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Old 03-29-2016, 10:00 PM   #1
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I am trying to visualize it

So when we did the PDI on our 2016 Shasta Oasis 25rs the slide was in and I started to sit on the sofa when the tech stopped me and said not to do it. I should have asked but didn't ask the reason. I am guessing it is a simple answer but need help in understanding the slide system in a trailer. I guess it's a cavity in the trailer body which extends and retracts a sofa and refrigerator (on our model anyway) on rails. So why is it a no-no to sit on sofa when the slide is in? No clue here. Thanks

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Old 03-30-2016, 10:07 AM   #2
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Typically the slide doesn't sit flush on the floor when it's retracted. There's usually a gap of an inch or so at the bottom. By sitting on it your extra weight could push it down and cause the entire slide to be out of alignment.

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Old 03-30-2016, 10:27 AM   #3
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^^^ That's it.

The slideout boxes are attached by bolts to plates only on the outside ends of the slide arms. There are usually rollers on the frame that support the box as it slides out and then support the inner edge of the box when it is fully out. But when the slide is in, the rollers are nearly at the same place as the end plates and any added weight can torque the box quite a bit resulting in damage to the floor where the rollers are or where the box is bolted to the end plates of the slide arms. The reason there aren't rollers on the underside of the inner edge of the box is that they would have to roll across carpet or vinyl causing damage to those surfaces.
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Old 03-30-2016, 11:28 AM   #4
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Well thanks. Slides are great and can add favorably to the travel trailering experience. We decided on the smallest slide possible and the Oasis fit the bill. It's still sitting in driveway with the slide in since trailer is not level.
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So I think this answered a question we had too. The bed of our windjammer is in the front slide. If we stopped at a rest area for a quick over night nap, we could get to the bathroom and bed without putting the slides out. But based on this post, sleeping on the bed with out extending the slide would be s no no. Guess if we need to make a quick cheap stop it will be a Wal-Mart parking lot.
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