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Old 02-07-2013, 06:49 PM   #1
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slide rail cracks -- 2007 SV255RS

I tried to reply to a thread on the next page, but it told me I couldn't because the thread was too old.

The metal rails in the ceiling that support the slide (queen bed out the rear) are cracking right where the screws go through them, in to the rail and then in to the ceiling.

I'm guessing this is not a do it yourself repair, and therefore I'll have to take it to the dealership.

How much should I expect this repair to cost?

I bought it used 2 years ago, I didn't buy an "aftermarket" warranty, and I'm not aware of any ForestRiver warranty that would help me out. Please let me know if I'm wrong there.

Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:04 PM   #2
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Because it deals with slide out I doubt it's a DYI project.

Can you post pics?

No warranty. Sorry.
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I'll post some pics in a few days. TT is at storage facility. Stay tuned.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:54 AM   #4
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You could try contacting Surveyor parts dept through the Forest River Main # and see if they sell replacement rails...you'll need the campers VIN.

The only other repair is to weld up the cracks on the existing rails which may or may not is feasible. Are the rails steel or aluminum?

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Edit: I found a # for FR parts - 574 534 3167.
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Is there anything on the slide mechanism to indicate that it's made by Lippert? If so, you could also try contact them directly 574 537 8900.

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You should be able to order the parts from FR, either thru the dealer, or direct (less $). If you are a do it yourself kind of person, I would think you can do this and save the labor charge. I have done a couple of repairs to my rear slid, and I would think this is doable.

You are going to need to remove the fascia trim from around the bed opening to gain access to all the area you will need to work.




You will need to support the bed from the out/under side. With the bed in the out position, but not full/tight out (just a little down ward tip), get a vehicle jack and place it under the bed, positioned almost to the outer rear edge. Place a 4x4 or doubled up 2x4 upright on the jack to reach under the bed, but make it about 2 short of reaching. Place a 2x4 lengthwise under the bed all the way from one side to the other. The center of this 2x4 is where you want the upright one from the jack to make contact. When you extend the jack, you will lift the bed slightly. You only need to lift it just enough to take the tension and weight off the inside runners and track. You can then change the old tracks for new.

I have used this method for repairing a runner.

Disclaimer: The above is only my personal advice. I am not a professional repair man. Any repair attempted by anyone based on the above information is the sole responsibility of the person who is doing the repair.
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I tried to reply to a thread on the next page, but it told me I couldn't because the thread was too old.

The metal rails in the ceiling that support the slide (queen bed out the rear) are cracking right where the screws go through them, in to the rail and then in to the ceiling.

I'm guessing this is not a do it yourself repair, and therefore I'll have to take it to the dealership.

How much should I expect this repair to cost?

I bought it used 2 years ago, I didn't buy an "aftermarket" warranty, and I'm not aware of any ForestRiver warranty that would help me out. Please let me know if I'm wrong there.

Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!


fyi you can reply to an old post by clicking "are you sure" you want to reply to a post this old .
But its always better to start a new thread of your own .



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Haven't forgotten! Life got busy. Will get some pics posted up soon.
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You could try contacting Surveyor parts dept through the Forest River Main # and see if they sell replacement rails...you'll need the campers VIN.

The only other repair is to weld up the cracks on the existing rails which may or may not is feasible. Are the rails steel or aluminum?

Dave

Edit: I found a # for FR parts - 574 534 3167.
Thanks, Dave! Rails lool like aluminum to me.
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Here are the overdue pics.
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If there is enough room between the top of the roller anb the screw, you may be able to remove the screw that pulled through and add a large fender washer and a 1/8 inch longer screw. Don't go too long with the screw.

Just make sure you have enough clearance for the roller to clear the washer and screw head.

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Old 03-03-2013, 08:37 AM   #12
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Good thought, thanks. Further down the rail it is showing signs of cracking as well. I think new rails are in order that are either stronger or reinforced where the screw goes through them in to the ceiling.

Will keep you posted on where this ends up.
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I just had this same repair done to my Surveyor 235RKS. We did have the extended warranty so I don't recall the exact price for repair; but it was some hundreds of dollars for sure. They are now installing longer overhead rails and there is a revised trolley as well.

We have had to have our rear slide repaired twice now in 5 years. I hope that this last repair is the end of it.
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I just had this same repair done to my Surveyor 235RKS. We did have the extended warranty so I don't recall the exact price for repair; but it was some hundreds of dollars for sure. They are now installing longer overhead rails and there is a revised trolley as well.

We have had to have our rear slide repaired twice now in 5 years. I hope that this last repair is the end of it.
I had to have the same repair done a couple summers ago, I left a bag of stainless washers taped to the old rail for them to use when they installed the new railing, that way I knew they would use them. Even with the new trolley and rail, i support the slide while one of the kids pushes the button, just to be sure there is no binding during the process, horrible engereing, but I love the bed slide, oh well
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I had to have the same repair done a couple summers ago, I left a bag of stainless washers taped to the old rail for them to use when they installed the new railing, that way I knew they would use them. Even with the new trolley and rail, i support the slide while one of the kids pushes the button, just to be sure there is no binding during the process, horrible engereing, but I love the bed slide, oh well
Thanks, tonyz. How much was the repair (ballpark)?
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Thanks, tonyz. How much was the repair (ballpark)?
I just ordered new tracks and trollies. It was around 250 plus shipping. I plan to fix it myself when the parts arrive. I hope all goes well.
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