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Old 04-04-2015, 08:19 AM   #1
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Curb-side slides vs awning usage

We are looking at TTs that have rear entertainment setups. The ones we really like have slides on each side that contain recliners & sofas.

The only drawback I can see is that the curbside slide eats up the awning footprint. We use our awning alot for either rain protection or shade from the texas sun.

Anybody have any experience with this setup? Is my concern warranted?

The one we are looking at is Topper's Camping Center Mobile Site : New 2015 Kodiak 291RESL Ultimate

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Old 04-04-2015, 12:09 PM   #2
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In nasty weather, more space in an RV is preferable.
If you need more shade, you can always use a variety of Pop Up's which comes in a variety of sizes, colors and with optional sides.
If you want more versatility and save money, erect a dining fly like boy scouts do. https://images.search.yahoo.com/sear...g+Fly&fr=aaplw

My concern about the extra slide would be the basement storage space lost having it.

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We go with the belief that camping is an outdoor activity. That said, I do not like anything that takes up space in my outdoor living area so I do not want slides out the front (curb side) especially if it takes up awning space. Our current set up is the picnic table plus 2 chairs and a small table between the 2 chairs. This way we have a nice place to sit and have coffee in the morning, eat and play games. On weekend trips we do not set up any other awnings as we do not want to take up the time, we keep it simple. Generally we are only inside to get ready for bed and sleep. If it is real bad out we sit inside at the table to on the couch but do not need a full living room. We have 2 slides out the back, one for the table and couch and one in the bunk house. A lot of the new trailers have the kitchen island and the slide under the awning but we just don't like that set up.
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GaryWT---Good point. I often get irritated at DW when she whips out the Netflix dvds. I would much rather sit out by the fire. Fundamentally, I am with you--when possible we are mostly outside.

That said I think I was just getting an itch to be a little more comfortable (ie, switching a bunkhouse/outdoor kitchen for lazyboys and a sofa pointed at a bigger TV. I know, what was I thinking.

We went looking Saturday and yes, the awning space is reduced by the slide but not by a significant amount. Some brands even have the awning mounted so that there is no overlap (dependent on the length).
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We go back n forth over a rear kitchen or rear entertainment. We really like the RE room you get. But since we spend as much time outside we like the no curb slide better. We also have two 2x4 tables we setup for cooking. Between those and our lawn chairs and a curb slide we wouldn't have any room under the awning. Currently we have an RL 5er. It's the same as an RK in that it has no curb slide.
I don't think we would ever get an RE trailer. One more slide to deal with. They take up too much room on the curb side and we cherish our outdoor space more.
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I think I would prefer the rear kitchen so you don't have the stove hood venting under the awning. Ditto for the water heater and fridge panel. They kick out noise and heat.
And I agree with the problem of the curb-side slide taking up space under the awning, or in most cases, they just use an excessively short awning which makes the whole rig look odd.
This is one of the main reasons I purchased my current TT. The kitchen is on the starboard side and the dinette is to port, so you can enjoy the view of the lake (or whatever) rather than the camp road and hookups behind the trailer. Also, we are able to have a 19' awning on a 23' box, so the area under awning is great for it's size.

But if you like to be inside, the dual opposing slides with an island sink in the kitchen is hard to beat. And about the only thing that would get me into a 5th wheel is a Front Living setup. Those are great.
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Two issues for me. No slide under the awning and no door into the bathroom. Camped for 44 years without these and don't want them now. Just waiting for the next trend.

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