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Old 07-08-2017, 10:48 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Slideout Maint/Repair - Guardian Plates Review

Last year I had Chris T. measure our coach for some replacement awnings while at the Ramblin Pushers MS rally in 2016. He also inspected our slides. The bedroom slide was in need of some recaulking, but otherwise in good shape. We did discuss the Guardian Plates being something for the future. I did order and install them late summer 2016. I had Chris measure the living room slide at the 2017 MS rally as weel as the bedroom slide for the plates for the rollers since there was signs of some wear from the rollers. I also wanted to be proactive and prevent problems.
I finished installing everything last week and was an fairly simple job if you have good mechanical skills.
Key things:
This will eliminate any chance of slide floor rot.
They look very good and give things a fresh updated look.
The slides are actually quieter with the Guardian plates when moving in or out!
They also run much smoother and sound as if the motor is having an easier time moving things.
I highly recommend them!
I also found out I have one of the Monaco experimental slides with rollers after the lift blocks.
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Great write-up! And good to hear your positive experience with them, I'm sold too.


Might be interesting for others to chime in here with their efforts and their results.
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BennieH: Can you share the install instructions? I need to do my bedroom slide on passenger side and trying to determine if it's something I want to do myself. Didn't see install instructions on their web site.

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Think I found the install video on their site.
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Ok watched video and see where they install rivets along the side of the plate but do you also install rivets on the underside surface of the guardian plate or just the side? Looks like there are holes on the bottom of the plate.
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Hey Ken -

Yes, the rivets go on the underside of the plate too (see about 11:40 into the video).

I was a bit curious as to why Chris specifies rivets and not screws. His response was they've found that over time the screws can work themselves loose with repeated slide movement in and out, whereas the rivet has no way to loosen or back off. Once they're 'mushroomed' they stay put.

Installing the plates isn't that big of a job, just follow the video/directions and take your time.

And let us know how it comes out!!!
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The installation of everything took me about 8 hours total over 2 days. I was in no hurry and just took my time. Chris does have a nice write up on installing the bedroom slides that I helped him put together. I am sure he could be asked for it.
The biggest thing is get a heavy duty rivet tool! Do not try it with the one handed ones! They are stainless rivets (everything he supplies is first rate!) and you need one of the long handle ones (he can sell you that as well).

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follow on where is the video

Was reading the string of comments and somebody said they found the video, where is it and how can I see it?
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Main website...
Talin Manufacturing HOme of the Guardian Plates

Website for the 2 videos...
Educational Videos | talinrv.com
(took me a second to realize that you click on the big black boxes themselves to open the videos)



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