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Old 05-01-2014, 11:38 AM   #71
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This thread has been beat to death, but let me add a parting shot.
1) What you need depends on what you do. If you are driving you don't need a slide, If you are parking you may want a slide soon.
2) Cars have no slide and people drive them cross country.. any coach is bigger.
3) High end coaches that Rock Groups tour in cost over $1 Million... they have no slides.
4) Some of the most classic Travel Trailers ever made are the airstream. They have no slide.
5) I have had them all, and for OUR lifestyle we plan to go back into a used pusher to full time, It will have at least two slides.
6) After selling my last pusher and had no unit for two years, I bought a TT with no slides because I can tow it.

All of this boils down to your budget, and lifestyle and age, and future plans. Just use the lack of slides as a bargaining tool and offer a low low price. All he can do is say no and counter offer. What ever you do, get moving in something.
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Old 09-20-2014, 02:21 AM   #72
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Hola...FT here March 2014. We did the math: used decent car 16k + good tow gear-brakes etc 4k = @ 20k + 1k per year ins/maint/upkeep/etc = @ $25K. Our Plan: $25K budget for Enterprise Car Rentals in 'toad city/areas' = 80+ Car rentals!! New cars! No Hassle! No towing! Easy park/backing up! And $"0" upfront cash vs $20K (Investments!!). Just saying...we do have 250 Scarabeo Scooter on Rack... ;-) (1 week car in Bar Harbor this week, $228!) Fb: WhereRVgoing2
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Old 09-21-2014, 01:42 AM   #73
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Hola...FT here March 2014. We did the math: used decent car 16k + good tow gear-brakes etc 4k = @ 20k + 1k per year ins/maint/upkeep/etc = @ $25K. Our Plan: $25K budget for Enterprise Car Rentals in 'toad city/areas' = 80+ Car rentals!! New cars! No Hassle! No towing! Easy park/backing up! And $"0" upfront cash vs $20K (Investments!!). Just saying...we do have 250 Scarabeo Scooter on Rack... ;-) (1 week car in Bar Harbor this week, $228!) Fb: WhereRVgoing2
We did exactly the same math when we began Rving in 2008. Worked OK for a little while. Then, it fell apart when we reached a destination where we had planned a week holiday based on the use of the rental car. The rental company made a mistake which resulted in our not having a car. It almost ruined our plans. After a couple of days, the rental car company corrected their error and found a car for us.

After that experience, we went the other way and spent the money to buy our own car and all the equipment to make sure it is behind our coach everywhere we go.

Since that decision, we have never looked back.

So to speak.

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Old 09-21-2014, 04:19 AM   #74
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I got a Class A with no slides, it's an older 34 footer but the best I could afford. Besides a cheaper sales price, older no slide units are cheaper to insure, and register and much lighter so it's better on fuel. I'm a young 51yr old and it's my first Class A. Before this I had an Airsteam trailer with no slides. I will say that it's pretty thin at times and can be difficult to pass people especially when you have a lot of people inside it at one time. Lucky for me, mine has a front livingroom and a rear bedroom door and it's very nice to be able to get in and out at either end. I've never had slides so I don't know how much nicer an extra few feet really is. Mine doesn't look like a casino inside or anything but so far I've been pretty comfortable in my older unit with no slides.
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Old 09-23-2014, 10:20 AM   #75
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I have 3 slides but I recommend in heavy rains to pull them in. You can always put them back out when the rain stops. I have one that only leaks in heavy blowing rain and the time it did rain it didn't stop for 3 days. If it is just a mild rain never had a problem. I love it though. You will not regret getting slides.
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Old 09-23-2014, 11:52 AM   #76
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I have a 1995 New to Me Holiday Rambler 38 foot Navigator with NO slides. Plenty of room. Very comfortable living conditions. Easy access to cargo bays. No worries about cracking open my head on a slide out is I think my number one reason for buying the coach without a slide out. Have a friend that has a very nasty scar from his slide out. Always felt he was alert when crawling around underneath his, but I have seen him more then a couple of times all bandaged up from whacking his noggin. So I ain't taking any chances. Won't be caught dead with a coach with a slide myself.
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Old 09-23-2014, 01:15 PM   #77
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I have a MH without slides. There is only 2 of us + dog and it gets a little cozy. There are times that we have brought 1 grown kid and grandkid with us and it gets cramped quick. Our next MH will have slides.
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Old 09-24-2014, 02:34 PM   #78
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No slide coaches have all the depreciation out of them. They are cheap. You can't use the slide going down the road. Once parked, the only time we spend in the coach is to cook, eat and sleep. No slides necessary. I don't spend time hanging out in a motorized apartment. I bought a used 32 foot coach with no slides, and it's perfect for us. And cheap.

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Old 09-24-2014, 03:04 PM   #79
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You have a sound plan. But one day you will want a toad. Here is why:

Pack up and go to town and come back and set up again. Repeat.

While in town, find places to park your MH near where you are going. Good luck.

While shopping, wonder if your MH is being attacked by a wild herd of shopping carts.

When you get back to camp and just finish setting up, decide you want sushi with the chow mein.

Go to Maine and look for parking in a village you have waited 6 months to see and then realize the streets are only 1.75 times as wide as your MH.

I never use a toad with the 32' Holiday Rambler. No slides. Ease to "de-camp" electric cord, and water hose disconnect, that's it. I drive it like I drive my Cadillac DeVille. It fits anywhere I want to go. I can parallel park it in a space that's JUST big enough for it. I make turns, merge, do whatever I need to do. It's the other drivers that have problems!

I've toured in it, and gone back to the campsite, spend about 10 minutes hooking back up and done. I've pulled in 5-10 minutes after some folks, and am done parking and hooking up, making coffee, and they are STILL trying to back it in. I don't get it.

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All a matter of perspective and needs. Through the years we've had them all, pop ups, 5th wheel and a couple of travel trailers, one of which we purchased new and had a large slide. We now have an older 36' diesel Class A without a slide. Bought it last year. Since we both still work, we are limited to our travels. Have gone over 5500 miles in the last year and a half. It fits out needs fine and we don't miss the slide on the TT at all. We do travel with a cat, another reason why we bought this rig. As others have said, we sleep, eat and cook in it but don't spend hours or days on end strictly in the RV. It's a wide body with couches on either side, plenty of room for us both to pass. It has the largest bathroom with a garden tub/shower that we've experienced in any of our campers, another selling point for us. As I said, just a matter of preference. Slides are wonderful but not all of us require them. Have had just as much fun (actually more) with this rig than any of the other options we've owned, including the camper with a slide.
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It's just so wonderful to see what makes the world go round.. different strokes for different folks. I've camped under the stars, camped in tents, owned a camper van, camped out in my 26' ocean cruising sailboat then my 42' Ocean cruising ketch all over the Bahamas, sold the boat & bought a 28' gas MH with elect bed that dropped out of the ceiling (sexy), then a 32' Georgie Boy, no slides and finally a 35' Georgie Boy, 2 slides... LOVE THE extra room and added comfort more and more everytime I use it!! Save yourself some time, get the slides (there's a reason the non-slides are going so cheap).
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We too are in the no slide camp. Simpler, more storage, inside and below, no leaks, rattles, nothing to go wrong when it might not close, easier to heat and cool. Of course less carpet space as well. Have you taken the gang shopping and spent an hour inside one all together? Floor plan is going to be way more important after a quick walk thru.

Seems the bigger the inside, the less time people spend outside. Look and think about are you going camping to sit inside and watch TV? See lots of RV's, pull in, plug in, close the curtains, and only see the owners if they walk the dogs. See the tent and pop up crowd, all out side, enjoying what nature provides them, who is having more fun?

Good luck, and enjoy what ever you find works.
I have to agree that no slide is less problems and all but Sail, what do you do when it rains for a couple of days and your stuck inside. You have to consider that when buying
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We tried the no toad for less than a year and as long as it was just the wife and I we had no problem but when you add gkids to the group there is always something you need . Last time we went one of the gkids lost his shoes and we looked everywhere and sure glad we had the toad. Sure easier taking lose the toad than taking up camp, putting up everything to run to the store. Visiting relatives is great also. I don't know about you but I like having home with me. I like cold when I sleep and if they like to keep the thermostat at 76 I'm leaving or sitting outside drinking adult beverages. Walk in one with slides then extend them and it is so much better not tripping over each other.
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Old 09-26-2014, 10:41 AM   #84
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Thanks for all of your responses and PMs, really appreciate it

Just a quick update my wife and I decided to get a TT as itís a cheaper investment and since we already have a full size SUV we donít need to buy a tow vehicle. The one thing I love about MH is the ability for the passengers to walk around the coach where as in a TT you cannot, but with a budget of $20k there isn't many MH available. We would like to limit our budget to under $20k since we figured if it doesn't work (i.e. we donít like it) we wonít lose too much $$$$. We've gone to several RV shows and RV dealers to see whatís out there and my feeling is we should be able to get a nice used unit for under our budget or buy a new one for around $20k.

We would like a TT with bunks as our goal is to be able to use this TT for a few years. Weíre trying to figure out if itís worth spending $3k-$4k more for a new unit
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