Found a boken slide on my TT.

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    Ok, so while getting ready for my trip in a week noticed my kind bed slide rail was detached from the celling. I have a expandable TT. So here is the problem and the fix i did. I repeated the process on the other rail as it was about to break also. So, check you slides and rails , finding a small problem now is easier then fixing a big one later! 20211023_175634.jpg 20211023_175640.jpg 20211024_093524.jpg 20211024_093537.jpg

    I decided to reinforce the inside of the track with something. So , it needed to be strong and have similer dimentions. So , i found a tiko hanger in the garage that was about the same size, just needed to be cut and grinded down a bit.
     
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    Next was seeing how best to do it, snips were not effective, eaither was a sawall, so grinder it was. I shapped the peice untill it fit snuggly in the rail. I linded up the old holes and reused the original screws, as they held tight, the rail just broke at the attachment point. I then added a bolt through the whole thing with nuts on the inside to space out the rail. This will keep it in the corect shape as well as tie the new support bracket to the rail making it strong. 20211024_093622.jpg 20211024_095545.jpg 20211024_095548.jpg
    Not pretty, but strong and I can now get back to packing. Idea was to push it all the way in, but the wheels of the slide said otherwise. If it bothers me i will paint it white. Cost, nothing parts were on hand. Took 2 hours to do the first one, as it was more figuring out how to best cut the hanger and fit it. 2nd one was 15 minutes to cut and install. If i didnt do this, the other screws holding the rail would have failed one by one, is rapid succession. If this happened on my trip I would not have been a happy camper. So, take notice of your slides and such, and check bolts once and a while to make sure there snug. The trip you take to the store now, can save a trip out at the campground later.
     
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    Never seen the roof rails break like that..

    Seen a few get pulled out of the ceiling..
    Take a look on outbackers.com ( if that site still exists.. for mods and repairs to our types of hard slides.. look under the 21rs, 23rs sub pages..
     
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    Weird right? I thought it was the seam in the rail, bit when i took the screws out of the top it had the rail peace under it, broken off. I thought that was something like a spacer put in at the factory. But no, it was the part of the rail. It just broke out. Its better then new now, just not as pretty. The scews held up fine, and thats where i figured it would fail. Shows what i know......
     
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    Oh and a saftey tip, dont use an angle grinder with flannel sleep pants on. Not a good idea. Indid have on saftey glasses. Lol.
     
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    Looks like some meat hooks left on the repair bracket.
     
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    There not easy to cut, and my grinder wheel was too large ots ment for bluestone.. Plus , i planned on pushing them in more, as i said, the slide wheel would have hit it. I wasn't going for perfection, just functionality. And its stronger in a bigger form.
     
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    Better then just wearing your speedo...
     
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    Slick repair! If you don't like the appearance, and little masking tape and spray paint would make it neater. No need in my world, though. Well done! Vibration is an insidious force, and will stress connections tremendously where we least expect it. Great that you caught this where/when you could make a repair!
     
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    I understand. My grandson, if he sees something different, he's got to feel it and stick his fingers in it. He's learning.
     
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    Its up on the celling, should be fine for prying hands.
     

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