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Old 11-26-2013, 01:37 PM   #1
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Arrrgh! 2690SF structure

Of course we didn't find it until the warranty period had slip over the horizon, but under the slide out on the LH side, in the long cabinet storage compartment, there is a substantial fiberglass beam, apparently carrying floor loads back to the chassis. It (should) connect to the underside of the floor with a 1/2 inch (or so) bolt. The is a hole in the beam which (again apparently) should receive the bolt. On our unit, evidently the line-up was a bit off and whoever assembled it just displaced the beam enough to get the bolt in leaving the beam bent and detached. Not only negligent, but grossly so (IMHO). While I have no idea of the loads that were supposedly resisted through the beam, someone thought them substantial enough to have required a large steel bolt, which makes fear a safety problem. Unfortunately we are on the road in Florida and not really able to do much until we return to VA. We do inspect it after each movement.
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Old 11-26-2013, 01:46 PM   #2
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...On our unit, evidently the line-up was a bit off and whoever assembled it just displaced the beam enough to get the bolt in leaving the beam bent and detached...
Confused as to how it is detached if the bolt is installed. Understand that the beam may be bent. Why not just remove the bolt, let the beam straighten and drill another hole in the beam to align with the factory hole?
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Old 11-26-2013, 04:31 PM   #3
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.....would love to see a picture....
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:35 PM   #4
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Try to get pics posted tomorrow
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Old 11-27-2013, 01:47 PM   #5
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Fiberglass beam? Not sure where we would use a fiberglass beam?

The only thing carrying loads back would be the steel ram that pushes the slide out. The bolts simply hold the slide floor down to that steel ram???

When we get the pics I can properly diagnose.
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Old 11-27-2013, 02:36 PM   #6
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Floor Beam Installation

This is the picture. There is a hole in the beam close to the bolt (where I think it should have gone, but it's not sufficiently in line to allow just pulling the bolt, bending the beam, and installing
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That's not a beam...that's just a molded storage box (rotocast/plastic). It was molded at an angle like that because there is a steel outrigger behind it and you don't want to cut a hole in the box to allow for the steel outrigger.

That bent part is simply cosmetic. They may have drilled a hole to get a driver on that bolt and then the box shifted. You can dremel that flange so the box can sit flat.

There is nothing structural you have to worry about there. You have nothing to worry about there other than aesthetics. The storage box (gray plastic) is not supporting anything.
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Old 11-27-2013, 03:14 PM   #8
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Since my photo was so bad I took some pics.
Photo 1: That's what we're shooting for. The box molder has a tolerance of +- 1/2".
Photo 2: that is the actual steel outrigger that is getting bolted into the wall.
Photo 3: You can see where the box is simply molded around the outrigger. The box gets installed after the fact and needs to be able to slide in. The bolt was probably a little off and the slot was a little off. In a perfect work it would look more like photo 1.
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Since my photo was so bad I took some pics.
Photo 1: That's what we're shooting for. The box molder has a tolerance of +- 1/2".
Photo 2: that is the actual steel outrigger that is getting bolted into the wall.
Photo 3: You can see where the box is simply molded around the outrigger. The box gets installed after the fact and needs to be able to slide in. The bolt was probably a little off and the slot was a little off. In a perfect work it would look more like photo 1.
Great explanation.....That should kill that fear...Good job!
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The Bent Beam

Thanks so much for the info. I can relax that the floor isn't going to collapse beneath me.

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