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Old 06-13-2024, 11:58 AM   #1
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Slideout Floor Rotten - Need Help Replacing

Hey All.
I am the (now) unhappy owner of a 2016 Forest River Wildwood Model 27RBXL. Our slideout floor has rotted all the way thru. We have tried to fix this through the years but now we are at total removal and replace.

Anyone have any tips for getting the floor out of the camper so it can be replaced? I've removed all the screws I can find and I can't find ANY videos or other postings about how our bumped up slideout can be repaired/replaced.

Thank you!
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Old 06-13-2024, 12:38 PM   #2
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The shop that replaced the slide out floor on our previous trailer actually took the slide off completely. I think they used a forklift. It was leaking where a trim piece on the outside was fastened. It wasn’t sealed at all. When the shop finished you probably could have used the slide as a boat.

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Old 06-13-2024, 01:46 PM   #3
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I haven't personally done one but
saw a post where the owner built a framework out of 2 x 4 lumber
just the right height to slide the slide onto the frame... frame was big enough then to lay the slide down so you can work on the floor

have 2 tarps handy in case it rains


PS .... you could use some sawhorses or small separate frame.... instead of building one LARGE/BIG frame

take your time re-building and find why the original failed and fix that too
take OUT any furniture before attempting to remove slide if possible
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Old 06-13-2024, 02:56 PM   #4
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Looks like the rot goes up the wall under the windows. Could be leaking around one or both of them. Or the wall wicked water up from the floor. A detailed inspection is certainly required. Best of luck to you.

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Old 06-13-2024, 06:55 PM   #5
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As implied by the preceding post, you almost have to proceed by taking the slideout out.

The way the trailers and slideouts are built is that the floor goes down first. Then linoleum. Then carpet, if used. Then the walls are constructed and attached to the floor through the carpet and linoleum, nailed/screwed down from the bottom. The linoleum probably has prevented the water from wicking up into the walls. (If there's wall damage, look for leaks in the walls, windows, and roof.)

You just might be able to do change the floor by the following sequence. You may even be able to do so without opening up the inside walls.
  • Disconnect all wiring and plumbing that go to the slide.
  • Take out the slide. Place it on it face, the outside wall on a padded surface.
  • Make a map and mark on the outside wall of where the tracks it rides on go, and remove them.
  • Remove the flooring, linoleum, and carpet sandwich. Try to keep it on one piece so you can use it as a template. You may have to pry it off.
  • Remove or cut off the nails that held the sandwich to the walls. An angle grinder will make quick work of this.
  • Cut the new floor. Use the best grade of plywood you can get. Make holes in it to match the template.
  • Cover with linoleum and carpet it you like.
  • Use screws to attach the sandwich to the three walls of the slideout. Eventually these screws will face up from the bottom, but since the slideout is on its face right now, they go in from the side.
  • Put the tracks back on.
  • Get a bunch of helpers, and mount the new slideout.
  • Attach slideout mechanism.
  • Attach wiring and plumbing.
  • Using the manual for your brand of slideouts, reset the stops, so it stops at the right place, going in and out.
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Old 06-13-2024, 08:26 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the replies! Most appreciated! Iíll try to keep yíall updated on what we end up doing.
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