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Old 01-25-2012, 02:34 PM   #1
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slide roof sagging

We bought our 2004 Cardinal model 29LX in 2003, and am mostly pleased with it. We've been from Alaska to Florida in it. Lately the living room slide roof has started to sag in the center, to the tune of about 5/8". As one can't seem to easliy contact Forest River Customer Service, I'm wondering if anyone has had similar issues, and what to do to correct the problem.

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Old 01-25-2012, 03:01 PM   #2
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What are you expecting from Forest River?
All that roof is a thin fiberglass over a sheet of plywood with a thin layer of covering inside.

Worst situation
Considering it is a 2004 I would suspect the wood may have become water soaked and dry rot has set in.

How does it look inside? Does it also sag 5/8"?

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Old 01-25-2012, 07:30 PM   #3
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don't think it's common issue on any RV's slideout and not sure what you'd want FR's customer service to do for an 8 year-old RV.

i'd take it to a good RV shop in your area.
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i'd take it to a good RV shop in your area.
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:10 AM   #5
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Thanks for all the replies. I didn't explain the situation well enough. It appear to me to be the entire structure of the roof that sags in the middle where the roof meets the wall of the coach when extended. The exterior wall of the slide is fine. It is not bad enough at this stage that it does not still seal when extended, but as with all things probably will continue to get worse.

I don't really expect Forest River to do anything about it, but wondered that if was a common problem they would like to know about it.

I have had a shop look at it, and their thought was to remove the trim and add some additional support.

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Considering it is a 2004 I would suspect the wood may have become water soaked and dry rot has set in.
How does it look inside? Does it also sag 5/8"?
My money is on water intrusion as well.

Find and fix the leak. (The leak most likely will NOT be where the sag is)
I would look along the exterior wall seam. The water will then travel to a low spot (the center of the slide span is a logical place for that to be) and settle there. Once softened the sag gets worse.

Then look and see how bad it is after it dries out a while (put some heat in the camper to help).


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