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Old 03-26-2014, 03:29 PM   #1
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Thinking of buying a Class A without a slide

Hello all,

Looking to buy my first Class A (actually first RV) for my family (wife and two kids). I have been thinkng about getting a Class A without a slide as I figured it's one less thing to worry about. I have never owned an RV and not sure what goes into maintaining one and looking to learn as much as I can.

I have heard it's very difficult to sell an RV without a slide, so I figured I should be able to get one at a good price. I'm interested in a 2002 Rexhall 31' Rose Air, Ford gas powered with approx 35k miles, does not have a slide and looks to be in decent shape (based on pics). What do you think is a fair price for this RV.

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Old 03-26-2014, 04:19 PM   #2
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I would look for a coach with a slide, very few problems with them. I would buy a coach that was build by a major manufacturer still in business. I have not seen Rexhall in years. IMHO.
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With you, momma and two curtain climbers I would be thinking at least two slides. No slide units can get very cozy after a couple of days.
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Have to agree with both post - major manufacturer still in biz and at least one if not 2 slides.
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Old 03-26-2014, 04:39 PM   #5
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We have a friend that bought a class A without any slides. They are regretting it now. Our first coach was 35 ft with 3 slides. Now have a 41 ft with 4 slides. For us we would never consider a coach without slides. Never had any problems with any of them. The extra room is invaluable.
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1. Stable company
2. Minimum of 1 slide. 2 is pretty much the norm now.
3. Good luck!
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I would look for a coach with a slide, very few problems with them.
I am not sure how much experience you have with RVs, but mine has been that slides are the most problematic thing on an RV....alignment, drive mechanism and leaks.

I prefer no slide, but for livability, slides are really nice. Stick with a high end builder that uses a heavy frame.

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Hi,

I'm on the side of no sides especially if you will only be using the mh for an occasional weekend, a short trip here and there, tailgating, etc. Less things to deal with, less opportunity for water intrusion. Slides have their benefits, I just don't have the need.

I would suggest you take a good look at a class C with BOTH the bed over the cab and a bedroom for you and the wife, or one with bunk beds. You don't want to be making up beds each night for the kids.
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I would recommend a slide however it has to be affordable for you. I would not recommend going into great debt to get two or more slides. Stay within your budget ...you will have a great time camping with or without slides.
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Pass on a no slide Motorhome. They're cheaper because nobody else wants them either. Someday, sooner than you anticipate, you'll be trading/selling it and it will be much harder to get rid of. And, stay away from orphaned brands... Same reason. There's plenty of 10-12 yr old coaches under $20-25k available to choose from... I might be thinking $15k for this one good condition orphan and no slides. Happy hunting.
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You can save A LOT buying a coach without slides, and trouble free on that for the life of the coach. Due to no sliding mechanism the total weight would be much less, obviously the gas mileage would be improved. Mine has one, but last year when my coach was in a body shop for a whole body paint we couldn't get the slide out... bummer! finally we got it out... That could happen at camping sites too.

of course, with slides it will be bigger inside when you stay in one place for more than couple days. whichever works for you...
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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.
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You will want the slides. More room is better.
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I am not sure how much experience you have with RVs, but mine has been that slides are the most problematic thing on an RV....alignment, drive mechanism and leaks.

I prefer no slide, but for livability, slides are really nice. Stick with a high end builder that uses a heavy frame.

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TX - I have motorhome for over 30 years.... I have had slides for the the last 14 years. RV with a group that all have slides since the mid - 90's. Problemless, NO but only a few minor issues here and there.

But Folks have had other small issues also...... Tires , jacks, Brakes, ignition, REFRIGERATORS... MANY, Carpet, TV's etc. etc.

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