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Old 09-17-2011, 01:24 PM   #1
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'06 Journey slide out problem

The rear slide of my journey has a white plastic bracket(?) that broke. It's what helps guide the slide out. It slides out with one side rubbing on the bottom of the slide and scratches the hard plastic at the bottom of the slide. Anyone have this problem? Know how to fix? I don't want to have to take it in for repair. I would like to try to fix myself. Thanks.
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:19 PM   #2
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I got your email, but when I responded it said you was not receiving emails. I trird with out going thru the forum and it may have went thru. let me know.
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:30 AM   #3
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opolanco,
Is there any chance you could get a pic and post it to see if we've got the same system. If so, I might be able to help you. I've dealt with plastics for most of my life so, I might be able to give you some insight on how to do a DIY remedy.
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Old 09-21-2011, 04:17 AM   #4
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Ok I will try to get a picture up as soon as I can. thanks
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Old 09-21-2011, 01:00 PM   #5
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Ok I hope these pictures come thru. You can clearly see the difference in the pictures. The first one has the white pad to help the slide out glide. The second one doesn't have it and you can see where the bottom of the slide out rubbed on the metal where the pad is gone. My husband will try to fix it until we order the correct piece.
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Old 09-21-2011, 01:52 PM   #6
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You have obviously lost the nylon pad on that side. I would say you could fashion some supports so you can use a hydraulic jack to lift that side of the slide (slide extended...halfway perhaps) enough to replace the pad and repair the underside. Maybe some thin aluminum attached to the underside with some screws located on either side of the nylon pad.
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Thanks! We'll give it a shot.
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You have obviously lost the nylon pad on that side. I would say you could fashion some supports so you can use a hydraulic jack to lift that side of the slide (slide extended...halfway perhaps) enough to replace the pad and repair the underside. Maybe some thin aluminum attached to the underside with some screws located on either side of the nylon pad.
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My thoughts exactly. Jack up that slide and put in a "slide rail" that should have been there in the first place from the factory. Even a 1/16th thick aluminum piece would work. Be careful, a 1/8th inch piece might be a bit too thick and cause the slide to bind at the top, although not likely.

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Thanks! We'll give it a shot.

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Good choice partner, I like to see someone take on a repair like that. It helps you learn about your rig and how to take care of it. Now, as for the "plastic block" is concerned, there are a few types of plastic you can choose from to manufacture your replacement block. The best on the planet is "UHMW" Plastic. That stands for Ultra High Molecular Weight, NASA uses that stuff for high impact and abrasion resistance. Most likely over kill for your application. We used miles of that stuff for out fitting fire trucks for tools and rescue equipment etc. for years.

The next and most sensible stuff is: HDPE plastic. That's High Density Polyethylene plastic. It's half the cost and almost as strong in terms of impact and durability. You can get it at any plastic supplies outfit but, there might be a cheaper more fast way of attaining it. You see, almost all the "white Plastic" cutting boards sold in America are HDPE. It's the most widely used plastic in industry. If you look on the bottom of oil containers you buy at your auto parts store, you'll see HDPE on them, the same for a zillion other containers.

Anyway, just make sure you get the same thickness. As for cutting it, if you or anyone you know has a table saw, it cuts flawlessly. You can shape it, drill it, run threads in it, route the edges and more. You'll figure out how to attach it to where the original piece was. When done, although it's very slick stuff, lube it up with some good quality grease and, do the other side while your at it. Hope this helps.
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:37 AM   #9
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thanks for your help! we greatly appreciate it! Will let you know how it goes.
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opolanco, did you get the email I sent you? that is the exact problem I had with the nylon pad. contact these people and they will fix you up with the right parts. give them your vin number. ____________www.WINNEBAGOPARTS.com______________
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Old 09-29-2011, 03:21 PM   #11
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Yes I did get your email. I'm pretty sure I replied letting you know I got but I guess it didn't go through. Thank you very much for all your help. We haven't had a chance to work on it yet but I'll let you know how it goes.
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