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Old 11-17-2015, 06:55 AM   #15
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As Gsport put it--hardly ever a problem putting out the slides. Sometimes, it takes a little planning/looking over where to park, but I can easily put out all slides in most rest areas with truck parking area. At Walmarts, we look for an area that we can park with the door side to the grass area, then the off-door/bedroom can go out and not be in anyones way.
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Old 11-17-2015, 07:19 AM   #16
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Slides are optional on both A's and 5ers.. But I will give you some other considerations.

It's raining cats and dogs (With the A you do not set foot outside, You pull off in the Rest area, take care of that which needs careing and leave) With the 5er you are going to take a shower.

Second: You park the rig for oh say 2 weeks at a campground.. You wish to go to church, to the store, to see the sights.

now towing with a good size Diesel Pickup and a 35 foot trailer you are going to get about the same MPG you get towing a car with your Class A.. But running to the above list of locations.. About 2x that MPG.

My car gets 4-5x that MPG, is easier to park when I get there and is more fun to drive.

One more thing.. Class A, being a motor vehicle, loves to be driven from time to time.

5'er being a trailer does not mind sitting for years on a single site. (Though you may need new tires. well any vehicle will need new tires after sitting a decade).

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Old 11-17-2015, 04:27 PM   #17
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John, that's exactly the thinking that now has us talking 5'er. We did lots of research before buying our Foretravel, and spent many hours discussing how we would travel. Well, God sure has a sense of humor. He put is in Stillwater, OK for five months. We're also looking at campground host jobs, many of which want us to stay for 3-4 months.

We've talked about just packing a lunch for travel days, if we end up with a coach that won't let us use the kitchen. We usually don't do a lot for lunch those days, but it sure would be nice to make a cup of coffee.

One other issue is our cat. Now, when we stop for lunch, we open her kennel and she can get lunch and use the litter box. When we're ready to go we just put her back in the kennel. We'll have to make sure that whatever coach we get will be able to keep her out of any areas that we can't get into.
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Old 11-17-2015, 07:22 PM   #18
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Agree with both of the above. Advance planning prior to purchase is the key. Each time we've looked at 5th wheels, the first thing we did was have the slides retracted to be sure we had access to everything we want. Wouldn't want to spend the night with the slides in but for a lunch break it works great. And, the onboard generator allows use of the A/C and the microwave if we want it.
Agree that advance planning is the key. We made sure that there was easy access to the frig with the slide in so we could put groceries away when purchased. We have access to everything (bathroom, master bed, frig, TV, seating) in our 5ver with the slides in except the large pantry in the kitchen. And, with advance planning that is not an issue.

That said, when we are doing a long drive we make sure and have drinks, snacks, sandwiches, etc. in a small soft side cooler so we can cover miles. Most of the time we find a parking lot, rest area or pull out to get access to what we need in the coach.
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Old 11-18-2015, 10:13 AM   #19
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To be able to use your coffee maker in a 5th wheel at a rest area, you will have to have a rather robust inverter or a generator (we have both). We have access to everything except the living area with our 4 slides in but the kitchen is a tight squeeze but doable. I generally prepare our lunch in advance and keep it in the fridge. We either sit in the truck or at a picnic table in a rest area. We personally would never deploy our slides in a rest area. No problem with those that do as long as they stay inside their parking spot. We also try to get end parking spots so we do not have to worry about a truck taking out our steps.
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So, what do you do for lunch?
Prepare lunch in advance of trip.

Eat at restaurants.

Skip lunch.

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