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Old 10-31-2018, 07:42 PM   #1
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Groove Cut Underneath Slide Out Floor

Crusader 351REQ. I noticed after our last trip that something is cutting a groove in floor on the underside of the dining room slide out.


I jacked the floor up about 1/4" today to see what's causing it. It appears there is a rubber strip along the floor edge and a screw is sticking up enough to cut a groove when it is run in and out. The main floor was replaced by the dealer about 1 1/2 yrs ago. I'm guessing they didn't get this screw driven all the way down. I'm guessing the slide has been in/out 80-100 times since then.


Should I cut this screw off with a hacksaw blade, or leave it assuming it has done all the damage it will do. If I cut it off will the strip get messed up when the slide runs in/out? Going back to this dealer is not an option unless I take a Lawyer with me.



Here's a couple photos. The first shows the groove. In the second you can see the strip on the edge of the floor. It's difficult to get a photo of the screw.


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Old 11-01-2018, 10:31 AM   #2
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I think I'd try to cut the head off the screw and paint or tape the bare area.

Since the screw is backed out it's not doing it job anyway, so I don't think cutting it off is going to hurt anything.
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Old 11-01-2018, 10:45 AM   #3
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I think I'd try to cut the head off the screw and paint or tape the bare area.

Since the screw is backed out it's not doing it job anyway, so I don't think cutting it off is going to hurt anything.
I concur.
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Old 11-01-2018, 05:21 PM   #4
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I think that's what I'll try. Maybe coat the floor with a little epoxy then paint watching to see if it continues. I need to get a 4X4 instead of the 2X4 to jack up the floor for the time it will take.


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Old 11-02-2018, 02:40 PM   #5
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I had this problem. Not as bad as yours but same issue. The plastic strip is the runner your slide uses to glide over the floor. If something small got into the hole before they put the screw in it will prevent the screw from fully countersinking into the hole. Before cutting the screw head off, why not try to seat the screw all the way in? Might have to clean the screw head out to expose the slots first. Try removing the screw first and cleaning out the hole so that it will seat all the way in. Also, you should consider repairing that grove the screw cut into the bottom of the floor so that moisture does not damage the floor. You can fill it with any good epoxy filler or wood filler that is waterproof. Sand it even with floor and then paint it black and you'll hopefully never know it was there. Looking at your pics it looks like you might have other issues in that area. The protective covering is torn and it looks like the bottom wiper seal is eaten up for about a foot. You might have more than a high screw causing problems. Run your slide all the way out and that runner should be accessible from the inside to see what else is going on.
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Old 11-02-2018, 04:24 PM   #6
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My floor must be different. When the slide is all the way out, the OSB floor still extends 3" past the inside wall. Plus there is a metal strip on top of the OSB that extends another 3" so there is more than 6" of slide floor past where the runner is. Or am I missing something?


I plan to probe with a piece of sheet metal to look for other obstructions when I look at it again. In the past there was a screw sticking out on the bottom of the side wall which tore the carpet. It likely damaged the wiper seal also. A couple of the screws holding the seal had the heads pulled thru. I'll replace the seal if I can find it and probably add washers under the screws.


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