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Old 01-25-2021, 02:42 PM   #1
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Slide out mod

I just finished installing BAL 1/2” rollers assembly to my cruiseaire. I wasn’t a hard job at all, jacked up the slide using two floor jacks and 2x4’s. Move the slides all the way out, place studs “cut to fit between Jack and slide bottom” then Jack the slide up carefully, it should raise around an inch or so. Install the roller assembly at three equal points under slide. Mine came out about 30” apart. Not exactly centered but close. I used heavy thread screws and structural adhesehive to seal and install the brackets. After tightening up I lowered the slides back down. Let everything cure and the slides move so much better then just running on the wear bar. I found the assembly at Dyers RV around 25.00 each. Best mod so far!
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Old 01-25-2021, 02:46 PM   #2
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Sounds like a great improvement.
Did you take pictures of the process so we can see it?
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Old 01-25-2021, 03:14 PM   #3
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Please post some pictures. What kind of slide do you have and is it a flush floor?
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Old 01-25-2021, 03:36 PM   #4
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Sounds great, like Lloyd said, pictures would be nice.

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Old 02-28-2021, 05:38 PM   #5
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Not sure how to do this, also can’t figure out how to post pictures. Help... thanks
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Old 02-28-2021, 05:51 PM   #6
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Sorry for the late response, pictures show, jacking the slide up, looking at increased gap, cutting rubber away for rollers, installation completed. It really isn’t a hard mod, the structure is limited and you might think it won’t hold up but remember it’s just allowing the slide to glide on the rollers not the rub bar. Not much structure neede. IMHO...
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Old 02-28-2021, 07:28 PM   #7
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It looks good.
Thanks for reporting back.
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Old 02-28-2021, 08:36 PM   #8
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Nice job. Has to be smoother!
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Old 03-01-2021, 04:03 PM   #9
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Dear Jdbias001, and anyone else who'd like to chime in.

I have what looks like a typical 'through the frame' slide mechanism driven by a single motor. Two pinions on each end of a shaft extend and retract a rack that is attached to the slide frame. Once it disappears behind the rubber seal under the floor it's a mystery, maybe it's dark magic or something, but I see no evidence of 'rub' marks anywhere underneath.

Please forgive my ignorance, but without rollers, what is my slide bearing on, does it require lubrication as it, or is adding rollers a worthwhile mod?


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Biggles.

If it is the main slide then you have a flush floor rack and pinion slide. To tell for sure is when you run the slide in does the floor of the slide raise up. Also with the slide open lift up the carpet edge and you will see a black hard edge that runs all across the front of the slide floor. This is what the slide floor rides on so no rollers.

Could you add them? Maybe.

Now if the slide floor is above the camper floor when extended then there are probably already rollers there. Depending on the slide.

As far as lubrication just a good "DRY lube" or a slide out spray. Do not use anything that leaves a wet or sticky film as it will attract dirt.
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Thanks so much dagst1

My interior floor under the carpet edge does sit up about 1/2" when fully extended and yes I can see the hard plastic edge.

The slide moves freely, no sign of binding or abrasion, my questions were purely preemptive, I'd much rather improve it now if it warrants doing than fix it later if you know what I mean.

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