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Old 02-15-2015, 11:12 AM   #1
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What have they done?

At the RV Shows we noticed that Several F/R Divisions are now using (Rough Texture Material) on the (Ends of the Slides)! The texture is similar to the (Rough inside surface of the Storage doors) that is (Hard/Difficult/Impossible) to Clean! My present slides have the SAME Smooth surface as the entire unit,Easy to keep Clean! Who in the Hell came up with this Brainstorm Idea and WHY?? The slide end material is NOT even the same (Color) as the rest of the unit either! Youroo!!
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Old 02-15-2015, 11:19 AM   #2
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Have to take a look next weekend at the Chicago rv show. Pics would have been nice
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Old 02-15-2015, 11:19 AM   #3
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Wow, not even the same color!!!!

Is this a Monday or Friday unit by chance?




I take it you have not made a down payment then?
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Old 02-15-2015, 11:24 AM   #4
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From my understanding the rough texture is made to pull against the seals when opening/closing the slide to create a tighter seal versus a smooth side that may not create as tight of a seal. I am no engineer though, but it sounds like an interesting concept.
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Have to take a look next weekend at the Chicago rv show. Pics would have been nice
Hey I gave you the Intel you can take the Pics! Youroo!!
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Old 02-15-2015, 11:34 AM   #6
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From my understanding the rough texture is made to pull against the seals when opening/closing the slide to create a tighter seal versus a smooth side that may not create as tight of a seal. I am no engineer though, but it sounds like an interesting concept.
Yes Sir Smooth as a (Cement Block) good seal surface and Easy to clean also! Youroo!!
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Old 02-15-2015, 11:37 AM   #7
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Hey I gave you the Intel you can take the Pics! Youroo!!
You can bet,I will be looking at slide bottoms with the issue I have had.
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Old 02-15-2015, 01:55 PM   #8
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From my understanding the rough texture is made to pull against the seals when opening/closing the slide to create a tighter seal versus a smooth side that may not create as tight of a seal. I am no engineer though, but it sounds like an interesting concept.
This engineer says nope!

Slide seals, just about always, are bulb/wiper combination. Wiper won't seal better to the pebble texture. What the pebble texture will do is minimize the wiper adhering, like they tend to do on smooth sides, resulting in tears of those PITA to replace seals. I'd rather take care of my seals with proper cleaning and protectorant application and have matching sidewall material!
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This engineer says nope!

Slide seals, just about always, are bulb/wiper combination. Wiper won't seal better to the pebble texture. What the pebble texture will do is minimize the wiper adhering, like they tend to do on smooth sides, resulting in tears of those PITA to replace seals. I'd rather take care of my seals with proper cleaning and protectorant application and have matching sidewall material!
Silicone on seals keep them supple and in good working order for years, and I spray it on a sock less messy and put some on the inside seals also.
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You can bet,I will be looking at slide bottoms with the issue I have had.
What is the fix that PT came up with this has been going on for over a year That I know me and you Platokidd have discussed?... Oh by the way Youroo only take pictures of deer.....
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There was another poster that posted about the slide bottom tearing. Sent it in for repairs but it was just as bad when he picked it up. Been in the shop 4 of the 8 months they have owned it.

Putting a pebble surface on the sides is as dumb and the material they used on the bottom.
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Old 02-15-2015, 07:09 PM   #12
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I didn't see any of that at the show in Greensboro NC this weekend. We are going to the one in Raleigh next weekend so I will have to keep an eye out for that.
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Silicone on seals keep them supple and in good working order for years, and I spray it on a sock less messy and put some on the inside seals also.
Don't that make it hard to walk on the bare floors with silicone on your feet.
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Don't that make it hard to walk on the bare floors with silicone on your feet.
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Old 02-15-2015, 10:21 PM   #15
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What is the fix that PT came up with this has been going on for over a year That I know me and you Platokidd have discussed?... Oh by the way Youroo only take pictures of deer.....
And Smooth Slides! Youroo!!
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Don't that make it hard to walk on the bare floors with silicone on your feet.
Ha Ha silly the sock is on your hand to be more explicit thank you i didn't think would think that way.
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Old 02-16-2015, 09:20 AM   #17
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They had units at the Dayton?Cincy Show with the (Rough End Slides)! Youroo!!
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Old 02-16-2015, 09:31 AM   #18
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When I was looking for our new trailer. I noticed this slide sidewall material. It reminds me of the pebbled bathroom plastic like paneling.
I asked the salesman about this and he indicated that a lot of the "entry level" models had this type of material. He said it was strictly a cost savings measure. We have noticed it on several of the Forest River models at recent shows. The color was a close match on some. Saw a toy hauler (XLR) I think had grey sidewalls with black and red trim, the slide out walls were this pebbled material in black.

Our new Rockwood still has the matching slide sidewalls as the rest of the trailer.

I think this is just another cost saver that really is going to be a problem for owners.
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Old 02-16-2015, 09:48 AM   #20
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Yes Sir,try to WAX that surface! Youroo!!
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