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Old 10-31-2013, 09:12 PM   #161
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Here are the pics.
The first pic shows the wiper with small white spots on it. That is the pieces of Darco that have been torn from the slide.
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Old 11-16-2013, 08:25 PM   #162
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It has been several weeks since the last post. Anyone got any new info?
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:41 PM   #163
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It has been several weeks since the last post. Anyone got any new info?
Mine is stored for the winter so I will have to deal with it again in the spring.
My unit is ready for a new tape job IMO or some wear strips.
I am told my wear is normal by PT. So I guess when it wears threw that will be normal too?!
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:43 AM   #164
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Checked mine this past weekend. The tape that was put in place after the screw head was removed is holding up well. Very little wear. The kitchen slide also sees a lot of use. We usually open it a few times per trip since our rig is in storage and we open it to pack the fridge before the trips etc.

I put a piece of darco tape along the back edge of the slide since there was some wear on it; although not too severe.

I'll keep a close eye on more wear during our Florida Christmas trip.
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Old 12-19-2013, 04:55 PM   #165
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Platokidd and all,

Regarding a reinforcement between the slide bottom and the rollers, I thought the following forum post might be of interest:
RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Fifth-Wheels: Bed slide bottom fiberglass cracks

It is about a Redwood part used as a "roller wear strip". The circumstances are different than these, but more info can't hurt.

I am shopping for a new FW and until this problem became known, the Crusader was on my short list. I am now waiting to see how Prime Time addresses what I see as unacceptable construction. I am hopeful they will conclude it is a significant unforeseen problem that needs to be fixed.

I feel for all Prime Time RV owners facing this problem and I am hoping for a good outcome.
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Old 12-19-2013, 05:58 PM   #166
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I wanted to address some aspects of this situation as it certainly is generating a lot of attention.

Essentially, there are three different types of slide floors that we use at Prime Time and all of them are being lumped into the same conversation on this thread.

1) Darco wrapped - This design is primarily used on Crusader and Sanibel sofa/dinette superslides. Basically, we wrap and glue the underside of the wood floor in a breathable, durable fabric that provides protection to the underside of the floor. This material is commonly called Darco. A huge percentage of the industry uses this application. It's lightweight and durable, but does have a tendency to tear and rip. This is a one-piece type of application that will NOT have the tape edges that are fraying in some of the above posts. For our first couple of years, we used Darco wrapped slides on all of our superslide floors, but we have transitioned away from this design in our travel trailers and will eventually transition away from this design on fifth wheels, too.

We do experience warranty claims on this material, but at this point, we don't think the Darco-wrapped floors are showing excessive wear as it pertains to this thread. The claims we receive on Darco are for tears and rips.
I didn't quote the entire comment but am replying to comment #1 above. Perhaps a view of the pictures posted since this comment was made will change the opinion that the Darco-wrapped floors are not showing excessive wear at it pertains to this thread.
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Old 12-19-2013, 06:38 PM   #167
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Slideout wear

We bought ours in April took it out several times over the summer Crusader 295 rst in dealer right now for repair of the entertainment/refrigerator slideout for wear on each end of the darco fabric. White strip on each end wondering if PT is going to extend the warranty time for these repairs, the price we pay for these units does not support this being expected wear in this short of time. Had my last unit 7 years with no observable wear. Still wondering about putting .060 thick strip of nylon in the wear zones naturally lubricated shouldn't damage the inside floor.
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Old 01-08-2014, 09:38 AM   #168
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Platokidd and all,

Regarding a reinforcement between the slide bottom and the rollers, I thought the following forum post might be of interest:
RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Fifth-Wheels: Bed slide bottom fiberglass cracks

It is about a Redwood part used as a "roller wear strip". The circumstances are different than these, but more info can't hurt.

I am shopping for a new FW and until this problem became known, the Crusader was on my short list. I am now waiting to see how Prime Time addresses what I see as unacceptable construction. I am hopeful they will conclude it is a significant unforeseen problem that needs to be fixed.

I feel for all Prime Time RV owners facing this problem and I am hoping for a good outcome.
Good luck shopping for a new 5er!
I stay away from the darco wrap stuff myself unless there was protective strips added. Pt makes a nice unit we love ours! But the darco alone is a cancer.


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Old 01-08-2014, 10:47 AM   #169
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Five months from acknowledging this thread and 4 months without any further comments from RV Guy. If they have any news on repairs, they are not sharing.
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Old 01-12-2014, 07:14 PM   #170
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Well I too have now joined the dreaded dario wrap misfortune. Looked under kitchen/ sofa slide today and saw the wearing. Will be calling PT on Monday. I sure hope get are going to help us all on this issue. Oh yea I have a 2013 crusader 325res.

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