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Old 02-24-2014, 08:42 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by bikendan View Post
but we would NEVER try sitting on the sofa when doing this.
Funny story - when we were going through our PDI, the tech goes over everything on the outside, then we go inside. Step one, open the slide. He looks at my DS and tells him he can ride on the couch while he opens it! So a I about had a heart attack, and just give the kid the look and he politely declines. So the tech gets on the slide and tells DW to hit the button! No harm done, I guess, but I still wouldn't want to use a flush-floor slide unless it was fully extended and level with the rest of the floor.

And then there was his attempt to show us how to light the oven, after he mistakenly left a stove burner valve open but no lit. Its a wonder we survived the PDI!


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Old 02-24-2014, 11:05 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by bikendan View Post
as deep as the slide is on the 21SS and it being on an ultralight frame, there's NO way i would do what you're thinking of.
i have a 23SS and would never think about getting on it until it was fully deployed. and my slide is not anywhere as deep as your 21SS's slide is.
the only time i do what you're thinking of, is when i partially deploy the slide out, to have more room to get inside.
but we would NEVER try sitting on the sofa when doing this.
It is definitely a surprisingly deep slide. Watching it go in, there's a stretch at the end where the lip of the floor definitely swings up, as the slide wall seats against the stationary wall seals. That's where I figured the floor was most vulnerable. Personally, I'm most concerned about accidentally stressing the unsupported floor when its fully-retracted, both unintentionally stepping on things, or as I'm stowing cargo in haste.

Looking at the mechanism work, it does appear to be less vulnerable when it is partially deployed, though. As the slide separates, the floor drops down substantially, and seems to ride very close to the trailer floor, if not on the floor. Here I figure there's a bit less concern, as any substantial deflection at the end is supported. But it's still a risk, for sure.

I don't suppose anyone knows what weight those storage bins in the slide can hold? I was hoping to stuff everything from my wdh pieces to a ladder in there.

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Old 02-24-2014, 08:12 PM   #13
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While your slide is only partially extended, the seal is not made also allowing for the possibility of critters being able to get in. A mouse needs a very small opening to be able to get in.

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Old 02-26-2014, 10:28 AM   #14
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I once saw two guys use the back bumper of a Duramax to close the slide of a rental trailer, we offered help to crank it back in and we were rudely told no, so we grabbed all the chairs and watched, the sound of turbo whine and busting wood was awesome.

I would think if it can support its own weight while sliding out is should be able to support its own weight half way, and they must design a bit of weight carry into the slide.

Filling up the storage areas or the fridge of the slide is no different than sitting on the couch while putting the slide in or out is it?
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:45 PM   #15
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The whole problem is that seal is not sealing, can it carry the weight yes. What you have to remember is the slide tilts down as it go's out and tilts up as it comes in, I mean the back edge or wall area. If you open it 70% your slide floor will be at an angle tilted down to the back side. Your front edge in the trailer will be about 1" plus or minus higher then the units floor, which is just 3/4" plywood cut at about 45 degrees on the inside edge. As far as weight on my one slide I have my stove, Refer and hide a bed. It is the exact same frame and structure as the other slide with just a dinette table and corner entertainment center, same length slide. So it can carry the weight. As stated it's only the seals not sealing and the tripping hazard of the raised floor. In fact my heavier slide works better then the lighter side. Do I think it's a good idea NO, but I have to let the refer slide out a little maybe 18" or so to get to my refer at a rest stop to open the door, because of the Island that is in the middle that both slides pull up to when retracted. Also I still trip on that edge every time and I worry about breaking that edge with my weight stepping on it when raised.
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Old 02-27-2014, 07:49 AM   #16
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So, I've taken a closer look at the mechanism and I definitely have more confidence in it's weight-bearing integrity while partially deployed. I agree w/ you, gljurczik, if you're at a site, the real issue is the lack of proper sealing. The floor itself is 3/4" ply, riding on a carpeted surface. @ 70% deployment, the edge is almost directly on the carpeted surface, so maybe 6" or so of the 3/4" ply suspended 3/4" above the trailer's floor. Stepping around, it's quite firm.

Sitting on the sofa/dinette, is the least of concerns, as the vertical pieces distribute your weight across the whole surface.

For my own scenario, in the carport, I'm much more comfortable w/ the idea of partial deployment than I was earlier. It's protected from weather, and the carpeting does a nice job diminishing the tripping hazard.

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