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Question Dometic Slide Attachment

I just bought a CFX 50W Dometic and a slide for it. Pretty excited to try it out on the trail. However, how has everyone else handled the attachment of the slide?
Have people simply drilled through the flooring and the tub? Or cut out the flooring? Someone at work tacked Bolts on underneath so the bolts had good attachments.
Iím just looking for ideas on how to install the slide and have it work well and look good.
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Re: Dometic Slide Attachment

When I install my slide out I was going to use Riv-nuts.
You might want to check them out.
Most hardware stores have them or they can be purchased from places like McMaster Carr, Fastenal, etc. Be sure to use stainless steel ones and when you bolt everything down use anti seize.
These go by different names but just type riv nut in a web search and you will find the information you need.
Oh, be sure to paint the hole you drill to seal it from rust.
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Rivnuts! That opens up possibilities. Thanks for the advice.
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Re: Dometic Slide Attachment

I haven't used a slide and don't know the rest of your cargo area set up but if I was to put in just a slide I would put in a piece of board (ply or HDPE etc) to cover the floor that bolts to the tie down points and then bolt up the slide to that. I wouldn't want to add holes to the floor. You may also find you need that little extra height to clear the door trim to pull it out.

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Re: Dometic Slide Attachment

ZerosFJ, I like that idea and was going to look at doing something like that this weekend. I haven't figured out how to attach the board to the tie downs. Especially the ones near the seat as they are nestled in the ramp.

By your comment "bolts to the tie down points" I'm guessing that you mean remove the tie down loops and replace with through bolts? Seems like that would work.
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Re: Dometic Slide Attachment

Yes - remove the tie downs and replace with bolts [M6 or M8 can’t remember which] easy at the back but you might have to add some brackets /bar to do the ones by the seat. My platform is raised so I use turnbuckles at the seat.

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Re: Dometic Slide Attachment

Like Zero, I think 98% of people mount the fridge to a raised platform or drawers. That way you raise it up a little, and can store stuff under it.

Also like zero said, its simple to turnbuckle a raised platform down to those cargo hooks.

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Re: Dometic Slide Attachment

I installed a 3/8" thick aluminum BaerTrax cargo tie-down plate in the cargo bay, and that provides lots of options for securing anything and everything. The cargo plate mounts at the four OEM tie-down points with M6 bolts. I didn't opt for a slide for my ARB fridge, and secured it directly to the L-track lugs on the plate using an ARB fridge tie-down strap kit.

Longer sections of aircraft L-track were added to the cargo plate to extend the range of tie-down points. I also fabbed an extruded aluminum frame (using the 80/20 framing system) to hold two Scepter water/fuel cans. This is secured to the cargo plate using turnbuckles, and is rock-solid.

The BearTrax plate is nice, but expensive. Any sheet-metal shop with a brake that can handle 3/8" aluminum could fab a similar plate. Buy some L-track and spend some time drilling and tapping, and you should be able to end up with a functional plate and save substantial $$.

I would be reluctant to drill holes in the floor if there are alternate, equally secure options like using the original tie-down points.

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Re: Dometic Slide Attachment

FJTest,
That's a great looking setup! I have a Baja rack for the jugs on the roof. Not so much fun to get up and down.

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Re: Dometic Slide Attachment

So i used 3/4 plywood and wrapped it in outdoor carpet. I through bolted at the front with M6 bolts. I kept the hoop on the driver side. I stopped the board at the beginning of the ramp in the back. I used spacers, longer M6 bolts, wood screws and metal straps to secure the board. It works great. It sits low enough to clear the angle of the back seat, but it is tight to the back of the seat and the door. If it were any higher, there would be pressure closing the rear door.

So, I do have two issues still.
1. The cigarette lighter is switched with the ignition. I assume that i can modify this through the fuse box and find a constant "on" and connect to that. Have anyone gone that route?
2. The cord is too short to reach the cig lighter at the dash. I bought a cig lighter extension cord, but apparently there was too much voltage drop and the fridge would not work. I have a second battery in my future, but that a project for next winter. Does anybody have ideas on a temporary or easy way to get power to the back?

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