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Old 07-09-2013, 01:40 PM   #1
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Big slide grabs carpet

I'm putting this here rather than in the Winnebago forum thinking a lot of side outs are similar.

We are having the carpet replaced in our '04 Vectra right now. For the time being a piece of sheet metal is saving the new carpet. The old one had a tear in it but we found something crushed under it an figured that was the culprit. It did not look like a plastic slide that crumbled.

About 8" from the front of the slide out, behind the driver seat something is catching. Looking underneath, 1/2 way out while one of us is tipping the slide up so you can see there doesn't appear to be a problem. Where it is catching is on a metal small rounded edge part that looks like trim to a larger flat and rounded front and back about two inches wide spanning along the length of the slide out.

The slide "bushings" do not look badly worn or disintegrated like some I have read about and are black which indicates they are the newer replacements.

We don't need much more rise so are the threaded rods under the slide adjustable to raise it just a bit? For now the sheet metal is getting us by but this is not a good permanent fix obviously.

On the bright side the new carpet is looking pretty good.
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:31 AM   #2
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Bump

No one has had this problem and resolved it short of going to Winnebago or HWH in Iowa?
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:30 AM   #3
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Answering my own post again but it's not the first time I have talked to myself

It appears that the problem is that the floor on the slide room is bowed. The middle is arced upward making the forward edge of the glide strip point slightly downward. This can be seen when the slide is out because the mid point does not become as flush to the floor as the ends. The front edge of the strip is what is cutting into the carpet. I will attempt to get a photo but it is a small space under there.

I am wondering if it is possible to straighten it by extending it part way then blocking up both ends and having all 265lbs of me stand in the middle. After that be more careful to balance the load in the attached storage bays underneath.
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I have seen the situation you describe. You can try your method. If that doesn't work- get a couple pieces of luxury vinyl planks. These are super slick. Add those on top of your new carpet when you bring in the slide. Should slip right over. Upon extending, store those under the sofa.
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