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Old 02-19-2019, 08:30 AM   #1
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2006 Dolphin 5355 Bedroom Slide out adjustment

I know this issue must have been discussed before but I couldn't find any reference... here is the situation, my bedroom slide is not closing completely, I can see a difference of about 1/4 inch in the top. Bottom seems ok but top doesn't look properly seated... I know water sipping in...

Any suggestion on how can I adjust it so top and bottom close completely?

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Old 02-19-2019, 09:02 AM   #2
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I have an 05 5342 and it is not adjustable.
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Old 02-20-2019, 06:34 AM   #3
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I would look on top of the slide for something stopping it.
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Old 02-21-2019, 08:52 AM   #4
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The problem I had with my rear slide not closing completely was on the top left corner that was caused by the slide not aligned correctly inside the slide's opening frame, one frame's trim was contacting on top of the openings frame's trim. The slide sits on and slides on nylon blocks under the bed. To make the slide "more square" inside the slide's opening, I put a 1/8" wooden shim under the nylon block on the left side, therefore adjusting that side of the slide up 1/8". This was the issue I had, but may not at all be your issue.


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Old 03-01-2019, 09:34 AM   #5
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Bedroom Slide adjustment

How did you get a shim under the nylon slide support. I have the same problem although not quite to the extent of overlapping the opening trim.
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Old 03-02-2019, 12:55 PM   #6
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Looking under the bed with the slide in the out position, I could see the slide rested on and slides on a nylon block on each slide. The nylon block can be taken out by removing the wood screws holding it in place. The slide has to be lifted to remove the block. I did this by putting a stack of wooden blocks on the floor(pieces of 2 x 4's) near the edge of slide out close to the nylon block location, then pushing down on a steal bar(crow bar) resting the stack of 2 x 4's with one end of the bar positioned under the slide/bed frame. The slide was lifted maybe 1/2", then addition wooden blocks where pushed under the slide frame to temporarily hold it up. Once off the nylon block, it could be removed. I "shimmed" it up with a thin piece of plywood, cut the same dimensions as the nylon block, using the thickness that was needed to raise the slide in that side.(1/8" or 1/4", etc) With weather striping on all sides of the slides opening, the slide can be raised, lowered , etc., maybe as much as 3/4" without a problem, however, I raised it just enough to do want I needed to do. I my case, because the way the factory installed the slide's aluminum frame pieces, there was no way I could make the gap even all the around, so it was a compromise.
One thing to add, part of this problem was caused by the floor under the slide getting soft on that side due to water unknowingly getting in over time. The wood under the fiberglass sheeting is what went soft. The slides water leak was fixed, to give the
floor some strength, for now, was to put a metal plate under the floor where it slides on the nylon block.
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slide adjustment

Thanks for the comprehensive description of how you lifted the slide. That was my biggest concern. I'll be tearing into it this weekend!
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Old 03-05-2019, 08:17 AM   #8
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Thanks very much Greg!

I can see that I have about a 1/8 to 3/16 gap on the top... seems to be equal on both sides...

This helps a great deal!

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Greg,

National must have changed the configuration of the slide and the pads supporting it between my '04 and your unit. My outer pads are not exposed enough to get to any screws(or even see the screws). I'm thinking a may have to shim up the entire unit but I need to do some more investigating.
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Yes, National may have made changes. With the bedroom slide fully out, I could just access the 2 wood screws thru each nylon block. Our 05 Dolphin 5342 was different with the slide being on rollers. I liked this set up better, so last summer I did remove the nylon blocks and replace with rollers, which when installed, could have a spacer or shim under them as well to adjust the slides height on each slide. The second picture is the 08 Dolphin bedroom slide fully out. When fully out the slide's floor is almost off the roller, but each roller still sits on the metal side frame under the bed. Good luck on the repair.





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