically the same thing about how they would do it but he also made it clear that there may be scratching or scraping from the slide operation and that would not be covered by warranty.
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I tried to post a couple of pictures today but the file size was too big... then I got interrupted and then busy doing other stuff...

I will try to post pictures tomorrow. It looks really good.

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I tried to post a couple of pictures today but the file size was too big... then I got interrupted and then busy doing other stuff...

I will try to post pictures tomorrow. It looks really good.

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Hey Bryan...... Thanks for the help. Create a link so the size won't matter.
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wood on slide
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Here are some pictures of the wood floor in the slide room of one of our recent customers.

As you can see, there is about a 1" lip where the bullnose hangs over the slide threshold.


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Here are some pictures of the wood floor in the slide room of one of our recent customers.

As you can see, there is about a 1" lip where the bullnose hangs over the slide threshold.


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In my opinion, at least from the pics, that looks really good. So I wonder what the floor damage history with this is from slide operation? Does the bullnose trim stay in place? Scratches or scrapes? Any comments from experience? Since virtually all rv's with slides use carpet, obviously there has to be a reason.
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any material that is hard surface will scratch. with wood, you can add stain.
never had any stairnose fail in my history
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Have had no issues with scratches from the rollers on my wood floors, but have been concerned about scratches developing when driving down the road from the vibrations of the roller against the wood floor. To solve this I use tool drawer liner to prevent scratches. When we bring the slide in I have a small square for the roller to sit on when the slide is all the way in. Works perfectly.
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