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Old 09-15-2007, 09:54 AM   #15
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Bill & Loretta
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Old 09-16-2007, 06:36 AM   #16
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First I am going to have to change my signature. I also have moved from a 2 slide Mountain Aire to a no slide Newell.

For us, we were traveling just as much as "camping" and the no slide coaches are pretty roomy compared to a slide coach with the slides in. I will also add that the mid door on the Newells completely changes the foot traffic flow in a non slide coach, makes it more user friendly.

When I did side by side comparisons of the slide vs non slide layouts, and believe me I thought long and hard about this, I realized that all the slide can possibly give you is square feet of empty floor. So upside for the slide is walking around room when you are parked, and downside is the cramped tunnel effect when they are in.

Yes I agree there is less open space when we get there, but the new setup works for our situation.

Like others have said, to each his own.
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Prevost's are monocoque chassis (sort of like your car's uni-body chassis) meaning the actual body walls are the frame. The design eliminates the massive frame rails that run down the center in ladder or "raised rail" chassis. A monocoque also is a far stiffer chassis and will remain so forever. Hence, a monocoque chassis has airplane hangers for basement storage and will remain squeak free and rattle free literally forever. Just open the basement doors on a Prevost and you can just about walk in and completely through. What this also means is that cutting giant holes in the side for slides severely impacts the structural integrity - no frame rails to carry the load. Hence, a slide in a Prevost (monocoque chassis) costs upwards of $150,000 EACH in order for the converter to restore the structural integrity of the chassis.

One great advatage is that a minimal slide unit is just as functional with or without the slides. Frankly, my 4 slide EX is a bit problematic in the closed up (Wal-Mart parking) mode as I can't get to many drawers and cabinets and there is an 8inch minimal aisle passage. I'd go for a monocoque any day over a rail chassis.I'd take a de-blinged Prevost conversion (i.e. Marathon) anyday if I could afford one.
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My thoughts exactly RVDUDE, I'd even love a previously loved Marathon, especialy over a faux bus type.
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Aww shucks Steve, figgered you'd have bought that Marathon instead of the National when ya had the chance....
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Jestme13:
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Even with my money it didn't make sense....
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I have to say that this is a refreshing post and replies ... if this (Prevost) was posted over at RV Net it would have ended up been closed.

That said .. I too owned a 2 slide Monaco coach and thou I didn't have a lot of problems with it, I did have some ... water intrusion in the slides from driving rain ... a lot more noise with a slide and poor insulation in the slides as well as the tunnel when parked at Walmart. Poor access to systems inside the coach to add stuff (I always seam to be adding stuff). Poor handling in wind when driving and safety in a accident.

After many years of owning this RV we decided to build our own on a Prevost chassis. We spend most of our time in warn weather, Mexico in the winter and in the BC mountains in the summer so we spend most of our time outside under the awning. I'm not rich, so I had to buy an older bus and rebuild it. I raised the roof, put a new motor in it and designed and installed all the system and cabinets (NOT face frame, I built boxes like in your kitchen at home only out of plywood, very strong).

The end result is a very nice ride that is setup for our needs. We don't miss the slides at all in fact we like the noise reduction that a non-slide provides. I can access all my electrical systems inside the coach as the ceiling comes down in hr.

This is our 4th year since we finished the coach and it was worth all the work (2 yrs, around 7000 hrs) and is a dream to drive at any speed and any weather conditions.

I think one thing that is over look by many RV owners is a Prevost RV shell is around 400K and then the slides are around 70K each ... that's more than most finished RV's are worth, but the difference is it's made to last 2 to 3 million miles.




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That is a beautiful coach you have ... great satisfaction also in that you put in the labor of love and effort to get a very unique rig. Congratulations on a well done job.
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Beautiful job 82, you should be proud of her ! I'd love to see more pics. Some around here think that they need the room of a ballroom to be happy. I'm with you, 2 ppl in a 40 - 45 coach, are slides really necessary? Not as far as I'm concerned. Buy the way, can you share the cost of your finished conversion ?
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I'm with you, 2 ppl in a 40 - 45 coach, are slides really necessary? Not as far as I'm concerned. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Steve, just curious....when you bought your multi-slide Pacifica did you know it had slides?
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I think Prevost82's coach is beautiful. I had an older coach for 9 years, no slides, and loved it. When I got ready to sell it to upgrade I found out it was like trying to sell a 3 bedroom house with one bath-- nobody wanted it! Again, to each his own.
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Your Prevost conversion looks beautiful! Well done!
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