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DIY Slide-out for Transit with 80/20?

Does anyone think it would be possible for an individual to make a rear slide-out like this Roadtrek with 80/20? It does not seem like rocket science.




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I'm not sure 80/20 would be strong enough for a slide-out.

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You could look for heavy duty slides than bolt to the floor.

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[QUOTE=lkruper;115569]Does anyone think it would be possible for an individual to make a rear slide-out like this Roadtrek with 80/20? It does not seem like rocket science. [edit -- end of broken quote]

"Possible" ?

Yes but incredibly complicated and expensive (if you are factoring in your labor), not to mention very difficult to pull off @ 100% functionality incl. waterproof, easy to extend/retract, durable over the years, etc..

"Not rocket science" ?

Not in concept [ "JUST build a simple slide out" ] but the devil is in the details. Similar to your other thread about building slide-in 80/20 modules, the dream seems simpler than the task of actually COMPLETING the project and having it be usable SOON.

Maybe ya get what ya pay for . . . . ?

There are many false (apparent) economies all over the place, in my personal opinion, when one ignores labor costs . . .

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You could look for heavy duty slides than bolt to the floor.

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Thanks for the link Orton. After downloading information from 80/20 I got a few emails from ppl wanting to help with projects. I sent them the video... we will see if they respond!
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Does anyone think it would be possible for an individual to make a rear slide-out like this Roadtrek with 80/20? It does not seem like rocket science. [edit -- end of broken quote]

"Possible" ?

Yes but incredibly complicated and expensive (if you are factoring in your labor), not to mention very difficult to pull off @ 100% functionality incl. waterproof, easy to extend/retract, durable over the years, etc..

"Not rocket science" ?

Not in concept [ "JUST build a simple slide out" ] but the devil is in the details. Similar to your other thread about building slide-in 80/20 modules, the dream seems simpler than the task of actually COMPLETING the project and having it be usable SOON.

Maybe ya get what ya pay for . . . . ?

There are many false (apparent) economies all over the place, in my personal opinion, when one ignores labor costs . . .

Good points! I was actually wondering how many ppl who have converted their vans have kept track of all their labor expenses as well. Have you seen data on these and what they "spent" compared to buying one already converted?


My experience is limited to making a 1929 cabin that had been unused for a decade or so comfortable and safe. I did hire an electrician to re-wire the entire place and other labor for plumbing, painting and woodworking. However I did strip and paint the kitchen walls and floor myself. If I was to actually count my own labor (I put 20 coats of Tung oil on an old ice-box and counter by hand) it would have been much higher than the 20K I spent, but I when I look at my cabin, I get the most satisfaction from what I did by myself.
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Does anyone think it would be possible for an individual to make a rear slide-out like this Roadtrek with 80/20? It does not seem like rocket science.

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Rocket science isn't that difficult for rocket scientist, right?

All depends on the person's capabilities, resources, creativity, funding, etc.... If guys at Roadtrek and other companies can design, fabricate, and install a van slide then I'm sure it can be done. Whether 80/20 or 2X4s is best material for a given individual only he/she knows. My gut tells me that if you have to ask you probably shouldn't try it full-scale first. You could always build a scale model to see how hard it is and how well it actually works.


Having said all that, "why" would you want a rear slide in a van? Roadtrek couldn't give me a free slide if I bought one of their Class Bs.

Slides come at a price (i.e. -- many compromises). I can see them on trailers since people don't ride in them, and less on motorized Class As and Cs (personally makes me feel confined when slides are in for travel). Mostly for me, slides counter much of what van campers are great at. Just my personal opinion.

I'm pretty sure I could build one if I wanted one bad enough, but don't want one at all. In fact, I've been trying to buy a compact Class A (in lieu of Class B) but only if the manufacturer will delete the rear slide.



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A rep from a consultant for 80/20 got back to me and said, yes 80/20 could be used but also products from http://www.rollon.com/US/en/
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...(personally makes me feel confined when slides are in for travel).. .

I have no experience with slides... have never even seen one except on the outside from a distance. I was wondering how it affected the usable space when not extended. As for "why" ... it just seemed to me that if one could keep a van to 20 feet but still have the 23 foot experience it would be a win/win....
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.... My gut tells me that if you have to ask you probably shouldn't try it full-scale first. You could always build a scale model to see how hard it is and how well it actually works.....

I think I found a van I can afford to use for a prototype.... now I need to find rails to fit.... http://www.amazon.com/Matchbox-Transit-Genuine-Variant-Silver/dp/B001CD9F0K
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