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Old 01-19-2019, 01:09 AM   #1
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Rookie here needing slide help..

I bought my first RV, an '07 Wildwood, 2 weeks ago. I knew there was a small leak when purchasing. Found this (pic 1 and 2) in soft spot behind wall of lower bunk bed on slide out. The source of leak was trim/panel sealant separation on the exterior of the slide seen on pictures 3 and 4. I couldnt tell it was separated until I lightly pushed on it, then it fully opened up. My problem now is that the slide sits uneven from front to back. The slide is 1-1/8" lower at the rear corner of the slide than the front corner when in the closed position. How do I go about leveling it? I dont know what type of slides ther are, but im pretty sure they arent cables. When in the closed position, all 4 trim pieces fit firmly against the RV body. Its just riding low in the back.. Any and all tips/advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Brian
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Old 01-19-2019, 08:02 AM   #2
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Can u post pics of the slide setup
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Old 01-19-2019, 09:17 PM   #3
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Can u post pics of the slide setup
Sure. First pic is the front, second pic is the back. Obviously we can now see why the front is higher. Haha. Im not sure if previous owner put that there for some reason or if the back is supposed to also have a plywood shim. Ive never looked under there with the slide out until today. Does the setup even make any sense?
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Old 01-19-2019, 09:19 PM   #4
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Those pieces of wood look to be installed by previous owner. Can you remove them and check everything.
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Old 01-19-2019, 09:21 PM   #5
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Here is the slide closed to show the tilt. I removed the corners of trim for clarity.
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Old 01-19-2019, 09:23 PM   #6
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Ill try it out tomorrow if it isnt raning and check seal alignment. Looks like some flim-flam backyard stuff. Question is why its there in first place.
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Old 01-20-2019, 07:29 AM   #7
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Ill try it out tomorrow if it isnt raning and check seal alignment. Looks like some flim-flam backyard stuff. Question is why its there in first place.
Cant play video. No one ever really knows why some people do the things they do.
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Old 01-20-2019, 05:41 PM   #8
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Cant play video. No one ever really knows why some people do the things they do.
Sorry bout that, shouldnt have been a video. Here are more pics after some more gutting today. Even after removing the plywood shim, it was still sagging in the rear end. It really sags now that I pulled out more rotted framing. I really need to figure a way to get it level by Wednesday before the rain hits.
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Old 01-20-2019, 06:03 PM   #9
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The 3rd picture in the last batch really shows the lack of support in the rear. The 2x6, where it meets the outside wall, had extremely rotted wood at the end, as well as the wall stud that sat on top of that. That 2x6 is also what is lag bolted to the ram from the bottom up. Im gonna assume that being there was nothing solid between the ram and the wall, it simply just started sagging as the stud continued to rot more and more. Oh, another thing, the steel slide rails are called the ram, correct? Im so new to this i dont even know if my terminology is correct.
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Old 01-20-2019, 07:43 PM   #10
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I would support the slide temporarily. Then start to rebuild the framework and get it close to original. Once your done there then see how off it is. If 1 side is completely rotted then it will sag.
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