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Old 09-12-2020, 12:06 PM   #1
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How thick is the floor of my slideout?

I'm in the process of replacing my peeled sofa. I found a used one that is the correct width, but the mounting holes don't match up (about 10" wider). I plan to cut a metal plate to lay over the mounting lip on the new couch, then bolt to the original mounting points. I would also like the added security of running some lags through the plate and mounting lip, but don't want to get myself in trouble with something too long. Anyone know how thick the floor is there?
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What was holding original one in place?
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1/2" bolts screwed into an anchor like the seat belt anchor, which I plan to use as well as bolting through the sofa mounting bracket. To be clear, the original floor brackets were actually attached to the sofa bracket with drill screws, probably #10. I was surprised to see that it was no more substantial than that.
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My stuff just floats in here....doesn't move, but not fastened down either and stays in place...I'd use the length of bolt you removed if it had enough thread engagement before....
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I don't think you are following me. The pictures will show that I can't mount it like the original. I want to utilize the existing mounting points, but would feel better if I screwed through the couch brackets as well.
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I don't think you are following me. The pictures will show that I can't mount it like the original. I want to utilize the existing mounting points, but would feel better if I screwed through the couch brackets as well.
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Well, back to the original question. I asked if anyone knows how thick the floor is.
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I'm guessing the original holes don't go all the way through?

Small drill and punch it through, as there shouldn't be anything where the screw was. Stiff piece of wire with a 90 bend in it. Drop the wire in the hole, go under and mark it, pull out and measure between the bend and the mark.
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I'm guessing the original holes don't go all the way through?

Small drill and punch it through, as there shouldn't be anything where the screw was. Stiff piece of wire with a 90 bend in it. Drop the wire in the hole, go under and mark it, pull out and measure between the bend and the mark.
No, the original holes don't go all the way through, and I'm trying to keep it that way. I want to screw some lags into the floor in addition to using the original ""built-in" nuts. I was hoping someone knew how thick the wood was, so I don't pierce the bottom of the slide. It's not that big of a deal, I just figured someone had repaired a slide floor before and would know whether the wood was 1", 2", or whatever thick.
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Sofa in slide out doesn't need anything more substantial then #10 screws to hold it in place
It isn't going anywhere

Typical side out floor is 1" thick hence the 1/2" bolts so nothing goes thru floor and creates a LEAK Point
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Sofa in slide out doesn't need anything more substantial then #10 screws to hold it in place
It isn't going anywhere
I was more concerned with it breaking loose in an accident, more than anything. I will probably have grandchildren belted down on that sofa, and with the belts more securely attached to the floor, I want the sofa to stay put too. I know I am probably overthinking it a bit, but nothing wrong with being too safe.

Actually, the 1/2" bolts are 1/2" diameter. They were well over an inch long. Anyway, when I got back out to the coach, I realized that the area directly behind the driver seat did not have the lip and I could see that it's about 2" thick, including carpet and sheet metal. I'm guessing there's about 1 1/2" of plywood in there.
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My American Tradition was about 1-1/8" but I never measured it. Basically a sheet of thick, coarse plywood with an upper smooth skin to take the carpet and a thin vinyl sheet on the underside as weatherproofing and skid plate.
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Went through this recently and here is what I learned. First to answer your question; the decking appears to be 1" and the bolts are 1/2" and 1" long. The mounting bracket thickness takes up some of that length. I also discovered that the factory dod not install all of the bolts because not all of the holes lined up.....go figure. I was able to get thre of the four to line up. Tought that I could simply drill and tap a new mounting hole presuming (incorrectly) that the aluminum that the used and tapped was larger than it actually is.

I had the original furniture reupholstered so I was able to use most of the mounting hoes that did line up. No idea how to do a secure mount in plywood and you do not want to have anything go through the bottom of the slide. No way that I would not have the furniture secured; in an accident you do not want to find it flying about your cabin. Please do let us know if you find a way to relocate mounting holes securely.
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I removed by floor for repair .It was 1/4 plywood on top of a aluminum frame that was 1".the bottom was 1/4" with the metal cladding .030.
So around 1 9/16.
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