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Slideout

The slideout was the deal-breaker. It took a lot longer than we expected, but when it finally tested successfully, we were able to move forward. 24' long and 4'9" wide, it adds 40% more floor space (114 square feet).

  • Sketchup slideout Sketchup slideout
  • Sketchup of slideout track boxes Sketchup of slideout track boxes
  • First prototype to test materials First prototype to test materials
  • Making the boxes Making the boxes
  • Make sure the boom fits inside Make sure the boom fits inside
  • Make sure it's square Make sure it's square
  • Slideout bearing track guide from Sketchup Slideout bearing track guide from Sketchup
  • Cut plasma cutter guide Cut plasma cutter guide
  • Fine tune with sander Fine tune with sander
  • Plasma cutter Plasma cutter
  • Cutting tracks Cutting tracks
  • Bearing fits in track Bearing fits in track
  • Closeup of bearing in track Closeup of bearing in track
  • Bearing on boom Bearing on boom
  • Grinding tracks smooth Grinding tracks smooth
  • Welding box Welding box
  • Making test tube for box Making test tube for box
  • Assembling boom Assembling boom
  • Plasma cutting box Plasma cutting box
  • Let the sparks fly! Let the sparks fly!
  • Testing box in trailer Testing box in trailer
  • Putting the pieces together Putting the pieces together
  • Screw, connector, and gearbox Screw, connector, and gearbox
  • Thrust plate Thrust plate
  • Connector and thrust plate Connector and thrust plate
  • Thrust plate mounting assembly Thrust plate mounting assembly
  • Components Components
  • Milling end of screw to fit connector Milling end of screw to fit connector
  • Drilling connector Drilling connector
  • Finished connector attached to lead screw Finished connector attached to lead screw
  • Welding bearing attachment on boom Welding bearing attachment on boom
  • Giving a box a coat of orange Giving a box a coat of orange
  • 1 of 3 right-angle gearboxes 1 of 3 right-angle gearboxes
  • Gearbox specs Gearbox specs
  • Cutting gearbox access hole Cutting gearbox access hole
  • Cutting up the beautiful trailer Cutting up the beautiful trailer
  • Gearbox access hole Gearbox access hole
  • Box inserted into tube visible through hole Box inserted into tube visible through hole
  • Assembled gearbox, screw, and boom assembly Assembled gearbox, screw, and boom assembly
  • Tools for tweaking the boxes Tools for tweaking the boxes
  • Huey gets a fancy paint job after being torn down and rebuilt Huey gets a fancy paint job after being torn down and rebuilt
  • Spray lube on Louie's box Spray lube on Louie's box
  • Cleaning out Dewey's tube Cleaning out Dewey's tube
  • Grinding notches out of top of tube Grinding notches out of top of tube
  • Just needs a little elbow grease to remove it Just needs a little elbow grease to remove it
  • Finished notch Finished notch
  • Setting up to weld angle iron for subfloor brace Setting up to weld angle iron for subfloor brace
  • Welding angle iron to boom Welding angle iron to boom
  • Nice welding, Pop! Nice welding, Pop!
  • Testing with the frame clamped in place (+150 lbs) Testing with the frame clamped in place (+150 lbs)
  • Slideout frame welded onto booms Slideout frame welded onto booms
  • Bolts for holding top track in place Bolts for holding top track in place
  • Bolts for fine-tuning track guides Bolts for fine-tuning track guides
  • Shaft ties all 3 gearboxes together Shaft ties all 3 gearboxes together
  • Drill for running the slideout during construction Drill for running the slideout during construction
  • Drive shaft stabilizers Drive shaft stabilizers
  • Finished and fully retracted Finished and fully retracted
  • Slideout fully extended Slideout fully extended
  • Add-on wheel for slideout to support weight Add-on wheel for slideout to support weight