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Old 02-09-2009, 03:36 PM   #1
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weight on slideouts when not extended

Hi All,

We just bought a rockwood fifth wheel - 8265S.

I would just like to confirm if you can or cannot walk or put weight on the slideout when it is not extended. I have been told that I can and cannot. Please let me know your opinion on this.


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Old 02-09-2009, 03:49 PM   #2
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My sofa has seat belts and that's in my large slideout on the driver's side. My dinette is in the same slideout and although there are no seat belts I can't imagine having to extend the slideout to grab a bite to eat in a rest stop. I can tell you we use ours closed or open. I usually take a nap at a rest stop on the sofa when we travel to Myrtle Beach during the 10 hour trip.


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Old 02-09-2009, 03:57 PM   #3
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when we stop for lunch i don't open up the slides, we just sit at eh table and go to it.
they do stick up a bit but i don't the weight short term is an issue.
in our fiver i would be jumping up and down, but overall i think its not going to hurt to take five and relax with them closed up
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:58 AM   #4
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Thank you, appreciate the comments.
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Old 02-14-2009, 09:01 PM   #5
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I walk on my slide all the time. I would have to extend the slide every time we needed to get in to the frig. I also have Rockwood 5er.
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Old 04-16-2009, 11:49 AM   #6
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I was always under the impression you could too, but when we took delivery of our new 8281SS last week, the dealer stressed very much that no weight should be applied to any part of the slide-out while pulled in.

Any thoughts?

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Old 04-16-2009, 11:57 AM   #7
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If you look carefully at the design of the large slideouts in the Rockwood's you will see that the floor of the slide is literally sliding across the carpet. There is no reason not to put weight on the slideout when it is retracted.

That's my take on it and we use our slide often for lunch stops etc with it retracted.

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Old 04-16-2009, 05:45 PM   #8
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On my Flagstaff, the dealer told me on the walk-thru not to step on the raised slide out edge, but we do it only when deemed necessary, and then only one of us does that only to get to something inside. It hasn't hurt anything as of yet!! Randy

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