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JBWardFamily
02-25-2021, 05:39 AM
Hi all. I have a '17 Cougar 33MLS X-Lite. I'm getting a little bit of "chucking" in my slides when coming in/out and I've seen online that adding rollers are the fix. I'm seeing two different styles (linked below) and am not sure which to use. It seems the J-36 would be the easiest to install. One slide is the gear drive type and the other is the cable driven type. From what I can see they both ride on a plastic strip. The J-13 seems heavier duty, but would install a little differently. I like the way the J-36 rests inside, vs mounting on the outside of the J-13. I'm ordering 8 of them and wanted to make sure I get the right one.

J-36
https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Lippert-J-36-SERVICE-ROLLER-p/276288.htm

J-13
https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Lippert-J-13-Roller-p/115622.htm?msclkid=a2c17518ca35168c33bb152eaec9c5e 9

Thanks.

chuckster57
02-25-2021, 05:51 AM
I think your backwards. The L bracket will mount outside on the frame, the flat bracket is mounted to the floor.

Mounting the flat ones would require “hyper extending “ the room. You would have to remove the horse shoe around the inside edge of the slide, and then support the slide while you extend it past the edge.

JBWardFamily
02-25-2021, 05:58 AM
I think your backwards. The L bracket will mount outside on the frame, the flat bracket is mounted to the floor.

Mounting the flat ones would require “hyper extending “ the room. You would have to remove the horse shoe around the inside edge of the slide, and then support the slide while you extend it past the edge.

The videos I saw had the flat bracket installed on the outside taking the weight off the ends and middle of the slide. So, am I correct in thinking the L bracket is the one I need? Seems like I just jack up the slide an inch or so, cut out the portion I am replacing and put in the bracket with 2 inch screws every 3 feet or so.

Northofu1
02-25-2021, 06:07 AM
Not sure if you've seen this video, it may help if not.
He said early in the video the Lippert tech said to get the rollers that are 1/8" taller than the wear bar. His slide was an accuslide.
I added a second video, while you're down there. You can watch the whole video if you are so inclined or fast forward to 15:21 where he talks about the flashing he uses on his slide to avoid what happened at the beginning of the video. I would use the J-36 but you might want to cut a piece of the wiper/ wear bar to make sure the thickness is correct.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgGEWmeojN0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj44jMnITvs
Good luck :)

chuckster57
02-25-2021, 06:15 AM
The videos I saw had the flat bracket installed on the outside taking the weight off the ends and middle of the slide. So, am I correct in thinking the L bracket is the one I need? Seems like I just jack up the slide an inch or so, cut out the portion I am replacing and put in the bracket with 2 inch screws every 3 feet or so.

The flat brackets may be on the outside, I’ve always seen them mounted to the floor on the inside of the seal.

sourdough
02-25-2021, 07:48 AM
The rollers I have seen from the factory are mounted through the floor requiring either removal or hyperextending the slide. The aftermarket rollers I've looked at have a front flange (L) that screws into the face of the trailer under the slide after raising it. On either you need to know the height of the wear bar before installing the rollers.

Be aware that the rollers themselves can damage the darco if they are the slightest bit out of line so keep that in mind. You also really need to determine what is causing the "chucking" vs just putting something on there that may or may not make an improvement.

JBWardFamily
02-25-2021, 09:37 AM
The rollers I have seen from the factory are mounted through the floor requiring either removal or hyperextending the slide. The aftermarket rollers I've looked at have a front flange (L) that screws into the face of the trailer under the slide after raising it. On either you need to know the height of the wear bar before installing the rollers.

Be aware that the rollers themselves can damage the darco if they are the slightest bit out of line so keep that in mind. You also really need to determine what is causing the "chucking" vs just putting something on there that may or may not make an improvement.

Thanks. The plastic material on the edges is fraying so I'm making the best guess that is my problem. I'm not rushing to do anything since it still works well. Just looking ahead.