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Dimensions: Length & Width

What is the depth and width of the space the unit will occupy? These dimensions include the entire slide so it will fit into the space you measure. Of course it would be best to order a slide that is slightly smaller than the space you wish it to occupy. The width of the slide can be no more than a door opening through which the slide must extend. Measure the door opening with the door open as in normal use. Sometimes the opened door still lies inside of the door frame. Innovative will review these dimensions with you at the time of order finalization to ensure your measurements and slide measurements are compatible.

Deck Height

This dimension is provided for different slides. It is the height of the surface onto which a deck or tray is placed, as measured from the bottom of the slide. This can vary with slide model and also if leveler feet are used.


How far do you need to extend? The maximum amount you can pull the cargo out of the recess is called the extension. This is expressed as a percentage of the slide “length”. Two frame slides will normally provide 70% extension and three frame slides will normally provide 100% extension. Greater extensions may be requested, but with a reduction in load capacity.


A two frame slide consists of a bottom frame which is mounted securely and a top frame which rolls out on the bottom frame. A three frame slide is similar to the two frames, except there is an additional middle frame that provides for more extension.

Type of Vehicle

The type of vehicle is only a reference for the person at Innovative to help in review of the submitted order. Most slide models can be used in any application. The “Gallery” has photographs of various slide applications and they are grouped into types of vehicles or other applications.


There are a number of different slide models to choose from, in addition to slides made to your custom requirements. Please select from the following, but if something different is desired, merely state that when contacting us and this will be discussed when Innovative contacts you to finalize your order.


The 2 frame and 3 frame slides operate in a single direction. However, a 2 frame is also available in a dual direction.

Single Direction – The slide extends outward in one direction only. These are suitable where there is access from one location only. Single direction slides can be either 70% extension (2 frames) or 100% extension (3 frames).

The 2 frame and 3 frame slides operate in a single direction. However, a 2 frame is also available in a dual direction.

Dual Direction – The slide may be extended outward in two directions. These are suitable where there is access from both directions. Dual direction slides are currently only available in 70% extension (2 frames) models. Examples of dual direction slide use would be in a fire truck or recreational vehicle in which access is available and desired from both sides of the vehicle.

Lip Height

Is there a lip in the doorway? What is the height? Oftentimes the floor of the compartment is lower than the door opening. The slide must clear this door “lip” when extending. Thus the height of any lip must be measured and provided to ensure the slide is built with any spacers if required.

Load Capability

How much weight will you need to support? There are different slide models depending on the weight to be supported. Generally, the heavier the weight, the larger the side rails and the higher the load deck. The weight is assumed to be uniformly distributed over the area of the slide deck. If there will be a heavier concentration of weight toward the front, or if impact loading is anticipated, it would be preferable to go with a higher weight rating.

Type of Material

Slides are constructed of aluminum or steel. The bearings used in both are steel ball bearings. Aluminum finds more uses in vehicles and other applications requiring lighter weight and improved corrosion resistance. Steel finds use in static applications such as telescoping shelving. However, either material is available for any use.

Locking Systems

The frames can be locked in position when fully in and when fully out. Additional locations may be available upon request.

The standard lock is the “Gravity Lock”. It is simply a rod with a tab on the end that rotates down to engage the bottom frame. This gravity lock requires the specific manual rotation to unlock and lock.

An optional lock is a “Spring Lock”. It operates by a spring loaded pawl engaging a strike. The user pulls on a rod to release the lock while the lock automatically re-engages for locking.

Tray Deck

Include a Tray / Deck? A deck is a flat surface on the top of the slide onto which materials may be placed. A tray is similar but usually with a low height edge all around that would keep something from rolling off. The standard tray consists of an mdf wood sheet with 1/8 x 2 x 2 aluminum angle all around. Optional trays consist of a mill smooth aluminum sheet with the sides turned up and welded in the corners to form an open box. Aluminum trays come in 1/8 and 3/16″ thicknesses, with a standard 2″ lip on all 4 sides. Call for special lip heights.

Color / Finishes

The standard finish for all slides is a silver paint. Optionally, the steel slides can be powder coated in silver or black. Typically, the aluminum slides are not painted or powder coated.

Electric Drive

The standard is no electric drive. Optionally available is an electric drive with a switch. A further option is a control with an infrared remote. The electric option is not available on all models.

Guide Bearings

Only needed for units with width two times the length.


Models have 2 or 3 rails. 3 rail models allow greater extension (100%).


Profiles typically come in the following: Standard (SP), Low (LP), Mid (MP), Heavy Duty (HD) and Heavy Duty+ (HD+).