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Old 07-30-2013, 10:43 PM   #1
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Coming from a technical structural engineering design background as I do, I feel that I have the answer to the following. But I do believe its best to ask those who may know the actual reason why Redwood chose this design feature:

Why does the kitchen/entertainment slide (at least on the 36FB) floor only slide straight in and out and not drop down to floor level the way so many other RV manufacturers (including our Landmark) do? Not that it is necessary to do so. The lip of the slide floor that extends past the base cabinetry is rather interesting and reminds me of the old school slide design and operation of yesteryear.

Its definitely not as clean in appearance (JMO), but not a deal breaker for us. Can get used to it. But in looking at this from an engineering aspect, I can see advantages in keeping the heaviest slide in the Fiver simple when it comes to the slide mechanism. Drop down slides endure a lot of stress when riding up and down the angled guide in the floor. I also see advantages in the way the slide seals perform, especially along the top wipe and seal of this slide being that its not opening the distance between the slide roof and the slide opening.

So folks, anyone know the true reasoning behind the design?


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Old 07-31-2013, 01:31 AM   #2
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On my 4 slide Montana previously, the kitchen slide worked just like this one. I guess if you aren't walking on it, why have it drop to floor level?
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Old 07-31-2013, 04:39 AM   #3
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Coming from a technical structural engineering design background as I do, I feel that I have the answer to the following. But I do believe its best to ask those who may know the actual reason why Redwood chose this design feature:

Why does the kitchen/entertainment slide (at least on the 36FB) floor only slide straight in and out and not drop down to floor level the way so many other RV manufacturers (including our Landmark) do? Not that it is necessary to do so. The lip of the slide floor that extends past the base cabinetry is rather interesting and reminds me of the old school slide design and operation of yesteryear.

Its definitely not as clean in appearance (JMO), but not a deal breaker for us. Can get used to it. But in looking at this from an engineering aspect, I can see advantages in keeping the heaviest slide in the Fiver simple when it comes to the slide mechanism. Drop down slides endure a lot of stress when riding up and down the angled guide in the floor. I also see advantages in the way the slide seals perform, especially along the top wipe and seal of this slide being that its not opening the distance between the slide roof and the slide opening.

So folks, anyone know the true reasoning behind the design?

I have the 2013 36FB as well, I guess if it would have been something that would be a trip hazard it would matter, but nowhere on this slide do you walk on it.
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:47 AM   #4
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It may be as simple as that - no trip hazard -
but, as stated, many rv's have that lip design
(my current rv has 4 slides, all with carpet as the transition) -
just a simpler design...
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:12 AM   #5
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It may be as simple as that - no trip hazard -
but, as stated, many rv's have that lip design
(my current rv has 4 slides, all with carpet as the transition) -
just a simpler design...
What is that famous quote, ""It is what it is". I kind of like it. It is like it's in a big frame. lol
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Old 07-31-2013, 03:33 PM   #6
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Just a thought, don't know if reason or not. Our Carriage had the floor level slide where the frig and table were and it was carpet. The stove wasn't in a slide. The Montana we had before that had the stove & frig in the slide and had the setup similar to our 36RL and was tile. I don't know how the tile would hold up if it dropped to floor level like the slide where it is carpet. You can lift the carpet and see the floor of the slide which is back a little from the carpet binding. You could not have this if it was tile.
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