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Devoredude

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Posted: 08/04/13 12:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Took our new (used) 07 Terra 31M out for the first time. Replaced coach batts and tires before, and 2 days of dry camping in the sierras plus two RV park nights worked out Great. Love the rig, big upgrade from our 95 tioga class c with NO slides.

Too many plus things to mention, very happy.

Negative? Stupid move with rear slide.

This rig has the jack and jill style bathroom, the door to the bedroom is a two piece folding door that clips open to bring in the slide. So, night three, I'm running the rear slide in and hear a crunching, stopped and put it back out to find the doorjamb ripped loose from the bathroom floor where my door was hanging open and the slide ripped it loose. Nice. Took out most of the hinge screws that night at next campground and got it back in place. Very clear this had been done before as I was putting back added screws where the prev. owner had done this. What a mess.

I realize the Terra LX is an "entry level" class A. The interior walls covering seem not well attached and the bath door incident is just crappy engineering (as a long time engineer, I can say this with no question).

Has anyone done this with this particular rig, and if so, what was your fix? I am going to dismantle this portion of the rig and make it idiot proof (from myself).

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Posted: 08/04/13 12:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi,

How about just adding a screen door spring to keep the badly designed door closed? It will at least get you through this trip.

I am NOT a slide fan.


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Posted: 08/04/13 01:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Over the slide switch, tape a piece of paper with a check list to go over before you push the button. A check list helps keep many of us from screwing up, especially when others are watching. [emoticon]

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rgatijnet1 wrote:

Over the slide switch, tape a piece of paper with a check list to go over before you push the button. A check list helps keep many of us from screwing up, especially when others are watching. [emoticon]
X-2, I had to do this in my Fleetwood, the DW would extend the front room slide with the locks still in place. Everything would pop out of the wall. Wood putty and longer screws would fix the problem.

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The other one to watch is if you have a front slide just behind the driver's seat. Many a seat has been converted from adjustable to free-swinging by bringing the slide into connect with the back rest


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Don't feel so bad. Had a brand new coach and either the first of second trip a walking cane stored behind the passenger seat. When the slide came in, the end table/cabinet beside the couch tore loose. Just laugh it off and move on. (I was able to do the repair and re-set the cabinet without any damage showing)

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tony lee wrote:

The other one to watch is if you have a front slide just behind the driver's seat. Many a seat has been converted from adjustable to free-swinging by bringing the slide into connect with the back rest


Thanks, I know you can't make everything idiot proof, but the seat, and the bathroom door could have been designed differently. I didn't know about the seat but fortunately you can SEE this as you bring in the slide. If not, I would have created a mess but saw this the first time.

This coach is fabricated from aluminum framing it says, wonder if the INSIDE walls are aluminum framed? Like to see a pic or description of the manuf. process so when I start hacking into the doorjamb, wall, etc. I have a little heads up so can "engineer" a better solution.

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My front slide gives a "5 second delay so chairs and locks can be positioned for the slide". Sometimes I wish I could skip that message since I do that before hitting the button but if DW ever does it she would need more than 5 seconds.


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Devoredude

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Posted: 08/05/13 09:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Stupid question, what the heck is DW, Dear Wife?
I tried to look it up, can't figure it out.
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Hi Devoredude,

It is D(ear) W(ife)

Sometimes the D is followed by other letters?

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