Originally Posted by DLB JR
I priced Guardian Plates for all 4 slides on our 07 Endevor and about fell over! So I went to a sheet metal company that builds a/c pipes. They made me stainless steel plates to my measurements. Very thick just like Guardian. $210.00 for 4 slides and my afternoon labor.
Good for you for saving some money and installing them yourself as that is your choice.
Personally, I have no problem with the fabrication part as I have a full machine/fabrication shop at home and do all my own work as well.
That being said, I have a different take on things, maybe it is due to my running my own speed shop for 20 years. I feel that Chris @ Talin Manufacturing has done a lot of work in the R&D department of diagnosing the issues with the Monaco slides and then devising a reasonable solution that can be done without pulling the slides and completely rebuilding them in which bring them up to a solid and worry free platform.
Talin uses the highest grade stainless steel sheet as well as rivets and adhesive, none of which is cheap or inexpensive. After having multiple conversations with Chris several years ago it was easy to feel his passion for his work and product and the RV industry overall. All of which made me moe than happy to support a vendor who has contributed so much to the RV industry, Monaco in particular.
Many times we as end users see a product and think how easy it is to duplicate or reverse engineer something that another vendor has produced. We then think that we are a genius for doing it ourselves. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that as that is each of our right and I have done so in the past on multiple projects.
However, what we sometimes fail to realize is that someone took a lot of time and energy to research and develop such products and I feel that has more value than most people realize. Had someone not already invented or produced such a product then there would be nothing to compare to or duplicate. That is how the industry shifts, when someone does the hard work to develop a product in the first place and then market it and get a return on their investment of time and materials.
I don't have money falling out of my a$$ either but I feel if I can support a fellow RV'er and his company in which will help to ensure that company will be around long term to help others as well as go on to develop more products for our industry. If the company is not responsible in their marketing or has poor customer service then they will sort themselves out of the market through attrition and if they have a product in demand and have good customer service to support that product then they should reap the rewards of their hard work.
Good ole' American ingenuity and capitalism at its finest.
It is everyone's personal choice on the products they use on their coach. I installed the Guardian plates on my coach about 5 years ago and think they work great plus they add an amazing appearance that compliments the brightwork already on my coach and have nothing but praises for the product and the company. There are other products that I have used that I cannot say that about.
That's my take on the matter. Take it for what it's worth.