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Old 09-21-2023, 09:40 PM   #1
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Adding jackknife sofa on slide 2011 Vista 36D

I have a 2011 Vista 36D motorhome. I took out the dinette and put in recliners. I also removed the fold out air bed a d put in s nice leather jackknife sofa.

The problem I am experiencing is that the slide material is not substantial enough to anchor the jack knife. The slide appears to be aluminum frame with a sheet of Luan board on top and some foam insulation. The aluminum appears to be around the edges a d the seat belts were bolted through all the way through from I dide to outside. However, the aluminum doesn't spear to cover all of the slide and where I need to bolt to is just Luan send Styrofoam. Even if I bolt all the way through I feel like it us going to rip the floor out if someone sits on the edge with the sofa extended.

I assume there are aluminum cross members, but I don't know where they are. They are not where I need to bolt the sofa down. I Aldo don't know if it would be safe to drill into them.

Does anyone have any ideas on how I can secure the jack knife? I have the recliners just screwed down, which keeps them from moving, but probably wouldn't hold them in an accident.
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Old 09-25-2023, 04:53 PM   #2
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Here's one idea. Remove the sofa. Cu a piece of 3/4 plywood base plate at least full size of the sofa mount points. Glue the plywood down with copious amounts of something like Gorilla glue and a few screws to pull it tight to the floor. Weight it if needed while the glue cures. Mount the sofa to the new plywood base plate.
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Old 09-25-2023, 10:56 PM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestion. I will look into ir.
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Old 09-26-2023, 04:12 AM   #4
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Instead of trying to bolt or screw down the sofa, I believe it would be easier and just as safe to strap it down. I would screw a hook of some sort where the floor meets the wall. I would then put another hook where the side wall meet the floor. When traveling I would attach a strap to the secure hooks on the floor.

If you are in an accident that is bad enough to move the sofa that would be the least of my worries. I had two recliners in a 5th wheel held down by attached straps to the floor. They never moved during travel.
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