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Old 12-02-2015, 07:53 PM   #1
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Once again, I'm hoping the wealth of knowledge on this forum can help me solve a problem! I recently noticed that one of the glide blocks on my trailer is broken in half. It's the rear one on the street side.

I've received the replacement part from Midget and started to install it, but there is not enough room to remove the existing glide block screws (4 of them), even with an offset screwdriver, as there is only about an inch or so to work with. I'm attaching a few photos so you can see my dilemma. First photo is the existing broken block; second photo is the removed guide rail and the new block; third photo is a close-up of the new block.

So is there anyone out there that has done this repair before? Is there another tool that might do the job? I can probably get by not replacing it as all the other glide blocks are in good shape; I just don't like having broken things on the camper if I can repair it. I really don't want to have to separate the two halves if I can avoid it.
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Old 12-02-2015, 11:33 PM   #2
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Greg, I wonder if you take all four tracks off, if it would allow the top to move out enough for you to use the offset screwdriver. I'm sure you would have to take off the two tracks on that side though. Maybe they will be enough.

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I remember a thread here where the poster removed the opposite side rail and then wedged the repair side over to make space. I also think a miniature ratchet wrench with a screwdriver tip was used to access the screws on the block. Another possibility would be to obtain a cheap screwdriver that could be clamped in a vice a bent 90 degrees close to the tip that may work better than the standard right angle screwdriver.

Maybe a search here could dig up that thread.

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I found this post from PopRichie77 back in 2010:

"I replaced some of mine several years ago, I stopped at the factory repair place, which is now J&R Repair. The fellow there told me to remove the guide rails on the side opposite the broken ones also remove the guide rails where the blocks were broken, you do this with the top up. Then lower the top and push a piece of wood between the top and bottom of the trailer, this swings the top over just enough to use a 90 degree driver to remove the 4 screws. He said it isn't easy to do but he assured me it can be done as that is how they do it. It wasn't easy but I got them replaced."
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Thanks for all your replies. Due to lack of time, I think I'm going to hold off on this project until the spring. Time to get the camper buttoned up for winter!
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Very Wise, if you can lower it in configuration you have it now??? CAn you lower it for winter with the guide rail off, and get it back up?

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Very Wise, if you can lower it in configuration you have it now??? CAn you lower it for winter with the guide rail off, and get it back up?

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Hi Rick,
Yes, I was able to reinstall the guide rail and lower it. My trailer has a total of 7 guide rails so having one broken glide block is probably not a big problem anyway.

I'm gonna wash and wax it next, then cover for the winter. We have another snow storm coming in next week.
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Where are the glide blocks located? What do they do?
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Located in side of the outer walls on the upper section. They fit in the guide rails and allow the top to raise and lower in an orderly fashion.

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Thank you all for your timely comments. Just knowing that it has been done gives me encouragement. I've got a good idea now how to do it.. Good to know there is a little give in the sides. I know it is framed all around with one inch square tubular steel Thanks again. Will let you know how it goes.. Jack
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I very simply raised top up and inside I remove a small piece of the wall panel, cut out a small piece of the insulation and drilled 4 small holes in the outside wall of camper. I unscrewed the guide block and let it drop down and off guide rail. Put new guide block on from bottom of guide rail, lift it up and screw into place. I filled the outer holes with almond colored caulk ( do this from inside camper )and replaced the piece of paneling. With top raised when you do this the patched holes in the outside will never be seen. A 30 to 45 minute job.
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Thanks Freddie, That gives me another idea to check out.. Sounds easier than trying it from the outside.. Quikchip
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Looks like this happened month ago, any chance you have some pic of what you did? I have an 1986 funchaser that looks like it is missing 3 of 4 guides. we are already striping out most of the insulation due to extensive water damage.
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Looks like this happened month ago, any chance you have some pic of what you did? I have an 1986 funchaser that looks like it is missing 3 of 4 guides. we are already striping out most of the insulation due to extensive water damage.
Go to the top of this thread to see what has been done by others.
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