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Old 02-23-2013, 09:09 AM   #11
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The wall/floor seperation could be caused by the rocking motion of the trailer and slide when travelling if the slide locks are not used at the top of the slides. Just a thought....
It seemed to have happened (or at least I noticed it) when I pulled in the slide the last time. It's always made creaking sounds (if this is normal). As soon as I saw the gap, I extended the slide a little and the gap closed back up, then I pulled it back in again the gap opened up. I don't want to do ANYTHING until I understand what is happening, as I don't want it to catch on the carpet and tear more stuff up if I extend the slide.

I have a trip planned for March 8-10, but that may get canceled.

It kind of makes sense that it may be retracting too much on that side, as the slide always tilts up on the final part of retracting.

I've never really studied how the slide mechanisms are made, nor work....but it appears I am about to up my education.

I went ahead and put in an email to my great service lady at the dealership I bought it from.
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:22 AM   #12
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Have you checked the mechanical stop under the slide. It's a bell shaped metal piece on a threaded rod, double nutted near the front of the slide and will be tight to the frame when all the way in. Is it loose? There a same set-up for the slide stop when all the way out that would hit against the inside of the frame rail.

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wmtire, the floor has simply seperated from the slide wall. The screws have pulled out.
Do you walk on the slide floor when it is retracted? That would be the most likely cause, as there is nothing supporting the floor other than those skinny screws.
I NEVER walk on my slide floor when it is retracted.
But it should be an easy fix. Just put more screws in at different spots. Don't forget to re-caulk the joint.
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:38 AM   #14
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Have you checked the mechanical stop under the slide. It's a bell shaped metal piece on a threaded rod, double nutted near the front of the slide and will be tight to the frame when all the way in. Is it loose? There a same set-up for the slide stop when all the way out that would hit against the inside of the frame rail.

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Thanks Dave. I am at work and the trailer is at home. I'll check this afternoon when I get there...and report back.
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:42 AM   #15
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wmtire, the floor has simply seperated from the slide wall. The screws have pulled out.
Do you walk on the slide floor when it is retracted? That would be the most likely cause, as there is nothing supporting the floor other than those skinny screws.
I NEVER walk on my slide floor when it is retracted.
But it should be an easy fix. Just put more screws in at different spots. Don't forget to re-caulk the joint.
I haven't walked on it to my remembrance. I assume you would have to extend the slide out to be able to get to the underside to drive more screws?
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:46 AM   #16
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It kind of makes sense that it may be retracting too much on that side, as the slide always tilts up on the final part of retracting.
The slide "tilts up" because it hits the camper wall at the top first, so as it continues to retract, it pulls the bottom of the slide in, which in turn makes the floor "tilt up".
And yes, do not extend the slide as it will drag on your carpet/vinyl flooring. To extend the slide safely, you will have to shim the floor up with a piece of plywood or something so that it clears as you extend it.
Once extended, the slide floor will naturally push back up into place as it rests on the camper floor.
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I haven't walked on it to my remembrance. I assume you would have to extend the slide out to be able to get to the underside to drive more screws?
Yes. If you were ready to fix it, I would caulk the exposed side and top of the slide floor joint, as good as possible, run the slide out as described above, then add lots of new screws.
The only real problem is that you won't be able to get screws as close to the inside as they do at the factory, as they assemble the slide before installing it in the camper. So maybe a dab of construction adhesive on the last 6 inches of the slide floor, where it was screwed to the slide wall, might help a lot. That would make it tougher to remove if the slide florr had to be replaced in the future, but that most likely wouldn't be your problem!
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:10 AM   #18
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Yes. If you were ready to fix it, I would caulk the exposed side and top of the slide floor joint, as good as possible, run the slide out as described above, then add lots of new screws.
The only real problem is that you won't be able to get screws as close to the inside as they do at the factory, as they assemble the slide before installing it in the camper. So maybe a dab of construction adhesive on the last 6 inches of the slide floor, where it was screwed to the slide wall, might help a lot. That would make it tougher to remove if the slide florr had to be replaced in the future, but that most likely wouldn't be your problem!
I did a lot of pondering....looking....more pondering....... on this whole situation.

I think I finally figured out what caused it. Just about every time I have traveled to my two favorite campgrounds with this camper, I have noticed the sofabed has always moved and is just inches from this corner. I always had to straighten it back up. I do travel over a few bouncy roads to get to these campgrounds and just figured the sofabed was hopping around. I believe now, that the weight of the sofabed hopping is what pulled the floor loose from the wall at this corner.

Once I get it fixed, I will most likely add shims under the retracted floor when traveling, to add support from things like the sofabed bouncing and stressing the floor/wall.

Bakken, I think I can do as you suggested and pull the floor back up to the wall. Everything is covered, including the floor, to keep water out, and I have to make sure any repairs I do, retain this feature. I'll take pics as I repair it, and post them later.

Anyhow, just letting everyone know, in case they encounter similar problems....or want to do something proactive now so it won't happen to them....like adding shims under the retracted floor during their travels.

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Have you checked the mechanical stop under the slide. It's a bell shaped metal piece on a threaded rod, double nutted near the front of the slide and will be tight to the frame when all the way in. Is it loose? There a same set-up for the slide stop when all the way out that would hit against the inside of the frame rail.

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Dave, as per your suggestion, I did check this out and it seems to be OK and tight.

Thanks everyone for the advice and help.
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Can you tell me if you were able to fix this problem, and if so, how did you fix it? Me and my family are new to RV'ing and were going to take a trip in our "new" used Rockwood 2604 Ultralight. I went to move the slider out and it tore up the flooring. I move the slider back in and noticed the floor was separated from the slider. It had my daughter almost in tears because we had to cancel our trip.
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Can you tell me if you were able to fix this problem, and if so, how did you fix it? Me and my family are new to RV'ing and were going to take a trip in our "new" used Rockwood 2604 Ultralight. I went to move the slider out and it tore up the flooring. I move the slider back in and noticed the floor was separated from the slider. It had my daughter almost in tears because we had to cancel our trip.
I just now saw this post as I was linking to it from another thread. Sorry about the delay. I did as Bakken suggested. I was able to measure while the slide was in, where the screws were and marked then on the outside of the wall, which you can do when the slide is in. I was able to measure the distance from the wall edge, to make sure I ran the new screws into the floor at the same distance.

I then extended the slide and went outside. I climbed underneath the slide, and it is covered so I cannot see the actual flooring. I predrilled some holes thru the slide floor, into the aluminum frame wall member, then ran four more fairly equally spaced apart, screws into the slide floor, which pulled it back tight to the frame member.

I was also able to run a screw in closer to the corner of the floor and wall joint than Forest River did. They had dropped several inches away from the corner before setting the first screw. What I did, couldn't do anything but help.

Since I drilled thru the covering that keeps water out, I then siliconed over everything that I did to hopefully keep out any future water.

It has worked good so far.
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