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Old 01-15-2014, 06:31 AM   #1
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Question Full length slide

I have been looking at a 2012 Damon Challenger. It has a full slide on one side . Any experience with these? Seems like a lot of weight. How does the large opening affect the strength of the rig's shell?

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Our 2011 Coachmen Sportscoach has a 25' + slide on the driver's side.

Extended warranty has paid for 2 repairs on it. Both had to do with broken welds on the hydraulic rods. Since repairs, no further problems. Note: we thought it was normal to experience some temperamental behavior when retracting the slide. Not so. The repairs (rewelds) have made the retracting smooth each time.

Just be sure to level the coach with your jacks before extending the big slide and keep the coach level until you retract the slide.

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Old 01-15-2014, 08:41 AM   #3
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Our 2013 HR has a 28 ft full wall slide supporting the sink, stacked washer/dryer and a full residential refrigerator. I had the same concern until I measured the travel and looked at the resting position of the slide when extended. Our full wall slide extends only 21 inches. Slides on other side of coach extend a full 31 inches and the resting position of the full wall slide when extended positions all the heavy appliances directly over the outer wall frame for support. So less travel and more support make me feel comfortable. Still looks weird when your extending the slide and see your entire wall move. Just make sure you open the coach door when moving the slide wall. Your moving a lot of air and could cause the wall to cock to one side.
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We have a 2011 Challenger, 3710 with the full wall slide and one more on the passenger side, as well as one on the drivers' side. I sure that our configuration is similar, if not exactly, the same floorplan as the one you are looking at. Other than the full-wall slide making a noise on the initial travel while opening (this was corrected by Damon) we have had no issues with the other slides. The coach appears to handle the weight of the slide/s with no strength/frame problems. We have over 30,000 miles on our Challenger, and much of the travel has been over some pretty rough highways (the northeast) . We love our Challenger and believe that it is the best value for the money. E-mail me if you have additional questions or concerns.

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I have a full wall slide, 30" deep, on the drivers side and to date have had no problems. Combined with the 30" deep bedroom slide it makes our little coach seem huge inside.
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Thank you all for the feedback.
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We have a 2010 Fleetwood "Discovery" 40G with the full-sized slide (curbside) and haven't had any real issues with it. It is heavy and it does seem to have some stress on the system when extended/retracted, but it works fine. I've made a concerted effort to keep everything well lubricated....sure that helps.

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