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Old 09-03-2017, 02:55 PM   #1
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New floor protectors for FWS

The flange of the floor protectors on our 2015 4369 VTDP have started to crack after 2 years; not too bad I guess. So I ordered some new ones. The new ones no longer have the flange and the felt has been replaced with a "hard" rubber backing. My first thought was great as the flange is what was failing. But when I saw the hard rubber backing I was concerned that they would not stay in place while retracting the slide. Sure enough, as the slide came up the ramp and the rollers engaged the protectors, they slid back out of the way. Not a good solution.

To counter the sliding effect, we placed a small piece of the tacky rubber shelf liner material under the front edge and tried it again. This seemed to work and confirmed that the hard rubber was a bad choice.

I am curious what others have done. Do you still use the protectors? Have you replaced yours with something else? Have your originals broke down like ours?

Would appreciate any advice.

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The flange of the floor protectors on our 2015 4369 VTDP have started to crack after 2 years; not too bad I guess. So I ordered some new ones. The new ones no longer have the flange and the felt has been replaced with a "hard" rubber backing. My first thought was great as the flange is what was failing. But when I saw the hard rubber backing I was concerned that they would not stay in place while retracting the slide. Sure enough, as the slide came up the ramp and the rollers engaged the protectors, they slid back out of the way. Not a good solution.

To counter the sliding effect, we placed a small piece of the tacky rubber shelf liner material under the front edge and tried it again. This seemed to work and confirmed that the hard rubber was a bad choice.

I am curious what others have done. Do you still use the protectors? Have you replaced yours with something else? Have your originals broke down like ours?

Would appreciate any advice.

Thanks
Tom
Tom, Yes our originals broke also. The edges break off. So I went to HD or Lowes and got a thin carpet (like you lay down on a shop floor with rubber edges - almost like a mat) and glued the non-slip shelf liners (comes in rolls0 on the back.

Works great. Easy to lay down before bringing in the slides and easy to pick up, fold over and store under the bed when we are parked.
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We took a tip from another forum member and cut off the broken lip, warmed the fresh edge and bent the plastic into a new lip. We have done this with four of them and been pleased with the result.
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We took a tip from another forum member and cut off the broken lip, warmed the fresh edge and bent the plastic into a new lip. We have done this with four of them and been pleased with the result.
Ditto, just did 7 of ours and it worked perfect. All that is needed is a Heat Gun and 2 pieces of metal that can clamp onto the edge. Heat and bend!
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