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Old 03-10-2021, 05:47 PM   #1
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2015 grey wolf 26dbh slide rot

Hey guys, 1st post.. I used this thread to have the confidence to tackle a rotted slide... I'm not don't yet. I'm actually sitting on a golf cart that is sitting on 2 pieces of plywood that's glued together to get the 147 1/4 piece I needed...

Unfortunately my slide is way worse that those in the thread.. the seals on the tops of the windows failed, 2015 model, and the water ran around the ovals and down the inside walls to the rear rotting out the framing as well as the floor.

Stupid me bought the camper and didn't find this issue till after.


Anyways.. just thought I'd share my story as it's similar so far but I will be reframing the slide as well, partly. I'm actually surprised on how flimsy it's built and it's a little scary as I get deeper... I don't want the slide roof to fall down so I'll be removing the windows to brace it as I remove the floor and bottom and rear wall framing.

I'll attach the pics I have so far and share more as I progress.

I'll also be coating my new floor board in polyurethane as well as putting new black woven plastic on.

Thanks for all of the help so far guy... clutch!!!!


Expect crappy photos to follow lolol


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https://www.forestriverforums.com/forums/f24/slide-out-floor-replacement-115888.html
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Old 03-11-2021, 08:54 AM   #2
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big job windows are a common theme with slide rot and an area many fail to look at when doing preventive maintenance looks like you have a good plan and good start.
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Old 03-15-2021, 06:31 AM   #3
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Update

Tear out complete, rebuild starting.

Floors out, rotted wall stud oit, windows out.

Walls replaced, windows cleaned and recaulked, reinstalled. As soon as I can get a break in the rain the floor will be covered with new plastic and all of the bottom will get recaulked and reinstalled.

It's amazing how cheaply these are built.

It's disgusting how everything is made out of smashed cardboard.... had a hair of water come I side and it briefly go onto a piece of inside "wood" and it swelled... garbage.

Anyways driving on...

If anyone has questions about what's hiding behind what let me know.. but fyi there is no true frame to the slide.. its all pieced together

Also my plan to use treated lumber for the new bottom wall boards was thwarted by improper lumber size at lowes, boards that are supposed to be 1.5x1.5 minimum(2x2s) were 1.25x1.25. So I just put regular furring straps in but coated them with Olympic stain to help prevent any future rot. I also coated the new floor in cheap misttinted stain and if not time restrictive will be also coating it in polyurethane prior to wrapping in bottom plastic, but I'm not sure that step will make the cut still.
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Old 03-15-2021, 05:49 PM   #4
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Update

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Old 03-17-2021, 05:25 PM   #5
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Tearout complete, major repairs installed.

More pics, anything orange is treated with Olympic to help prevent future rot, even though this slide should be bullet proof.

Probably 4 times of caulk on the wall and floor alone, double wrapped in new bottom plastic and will be sprayed with truck bed liner, maybe lol.

Man it's been a stressful ride doing this one with no RV/TT repair experience... I estimate $4000 or more if I had went the dealer route. My cost will end around 7-800

Side note.. and looking for advise here... I'm thinking of spray foaming the walls and ceiling instead of roll insulation... pros, cons, input?
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Old 03-23-2021, 06:42 PM   #6
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Inside walls up!

I'm in the final stretch!!!!

Just updating with pics..

Last update will include reinstalled furniture, the dinette needed some minor rehab as well... I tied it in with some extra wallboard.
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Absolutely a great job. You now have something better than when it left the factory and you know what you have. Beautiful work.
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Is the floor one piece of wood or more than one? I cannot find one piece big enough and don't know how to make two pieces work to hold the weight and still slide in without issues.
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Is the floor one piece of wood or more than one? I cannot find one piece big enough and don't know how to make two pieces work to hold the weight and still slide in without issues.
It's one piece now lol..

So my floor was 3/4 x 147x 44 .. I think lol..

So I bought 4 sheets of 3/8 plywood. Had them rip it down at the store so I didn't have to.. others had done a more elaborate cut to distribute weight on the seam, I just did a straight cut and flipped it.

I glued it with a whole gallon of wood glue and put maybe 100 screws in t as well.. I sat covered with bricks and a tarp for 2 days in my driveway

Think of the boards as a square and a rectangle and just flip it for the other half.

I hope that makes sense... ill draw a picture

Bottom line.. get your overall length and subtract 96" get a 2 pieces ripped to that length and width....

Add those to 2 full sheets as shown, glue, secure with screws and wallah 12' board
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Old 04-02-2021, 10:13 AM   #10
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Final trim and furniture

Ok guys... this slide journey is finished!!

Used flat trim and quarter round done in a black stain to add that saddle look of brown/black... I must say I think it turned out great.. I'm pretty sure this slide can stop a bullet now!!

Deleted the exterior access door if you couldn't tell and the small shelf behind the couch.. using that space to store a TV or other things while traveling, if we travel... will also at some point add a floating shelf there to keep the area beautified.

Added wallboard to some of the dinette to tie the motif together, deleted the dinette carpet and used tile and aluminum trim and repainted the table hardware silver, I wanted black but my 9 y/o interior designer liked the silver....

All in all it's been a fun journey... now to recoat this roof and get this bad boy back out to the lake!!!
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