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Old 11-22-2021, 07:06 PM   #1
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Darco repair - Thanks ChuckS

I used the ChuckS video and PDF as my guide and did my darco repair this past weekend. No more holes (for now) and the slide seems to be working fine. I added the strips of black UHMW plastic and countersunk screws.
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Old 11-22-2021, 07:23 PM   #2
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That’s a great idea.
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Looks good!
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Nice job!!!
I would run a bead of ProFlex RV (clear) along the edges to prevent water wicking inside.
Traveling in rain, the wheels will throw water up underneath.
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Old 11-23-2021, 04:52 AM   #5
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Glad you are happy with the repair strips over the torn Darco.. It should last a long time for you... Ive had Zero issues with my UHMW strips since installing them early this year..

I did use a light bead of sealant underneath the strips and on the outer edging of the strips as well..

When my hydraulic slides are closed the UHMW strips are completely tucked inside the RV up over the outer wear bar and you can't see them or the Darco so I am not concerned with water intrusion while traveling on wet roads
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I do plan to run a bead of sealant along the edges. I just need to get some first.
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I have this same problem on the living/dining slide. Where can I find ChuckS's video? I remember seeing something about it afew weeks ago, but can't remember where I saw it.
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I have this same problem on the living/dining slide. Where can I find ChuckS's video? I remember seeing something about it afew weeks ago, but can't remember where I saw it.
Go back to past post on General Discussion and look for this topic:

UMHW strips on Darco....there is a link to the ChuckS info there.

I can't seem to get the link to work here???
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Chuck's PDF is stored in the Files Section *HERE*

The 4 page discussion about the use of the UMHW strips is *HERE*

I haven't found the alleged Chuck's video. If ther eis one, hopefully will provide a link to it and we will add it to the Files section also.
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Old 11-24-2021, 11:25 AM   #10
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I'll share a couple of my videos from my YouTube channel I created for RV videos I've made.. None of my videos are masterpieces.. The intent was to have some video references for RV owners that prefer to see things instead of reading PDFs and such..

The first video highlights the repair I wrote a PDF about that is also stored on this website.. I hope the info within in gives others that have torn Darco ideas about how they can repair the issue themselves. Adoption and alteration of my method is key for each owner as their slide out system may be different from my slide outs.. Mine are all hydraulic but the UHMW could be used.. I think to repair any in wall electric side as well.. Allowances for rollers and such may have to be looked at to adapt the repair..

https://youtu.be/EtgzzhXodlk

The second video is just a revisit of my repair to show folks all is well with the repair. I used these slides at least 100 times since the repair was installed. I also operated these slides in October on a very cold morning up in Montana when the outside temp was 10 degrees.. There were zero issues with the slide out moving up over the ear bar onto the UHMW in the cold weather..

** NOTE - when I need to repair the other main slide Darco .. and I will in early spring due to slight signs of the same wearing on the outer edges of the Darco material I will lift the slide up about 1/4 inch and slide the UHMW strip in so that the wear bar maintains constant contact .

Why? Based on feedback from others that have used my repair method the slide motion is even smoother since the UHMW strip doesn't have to make that initial "ramp up" onto the wear bar... Also there is NO issues with having a good seal underneath when the slide is fully extended or retracted.. The 0.125 thickness of the UHMW does not affect sealing..

https://youtu.be/bQ20NgM8FC0

Hopefully no one minds me sharing these two crude videos from my youtube channel.. Tis the only way to share larger files and such on many groups

Wishing all a great Thanksgiving tomorrow..
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Old 11-29-2021, 10:15 AM   #11
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Great Idea

I have been reading this letter for quite a while and have picked up a lot of great tips, ideas, and other items like "I really should check to see if I can change a tire with my Anderson wedges (can't)". I too have an issue with a strip of Darco that has come loose (literally a strip that looks like it was a repair). This will solve my problem and I will take full advantage of the brain power within the owners of Montana RV's. I have a 2012 3400RL that I bought new.

Thank you for all of the knowledge and information.

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