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Old 09-17-2021, 12:08 PM   #1
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Slide roller causing floor damage

I have one area in my 2016 baystar sport where the slide roller on the driver side appears to be damaging the vinyl flooring. It pulls it up from where it is supposed to be tucked under the carpet and there are two small damaged areas of the vinyl. Any thoughts on why this is happening and what I can do about it? Can I place something thin in that area when I pull the slide in, like a thin piece of plastic, or a hunk of carpet?
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The roller under the slide in that area has probably stopped rolling and needs replacement. Check out the YouTube videos on replacing Newmar slide rollers. Not hard to do. You place 2X4’s on top of the open slide and as the slide comes in, the boards stop the top from coming in and raise the floor of the slide so you can reach in and remove the old roller. (One axle of the roller is spring loaded and easily depressed to remove the roller.

You probably have more than one roller that needs replacement. Call Newmar parts with your coach number and they can tell you which roller you need. Mine were $12 ea plus free shipping.

You should also be placing plastic pads under each roller when you bring in the slide to protect the floor while your traveling. My Newmar dealer sulpplied mine after delivery (2017 BayStar).

Good luck. You can do this.
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Old 09-17-2021, 12:35 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. Is there a plastic part from newmar, or would any old plastic sheet suffice? Iíll google it, but can you describe the plastic? I bought the RV used from the newmar dealer in Ft Meyers and they never mentioned any slide/floor protection. This is my 5th RV, but first one with slides.
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Ok, so I googled it and found a couple of plastic sleds. Many reviews are good but some say they donít work. Some say they lifted the slide and caused it not to seal properly on the outside when closed. My 29 ft baystar has a full wall slide. Some rollers are on the linoleum, but the last one is on the bedroom carpet. If I use these plastic sleds, do I need to use one at every roller location?
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see the thread just below this one "slide roller tile protectors" fore some good info
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Any thin sheet of hard plastic wide enough to cover the roller should suffice. I’m sure Newmar parts sells the sheets.
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You only need them on the linoleum.
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Old 09-18-2021, 06:48 AM   #8
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Slide roller causing floor damage

I guess putting a scrap piece of carpet on the linoleum would not work? Maybe not rigid enough? I see mixed reviews on the purpose built strips and they look so expensive for what they are. Iíd rather improvise with something else. Iím not afraid to spend $$, but many reviews of the commercially available strips are not great.
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Use linoleum strips as protectors

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I guess putting a scrap piece of carpet on the linoleum would not work? Maybe not rigid enough? I see mixed reviews on the purpose built strips and they look so expensive for what they are. Iíd rather improvise with something else. Iím not afraid to spend $$, but many reviews of the commercially available strips are not great.
I also have a baystar sport, and we had minor damage almost from the beginning. I didn't have scraping, but where the roller was in the fully-retracted position there was a divot forming in the shape of the roller. I assume it was because of the weight of the slide bouncing up and down slightly going down the road in that space -- probably not something that can be avoiding.

I just got 7 12x24 strips of linoleum from home depot. I got a box with a linoleum pattern that was coarse, to add friction. I put them with linoleum side down, peeled off the wax paper backing and stuck the national park and RV park maps from our next trip to each of them.

The 12x12 squares weren't long enough -- the roller would go past it. With the 12x24, I just pause pulling in the FWS once it's at max height, put the strips in front of the rollers, and pull it in the rest of the way.

It cost about $20 for the box of strips. That was months ago, and I'm not seeing any increase in the small divots.
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My Super Star shipped with 6 plastic sheets with a bevel cut on one end, tucked into the basement center spine. I'm betting I know what they're for now.
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We have a Ventana LE with the vinyl flooring. One of the Newmar tech reps suggested we get vinyl plastic table mats at Dollar Tree for $1.00 each. We did, and 8 years later and 54000 miles, the floor is still looking good!!
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