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Old 04-01-2011, 05:01 PM   #1
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Slide Etiquette

This is our first MH with slides. What is or isn't acceptable when stopping for the night (Flying J, Wal-Mart etc..). We have a pull out bed in front, for the grandbabies when they're with us, but there is not enough room to open it unless at least 1 slide is out. We recently took them to Disney from NY and this posed a problem we hadn't anticipated. I don't want to anger any one. Help!

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Old 04-01-2011, 05:30 PM   #2
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I guess I don't know what the proper etiquitte is, (I don't think there is a book out on it) but we usually put down our jacks, and then only put out the slides on one side. usually on the side that will not bother much. We have not had anyone tell us that we are doing wrong, so just assume that it is ok.
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Old 04-01-2011, 05:37 PM   #3
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Hi gunnersmom,
When at Wal-Mart and you are parked out of the way, jacks down and slides out is okay. Just make sure there is absolutely no way anyone can run into the slide(s). When in doubt, don't deploy the slide.

At the Pilot/J or any truck stop, slides out is a bad idea. The spaces are narrow and trucks take a lot of room to maneuver. Especially when they are backing into a spot.

The same goes for a rest area. If the slide can be safely extended where no cars or people can run into the slide, then go for it.

The thing to remember is in the above mentioned places, people are not accustomed to moving around open slides. It will be real easy to have an accident.
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When stopped at a truck stop etc I extend our bed slide which is on the curb side out about 4 inches or about the same as the slide arms but not as far as the mirrors. It frees up the foot of the bed instead of be snug against the closets. If I am next to a curb or the edge of parking I will put it all the way out. I also put the jacks down for stability.
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At roadside rest areas if I can park at an end spot or out of the way against a curb then I will let out a slide. Will never let one out in a Flying J RV parking area or in the back in the truck rest area. Some of those trucks pull in real fast. At night they would probably never know your slide was out until they hit it and that would ruin your MH and your night's sleep. At WalMart I have to park long ways across a lot of spots and I try and do that around the back and can usually find a private area. I still like to park next to a curb and let the slides out just on that side. If the only place is in the main lot then I still try and find a area that is out of the way and will put the slides out on one side. I carry orange cones and will put them out around the slides. Most cars would not hit the slides because they are high. Not so with a pickup truck. I try not to park in what is the main stream used by cars cutting across a parking lot. I am am amazed how fast some people cut through a parking lot.

Hey Gary I have nearly knocked myself out walking into my slides. On the mirrors I hang bright oringe ribbons so I don't damage the mirrors with my head.
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We don't put out slides or lower jacks, but then that's just us. We can easily maneuver in our coach with the slides in & I just don't trust them getting whacked if out in any of those places. As for the jacks, since we're only at those stops for a quick snooze before moving on, we don't care if the coach rocks abit.

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When stopped at a truck stop etc I extend our bed slide which is on the curb side out about 4 inches or about the same as the slide arms but not as far as the mirrors. It frees up the foot of the bed instead of be snug against the closets. If I am next to a curb or the edge of parking I will put it all the way out. I also put the jacks down for stability.
Dosn't that leave a big space with the slide not open full to seal in the full open position. Our slides need to be open or closed full to seal.
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This is our first MH with slides. What is or isn't acceptable when stopping for the night (Flying J, Wal-Mart etc..). We have a pull out bed in front, for the grandbabies when they're with us, but there is not enough room to open it unless at least 1 slide is out. We recently took them to Disney from NY and this posed a problem we hadn't anticipated. I don't want to anger any one. Help!

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Welcome to the site. You need to check the Walmart parking thread when you have a few hrs to read it.
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The 4 inches is just enough distance to allow the rubber seals to have changed direction. If I was in a rain storm I would not extend them as I might get a leak someplace else.
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As you see, logic rules when stopping overnight at a public parking lot. Jacks will, on a hot evening, ruin the blacktop. RV resorts demand you use large pads/ wood planks under your jacks for this reason. We, as responsible RVers carry this over to any place we park on blacktop.
Our slides must be opened to access the living room and kitchen, We find a parking spot that will allow such behavior without inconveniencing anyone or risk damage to our RV. We have on occasion, parked in an empty church parking lot when other places are not accessible.
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Hi Mike,
Most people think slides are for providing more interior room. For me, slides have put enough bumps on my head and scars on my back, the wife says I must wear a shirt at all times. My back looks like I've been flogged. As to the head injuries, I use that as an excuse when I do not understand what she is saying.
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Thanks for the responses! We bought this one because we plan on FT in the very near future. It is perfect for two. (and a dog, he doesn't need a bed) selfishly forgetting how much the kids like to travel with us. This one has a love seat size couch and 2 euro recliners across from it. The couch pulls out to a queen size air mattress bed and there is no way, even if I move the recliners, I can open it. We don't have the dinette booth so there's no sleeping there either. Wish we had gotten the floor plan with the bunks. At the flying J RV area I pulled up to an island and put the curb slide out. I would never do this at a truck stop cause I do know how hard it is for those guys to maneuver. (and I'm not sure they like us much anyway). I do miss our old Pace Arrow, not much room to live in it, but for traveling it was great! We could just pull in anywhere at anytime, pull out the jacknife couch and put the dinette down and call it a night! I just want to make sure I don't upset anyone. I hate getting those glare's at 7:00 am when I step out to welcome the day.
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If your concerned, confused, or not sure spend part of your day reading this thread on the subject and tell us how you feel after that

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This is our first MH with slides. What is or isn't acceptable when stopping for the night (Flying J, Wal-Mart etc..). We have a pull out bed in front, for the grandbabies when they're with us, but there is not enough room to open it unless at least 1 slide is out. We recently took them to Disney from NY and this posed a problem we hadn't anticipated. I don't want to anger any one. Help!

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We have used many Walmarts in the United State and in Canada. The proper thing to do is announce yourself to the manager of the store. It's a courtesy. Ask what their preferences might be. Ask about your slides etc. We witnessed most people just taking Walmart for granted. For safety sake we open our bedroom slide over a curb if we can. We don't like being wacked by anything not even a small car. I would not worry about angering anyone not part of the Walmart establishment, especially since they don't own the parking lot.
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