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Old 10-03-2016, 10:51 AM   #1
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Sitting at table with slides retracted

Is it OK to sit at my table with the slides retracted (in)? I heard that this may damage the slides. Thank you for your response
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I hadn't heard that. We use the furniture in the slides often without them extended.
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I hadn't heard that. We use the furniture in the slides often without them extended.
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Class A's are used that way constantly so I doubt it will harm anything in a fiver.


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Old 10-03-2016, 03:37 PM   #5
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I used the table all the time in my class A's when slid in. I wouldn't in my fifth wheel. One look at how much flex there is in the floor when I do step on it leads me to believe it's not a good thing. It probably depends on the design of the slide and the location of the table in the slide. In mine, when slid in, there is no support for the edge of the slide (it's elevated off of the floor). When slid out, that edge drops down near flush and is supported by the outer edge of the frame.
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It depends on how the slide is built, many are not designed to be used except when open. MH slideouts are shallow to provide a center walkway and built stronger. Fiver slideouts are almost 48 inches deep and the leading edge of the floor needs to be in the open position and supported by the main floor for normal use. Otherwise the floor will flex when walked on. There are many owners that have discovered that flexing of the slideout floor caused failure of the floor to wall joint followed by water leaks and rotting of the floor. I do not use the slides except when open. But everyone can gamble as they please.
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It depends on how the slide is built, many are not designed to be used except when open. MH slideouts are shallow to provide a center walkway and built stronger. Fiver slideouts are almost 48 inches deep and the leading edge of the floor needs to be in the open position and supported by the main floor for normal use. Otherwise the floor will flex when walked on. There are many owners that have discovered that flexing of the slideout floor caused failure of the floor to wall joint followed by water leaks and rotting of the floor. I do not use the slides except when open. But everyone can gamble as they please.
5th wheel slide outs aren't almost always 48". They never are 48". Norm is 36" for dinette/sofa slides. 24" for kitchen slides. some go 42". But never 48"
To the OP, just slide a thin piece of plywood under the front edge of the slide for more support.
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5th wheel slide outs aren't almost always 48". They never are 48". Norm is 36" for dinette/sofa slides. 24" for kitchen slides. some go 42". But never 48"
To the OP, just slide a thin piece of plywood under the front edge of the slide for more support.
First, I did not use the word 'always' , second, many are 44 to 42 inches which I at least consider is almost 48 inches, and finally kitchen slides at 24 inches are not relevent since they don't have seating.

You are right, plywood can be used under the slideout floor, but I'd need 3/4 inch thick and 11 ft length.
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Just try not to step on the edges you can crack or break them.
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This stuff never has a " one size fits all answer". Just as an example
How well is your slide built
How much do you weigh
Is it a raised slide or flst
We used ours that way all the time. Heavens if we had not we would never have been able to sit anywhere when we did overnight stops or stopped to rest
However we had a Holiday Rambler built like a mini tank.
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