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islandlady

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Posted: 08/16/12 01:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have a 2004 TT. Bought it new. Recently we have noticed that the blue carpet has turned brown between the slide out and the wall. It must have happened when the slide was closed. The floor is not wet or soft and there is no water that we can see by raising the carpet up on the front and sides of the slide. Is there a pan or track under the slide that would hold water when the slide was out and slosh or run back to the inside when the slide was brought in? Any ideas what would turn the carpet brown? Thanks

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Sun will do it. We had gold carpeting that turned green after several months any where the sun hit it for a few hours each day.

Our slides during heavy rain will collect water right at the bottom corners on the inside when the slideout is out, it's a small amount of water and there are small plastic bowls placed there by the factory. However when they installed the carpeting it draped into the bowls and would wick the water up and a small part of the carpet would be wet. I cut back the carpet so it no longer draped into the bowls and that solved the wicking problem.

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I would check for dust first, it can get everywhere and a tiny space like that is a perfect place to build-up over the years. Grab some white paper (towel, napkin) and get it damp, gently rub over the top a couple of times and check the result. If the paper turns brown, it's probably just a little dirt built up, if the paper stays white it may have something to do with oil or grease, whichever you use to lube your slide. Good luck - I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that it's just a little bit of dirt :-)


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IT is probably dirt off of the bottom of the slide if I am understanding your problem. Before I bring in my slides I take a damp towel and wipe off the bottom of each slide as far as I can reach. For some reason only the first six or eight inches on each end have this problem and discolor the carpet.

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Posted: 08/16/12 05:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My previous coach did exactly the same thing. I believe it is the sun and the carpet has literally changed colors.

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When the slide is in, there is about a 3 feet long by one foot wide area where the carpet has turned brown. It is in an area from the edge of the slide to the wall. I have vacuumed and shampooed the whole carpet even used different cleaners but it didn't help. In the corner there is a spot where I put the table lamp for storage when we aren't using the trailer. Under that lamp it is still blue carpet. I would like to think that it has just faded but its not an area where the sun would hit it. A chair sits by that wall when the trailer is in use.

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Posted: 08/16/12 06:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would say if you see absolutely no signs of water entry, it's the sun. The sun can seriously fade colors on fabrics, carpets, etc.

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Thanks for all the replys and please keep them coming if anyone has anything to add.

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Posted: 08/17/12 12:59am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nothing to add, it sounds like sun fadeā€¦


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Posted: 08/17/12 09:29am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just a random thought: brake dust.

I first learned about this when I thought my newish (white) Silverado was developing rust - there were tiny flecks of it across the sides and tailgate. Come to find out, when the brakes are applied, little flecks of steel can be ground off the discs and they embed themselves in the finish of the vehicle; and then rust. Of course, it's only noticeable on white...

But maybe this is blowing up onto the slide rails under the RV?? And getting dragged across the carpet?? I wonder if you set a magnet on the stain, if you'd pick up some residue??

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