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Old 09-04-2017, 06:49 PM   #1
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Slide No Slide?

I notice a number of folks prefer no slide out. I get and appreciate the slide out advantages for floorplan, but pleas help me understand the reasons for opting for no slide out. Does it make one feel claustrophobic? What's it like during rainy or inclimate weather for more than 2 days? Is the main driver less moving parts and maintenance issues?
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Slide outs can be problematic special when their design is flimsy also seals can be poorly installed. But in general most prefer the extra space and put up with the downside of those slide out rooms. In the last 30 years I haven't has a RV which has been full proof around the seals. I have replaced the flimsy nylon bearings (worn) with ball bearings to make things tighter and roll smoother. As soon we can be 10ft wide on the road, No more slide out room for me......lol.
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Old 09-04-2017, 07:15 PM   #3
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Aljo pretty much nailed it. As an owner of both, I prefer a unit with a slide. Our rig may only be 20 feet long but it feels bigger than the 28 footer without a slide.

(The Murphy bed probably helps with this illusion.)

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Old 09-04-2017, 07:18 PM   #4
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am one of those Aljo refers to. I like the added room the slide provides despite the downsides. I am willing to roll the dice that with proper routine and preventative maintenance the slide will remain functional and not leak. I really can't imagine camping with my wife, kids and grand kids without the extra space...
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Old 09-04-2017, 08:00 PM   #5
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I prefer a non-slide unit. I've always looked at it as one less thing to go bad or have trouble with. Our trips are usually 2-3 days, so the smaller space is less of an issue than if we were in it full time.
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There are times we have wanted a slide, especially when we are cooped up during a rain and one of us is cooking at the stove. After walking thru a few slide models at the last RV show, my DW is on board with purchasing a slide unit when we upgrade campers some day. One thing to consider is the added weight of a slide...one slide can add 700-800 lbs over a non-slide unit.
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Old 09-04-2017, 10:25 PM   #7
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Our first motor home had 3 slides. They were great when parked, but we had too many mechanical problems with them. Our second motor home is a Prevost bus conversion, and we specifically avoided any slides. I recently purchased a very small Jayco TT to use when the wife does not want to come along (I play bluegrass music, and go to several festivals...the wife ain't into bluegrass at all). Again, I opted for no slides. If one uses a camper of any sort for living inside like their house, then slides may be worth the trouble. If, like us, it is a place to sleep, and you spend more time away from it on trips, then no slides works great.
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I much prefer a slide for that extra elbow room and it's just a more comfortable feeling. We all need our space and being 11' wide we seem to have it. When we have friends visit it's like being in your living room and not a box.
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I once spoke with an older fellow on my first or second outing with our second hand pop up when we got into rv camping. He had an older class A with no slides and was a full timer. I asked why no slides and he said he moved often and not having slides made his departure and set up much quicker, and he felt it performed better in temp extremes and had less chance of leaking in the rain.

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I once spoke with an older fellow on my first or second outing with our second hand pop up when we got into rv camping. He had an older class A with no slides and was a full timer. I asked why no slides and he said he moved often and not having slides made his departure and set up much quicker, and he felt it performed better in temp extremes and had less chance of leaking in the rain.

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