How To Remove The Interior Trim On A Rv Slide Out

Interior trim on slideout removal

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06-08-2014, 07:57 PM 1
MemberWinnebago Owners ClubJoin Date: Jan 2013Location: Somerset WIPosts: 34 Interior trim on slideout removal


I am trying to remove the trim (the carpet and wood) around the interior side of the slide out. Something got caught and bent the trim in while moving the slide open. It should be a easy fix if I can remove the wood and carpet covering this vertical section. Any help?.2005 Itasca Suncruiser 37B.

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06-08-2014, 08:33 PM 2
Senior MemberWinnebago Owners ClubJoin Date: Oct 2010Location: Apopka Fl.Posts: 1,314 Quote:Originally Posted byrhlvr1I am trying to remove the trim (the carpet and wood) around the interior side of the slide out. Something got caught and bent the trim in while moving the slide open. It should be a easy fix if I can remove the wood and carpet covering this vertical section. Any help?.2005 Itasca Suncruiser 37B.Hi This happened to me with my 2006 Suncruiser. I removed the wood dowels then the screws to remove the wood trim. Removing more screws will take the metal trim off. I straightened the metal trim and reinstalled. I shortened the wood and metal trim about 1/4″ before reinstalling. I used a plastic sheet and contact cement to repair the misplaced carpet. Jesse_You Only Live Once Travel!2013 Winnebago Tour 42QDApopka FL.
06-11-2014, 12:55 PM 3
MemberWinnebago Owners ClubJoin Date: Jan 2013Location: Somerset WIPosts: 34 Not sure if you have the same design. I don’t have any wood dowels. I need to remove the carpet and wood that covers the slide as seen in photos.

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06-11-2014, 01:52 PM 4
Senior MemberWinnebago Owners ClubJoin Date: Aug 2009Posts: 297 On our 06 Sunova I took the fabric strip in the middle of the wood trim off (Velcro). Then you can remove the screws that held the wood on. Not sure but your picks look a lot like ours did. I started at the bottom and just used my hands to remove the trim strip.Hope this is of some help._DeanMary (Retired U.S.A.F.) Miss Lilly (Japanese Bob Tail)2012 Itasca Sunova 33C, 2012 Cadillac SRX
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How to Remove and Update RV Slide Out Trim

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Webought an RV travel trailerwith full intentions of renovating it. I watched the Facebook Marketplace for months waiting for just the right one; then pounced the moment I found one in our price range.

As soon as I had sent Colby and my father to Kansas to pick it up, I couldn’t stop myself from glancing at the photographs in the description and visualizing everything I wanted to do to the place. The very first thing I saw was the possibility of incorporating faux wood beams similar to those in our kitchen into the design. Actually, they aren’t beams at all, but they have wood trim that makes them appear to be beams. In order to do this, one of our first chores was to remove the trim surrounding the slide out.

  • As luck would have it, our model was only equipped with a tiny piece of slide out trim moulding around the outside edge, as well as design caps on the corners and in the centre.
  • After that, it was time to start preparing the wood.
  • We used a screwdriver, chicken wire, and garden tools to create a distressed look over each piece of wood, much as we did with our false beams at home.
  • I enjoy seeing the many hues of the grain and how each notch in the wood begins to come to life.
  • Anyway, I used the sameMinwax Early American stain as I used in our house for the wood stain this time.
  • Having painted the slide out and the rest of the main space, we were ready to hang the trim around the window.
  • After carefully sanding and cleaning the surface below, we proceeded to glue it down.
  • When it came to the header piece, we needed to make sure it was properly aligned above the two sides and flush with the opposite edge of each of the sides.
  • Then we nailed it to the wall.
  • The shorter nails were simply not catching in the midst of the slide, as was the case with the longer nails.

Just like the false beams in our house entirely transformed the appearance of our kitchen, the wood trim on our travel trailer significantly transformed the appearance of our trailer. This one little change to the trim made a huge difference in the overall appearance of the freshly restored room.

How to update RV slide-out moulding

Disclaimer: This post may include affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the links and make a purchase, we may receive a profit on the sale. This service is provided at no additional charge to you. Please see our complete disclosure here. Soon after we returned home from the dealership, I began contemplating ideas for incorporating rustic, salvaged wood into our RV while not adding too much weight to the vehicle. Taking the RV slide-out moldings (fascia) out and replacing it with something more rustic was one of my first thoughts.

Tips for Updating RV Slide-Out Moulding

In case you’re still not clear on what I’m talking about, here are a few of photographs of the wood RV slide-out moldings in our living room area to help you understand: Check watch this video to learn how to update the moulding on your RV slide-out:

First Up: The Inspiration

My inspiration came mostly from the comfortable nooks defined by rough hewn timbers, rustic window trim, and rustic door frames that can be seen in most mountain houses. Unknown as to where the original came from The combination of woods used in the shot below is extremely beautiful: If only the RV’s weight wasn’t a consideration.

How to Remove the Slide-Out Moulding

First and foremost, I want to emphasize that you may change the moulding on your RV slide-out without having to remove the existing trim. Painting it is a popular choice, so you may want to explore that alternative, or if it’s made of solid wood, you may want to sand it down and re-stain it. I contemplated painting our slide-out trim, but I wanted to add some character to it and believed that using wood would be the most effective way to do it. Upon closer inspection, it was discovered that the right side moulding was fastened using Velcro, as shown in the photo below.

  • In order to avoid simply yanking them off (let’s pretend we didn’t do this), we resorted to our RV Facebook groups to see if anyone had any ideas.
  • Following a detailed inspection, we discovered microscopic staple holes, which made us feel more confident in removing the remaining moulding with our mini crowbar.
  • We were a little nervous when we initially started removing the trim, but as we got the hang of it, we were lot more confident.
  • We chose to remove the MDF boards as well in order to reduce weight, but you can always apply velcro to these areas in order to connect your new wood, or screw into them instead of removing them all at once.
  • As a result, when we finally got around to upgrading the trim in the bedroom, we decided to leave the MDF in place and just nail new wood into the existing MDF (again you can use industrial strength velcro).

We believe this way performed better and looked more professional, but you can use any method you choose.

Replacing the RV Slide-Out Moulding

You can purchase moulding that is designed particularly for RVs, but we chose to replace ours with wood because it was more affordable. I had originally contemplated utilizing recycled peel and stick boards such as those supplied byStikwood, Epic Artifactory, or East Coast Rustic, mostly because they’re often pre-cleaned and planed down to a thin thickness, which reduces the overall weight of the project. I was determined not to have a “planked” appearance, so I contemplated acquiring recycled boards and having them planed down.

Consequently, while I would have wanted to have used recycled wood for the slide-out moldings in our living room, time was running out and I was becoming impatient.

I believe we paid around $30 on the wood that was utilized to refurbish the trim around our living room slide-out.

The Living Room Slide-Out Moulding:

As much as I adore the look and smell of cedar, I wanted the boards to be darker and more rustic in appearance, so I dinged them up using various tools from our garage such as a hammer, planer, nails, screws, and, well, everything else I could find. After that, I dyed the boards using a combination of dyes. I honestly have no idea what the precise combination was because it was mostly made up of remnants from various stains that we’d accumulated through time. Side note: We were considering whether to use pine or cedar because both are softer, lighter woods, but the cedar was not much more expensive, so we chose that option instead.

  1. The exact location of the screw holes was a bit difficult to determine, but we just measured the distance between the screw holes and put markings on the back of our wood boards.
  2. It’s strange how things work out.
  3. We were unable to get our desired result since our top header piece of wood did not hang over the sides as anticipated, which was a bummer.
  4. It drove me insane, so we eventually changed the top piece of the slide-out moulding, allowing it to dangle slightly over the borders of the cabinetry.
  5. After that, I had to stain all of the wood a deeper color in an attempt to make it appear more coordinated.

I’d like to ultimately replace it with ancient hand-hewn skins, and I’ve been looking for materials to do so. However, until then, I still think it’s a significant improvement over what it was.

Bedroom Slide-Out Moulding

Following the renovation of the RV slide-out moldings in the living room, I’d like to think that we’ve learnt a few things. The salvaged cypress wood we used in the bedroom was a lucky find for us by the time we finished remodeling the front of the house and were ready to move onto the bedroom. We had traveled to North Carolina to receive it, which had been presented to us by the owner of the mountain wedding location where we had been married, who had also planed it down to make it a little thinner.

  1. Woops.
  2. As an example, here’s a snapshot of our bedroom when we initially purchased our RV, as well as a view of it after we removed the crown molding: We next used our nail gun to adhere the wood to the MDF boards (which is arguably our favorite tool of all time!).
  3. As soon as the reclaimed cypress was put, I painted it with Tung Oil, the same product that we used on our kitchen worktops.
  4. I can categorically state that the slide-out moulding in our bedroom worked out far better than the trim in our living room.
  5. The moulding in our living room is still on our to-do list (someday), but for the time being, we are thrilled with the impact it has made in our RV.
  6. Have you updated the slide-out moulding in your recreational vehicle?

Slide-out front panel removal – Forest River Forums

04-11-2016, 03:18 PM 1
Site TeamJoin Date: Nov 2011Posts: 4,469 Slide-out front panel removal


Ref: 2013 Rockwood 8282WS. The two left cable came off the outside connecting plate of the wardrobe slide and have disappeared behind the rubber flap (seal). The slide out face in the bedroom is too close to the bathroom wall to access behind it to work with the cables. How do you remove the slide out face boards? The top was easy, but I can’t find any screws to remove the side boards.Help._2018 Forester 3011 DS

04-11-2016, 03:51 PM 2
Left CoastJoin Date: Dec 2014Location: vancouver,washingtonPosts: 15,649 Probably stapled on
04-11-2016, 03:54 PM 3
Left CoastJoin Date: Dec 2014Location: vancouver,washingtonPosts: 15,649 Stapels usually in deepest crevest on face of moulding
04-13-2016, 10:06 AM 4
Site TeamJoin Date: Nov 2011Posts: 4,469 Thanks guys. I’ll figure out a way to get behind it or take it 60 miles for warranty repair.Seems there has to be some screws somewhere conecting the wood to the slide out metal frame._2018 Forester 3011 DS
04-13-2016, 10:47 AM 5
dcheatwoodSite TeamJoin Date: Nov 2011Posts: 4,469 OK. I found this video on youtube that, if mine is the same, shows that the facing is most likely stapled (like you said) to another piece of wood (plywood strip), and that strip is screwed to the metal facing. I’ll give that a try.
04-13-2016, 10:52 AM 6
Left CoastJoin Date: Dec 2014Location: vancouver,washingtonPosts: 15,649 Awhile back I pulled a slide out of a park model to repair the floor and that’s how it was assembledSent from my XT1080 using Tapatalk
04-13-2016, 11:34 AM 7
Left CoastJoin Date: Dec 2014Location: vancouver,washingtonPosts: 15,649 Just a thought.if you have access to an air operated pin nailer, to reinstall facia, if you hold the nailer at a 30 or 45 degree angle, from bottom angled upward, the pins will never be seen (or use a stapler)
04-14-2016, 06:01 AM 8
ScotsmanJoin Date: Nov 2014Location: Kemptville, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 51 I have also had this happen to our 2015 Rockwood 5th wheel. The rubber grommets that holed the end of the cables to the slide out are useless. Before I realized that one cable had fallen out of the end it had disappeared into the bedroom slide out. I used zip ties to secure the remaining 3 cables so I could avoid the same thing happing again. As you have found it is a major issue to gain access to the cables that feed out to the end of the slide out. It is really hard to work on the left side because it is so close to the end wall. When it warms up some I will make a better attempt at taking things apart to get to that wire. Everyone needs to look at these cables and make sure that they are securely attached. Zip ties or maybe caulk the ends. If you loose these wires inside the slide out you have a major problem on your hands. Taking the hole slide out apart like in the video is not an option that I want to do. I posted this problem before and unfortunately did not get any really solid ideas as to how to find this cable. There has to be a way. When I get more of the panels off I might be able to find it. Brand new trailer with a flawed system, there has to be a better way. I will update with any new findings. Good Luck.
04-14-2016, 02:03 PM 9
Site TeamJoin Date: Nov 2011Posts: 4,469 Thanks Bob. The angle is good to know. I will be using a pneumatic brad nailer to reinstall._2018 Forester 3011 DS
04-14-2016, 02:22 PM 10
Site TeamJoin Date: Nov 2011Posts: 4,469 I agree. Neither of the the 4 connecting points on mine had the grommet in place. Zip ties sound like a valid option. I’ll consider that if nothing more permanent comes to mind. I plan to attack it in a couple weeks. Will post results. Good luck with yours._2018 Forester 3011 DS
04-16-2016, 03:51 PM 11
Site TeamJoin Date: Nov 2011Posts: 4,469 Nope. Couldn’t pry the facing off. Have to take it to dealer to get cables replaced._2018 Forester 3011 DS
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Remove slide out – Thor Forums

04-13-2020, 05:31 PM 1
Junior MemberBrand: Thor Motor CoachState: South CarolinaPosts: 2THOR18480 Remove slide out


Has anyone removed a 12′ Schwintek slide to gain access to the subfloor?_

04-13-2020, 09:05 PM 2
Senior MemberBrand: Thor Motor CoachModel: Windsport 34EState: North CarolinaPosts: 303THOR13360 I haven’t but would like to see it done. Where In SC are you? I’m in Weddington NC just South of Charlotte._
04-14-2020, 12:33 AM 3
Junior MemberBrand: Thor Motor CoachState: South CarolinaPosts: 2THOR18480 Remove Slide


I’m in the planning stage right now.So far I’ve found out you need to remove the rivets on the out side trim, then the outside trim, remove the interior trim around the box, disconnect the motors,find someone who owns a fork lift, and a few friends to push.I’m trying every way I know to avoid all of that.If I get to the point I’m going to yank it,I will let you know.I’m in Batesburg-Leesville._

04-14-2020, 02:15 PM 4
Senior MemberBrand: Thor Motor CoachModel: Windsport 34EState: North CarolinaPosts: 303THOR13360 Let me know for sure, looks like it’s a couple hour drive from here.I would bet that you could build a shelf outside the MH, throw some PVC pipe on it and roll that baby out. That way you wouldn’t have to rush to get it back in.Do a utube search you may find exactly what you want to do there. I’m always amazed at what’s on there.Grady_
04-14-2020, 06:42 PM 6
Senior MemberBrand: Thor Motor CoachState: GeorgiaPosts: 2,585THOR4735 the ‘subfloor’ of the slide, or the RV?_
04-14-2020, 07:56 PM 7
Senior MemberBrand: Thor Motor CoachModel: Aria 3401State: ArkansasPosts: 114THOR12542 Quote:Originally Posted byTurnerFamthe ‘subfloor’ of the slide, or the RV?Good question.If it’s the floor of the slide, I managed to change one of mine without removing the slide.It wasn’t a large slide and was a bit of a pain to do, but it turned out okay._
04-18-2020, 09:10 PM 8
Junior MemberBrand: Thor Motor CoachState: OregonPosts: 3THOR10147 Removing slide out


I just had mine done.12� slide out on a 2015 Thor Hurricane.They did not have to remove the slide for the repair and like me, you�ll find they didn�t use actual plywood, so needless to say, water got to it and caused it to swell.I had taken out the furniture prior to taking it in.Next time (I�m sure there will be) I�ll just do it myself.(They also had to replace the slide mechanisms on mine)._

04-19-2020, 01:58 AM 9
MemberBrand: Thor Motor CoachModel: ACE 27.2State: CaliforniaPosts: 43THOR17484 Slides should come with retrieval hooks so you have a place to attach a chain from your tractor.This is a corollary to the “hammer” rule.Anything can be removed with large enough chain and tractor.The Hammer Rule States that anything can be fixed with a hammer and that anything can be used as a hammer._
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Loose interior slide trim – Keystone RV Forums

It appears that our inside slide trim boards are becoming loose on a frequent basis. In general, it looks like the boards are dragging on the carpet or something similar, causing them to peel away from their backer board. Several badly placed light gauge brads appear to be the only thing holding them in place at this point. When we were traveling in the Carlsbad, New Mexico region recently, two portions of our primary trim on the passenger slide (the largest slide) came totally loose. It was hard on the roads, though not significantly worse than what we had encountered elsewhere.

  1. I was thinking about how I might do an even better repair, and I was thinking of using a little liquid nail and maybe even a few brass screws to hold these trim boards in place in addition to some brad nailing.
  2. Is there any reason that any of you can conceive of why they shouldn’t be bonded and screwed together instead?
  3. Please share any wise words of wisdom you may have for me before I proceed forward.
  4. As a point of reference, our trailer is a 2010 3150RL Montana 5th wheel.

As a result, the trim around the slides is often made of grooved boards measuring 6 inches in width. The 2010 3150RL Montana 5er comes with a 16k hitch and an EZZTire TPMS system. The 2013 Chevy Silverado LTZ 2500 HD Duramax (SRW) comes with an Edge CS2 Programer/Monitor system.

4 Steps on How to remove an RV slide out?

RV slide-outs are something that the majority of people are unfamiliar with. Slide-outs are the extension of the living space of a recreational vehicle that are generally mobile and can be opened and closed. Glide-outs and bump-outs are terms used by other individuals to describe these types of maneuvers in certain situations. Whether in a rear-end or front-end design, these slide-outs are strategically placed along the RV’s side walls to maximize space. RVs have become more convenient as a result of these slide-outs, much as bathing in an RV has become more convenient.

  • Indeed, the slide-outs can provide more room than the actual RV itself in some situations.
  • But do you know how to remove a slide-out from an RV once it has been professionally installed?
  • The procedure, however, is more difficult than it appears; it entails a great deal of planning, carpentry, manufacturing (including welding), electrical installation, and plumbing, to name a few skills.
  • As a result, do you believe it is not vital for you to know how to remove the slide-outs for reasons that are only known to you?
  • Read on for more.

4 Steps involved in removing RV slide out

  • In the same way that other RV-related procedures such as washing RV roofs have a step-by-step system for performing them, removing an RV slide out has a procedure as well. Using either a hydraulic mechanism drive or a rack and pinion mechanism drive, slide outs may be removed from the machine. You have the foresight to see that both systems are more or less nearly similar in their operation. The following are the critical actions that you must do in order to complete your task successfully:

1. Step One

  • You must re-engineer your recreational vehicle so that it does not become weakened as a result of the removal work that you have performed. It is recommended that new hoops and support beams be welded in order to offer some additional strength. After you are finished with the support, you should consider the insulation of your new RV, as well as other physical features such as windows. Begin by removing the internal molding, which is also known as the “horseshoe” fitting, from the car’s interior. It is the one in which the slide out mechanism is located and moves. Make certain that the slide out extends to its fullest extent by simply ensuring that it drops into the recess at the bottom of the slide. This recess should be well-constructed to ensure that the levels of the slide-out floors and the main floor of the camper are equal. Keep track of whether or not the sliding rams have been disabled. If this is the case, simply organize them in a pleasing manner.

2. Step Two

  • Shims and blocks can be used to provide a lot of support to the underside of the slide out when it is fully extended. Make certain that you do not employ axle stands or automobile jacks when providing assistance. If you want to be as safe as possible, the support should be very hard and sturdy so that the weight of the slide out may be readily supported.

3. Step three

  • As soon as you have determined that the support provided is optimal, remove the slide outs from the bolts that secure the rams to the table top. What matters is that the rams be driven, not whether they are powered by hydraulics or by a rack and pinion driving mechanism. Fasteners are just pin-like structures in the fore ends of rams
  • They are not necessary.

4. Step four

  • Using the several aids that are accessible from the camper body, pull the slide out slightly to the side when it has been released. Exercise extreme caution when completing the movement motion
  • Move one inch at a time, working from opposite ends of the room. As a result of the meticulous slide out maneuver, your task will be flawlessly completed and thusly finished

Precautions when remove the slide-outs

Before you begin removing the slide-outs, there are several preventive precautions that you should be aware of in order to avoid exposing your life to needless risks. So, what are some of the safeguards you should take to protect yourself? First and foremost, RV slide-outs, which frequently collapse as a result of unsafe and insufficient supports, are extremely hazardous moving loads. The supports should be able to sustain your entire body weight without buckling. If you have any doubts about the strength of the slide-out, you should enlist the assistance of a professional who can guide you through the process.

First and foremost, you must make certain that you have been granted permission to remove the slide-outs on your own behalf.

RV owners who are unfamiliar with the complicated and, at times, hazardous procedure of slide-out removal will appreciate this innovation.

To do this, it was necessary to ensure that the fuel holding tank, the water holding tank, and the RV water pumps were all put beneath the car.

It is imperative that you remove all of these components first and make sure that they are properly stored before proceeding with the slide-out removal. Doing so will help to assure your safety throughout the operation. Also see: How to Prime an RV Water Pump for more information.

Monaco Bedroom Slide Trim Removal

-Gramps- posted the following 2 hours ago: Because the motor and wires are located over the top of the slideout cabinets and inside the trim around the aperture in the coach, rather than behind the drawers, they are more easily accessible. Unfortunately, the photo does not show the top trim that extends above the slideout mechanism. I have the same slide, and my trim has a fabric insert that is kept in place with velcro; remove it and you can see the motor, as well as the chain drive to which the wires are linked.

  • A clearer photo, with the ceiling line clearly visible, might be useful in confirming this.
  • The top trim, which is identical in appearance to the slide trim, is not shown in the photograph.
  • This is unfortunate.
  • I’ll have to continue to “assist” the right side to retract until I can figure out what’s wrong.
  • I’m not going to remove the trim until I’ve received the necessary parts.
  • To make the next repair easier, when I replace it, I plan to use Velcro to attach the wood pieces back together again.
  • Thank you to everyone who responded!

Slide out interior trim issue – Montana Owners Club

10-07-2012, 05:08 PM 1
Montana FanJoin Date: Nov 2008Location: PlacervillePosts: 352M.O.C.8962 Slide out interior trim issue


This is something everyone should look at. Our Montana is 3 1/2 years old, it was a very early 2010 with Hickory interior. About a year or so back I found the trim on the bedroom slide, the top header board falling off, I applied glue, then tapped it back on, 6 months ago the same thing with the main large slide, this time the trim had almost landed on the floor after we arrived at the campsite, well yesterday on I-40 westbound, the road is a little rough, we pull into a rest stop, I go to use the one in the Montana, when I opened the door, all 3 sections of the kitchen slide Hickory were on the floor, the brad nails that attach one of them put a nice scratch in one of the lower kitchen doors. I placed all the parts on the couch nail side up, and completed the day, made a trip to Home Depot, and bought what I didn’t have with me to fix it. Maybe the newer Montana’s don’t have the problem, ours does. I spent 30 years in the Home Construction Business, you do not apply an 8 foot long piece of trim with 50 gun brads, 10 would work, and where is the adhesive, brads will all work out. The money Keystone spends filling all those gun nail holes far exceeds the labor and cost of wood glue, so take the time and look if yours is loose, also, those nice veneer Montana logos, the oval ones applied to the center of the slide trim, ours have both worked there way down the wood, the adhesive they used appears to soften when warm, as in storage, I am going to try a heat gun, and slide them up, then tack a pair of small round head brass nails, and it will look fine, if your wood is sticky above the veneer logo’s, there moving down, or on an angle as ours are, just a heads up.

10-08-2012, 03:20 AM 2
Montana MasterJoin Date: Feb 2012Location: Lake GastonPosts: 8,474M.O.C.12156 At last, one problem we have never had._Mike and Lorraine2002 3655 FL, 2005 3650RK2010 3665RE, 2015 3910FB F350 crew cab dually 6.7
10-08-2012, 04:01 AM 3
Site TeamJoin Date: Jun 2011Location: WilseyPosts: 18,517M.O.C.11455 Quote:quote: Originally posted by 1retired06At last, one problem we have never had.X2 on that!But I will be checking.I-70 in Indiana, Illinois and Missouri coming home could make your fillings drop out.By the end of the week we’ll be doing 40 so I thank you for the heads up._Dick, Joyce, Diego, Picatso and Gustav2017 3720 RL, and 2013 HC 343RLPullrite Hitch, IS, Disk Brakes, 3rd AC, Winegard Traveler, Bathroom door mod, Dometic 320, couch for desk swap, replaced chairs, sun screens, added awnings,etc.
10-08-2012, 05:40 PM 4
Montana MasterJoin Date: Mar 2003Location: TiptonPosts: 3,646M.O.C.191 I believe there is a good reason why Keystone does not use glue on the slideout trim pieces.If a slide has to be removed – how would you get those trim pieces off?Al
10-08-2012, 06:25 PM 5
Montana MasterJoin Date: Jan 2006Location: SouthPosts: 2,499M.O.C.5140 We drilled some holes with a pilot bit to hold an oak plug while the drywall screw actually holds the trim to the slide. When we were at the Service Center, I made sure to tell the techs so they wouldn’t get frustrated as to why the trim wouldn’t come off. The vertical trim pieces each have two screws, one at the top and the other at the bottom. The horizontal ones have 2 or 4, depending on length.
10-09-2012, 03:49 AM 6
Montana MasterJoin Date: Feb 2012Location: Lake GastonPosts: 8,474M.O.C.12156 Quote:quote: Originally posted by CountryGuyI believe there is a good reason why Keystone does not use glue on the slideout trim pieces.If a slide has to be removed – how would you get those trim pieces off?AlX2.The trim has to be removed if the slides have necessary repair work requiring removal._Mike and Lorraine2002 3655 FL, 2005 3650RK2010 3665RE, 2015 3910FB F350 crew cab dually 6.7
10-09-2012, 12:34 PM 7
Montana FanJoin Date: Nov 2008Location: PlacervillePosts: 352M.O.C.8962 Glue will keep the trim from being removed, if the slide has to be removed?, why would a slide ever have to be removed?. To remove the kitchen slide on ours the counter top would have to be removed also, even if it did, a small pry bar can remove the trim, maybe screws would be better, as others have mentioned, I just think it’s a cost issue during production
10-10-2012, 03:54 AM 8
Montana MasterJoin Date: Feb 2012Location: Lake GastonPosts: 8,474M.O.C.12156 Easy answer. I have had slides removed twice, once to replace the teflon bar mounted on the floor in front that the slide moves in and out on (keystone forgot to install), and once when I had a floorboard replaced._Mike and Lorraine2002 3655 FL, 2005 3650RK2010 3665RE, 2015 3910FB F350 crew cab dually 6.7
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Montana MasterJoin Date: Oct 2006Location: _Posts: 5,238M.O.C.6337 Our bedroom slide was out, Keystone rebuilt it.What an experience, coming back to your rig to find the slide outside on the floor of the service facility on it’s side.Since then I have seen this several other times, don’t want to say “Lots” cause that will panic some, but, have seen it time and time again.It is not that uncommon.
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10 Tips and Tricks How to Remove A Slide-Out Out of a Camper

It’s exciting to own a camper, but what happens if you need to remove one of the slide-outs? It’s possible that you’ll need to repair or replace the carpet. Or perhaps you simply do not care for it any longer. What is the best way to get a slide-out out of a camper? Remove the slide-out from your camper in three simple stages by following these instructions:

  1. The horseshoe fittings (ram fasteners) in the molding should be removed. It should be pulled all the way out. Remove the fasteners that are holding the slide-out in place on the rams and set them aside. Before taking out the slide-out, make sure you have a sturdy support in place underneath it.

Once you have the slide-out free of the camper, you will require the assistance of a few individuals to complete the removal of the slide-out. If you aren’t planning on replacing it, place it somewhere out of the way for the time being. Let’s go a little more specific about this.

Gather the Tools You Will Need

According to what you want to do with the slide-out and why it is being removed, you will require a range of tools to complete the task successfully. No matter what you’re doing, the following tools are likely to come in handy:

  • Pliers (needle nose and regular)
  • Screwdrivers (an assortment of Phillips and flat)
  • Hammer
  • Mallet
  • Wrenches
  • Drill with various bits
  • Pliers (needle nose and regular). Set of sockets
  • Knife
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife

Of course, depending on the sort of slide-out you are removing and the reason for removing it, you may require other tools as well. When dealing with water damage and carpet restoration, for example, you may require a staple gun as well as a sealant such as caulking. Removal and renovation of a travel trailer’s slide-out room Take a look at the video below:

Take Some Before Pictures of the Attached Slide-Out

Is it possible that you’ve taken something apart and then lost track of how to put it back together again? The majority of individuals have.

The simplest solution to this problem is to snap photographs of the slide-out before removing any items. From every aspect and from every direction. Make certain that you understand exactly what you are looking at so that you can remember to put everything back together correctly.

Remove Everything from the Slide-Out

Everything is included in this. It’s not just about the furniture. For example, you will need to delete the following items:

  • The inside trim
  • Electrical connections
  • Plumbing connections
  • Awnings or other external accessories
  • And the exterior trim

Another Tip on Forgetfulness

Make careful to label everything with masking tape so you’ll know where everything goes back together. In other words, when you remove each wire or plumbing pipe, use masking tape to identify the location of each one. Marking the cables and pipes in the same way you did with the images will make it easier to put everything back together when you are finished.

Some Causes of Leaks in Slide-Outs

Water damage can occur as a result of a number of different circumstances. Some are significant, while others are minor adjustments. They are as follows:

  • Problems with your camper’s leveling: If your camper is not level when you open or close your slide-out, water will circumvent the seals and enter the camper. In case your campsite is not level, always keep a set of blocks in your RV to level your rig. Slides that are not aligned: It is also referred to as crab walking when your seal does not close securely because it is not properly positioned. In order to ensure that the slide mechanism slides uniformly, WD-40 or equivalent lubricant should be applied to it. Wear and tear: No matter how diligently you take care of your equipment, anything with moving components will ultimately fail you. In certain cases, they will just cease operating or become misaligned for no apparent reason.

Look for Any Fastener Blocks

It is possible that the manufacturer will prevent you from accessing your ram fasteners. Inspect the underside of your camper to make sure there is nothing that is preventing the slide-out from being removed completely. Look for the following:

  • Propane tank holders, fuel tank holders, and water tank holders are all examples of items that fall into this category.

Make Sure You Invite Some Friends

Do not attempt to do this job on your own. Whatever your strength and ability, this is not a work that can be completed by one person. Attempting to remove any size slide-out on your own may be quite risky. Many of them may weigh more than a thousand pounds, despite the fact that they appear little and light. Attempting to pull it off on your own is a recipe for disaster. When dealerships or mechanics work on a pull-out, they have specialized equipment to assist them, such as forklifts and other machineries.

Invite a couple of pals over to assist you.

You should make sure that the supports you employ have been tested to handle at least twice the weight of the slide-out you intend to install.

Important Tip: Always unplug the battery before working on your slide-outs to avoid damaging them.

The Pros and Cons of Slide-Outs

The slide-out, which is also known as a slide room or an add-on, is an expansion to the amount of space available within your camper. A little additional space may make a big difference in terms of comfort when you’re camping. This is especially true for people who spend a significant amount of time in their vehicle. Slide-outs, on the other hand, have certain disadvantages as well. The following are the advantages and disadvantages of slide-outs: Pros

  • They provide additional space
  • They raise the value of your camper
  • And the additional storage space is quite useful.
  • They are hefty, adding to the overall weight of your camper
  • The cost of maintenance might be too high. Some can cause your rig to fishtail as a result of unequal weight distribution
  • They are more expensive (some add around $12,000 to the price)
  • This is detrimental to fuel economy. The fact that they are not taken out increases the amount of space they take up. Easily misaligned and prone to various complications

As you can see, there are many more disadvantages than advantages, but individuals who like their slide-outs will vigorously contest this conclusion. One thing to keep in mind is that slide-outs require periodic maintenance in order to avoid some of the concerns listed above.

Routine Maintenance on Your Slide-Outs

Today’s market offers two types of slide-outs: electric and hydraulic. Electric slide-outs are the more common variety. Electric slide drive systems are preferable for slide-outs that are less in weight. Hydraulic motors are preferable for slide-outs that are bigger and heavier in weight.

Both kinds require regular maintenance, which includes cleaning and examining the numerous moving parts. However, there are some maintenance requirements that are particular to each kind. On electric slide-outs, you will need to do the following types of maintenance on a regular basis:

  • Make sure all of the moving components are lubricated with WD-40 or a similar lubricant before starting. They really manufacture slide-out lubrication, which can be purchased almost anyplace. Check the seals, particularly those around the top and sides of the vehicle. Examine the rubber for signs of stiffness or splits. Examine the bulb seals for consistent compression. If one location is crushed more than the others, it is possible that there is a misalignment problem.

With the advent of wall movers and multi-slideout rigs, hydraulic slide-outs have become increasingly popular. Some of the upkeep that has to be done on them are as follows:

  • Cleaning and lubricating the moving components in the same manner as you would with the electronic slide-out
  • Examining the seals in the same way that you would with the motorized slide-out Checking for damage to the bypass valve and manual controls
  • Performing a leak check on the hydraulic fluid Searching for signs of abnormal wear and tear
  • The valves and pump are being examined. checking the springs and hoses for damage

Because hydraulic motors are used for larger lifting and movement, they have more components that must be checked to ensure that they are in excellent working order. Take time to become familiar with every component of your camper, including all of the slide-outs.

Preventative Maintenance Pays Off

Avoiding problems before they occur makes more sense than waiting for anything to go wrong after they have occurred. It is critical to keep up with the overall maintenance of the complete equipment. You should take it to a repair on a regular basis, just as you would with any other car. Your camper’s owner’s handbook or the maintenance book that came with it when you purchased it will provide the timetable for routine maintenance. However, if you purchased it secondhand, it is possible that the manuals are missing.

In the long run, this will save you a significant amount of money in repair bills.

Recommended reading

Visit the following pages for additional information about RVing and to read more useful articles: What is the approximate weight of a slide-in camper? (With the Help of Four Examples) What is the maximum amount of wind that a pop-up camper can withstand? Is It a Dangerous Situation? What is the power consumption of a pop-up camper? (FactsNumbers) Is it possible for RV antifreeze to go bad? Antifreeze has a shelf life of one year.

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