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Old 05-06-2016, 02:53 PM   #1
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I beg for a favor!

I am pretty "hard headed" (according to DW). When we shopped for our DP, I insisted I don't want ANY slides. She loves our coach, don't get me wrong, but she is "clandestinely" mentioning how "nice it would be to have a slide" (or two, or three, or four!!!).

So I would like to ask for a favor,........could you post your NEGATIVE (and negative only!) experiences with slides.........like "slide won't come out" (no problem for ME!), "slide won't come in" (BIG problem if one is trying to get on the road from "middle of nowhere"), "slide is leaking" (closed or open), "my cat got crushed by the slide", "slide fell out (extended itself) on it's own going down the road".......stuff like that?

I'd like to "rub her snout" into this post.

Thanks.
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Old 05-06-2016, 02:57 PM   #2
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I absolutely love my full wall slide and opposing kitchen slide. It increases living space and comfort dramatically when all set up, but I still have 100% access to all areas of the coach from driver to toilet to bunk beds, and master bedroom.

Sorry man, but with a one-sided request like that, you knew you'd get something like this!

P.S. Please say "hi" to your wife!
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Old 05-06-2016, 02:58 PM   #3
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It's pretty easy to do a search for slide problems... I don't have one, don't want them, but most folks in general are happy with their extra room... you better face the music and just accept your fate... I foresee a few slides in your future...
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I had a 28' with two slides about 10 year ago and was constantly working out the leaks and having to insure they were level with the rest of the unit...
They are nice though if you don't mind having to work on them...
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Old 05-06-2016, 03:11 PM   #5
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Cool

And if Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody gonna be happy...

Do you also prohibit power windows in the car? And air conditioning too?

Sure any extra mechanical or electrical thingie can go wrong, but one needs to weigh their contributions as well as their faults.
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Old 05-06-2016, 03:21 PM   #6
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You are one step ahead of me.

I couldn't get my wife into an RV without at least one slide. Too claustrophobia, she said. Too cramped, she said.

We started with a TT with two slides.

To make her as happy as I could, we now have a MH with 4, that's right FOUR, slides.

She is very happy and we have way lot's of space when it is open.

On the down side, we cannot get to the six wardrobe drawers in the bunk/bedroom slide when it is closed. The rest of the MH is accessible with slides in.

So, your rig without slides is fully accessible going down the road. Does that help?

Oh, another: We have to level the rig first before we extend any slides. This makes it cramped if we stop overnight at a place where we can't extend them.

There, tell your wife it is a little cramped with the slides in. That's a big down side if you make frequent 1-night stops.

So far, knock knock, no malfunctions after three years and 17,000 miles.
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Old 05-06-2016, 03:38 PM   #7
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Love my slides 15yrs old now and very few problems. Would not buy without now.
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I have four slides. The major negatives to date are:

1. I don't get much exercise crawling over and around the bed.
2. Way too much room in the living room. I sometimes lay down sideways on the floor while watching TV to try and fill all the space.
3. Friends like to gather in my coach due to all the space.
4. Lots of extra carpet to vacuum.
5. Lots of extra roof space to wash.
6. Lots of extra exterior space to wash and wax.
7. Setup/Tear down time is at least 5 minutes longer waiting for those big slides to crawl in/out.
8. My cat does not like the sight of the walls moving in on him.
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i am pretty "hard headed" (according to dw). When we shopped for our dp, i insisted i don't want any slides. She loves our coach, don't get me wrong, but she is "clandestinely" mentioning how "nice it would be to have a slide" (or two, or three, or four!!!).

So i would like to ask for a favor,........could you post your negative (and negative only!) experiences with slides.........like "slide won't come out" (no problem for me!), "slide won't come in" (big problem if one is trying to get on the road from "middle of nowhere"), "slide is leaking" (closed or open), "my cat got crushed by the slide", "slide fell out (extended itself) on it's own going down the road".......stuff like that?

I'd like to "rub her snout" into this post.

Thanks.
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I'm just curious as to why anyone would insist on not having a slide/slides.
Seems to me kinda like insisting on wearing underwear two sizes too small.
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We didn't want a coach with slides either, a 40' coach had plenty of room for the two of us and we wouldn't have to worry about leaks or malfunctions. We ended up getting an older unit with one slide and don't put it out unless we're going to be somewhere for more than a couple nights. We don't haul a lot of "stuff" inside the RV or in the basement, but take bikes and kayaks with us.
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Old 05-06-2016, 05:47 PM   #12
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I beg for a favor!

The plusses of having slides outweighs any of the aggravation you might encounter one day ... Quit fighting it.. Get slides. You will wonder how you ever got along without them.
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My cat really did get squished by a slide. She got up on the roof by way of a handy tree and I decided to close the slide she was sleeping on. At first I didn't know what all the yeowling was about, but figured it out quickly and opened the slide back up. A couple cuts and some missing fur but nothing serious.
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Not getting much help here are you.

I doubt you will. I am sure there are die hard Class A owners who do not want slides but most people do.

I have a 2002 Monaco Windsor with 2 slides. It is a 38PKD model. If you do the math I have as much room as a 43-45' coach with no slides. Our first coach didn't have slides and we knew when we were looking for a newer coach we wanted slides. I doubt we would go back to a coach without slides unless it was a lot nicer then ours (which would be difficult to find) and a 45' model.

We have had a few problems with the slides but once we figured out what to look for we get them in/out with out too much drama. Our worst problem was a bad slide motor. I just released the brake and pushed it in, ordered a new motor and installed.
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