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Zen Ken 12-14-2005 10:57 AM

Slide Outs
Can anyone post any sources for information about designing/building/installing slideouts in a skoolie? They sure are nice but how big of an undertaking is it to create one? Also, are there weight factors to consider? Thanks.

Steve 12-14-2005 12:04 PM

Im sure you have seen picture of the boogie bus before.

I don't think you want to try to make your own but buy one from someplace I think used to have them.

Zen Ken 12-14-2005 05:19 PM

Yes the Boogie Bus slide out intrigued me. I didn't know if it was a factory job or what. Thanks to your other link I can source the slide machanism. I'm open any info anyone wants to share about how one would go about this. Thanks, Steve, I don't think I ever visit this site without learning something new.

soused moose 12-16-2005 07:06 AM

Here’s a few slide-out manufactures links I saved… that might point you in the right direction in designing one yourself ... stems.html

You don’t just have to think of slide-outs that come out from the sides of a rig….you can build them where the roof will raise.
I’ve seen a few of the Hi-Lo trailers and Alaskan camper brand rigs that rise up.

Dave Galey wrote a book called Slide out Rooms, Mechanics and Structures…that also might come in handy in designing a slide-out.
I bought it ,read it and thought it was a lot like his Bus converters Bible…lots of theory and very little actual how to apply those theories stuff.
But I do have to say his section on designing the ‘hole where your slide-out will sit is pretty interesting stuff….so just that was worth the $20.00
Here’s a link to the book

Zen Ken 12-16-2005 05:50 PM

Leave it to Michael to be Info Central. I've checked out all those links and there is a lot to consider there. I didn't know there were so many types of slide systems. I generally subscribe to the KISS method where there are fewer things to go wrong. I'll keep you all posted as the project begins. Thanks Michael and Steve for the links, and thanks to ALL you guys who go to the trouble to photographically document your projects. It sure makes it easy for us "Show Me" state guys when we can look at pictures. LOL.

soused moose 12-17-2005 06:48 AM

Here’s another good resource for slide-outs with some decent pics to see how they build/design them.

Too busy at my job at radio shack , got bronchitis and the weathers a bit on the crappy side …so I’m taking a break from our bus project and focusing on getting some good links put up on my site.
Like everyone else I’ve got tons of links hanging out in the backwaters of my computer …so I’ve been searching around and finding all sorts of cool links to sites I had completely forgotten about.
I’m working on two links pages that might come in handy for someone out there.
A Mobile Homesteading type stuff links page …

And a RV , School Bus & Such Parts & Resources type page…

If anyone knows of other cool sites that apply here I’d sure appreciate hearing about it.
Thanks… Michael

Zen Ken 12-18-2005 04:38 PM

I went ahead and bought Dave Galey's book on slide outs today online. The more I think about this, the more I want to try to build two manually operated slide outs. After reading the book I may change my mind. This all seems very doable and the only part I haven't figured out is exactly how to seal it at the top against rain. I'm sure this will be covered in Dave's book.

soused moose 12-19-2005 07:44 AM

All a slide-out is just a box ….with a lip on the inside and a lip on the outside.
When you run your slide out …the inside lip of the slide hits the interior wall making a seal.
Same applies when you put the slides in….the outside lip butts up against the rig making the seal.

In you haven’t seen this …Roger Beck (the fellow who wrote that excellent book Some Turtles have nice Shells )…has a section on his site showcasing a bunch of New Zealand Buses and Housetrucks….
They do a lot of home-made slides on their rigs…
Here’s the page

RLLawrenceJr 06-18-2018 09:17 PM

I really want to convert a school bus but I really like slides. They make for a much roomier house. What does everyone think about removing slides, hardware and all from either motorhomes or trailers? I have seen a lot that have recked or burned. I just had the thought. I have no idea if it is even feasible.

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