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Old 09-23-2013, 08:36 AM   #1
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Slides and rest stops

On another thread someone mentioned that they put there slide out at an interstate rest stop. We have never done that but I am curious as to how many othes put a slide out at rest stops.
Maybe it's just me but that just doesn't seem to be proper etiquette.
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Old 09-23-2013, 08:42 AM   #2
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:12 AM   #3
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Just like anything, if it's not bothering others, it's not a breach of etiquette. If the slides are in the space, not overhanging into another parking space, I don't see what the problem would be...

Maybe I'm missing something?
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I think it would depend on the parking spot. I have had some big trucks come by awful close. I personally don't as most parking lanes and not much wider than my rig
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Those that open the slides open them to have access to the bed or bathroom or stove or microwave. If they don't need to open them to access those things then most do not open them.

That is one reason I, and others, tell people that they need to make sure things are accessible with slides in when buying a coach. Do you really want to have to put the slide out every time you need to use the loo?
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When we have stopped at 'rest areas' we may open slides to access some area with-in the MH but we do not leave them out. Yes they may be 'with-in' our parking area, but who knows when a larger vehicle driver might be paying attention and damage one of the slides outs.
It just pays to be on the safe side.
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Those that open the slides open them to have access to the bed or bathroom or stove or microwave. If they don't need to open them to access those things then most do not open them.

That is one reason I, and others, tell people that they need to make sure things are accessible with slides in when buying a coach. Do you really want to have to put the slide out every time you need to use the loo?
X2 on this subject. It's all about floorplan. I would be very hesitant to put a slide out in a rest area. My luck, someone would hit me and sue me...
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If you are in a parking spot set up for tractor trailers, there is no way you can put out your slide and still be within your spot, your slides will intrude into the spots beside yours. On another forum there was a question as to why truckers hate motorhomes so much, well coming from a 20+ year over the road driver this is one of the reasons. I'd pulled into many a rest area both for just a quick break, and for mandatory DOT rest stops, and found MH's basically taking up 3 spaces because they had their slides on both side out, and it'd ended up that I had no where to stop because of this. if now as a MH driver I have to stop overnight in a rest area I'll use one end or the other of the car parking
area and extend my slide out over the sidewalk area. Overnight the car areas are about 90% empty.
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I would sure be worried that someone would hit the slide. The RV is already 8 to 8.5' wide without the slides. Slides typically extend 1.5' to 3' so you could be up to 11.5' wide or more if you have slides on opposite sides.

OK, so you need to access the kitchen for lunch...put the slide out long enough o get what you need and put it back in. Personally. I would be standing outside to watch the slide until it is retracted.

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Some state rest areas allow overnight parking. At these, I have put my slides out. I do, however, pick a spot on the end where the slides don't interfere with any other parking or traffic. Sometimes I have to wait a few minutes to obtain that end spot until someone leaves. I would never take up two spots or interfere with either pedestrian or motor traffic. That's just an accident waiting to happen. Just use your head, and good manners.
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I try my best to find a place to park other than the truck lanes, unless it's just a few minute break.

Even then, I try to be as unobtrusive as possible and park as far to the rear of the space as possible so the trucker on my right has plenty of room to get out.

If I'm in one of the trucker parking spots I don't open the slides. They just don't like it, even if it doesn't cause them a problem. No good can come from being antagonisitic.

It's MY motorhome and aside from what's right or wrong, legal or otherwise, I don't want it damaged!
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If you are in a parking spot set up for tractor trailers, there is no way you can put out your slide and still be within your spot, your slides will intrude into the spots beside yours. On another forum there was a question as to why truckers hate motorhomes so much, well coming from a 20+ year over the road driver this is one of the reasons. I'd pulled into many a rest area both for just a quick break, and for mandatory DOT rest stops, and found MH's basically taking up 3 spaces because they had their slides on both side out, and it'd ended up that I had no where to stop because of this. if now as a MH driver I have to stop overnight in a rest area I'll use one end or the other of the car parking
area and extend my slide out over the sidewalk area. Overnight the car areas are about 90% empty.


This is how I do it, park on the end of the car area by the sidewalk.
No need to bother anyone else.
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We NEVER open any of the 3 slides in these situations but then we shopped til finding a MH where the bed, bath and full kitchen are available with all in..
That was a "no go" on our list.
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We ate breakfast one morning at a truck stop restaurant and happened to sit next to a larger table with eight truck drivers. Part of their loud conversation was how they messed with four wheelers on "their" highway and rvs in "their" rest areas. A favorite story was one driver's tale of how funny it was when the old people in a motorhome came rushing out late one night after the truck driver "accidently" scraped their slide with his truck trailer.

We once in a while will extend a slide, making sure it is not in a parking slot or roadway, and relax for a couple hours to eat lunch during a trip. I am sure much of what we heard was testosterone laden exaggerations, but after hearing about the slide incident, I do not believe I will extend ours in a rest stop again.
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