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rv-pro.com May 2017 • RV PRO • 45 "We're a pretty small shop. We started out designing (a solution to the problem) because we didn't have a forklift and we didn't really want to spend the money for a forklift, but we kept getting these jobs that needed to have their slide-outs removed," says Jessie Lamb, co-owner of RVinciDENTS. "So we thought: What's a better way to do this?" After sketching out some ideas and developing early prototypes that were tried in the service shop, the company's owners came up with their solution: The SlideOutLift. The device is comprised of two adjustable, durable steel tubing arms to cradle a slide-out; four strong, movable steel tubing legs; four 5,000-pound jacks to raise and lower the slide-out; and lockable caster wheels rated at 700 pounds each. The SlideOutLift's length, width and height are adjustable, and the unit's jacks adjust up and down independently. "It's pretty versatile. It will work with pretty much any slide-out – regardless of how high it is, or heavy it is, or how low it is – up to 15 feet," Lamb says. The SlideOutLift features an overall length of 180 inches and a width of 48 inches. It is designed to handle slide-outs measuring up to 15 feet and weighing up to 2,800 pounds. "It's pretty heavy-duty," Lamb says simply of the device. With SlideOutLift, it's possible for two techs to safely and easily remove slide-out rooms, or even one tech in some cases, according to Lamb. That's a marked contrast with how things are done at most dealerships not using SlideOutLift, which tend to use five or six techs (and a possibly forklift as well) to remove and reinstall a slide room. Thanks to the casters, an RV's slide-out can easily be rolled to the work area, or the SlideOutLift itself can be used as the workbench. After the work is completed, the slide-out can be reinstalled by reversing the procedure. The SlideOutLift is available in one model, the RV500 Lift, which retails for $2,995 plus freight, and is available for purchase on the company website: www.slideoutlift.com. Lamb acknowledges that it's a bit difficult to judge the return on investment in pur- chasing a SlideOutLift because it depends upon a multitude of factors. Still, it is signifi- cantly less expensive than purchasing a forklift, he notes. Using the lift is also certain to save on labor and increase shop through-put, he adds. SlideOutLift does not require any special tools to use and instructions included with the product cover how to use it safely. The company does offer technical assistance over the phone, if needed. However, the lift is pretty simple and straightforward, so techs can quickly become adept at using it, Lamb says, adding, "It's a pretty intuitive product." www.slideoutlift.com The SlideOutLift is comprised of two adjustable, durable steel tubing arms to cradle a slide- out; four strong, movable steel tubing legs; four 5,000-pound jacks to raise and lower and slide-out; and lockable caster wheels rated at 700 pounds each. With the device, two techs can easily remove slide-outs measuring up to 15 feet in length.

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