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Old 02-09-2020, 12:55 AM   #1
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Slide weight capacities

My living room slide has a table and chairs and a fold out sofa. I want to move the table and chairs to my rear wall and put a jackknife sofa on the slide next to the fold out sofa.

Does anyone know if the weight would be an issue? Both sofas are heavy, but the table is pretty heavy and if there were 4 adults sitting there, that could be over 800lbs.

Some of the videos I was watching mentioned replacing slide furniture and being concerned about matching the weights.

Is there any way to find out the weight limits?

I have a huge picture window in the end wall that I could enjoy from the dining table. Also having the two sofas on the slide would mean they could both be folded out at the same time.

Any info would be appreciated.
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Old 02-09-2020, 09:00 AM   #2
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A slide that is retracted or extended will hold a considerable amount of weight like you said four adults the problem with weight comes into play when operating the slide. I can't give you a figure for the weight difference between table and chairs and sofa good luck
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Old 02-20-2020, 10:48 AM   #3
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They make adjustable supports for slides which are put in place once the trailer is set up and leveled. Just got a set for my 2017 Catalina and they work great. They come different lengths depending on the floor height of the slide.
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They make adjustable supports for slides which are put in place once the trailer is set up and leveled. Just got a set for my 2017 Catalina and they work great. They come different lengths depending on the floor height of the slide.
And anyone in the RV business will tell you not to use them on modern RV slides. Too much potential for damage to a slide that does not need them.
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And anyone in the RV business will tell you not to use them on modern RV slides. Too much potential for damage to a slide that does not need them.
^^^^^^^^^^^ What he said ^^^^^^^^^^ Do not use slide supports.
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I have a set for my 98 5th wheel, but we heard the same thing not to use them, so we stopped.

I figure I will put both sofas on the slide and see if it has any trouble running in and out. Someone above said the weight in pr out probably wouldn't be an issue, it is in extending and retracting that may be an issue. I still want to give it a try because I really like the idea of having my dinette in the end.
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This a well written article on slide out supports. Has pros and cons. If you want your RV manufacturer warranty issues in regards to their use, you can spend your own time researching that one.
https://www.rvwholesalesuperstore.co...ut-stabilizer/
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does your manual tell you you need them no that is your Documentation.
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Most owners manuals will tell you not to use slide supports. The reason is if your rv sinks into the ground or your hydraulic stabilizers develop a leak the supports will damage the slide.
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Documentation to me is saying not to use them. If the owner's manual doesn't mention them either way then it's a grey area open to interpretation.

Can't see how if properly installed and checked (an owner's responsibility) the supports could cause any damage.

Now if they are not installed correctly or not checked on a regular basis (an owner's screwup) I agree they could damage a slide.

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Documentation to me is saying not to use them. If the owner's manual doesn't mention them either way then it's a grey area open to interpretation.

Can't see how if properly installed and checked (an owner's responsibility) the supports could cause any damage.

Now if they are not installed correctly or not checked on a regular basis (an owner's screwup) I agree they could damage a slide.

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Sure you did, but it's like everything else, it's your RV and you can do as you please. But when you post to a forum, you will get those that support your ideas and those that don't. And sometimes you discover better thoughts and ideas than your own. No worries.
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If you told you to used then then it is so. what is the gray area. did you get the answer not or not what you wanted to hear. The rear Answer to question is no if they wanted you to have them they would be there trying to sell it as a option .
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