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Old 08-12-2022, 08:20 AM   #1
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Rusted slide

We have a 2005 Fleetwood MH and just got some terrible news….the galley slide is rusted and not repairable. We’ve been having trouble with getting it to go out, needed a push, but coming in was smooth. Has anyone ever experienced this? With this, trade in is worthless, selling will be an almost give away. We still owe on it, so it’s no win situation. I’m sick…..
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Can you show us what is so rusty that it wont run correctly?



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Old 08-12-2022, 08:42 AM   #3
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It’s at the shop….here are the pics I received. I’m not good at relating the pictures. We’re going tomorrow to talk to them. They put it on rollers and said it was doing good, but few days later with working it in/out, rollers broke and I guess that’s when all the rust was discovered. Not repairable.
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They said sooner or later it won’t work at all.
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Old 08-12-2022, 08:50 AM   #5
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Just a thought Bing but any decent fabricator could rebuild the bad parts. That's not much different than a badly rusted frame or other parts.
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Finding one could be difficult….we’re in southern Ms..
Replacing the slide would be massively expensive, if we could even find someone to do it. It’s the large galley slide, cupboards, overhead cabinets, kitchen cabinets and sink etc. Then, it’s the full body paint to consider. Overwhelming to say the least.
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Can't hardly make heads or tails out of the pictures.

But it almost looks like a water intrusion issue on the side, causing the side to bulge.
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I would have them get the slide into the stowed position and take a little time to look at your options. You can use the coach without opening the slide in the meantime. It looks like a good winter project for a creative shop. Don’t write it off just yet.
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I can't tell much from the pics either, but almost anything can be repaired.

If the shop it is at can't or won't do it, I'd search for a shop that can. Will probably require the slide to be pulled completely out and it might not be cheap, but probably better than the alternatives.

Hang in there and good luck.
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Old 08-13-2022, 01:27 PM   #11
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It’s the frame

We went and looked at it. The frame of the main slide is rusting away terribly. If you look inside the compartment underneath and look at frame, it is rusting so badly that it is dissentegrating. They said it would have taken years for it to get this bad. The slide would need removed and then something be done to frame. They suggested turning into insurance and go from there.
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"They" always suggest turning into insurance, but having worked in insurance claims for 30 years this would be considered wear and tear, or a maintenance issue.

I don't think anybody writes a maintenance policy on the body. Maintenance is considered but not limited to decal fade, rusty items, leaking roof, worn suspension and tires etc. Now most will pay for a flood of RV or broken pipe water damage but only if you discover damage immediately and try to mitigate the damage, not years later when rotten wood or rust occurs.

Insurance will pay for almost anything that is sudden and not intentional initial loss. As soon as I would see dry rot or rust it was going to be likely not covered. Sometimes it may but normally not for most companies! Sorry to see that happened to you but as mentioned it is possible to repair by pulling the slide off for access and replace the steel.
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