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Old 07-12-2013, 09:18 PM   #1
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Slides

Can anyone tell us how the slides are put together and what they are made of? We have a 2013 Columbus 320 and it looks and feels like the slide has wood then the rubber membrane on the top of the slide . The bedroom slide is rough on the edge in the middle of that edge and had made it rough with two small holes in the rubber. Our rv has been sitting under a carport for about a year and just noticed this.
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:32 PM   #2
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I thought they were aluminum framed sandwich construction.
A picture of your concern would help a lot.
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Old 07-13-2013, 10:09 AM   #3
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Here are two photos that I am talking about.
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I'm not quite sure what the pictures are showing?
But my camper is different, so maybe one of the many Columbus owners can help? There are lots of them here, where are they?
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Thanks. What it is showing is the bedroom slide along the edge has these small bumps and a couple of them have tiny holes so something is punching up through the membrane.
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That is a rough saw 3/16 plywood edge poking that membrane.

The sandwich side wall (as I understand it) from inside to outside:

3/16 inch fabric/wallpaper covered marine grade plywood panel
1 1/2 inches of Styrofoam/aluminum tubing frame
3/16 inch marine grade plywood panel
1/16 inch Filon Fiberglass panel

All layers bonded together with marine grade adhesive.

IMO, you need to cover that with a strip of Eternabond Tape for the entire compromised edge. Remove the metal hold down strip and over lap the tape enough to have the edge covered by the metal and at least 2 inches of tape on the roof. Re-install the metal strip.
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Thanks Herk. Dealer and CW both told us it would be probably major job and cost several thousands and we want to camp (sitting nice last August) and we thought there wold be a quicker cheaper better fix. We ill do this. Thanks again. Ervin and Jeane Ann
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Since not nice.
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Now to see why two spider cracks have appeared near license plate.
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Now to see why two spider cracks have appeared near license plate.
You have a 2012 camper so THAT might still be covered by the Filon warranty.
You would have to convince the company that it is not impact damage.

https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=h...2_RV_Flyer.pdf

If it is G-III it is warranted parts and labor for 2 years.
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Thanks. What it is showing is the bedroom slide along the edge has these small bumps and a couple of them have tiny holes so something is punching up through the membrane.

Sorry I did not understand the issue, but herk came to the rescue, as he often does!
When they cut the plywood for this application, there is always one rough edge and one smooth one. Why wouldn't they put the smooth edge on top so this wouldn't happen? Or, better yet, quickly sand the edge?
Could it be that the factory simply doesn't care enough? Seems to be the case more often that not.
As for your spider cracks in the fibreglass, there could be something underneath pushing out. But quite often it just tends to do that. Unfortunately, there is no easy fix.
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Further to herk's suggestion, I would first tap down all of the sharp wood splinters that are trying to poke through the rubber roofing, before you apply the eternabond. If left, they might work their way through the repair as well.
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Thanks again Herk but actually we have a 2013. We discovered this and dealer had to get it corrected with lien holder and I had to correct with insurance company.
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Thanks again Herk but actually we have a 2013. We discovered this and dealer had to get it corrected with lien holder and I had to correct with insurance company.
Since you do not use a signature line with your truck and camper information in it (hint; hint); I was working off the information in your profile.
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I know we keep saying we need to go in and complete it. We will update with info.
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I can't change profile to 2013 Columbus 320RS and we drive a 2013 ford f250 king ranch
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Here are two photos that I am talking about.
Eternabond Tape/ would also check the position of the slide-out to the opening.
In other words the slide could be out of adjustment. Rubbing too hard in that area.
Hard to tell from the pics but it looks like wipers or seal could be rubbing hard from the edge to few inches in. If the wood is rough in that area you might want to get it smooth out or it will continue to wear.
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