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Old 11-15-2015, 05:58 PM   #1
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As we ponder the pros and cons of switching from our MH to a 5'er, we keep running into the same problem. With our MH (no slides) when lunchtime comes on a travel day we simply find a safe place to park (Interstate rest stops are great), hit the level button, shut down when level, and fix lunch. After lunch I do the walkaround while Jo Ann clears things, then I fire up the Detroit and away we go.

With most of the 5'ers we've seen, we would have to put out at least one slide just to have access to the kitchen. On some, you can barely get to the bathroom with the slides in, never mind getting to the kitchen.

I realize that different manufacturers have different rules for putting out the slide, but I would assume that most would frown on putting out a slide when not reasonable level. Also, it isn't safe to put out slides some places.

So, what do you do for lunch?

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Old 11-15-2015, 07:00 PM   #2
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If, we couldn't do lunch without extending a slide , we wouldn't have bought the RV. Plain and simple.
One of the main reasons we went from a 5er to a class A.
First thing we look at, if you need to extend a slide to access the fridge , no use buying that RV.

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Old 11-15-2015, 07:18 PM   #3
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Access to refrigerator, bathroom, kitchen sink, microwave, and a place to sit are a must with slides in. Proper design will allow for this.
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Old 11-15-2015, 07:21 PM   #4
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With the slides in we can get to refrig, part of the counter, bathroom and bedroom. But we can not get to the dinette. A 5th wheel opens up real nice and is said to be better to live in than a MH. But a MH because you can get to everything is better to travel in.

Since you see everything from pop-ups to tag axle MH's I guess they all work.
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Old 11-15-2015, 07:27 PM   #5
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With my 99 Kountry Star fiver, I have access to everything but the living room TV. It has two slides and a rear kitchen. Love this floor plan.
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Old 11-15-2015, 07:30 PM   #6
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We like our Class A because we can use all of the comforts without having to stop and go back to the trailer/5th wheel. It is fun watching all the poor folks looking for a place to use the bathroom when stuck in a traffic jam.

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Old 11-15-2015, 08:59 PM   #7
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Had both motorhomes and fifth wheels and for us lunch is not an issue. When we travel all day we simply pack a lunch and drinks in a small ice chest and either find a rest stop or just eat on the fly. You didn't ask about it but for bathroom breaks I was never able to go without stopping when we had the motorhomes because I did the driving. Same applies to the fifth wheel except I do have to go outside, which is a big deal to some, but not me. Even though we've put over 20K miles on the Excel in the 4 seasons we have owned it, parking time far exceeds driving time so the inconvenience is short lived.

We have full access to our bathroom with the slides closed but not the fridge. On the few times I wanted something from it I just bumped the slide out about a foot to get to it. Just took a few seconds. May be an inconvenience for some but not for me. Different perspective I suppose.
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Old 11-15-2015, 10:45 PM   #8
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We just made lunches..put them in a small soft sided cooler and then when it was time for lunch we would park, get out, go sit at tables/benches etc and EAT

BUT if necessary we also can use kitchen (stove/microwave/sink/fridge), bathroom and bedroom with slides in.....made sure of that when we were shopping for one
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We simply look for a restaurant that has enough parking space for us to get into and out of. Park, go inside and eat, then go on our way.
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Old 11-16-2015, 06:13 AM   #10
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One of our requirements for a fifth wheel is access to the bathroom and kitchen with the slides in. Tight access to the kitchen in our current fiver is fine as it is only for a quick lunch anyway.
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Originally Posted by vsheetz View Post
Access to refrigerator, bathroom, kitchen sink, microwave, and a place to sit are a must with slides in. Proper design will allow for this.
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One of our requirements for a fifth wheel is access to the bathroom and kitchen with the slides in. Tight access to the kitchen in our current fiver is fine as it is only for a quick lunch anyway.
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.
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Access to everything was important to us when shopping for a new trailer, coming from a TC with no slides. Our new 5er has full access to kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and dinette when all three slides are in.
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Old 11-16-2015, 06:05 PM   #13
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We never stop for lunch, we either pack a light lunch or just snacks. I prefer to start early and stop early, like 2 or 3 pm at the latest. Stopping early provides better choices of RV sites, more relaxed setup, an early dinner and relaxed evening. Oh, and should there be technical problems on the road, better chances of getting help.

Our bathroom is totally accessible with the slides closed. Stepping outside for fresh air and a quick look around both vehicles is not a disadvantage for me.
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Old 11-16-2015, 11:12 PM   #14
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I've got a 39' triple slide and have never pulled into a rest area or anyplace that was so narrow that I couldn't put out the slides. I usually pull in at one end or the other when stopping for lunch

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