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Old 04-13-2014, 08:40 AM   #1
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Easy Slide Gaucho Make a good idea better

Hi Folks

Could anyone share some good ideas (with pictures even better) on how to build a gaucho that slides easy and is light. Below shows a couple picture I took of my computer screen watching a video on a super easy sliding gaucho. It had 500lbs rated slides. Great job of a 63 renovation. The link to the video itself is below

Airstream1963 Interior Restoration - YouTube

I bought a couple pairs of the above slides and got a schooling on how heavy they were 8.5 lbs each. I donít want to add 34 lbs in the slides themselves. So I am looking for alternatives. It is going into a 73 TW, front but that shouldn't matter

My original Gaucho bound up a bit and had to rock/pull back and forth to pull out. I know wax etc will improve that but any slick builds out there.

I would love to see tried and true old school examples and some new idea that is doing the trick. Just don't want it to be a chore converting the bed to sofa and back.

Also the video mentioned it pulled out and dropped into notch. I donít know how that would work with ball bearing slides. I plan to drop a pin/ lag bolt in a hole on each side to hold in place. In open position and closed position.

Any help would be appreciated

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Old 04-13-2014, 07:57 PM   #2
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There's always wood slides.
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We made ours using load-rated drawer slides. I did not weigh them, but they were far lighter than the ones you mentioned. They are excellent and gaucho works perfectly. You can see hot is etc in our thread about making our 86 Excella 32 into a bunkhouse with a second bedroom.
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Old 04-14-2014, 01:15 AM   #4
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The wood slides are interesting


Attached are the monster slides I have been talking about.

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