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Old 02-15-2015, 01:18 PM   #1
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Accessing kitchen with slides in

I'm hoping folks with the following models will be able to help me.

Still trying to figure out what I want, but I do have some requirements for what we eventually end up purchasing.

I *have* to be able to access the kitchen when the slides are pulled in. I have a bunch of food allergies, on top of being hypoglycemic, so easy access to food is a must. I might be in a situation where I can't open the slides, so I want to make sure it's useable with them pulled in (thinking worse case scenario here).

These are the models I'm interested in (at the moment):

Eagle HT 26.5RKS or 26.5RLS or 27.5RKDS

Eagle Premier 331RKTS or 351RLTS

I especially need access to the frig. Microwave and stove is not necessary for quick stops, but could be if I stayed somewhere overnight and couldn't pull out the slides.

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Old 02-15-2015, 01:34 PM   #2
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In our 351RLTS the kitchen is accessible except for left of the sink and under sink. The sink is "sorta" reachable
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Old 02-15-2015, 02:22 PM   #3
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I can get to the kitchen and bathroom with my 26.5 rks. The path is actually pretty open. The bedroom slider does need to go out at least a little bit If you need to get in there though (unless you are really skinny!).
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We got the optional rocker recliners in our 26.5 RLS, which can be hard to move around for stowing when bringing the slides in. That also means you have to be pretty precise in getting them right so you can squeeze past them when entering the trailer to access the kitchen, with the slide in. Helps if you are skinny (We're not) Once past them, everything is usable. Space is tight - we have been know to put the slide out a foot or so when at a rest stop, but overall, you can get to and use everything, even sit at the dining table, with it in. Mind, it is not at all the preferred way....but for a stop along the road it is doable.

Ditto on the bedroom comment - if really skinny you might be able to get into bed, but the wardrobe slide really should go out at least a little for real world use. Bathroom is always accessible, once past the chairs at the entrance doorway!

This is where the extra foot for the 27.5 might come in really handy!
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I can get to the kitchen and bathroom with my 26.5 rks. The path is actually pretty open. The bedroom slider does need to go out at least a little bit If you need to get in there though (unless you are really skinny!).
Agree.
I have also run the furnace while stopping for lunch on a cold day. None of the vents or return air ducts are blocked with the slides in. The only thing to be somewhat careful of is trying not to step on the front edge of the slide out floor when its in the "in" position.
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Old 02-15-2015, 04:16 PM   #6
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Well, I'm far from skinny (but far from too fat to get through the doors!). I know I can get the dealers to pull the slides in when I get closer to figuring out what I want. But, advice from actual owners/users is far more helpful.

Good comment on the rockers/recliners. We were thinking of getting that option, but I never thought about having to move them around. I'll bet they're kind of a bitch to do so.
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Yes, yes they are! But, we are still very glad we went with that option. I pack a pair of plastic "drywall" handles (any Home Depot). Meant for carrying large sheets of drywall/plywood/etc. by two people. Cheap.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Stanley-H...Q&gclsrc=aw.ds
Good part is they easily hook under the edges of the chairs, so you can easily lift and move them around. Makes it much easier!
Again, the extra length of a 27.5 might just mean you don't have to move the chairs around to close it all up!
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X2 on what RedHorse1 said.
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We have the 351RLTS and there are loads of storage locations you can get to w/o opening a slide. Fridge, dining table, rest room, stove, oven{we use it for bread/ snack storage}, the pantry, all cabinet storage on the slide out work center and several overhead cabinets. We stop frequently to eat and relax without a problem.
Just pack what you need in the accessible areas.

Have fun with your choice.
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On quick stops you'll be able to use the frig and stove but not the microwave. You need to be pluged into shore power or run a generator.
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