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Old 07-16-2015, 02:02 AM   #1
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Bedroom slide floor replacement?

My bedroom slide wont go all the way in due to the floor swelling. I full time, so I don't really have time to let the dealer spend 3 months working on my trailer. That means I'm probably going to fix it myself. Does anybody know any tips or tricks?

I think since mine has schwintek slides it may actually be a little easier to change the floor out. I plan to support the slide on the sides with stilts.

What is the absolute best material to use for the new floor? Any coating that could be applied to help combat this problem in the future? I'll be rounding up supplies to give it a shot next weekend so any suggestions are welcome.
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Old 07-16-2015, 12:28 PM   #2
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2004 & Older Slide Floors. Something you should check. - Sunline Coach Owner's Club


Although it is not a Dutchmen repair - here is an excellent "how to"....before we bought our piece of junk we owned a Sunline buying the Dutchmen was the biggest mistake of our lives


Good luck with your repair!
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Old 07-16-2015, 04:33 PM   #3
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I looked at it again this morning and it may be harder than I first thought. The swelling has caused one of the lower slide rails to pull down due to it being part of the support for the floor. I really don't care to mess with slide rail alignment.

My dealer says to expect five weeks to fix it. We know that means 10 weeks minimum. Plus what are the chances of them fixing it correctly? I had ac issues that the dealer was unable to fix. I had a leveling system issue that they couldn't fix. Now I'm left to trust them with something I question my own competency about?
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Old 07-22-2015, 02:34 AM   #4
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You might want to check a different dealer. I had the same issue and our dealer replaced the bedroom slide floor and realigned the slide rails in two days. The invoice had 12 hours of labor.

They used marine grade plywood in place of the original osb. Instead of the black fabric moisture barrier material they used a sheet of stainless steel on the bottom side.
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Old 07-22-2015, 02:39 PM   #5
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Were all the screw heads broken off on your slide rails and around the frame of the slide?
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Speedy, have you determined how water is finding its way to the osb floor in the first place?

I have the same problem with my bedroom slide (osb floor wicking in water at the outer/front corner). I caulked all seams and joints around the top and sides of the slide, but dang water is still finding its way to the floor's edge. (Arrrgh!) It's causing the outermost 6 inches of floor to become soft. In turn, the rollers are digging into the floor a bit (1/16th to 1/8th?) when they make contact during slide operation. (Note: slide rail screws seem to be fine on mine).

I think that's why the slide motors sound slower/stressed in the first 6 inches of extending/last 6 inches of retracting. It's also likely why 2 slide motors failed ("burned out due to stress over time"). I guess the situation can't be helping to maintain slide trueness/rail alignment -- right? Unfortunately, I haven't fix what the real problem is yet (water leaking in somehow) so this is just my educated guess work so far. And it's why I ask if you've found the source to your wet osb floor.

The Schwintek in-wall slide system has worked flawlessly for 3 seasons in our main and kitchen slides. All have OSB floors. We've only had a problem in the bedroom slide; that's the only slide that appears to have leaked water to the OSB floor. I appreciate everyone's info here.

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[QUOTE=mikesnider;29479

The Schwintek in-wall slide system has worked flawlessly for 3 seasons in our main and kitchen slides. All have OSB floors. We've only had a problem in the bedroom slide; that's the only slide that appears to have leaked water to the OSB floor. I appreciate everyone's info here.

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Mike see link, might be a help.

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No, I didn't have any broken screw heads.

They did realign the rails as part of the repair. We have noticed the floor getting wet during rain storms which didn't happen before. I think the rail is sloped slightly towards the coach and water is running along the top of the rail and running down inside.

They thought the original issue was caused by the trim along the outside edge of the slide not being caulk ed properly.
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Old 07-24-2015, 01:25 AM   #9
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Well I know once my floor started to swell it pulled the lower trim down, breaking the caulk seal in the process. Which turned a small problem into a big problem real fast.

I had broken screw heads soon after taking delivery of the camper. Now I have a bunch of broken screw heads. I think I pulled off about 6 the other day and those were just ones I could reach.
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Old 08-25-2015, 08:31 PM   #10
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Well..... My camper has been at the dealer for two or three weeks. I lost count.

I called the dealer around the time I started this thread to asked them about the warranty, so that it would be wrote up before it expired. They told me I had two years. They failed to mention that the second year is covered by Extra Ride and not the Factory. I missed the factory warranty expiration by two weeks, therefore the dealer submitted the claim to Extra Ride.

So now Extra Ride is claiming the floor is cosmetic and wants to replace the slide system without replacing the slide floor. How much money can they possibly be saving by not replacing the slide floor? I told the service writer I did not feel that that would be a proper repair and he suggested that I call Keystone.

Keystone asked the dealer to submit a claim so they may review it and possibly help me out. If nothing else maybe they can confirm that the floor does indeed need to be replaced.

Wish me luck.
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