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Old 10-09-2020, 04:06 PM   #1
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Easy basement access with slides?

Has anybody come up with a good way to access the basement storage, when it is under a slide, without breaking your back? It is bad enough bending over to load/unload anything moderately heavy in the basement but when it is under a slide it is especially hard on the back. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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About the only solution is a horizontal henge and a slide tray.

It behooves me that it took the RV industry so long to go to a horizontal henge. No air shocks needed no ducking under a door.
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I have seen some Class A Motorhomes that have the storage area come out with the slide out. It looks like that puts a lot of weight on the slide out. Donít remember the manufacturer or model. Another option is the have a tray that pulls out which most all Class A now have as standard or at least as an option.
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About the only solution is a horizontal henge and a slide tray.

It behooves me that it took the RV industry so long to go to a horizontal henge. No air shocks needed no ducking under a door.
I just gotta know what a horizontal henge is?
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I have seen some Class A Motorhomes that have the storage area come out with the slide out. It looks like that puts a lot of weight on the slide out. Donít remember the manufacturer or model. Another option is the have a tray that pulls out which most all Class A now have as standard or at least as an option.
Our '06 Itasca had the DS compartments that were attached to the bottom of the slides. Very convenient but they had limited storage due to the size. The sliding trays from MoreRyde or similar are the best option and are truly a back saver.
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I just gotta know what a horizontal henge is?


Hinge on the side, not on top is what he means.
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Until I get it working I am using the "squat and reach" method, supplemented by the "I'll get it later" method.
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I had to practically low crawl to get into the storage areas of my KSDP. I could create a little relief by using the jacks to raise the coach to ride height or better and leave it there.
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There is no solution to the problem and there won't be one any time soon. You can't fit a slide in every bay and even if you did, you still have to bend under the slide to open the door and pull the tray.

The best method, park your coach, connect your utilities and remove anything you need before extending the slides. Same with putting everything away.

With rebuilt knees and a bad back, going under the slides for any reason is brutal for me. I guess I did find one solution....I sit there, moan loud enough so my wife can hear it and then complain about having to get something out of the bays. Often she'll offer to do it.
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Wear a crash helmet! I've got permanent bumps on the top of my head. A baseball cap makes it worse cause you can't see up.
I've got signs everywhere on the body behind the doors, I've learned to ignore....
"Sometimes" I remember to hook up the utilities before I put out the slides.
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Dutch Star Don is spot on as usual. I try to leave the RV as high as comfortable and drop the jacks with the rv on air. This keeps the slides as high as possible.

I have a full drawer slide and a half size slide.

As for a bump cap. Can anyone suggest one. A small thin one would be nice. I have a small helmet but they are a pain to keep in place. Something like the old time pilots used. Maybe 1/4 inch thick. Something to just take the bad words out of the mix. Well maybe I still need the helmet.
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Hinge on the side, not on top is what he means.
Then would that not be a vertical hinge?
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Hinge on the side, not on top is what he means.
So would that be a vertical hinge?
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"Sometimes" I remember to hook up the utilities before I put out the slides.
That part, H.R got right on mine. Wet bay between slides. Power cord reel at back of coach, behind bedroom slide!
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