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Old 11-13-2014, 08:57 PM   #1
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19' table - slides too tight and binds

When we picked up our new 19’ in August of this year we noticed the table was wobbly. Sitting on the floor working on a refrigerator mod I noticed a gap between the table slide and the plywood table top.

Tightening the screws I found that every screw was lose turn +/-.

After tightening them up I slid it back together with some effort. Now it’s so tight that it binds/ slides/ binds. I carefully cleaned the tracks and some lubricant came off on the rag. Nothing improved.

Has anyone else found loose screws? Table top too loose or too tight? It looks to me like the original setup was slightly off and someone loosened all the screws so the table would slide smoothly.

Time to make some adjustments to the alignment but I don't see an easy way to do it other then replacing the plywood spacer and drilling new holes.

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Old 11-13-2014, 09:08 PM   #2
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Half a turn of the screw thread might be about the thickness of a washer - have you considered removing the screws replacing them with a washer inserted between the parts at each screw to open up the space? Just a thought...
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Old 11-13-2014, 09:56 PM   #3
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Consider moving the tracks over a half inch or so and abandon the poor workmanship. I'd draw new lines that are actually parallel and remount the slides, making sure they work smoothly before reinstalling the table top.
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Old 11-13-2014, 10:04 PM   #4
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Hi: Klem... Our table slides fore n aft and I needed a little more room to get in at the table. I had to mount them farther forward (1 & 1/2") so the table would go further aft. Alf
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Old 11-13-2014, 10:18 PM   #5
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Consider moving the tracks over a half inch or so and abandon the poor workmanship. I'd draw new lines that are actually parallel and remount the slides, making sure they work smoothly before reinstalling the table top.
Ditto, the most common reason for binding in these types of situations is that the tracks aren't parallel.

The wobble is another matter. This has been dealth with in several different ways. If you search you'll various ways it has been dealth with.

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Are the tracks plastic, I think mine are. Over tightening could deform the plastic, how about backing off a smidgen.
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Are the tracks plastic, I think mine are. Over tightening could deform the plastic, how about backing off a smidgen.
Thanks for the clues and ideas. I looked it over carefully and found 2 of the pedestal mounting screws forcing the plastic to deform. Took them out and it slides better, I'll grind them off and put them back in. I wish the builder had noticed that instead of loosening all the screws ... unless the wobbling causes the screws to all loosen?

So now I'll try to come up with a better idea for the bolt that you screw into to 'lock' the table from sliding. It's forcing the plywood to strain the plastic and also results in wood flakes coming lose from the plywood and falling on the floor.

I'm getting very disappointed with the number of things that are too loose, too tight, too flimsy, etc. The trailer looks great but obviously they are trying to cut costs and some of the builders are not taking the time to make sure things are correctly done.

I spent days on the refrigerator trying to bring it up to Dometic installation specs, that's another story ....

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Old 11-14-2014, 01:33 PM   #8
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So now I'll try to come up with a better idea for the bolt that you screw into to 'lock' the table from sliding. It's forcing the plywood to strain the plastic and also results in wood flakes coming lose from the plywood and falling on the floor.

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I had the same concern, the tighter you make it the more it wants to tear the screws out. After it had fallen out multiple times I stopped using it. Thousands of miles with the table unlocked and no issues. I do, however, have a custom pedestal with no wobble. Not sure how leaving it unlocked with a wobbley pedestal would work. There seems to be enough resistance to sliding that it probably won't move much.

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Thanks for the clues and ideas. I looked it over carefully and found 2 of the pedestal mounting screws forcing the plastic to deform. Took them out and it slides better, I'll grind them off and put them back in. I wish the builder had noticed that instead of loosening all the screws ... unless the wobbling causes the screws to all loosen?

So now I'll try to come up with a better idea for the bolt that you screw into to 'lock' the table from sliding. It's forcing the plywood to strain the plastic and also results in wood flakes coming lose from the plywood and falling on the floor.

I'm getting very disappointed with the number of things that are too loose, too tight, too flimsy, etc. The trailer looks great but obviously they are trying to cut costs and some of the builders are not taking the time to make sure things are correctly done.

I spent days on the refrigerator trying to bring it up to Dometic installation specs, that's another story ....

Mel
I hope you have let ETI know, as they are very conscientious and they want to produce perfect products.
I have found they will make every effort to rectify problems.
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So now I'll try to come up with a better idea for the bolt that you screw into to 'lock' the table from sliding. It's forcing the plywood to strain the plastic and also results in wood flakes coming lose from the plywood and falling on the floor.
Not my idea, but this is what I used. There are step by step instructions around somewhere.


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