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Old 02-21-2015, 02:48 PM   #1
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Basement Attachment to Slide

Anyone ever heard of successfully removing basement from chassis and attaching to slideout for better access?
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Wow, that would be major surgery and modifications to pull off. Like most anything, I suppose it can be done, given enough money and time.
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The extra weight hanging on slide could cause twisting, binding on slide mechinism. Could cause slide room to not seal properly.
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Have to agree attaching it to the slide has all manor of potential problems.

This idea did get me to thinking though (DW always says that's dangerous).

You could modify the compartment to slide out to flush up with the slide. Essentially one would use a set of glides, build a box on that and attach the compartment door to the front of the tray. Inside that tray could be your full extending passthrough tray.

Downside, thats a lot of work and would reduce your cargo weight carrying ability with the 200-300 pounds of extra hardware. But it would be cool.
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Doesn't Winnegago already do this?

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Doesn't Winnegago already do this?
Yep. That's how my front DS slide works.
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Anyone ever heard of successfully removing basement from chassis and attaching to slideout for better access?
I had a '05 Winnebago Vectra. That idea was the style of the build. We had more trouble with the slides because of the extra weight. It is so easy to exceed the capacity of the slide with those big boxes filled with stuff hanging out there.


Another consideration is ride stability. The coach we have now has a wonderful big basement. My load is distributed and balanced fairly well on the chassis rails. Outbound basement compartments don't allow for this to happen.

If you travel light get a pre 2008 Winnebago product. In many ways they are very nice coaches.

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I had a '05 Winnebago Vectra. That idea was the style of the build. We had more trouble with the slides because of the extra weight. It is so easy to exceed the capacity of the slide with those big boxes filled with stuff hanging out there.

If you travel light get a pre 2008 Winnebago product. In many ways they are very nice coaches.

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Oh, I guess I forgot to mention that my MoHo is in the shop right now, as we speak, getting that same slide fixed. It's great for storage access but I've had trouble with it gradually sagging over the last few years. Finally getting it fixed.
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My large living area main slide on the drivers side carries storage bins. It is nice not have to crawl under the slide to access them, but on the flip side often one cannot open one or more doors because of a tight fit in the campground space. Also the bins are not very deep. But there is a door in the end that allows long items to be stowed.

I have never a problem due to the weight, however I make a point to keep the really heavy stuff not there.
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Oh, I guess I forgot to mention that my MoHo is in the shop right now, as we speak, getting that same slide fixed. It's great for storage access but I've had trouble with it gradually sagging over the last few years. Finally getting it fixed.
Not certain what your in. The HWH slide gear has nylon pads that wear out over time, and more quickly with increased storage loads. Also the basement hanger studs have a nasty habit of breaking. That happened to me but fortunately I didn't loose the basement box.

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Not certain what your in. The HWH slide gear has nylon pads that wear out over time, and more quickly with increased storage loads. Also the basement hanger studs have a nasty habit of breaking. That happened to me but fortunately I didn't loose the basement box.

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I just found out today that it was the hanger. Not sure but I think it broke. I'll know when I get my bill. Argh!
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I just found out today that it was the hanger. Not sure but I think it broke. I'll know when I get my bill. Argh!
If you haven't been to the Winne factory yet you should go. Make an appointment to have all of your slides serviced. The folks have always been great when we have gone, and the rates are less than the typical RV service center. Just don't volunteer to go in the winter. Too cold and too much snow!

HWH is not far from there from what I was told. They have a very good service reputation. We didn't try to go there.

This coach is on a Freightliner. When we were back east we went to the factory to have the chassis service and inspection done. That was another great move on my part.

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If you haven't been to the Winne factory yet you should go. Make an appointment to have all of your slides serviced. The folks have always been great when we have gone, and the rates are less than the typical RV service center. Just don't volunteer to go in the winter. Too cold and too much snow!

HWH is not far from there from what I was told. They have a very good service reputation. We didn't try to go there.

This coach is on a Freightliner. When we were back east we went to the factory to have the chassis service and inspection done. That was another great move on my part.

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Thanks for the tip but the work was already been done at Advanced RV in Vancouver, WA. They've done good work for me in the past so I took it there. They're also doing lots of other things, including fixing the heat pump and some glass work. I'm still waiting for them to finish and I'm getting antsy cos this is a rare rain free week in the Pacific Northwest and I wanna hit the road!
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