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Old 06-29-2013, 01:09 PM   #1
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Slide-Out Floor Plastic Ramp (Threshold) cracking

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I can not find out what the Plastic Strip below my Super Slide is called to source one on the internet...it is basically similar to a door threshold of course the slide out drops off of it when it is fully slid out, and then uses it as a ramp when coming back in...it's black plastic 12ft in length with flush screws each 12" to secure it to the floor and it sits flush with carpeting on cabin side...it's cracking around the screw heads and sooner than later going to cause issues with my Lippert Slide Out which is a marginal design at best...

Thanks for any help in advance! Cole...
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Old 06-29-2013, 05:24 PM   #2
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I don't know what Lippert uses, probably the cheapest thing they thought off, but in this application they should be using UHMW polyethylene. It's the same material that is used in conveyor belts and snowmobile track glides, very though and very slippery. Contrary to general belief in those applications it's better than teflon and cheaper. Good source for it is McMaster-Carr.
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You mentioned 12 feet, that is beyond the typical largest sheet which is 4 x 8 or 4 x 10 feet. Are you sure it's in one piece or is it comprised of shorter lengths.
As you can see you can buy it from McMaster-Carr in different lengths and thicknesses. You might want to check also with a plastics distributor in your area, most of them carry it and they can cut it for you in the size you need.
Great stuff, I use it in my products and on my projects.
On this Smart loader for instance it helps to glide the winch cable and protect the bed edge.

The screws are flat head, hex drive, stainless, tapped into the bed.

Lippert might have come up another "solution".

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Good point, I have ordered this in strips and used under sleds for skids as well...it is "slicker" than polymer or plastic...seems softer though..

Looks like Lippert used a piece similar to a door threshold but fit for purpose on the Karry-All Superslides...
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It appears softer, but it has tremendous friction resistance. If you take a grinding wheel to it, it will eventually melt but will not grind.
I've looked at a number of those "drop down flat floor room slides" and what I saw did not "stir my engineering soul". Most of those solutions (in my not so humble opinion) was just short of Mickey Mouse.

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It appears softer, but it has tremendous friction resistance. If you take a grinding wheel to it, it will eventually melt but will not grind.
I've looked at a number of those "drop down flat floor room slides" and what I saw did not "stir my engineering soul". Most of those solutions (in my not so humble opinion) was just short of Mickey Mouse.

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Thanks HJ, you are correct, best I remember I tried cutting it with a power tool and it just melted in the saws teeth, hacksaw worked though, probably could have gotten away with slow speed power saw though...

Yes, the Lippert engineering on the "through frame" slide out is a design that can baffle the mind? It has worked for 9 yrs with intermittent failures to drive system and the rollers need replacing now...I made the mistake of thinking that RV Dealers are actually qualified repair shops...had them adjust the slide...lol...lesson learned...I went to work and adjusted it myself...now I do all the work except for body repairs...most RV Shops are a joke to be honest, about the best I have used is North Texas RV, but even they have dropped the ball on some items, and they are $$$$....

One of the best things I ever did for my slide out rails, it stopped all the problems:
Chain Lube|Sidewinder's SS-51 Synthetic chain lube
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Just an update, Komfort RV had some left over in the warehouse and have sent me a replacement free of charge…can't beat the price! Thanks Komfort in Clackamas, Oregon…appreciate the helpful response!
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