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Old 09-18-2016, 03:26 PM   #11
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I've never given it any thought. In mine, one cannot access the bedroom closet, etc without crawling on the bed. When "packing & un-packing" for a trip, I've always crawled on the bed to put things in the closet and drawers. I guess I will have to re-think that. Same with the table and couch. Now, I did shape a 2X4 to match the angle of the edge of the slide. When the slide is retracted, I place the board under the exposed edge thus giving it support should someone step on the edge.

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Old 09-18-2016, 06:21 PM   #12
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I have read about quite a few people using this method. I would do it myself but I am afraid of forgetting to remove it when I move the slide out (and breaking something).

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I've never given it any thought. In mine, one cannot access the bedroom closet, etc without crawling on the bed. When "packing & un-packing" for a trip, I've always crawled on the bed to put things in the closet and drawers. I guess I will have to re-think that. Same with the table and couch. Now, I did shape a 2X4 to match the angle of the edge of the slide. When the slide is retracted, I place the board under the exposed edge thus giving it support should someone step on the edge.

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Old 02-27-2017, 10:29 AM   #13
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Considering the weight of the 'stuff' designed to ride in the slide at all times - dinette, sleeper couch, kitchen, etc... I see no reason not to be able to use them when they are retracted. They should be designed for holding that weight and more while also enduring the rolling earthquake during travel.

I'm just always careful not to step on the edge of the slide floor, and walk gently, in case there are any soft spots. But being able to use the entire RV with slides IN (say, at a walmart or truck stop), is a major requirement for many people.

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Old 02-27-2017, 11:09 AM   #14
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When we bought our bumper pull. We discussed the use of the slides while retracted. They said there is nothing wrong with using them. Even had the kids sit on them while they retracted it.

At home we never open it up except to due maintenance. We sit on the couch and put groceries on it while prepping. Never have had any issues. It feels rock solid.
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Old 02-27-2017, 11:47 AM   #15
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In our Class C Greyhawk, the dinette is on the slide, and the dinette has the seat-belts. So unless someone @ Jayco wasn't thinking - our slide *has* to be used while retracted.
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Old 02-28-2017, 08:04 AM   #16
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Just wondering if a closed bedroom slide can support weight (or any slide for that manner)? Are they just as strong when opened?
I have been wondering about this too in our 5er and sent an email to Jayco to see what they say. Following is their response:

I believe you can reach both the couch and the bed with the slides retracted, so they should be able to utilized in that position. If the couch is a hide-a-bed, I donít believe you would be able to use this function with the slide retracted.


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Old 02-28-2017, 08:39 AM   #17
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We just put a 3' long piece of 1/2" plywood under the leading edge. To help in not forgetting to remove it before extending the slide I put a small note taped above the slide out button.
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Old 02-28-2017, 11:30 AM   #18
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Never gave this any thought til now, good topic. Now I wonder if they (Jayco) were actually thinking ahead on my North Point 383FLFA, 4 of the 5 slides are the schwintec in wall slides, the slide with the bed is one of the under body mounted motor and rail systems. The bed is easily accessible with all slides closed, and I have slept on it a few times while traveling with the slide closed.
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Old 02-28-2017, 02:08 PM   #19
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We use ours all the time when traveling. I don't trust putting the slide out in a parking lot somewhere. Never had any issues. Bunk Beds, bathroom, Refrigerator are all easily accessible with the slide in.
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Old 02-28-2017, 09:12 PM   #20
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The only thing holding that floor to the walls in a lci flush floor slide is some screws going through the floor up into the side walls from the bottom. Talking A majority of the Jayco towables. If you trust that, go ahead and walk in them. You will eventually pull the floor loose from the walls, or at least it's a possibility.

Just watch one assembled and you'll see. I steer clear of walking in them while retracted.

As for the Motorhomes, they are designed to be occupied while retracted, at least in most of them.

To each there own.

Be sure to check your slide design before walking around in them. Trust me, you might just cause yourself some damage.
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