SLIDEOUT RUBBING FLOOR - A TEMP FIX
The edge of the floor of the
slide in my coach deflects downward enough so that it rests on or contacts the
tile floor during driving, and marks the floor with what looks like aluminum
oxide -- a black deposit. It has done this essentially since new. I had some
conversation with other D owners and with a dealer service manager, none of
which yielded acceptable guidance (the service manager suggested returning to
the factory for what sounded like major work, which did not appeal to
What I am doing which has prevented the marking is to put spacers
between the tile surface and the bottom surface of the
retracted slide platform, as follows:
1. After retracting the slide, I
slip the tip of a thin and broad (2"wide) pry bar between the tile surface and
the bottom surface of the slide platform at the edge of the slide floor (which
is carpeted). The location of the pry bar is just rearward of the projecting
corner of the dinette portion of the slide platform -- the forward edge of the
pry bar is 2" rearward of this corner. This location is about "mid-span" of the
2. In order to get the tip of the pry bar underneath the
slide platform, I bump the other end of the pry bar with enough force to move
the tip about 1/2" - 3/4" under the platform. This lifts the platform 1/4" -
3. I place two rubber spacers between the tile floor surface and
the bottom of the platform, one just forward and one just rearward of the pry
bar, far enough underneath so that they will support the platform.
spacers are round and flat -- about 7/8" in diameter and 3/16" thick. They are
made of slightly soft rubber, and can be sliced off rubber stoppers available at
Home Depot, etc. To cut the rubber, I use a sawing action with a sharp knife
blade and lubricate the cutting action with liquid detergent.
5. With the
spacers in place, I pull the pry bar out from beneath the platform, allowing the
weight to transfer to the spacers.
6. After the day's drive, before
extending the slide, I replace the pry bar under the slide platform, located as
above. While pushing downward on the lever end of the pry bar in order to lift
the platform off the spacers, I use a retrieval tool made of ~16gauge wire
to move the spacers out from under the platform. The wire tool has a
semicircular hook which goes behind the spacers in order to pull them
Each operation -- placing and removing the spacers -- takes about
1/2 to 1 minute.
Any questions? Please let me know.
Carroll 2000 37V