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Old 08-31-2016, 12:34 PM   #1
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Slide Plate Installation

I have a 2012 Berkshire 360-FWS. I noticed on my last trip that the 5 rollers under the full wall slide, especially under the heavy area, the refrigerator, are starting to cause "dimpling" and are starting to tear up the black mesh type fabric on the underside. I have previously discussed the issue with the boys at FR, and they sent me 7 aluminum plates with screws 8"x24"x1/8" thick. Since the coach is out of warranty, they said they would supply the material, and I would have to pay for the labor to install.

I have researched on this site, how some people did their own installation. It looks like they used 2 hydraulic floor jacks with 2"x4"'s for support on the slide ends and another 2"x4" from the slide supports to the floor jacks. They put the slide out, and then jacked the slide up just enough to slide the 1/8 inch plate between the rollers and the slide bottom. They then pre-drilled holes and installed the screws in the plates that already have pre-drilled countersunk holes. In my case, it looks like the 24" plates are too long. The distance from the outside of the slide to just past the rollers to the seal, is 21 and 1/2 inches. So I believe I need to cut 2 and 1/2 inches off of the 5 plates.
Bottom line is I am thinking of doing this myself, since no dealers are near me. Is there anyone out there who has done this themselves? Is this the correct repair technique?I would appreciate any last minute tips or guidance to avoid problems. Thanks
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Old 08-31-2016, 02:12 PM   #2
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I didn't install my own, but my plates do reach two and a half inches past the rollers. I don't think you have to cut anything off.


BTW, you won't be able to get all the screws in back under the floor. But that's alright.
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Old 08-31-2016, 03:28 PM   #3
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Plan on doing ours, just waiting for FR to send the plates. Don't think 2+ past the roller will hurt anything.
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I installed mine. Very easy and I didn't cut the plates. They extend in a bit also.


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Old 09-02-2016, 09:35 AM   #5
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I also installed mine. This fix works but is not perfect and also has problems.

Some of the screws went into metal, which is good because it will hold. Others went into wood which wasn't too firm in places where water delaminated the wood. Doesn't look like FR used exterior wood. Oh, yes I have bunks.

A couple of the plates under the bunks, I left long (22") so that the inner edge of the plate would not jam into where the tile starts. However, I didn't know that while traveling, the inner edge of the plate was vibrating like a diving board, and it dug into the tile and left a stripe mark. I had to cut back on the plate. Remember that when installing with the slide out, screws can only be put in up to 1.5" of the roller. The rearmost plate jammed into carpet when closing and I also had to shorten it. I suggest that after installation for the first slide in movement, that you have your DW go very slow and you get down on your knees with a flashlight.

The plates are definitely needed, but they are not without problems.
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Slide Plate Installation

I-RV, thanks for the info. I thought that putting the longer plates on (24") might cause the problem of scraping inside. I measured 21 and 1/2 inches which goes beyond the rollers when the slide is fully extended. I think I will cut the plates to that length.
Is the installation process I outlined, the same way you installed your plates? Using the floor jacks, and wood pieces for support?
Any other tips to avoid problems?
Thanks again.
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I had mine done at Goshen. I believe they were 20" long x 6 plates. Have not looked at the install since then. May try to take a peek and get back to you.



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Hey Rich, I believe we followed each other through parts of Iowa, Nebraska, and Colorado on I-76 two years ago. Good to hear from you again.
One question, when they installed the plates in Goshen, did they jack the slide up like I originally described and slip the plates between the rollers and slide bed?


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Hey John, how are you? Ya, we were stalking you, hahahaha. I took some pics today of the install. They did jack up the slide before doing the plates. I just opened the slide to check it and it works like new. Here are some pics. I hope you guys are doing well.
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