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Old 07-20-2011, 12:13 PM   #29
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5th wheel slides are normally bigger (go out farther/come in farther) than MH slides. I guess the manufacturers figure you won't be walking down the aisle in a 5th wheel like a MH. In our 5th wheel you had to be part monkey to get to the rear of the rig because the slides were almost touching. Had to climb over the kitchen table and sink. In the MH you can easily walk all the way to the back because the slides are smaller and don't go out/in as far.

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Old 07-20-2011, 12:41 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by Cat320 View Post
5th wheel slides are normally bigger (go out farther/come in farther) than MH slides. I guess the manufacturers figure you won't be walking down the aisle in a 5th wheel like a MH.
Bingo. We can get to the fridge, pantry and bathroom when we're on the road - really, that's all we need. In return, we get more floor space due to the deeper slides once we've stopped and set up. Like all of life, one has to establish realistic priorities and make tradeoffs. We're happy with our choices.


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Old 07-22-2011, 03:54 PM   #31
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Always look at the RV with all slides in. We bought a Jayco 5er with 3 slides. We didn;t look it it with all slides in until after we paid for it. Lesson 1. We had to store the rockers on the couch upside down and strapped in. We replaced them for 2 nice light lawn chairs. Still had to store them on the couch but it was easy. All we could get to with the slides in was the bed and toilet. I loved the 5er but it was too much hassle for me. Our 2004 Winnebago Journey has two slides on the same side. We can get to everything except a short part of the rear clothes hang up closet. We keep the vacuum there. We will not be vacuuming at wal mart or flying J os we should never miss the space. Make sure you look at it closed up. I would think minimum you would want is access to bed, fridge and toilet.
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:12 PM   #32
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(What is the proper term for the cross-ways bed, anyway? Seems like I remember some kind o nautical term??)
Something that is positioned crossways to the ship is said to be lying "athwartships". I haven't heard that term used in reference to anything in an RV.

Something that is crossways to the longitudinal axis of something is said to be "transverse". This term is probably understood by more people than the nautical term.

Of course, you could always talk about the "crossways" bed, and everyone would probably know what you mean.

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Access depends entirely on how you plan to use the RV. We seldom overnight where slides-out is an issue, but when we stop for lunch at a rest-stop we must partially open the slides to access everything besides the bathroom and master bedroom. That is normally not an issue because, partially open, the slides still remain within our designated parking lines. That inconvenience is more than offset by the floorspace available when we are parked and all slides are completely open. We live in our 5er all winter(when we choose to go South) and for months at a time otherwise, it is like an apartment on wheels.
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I have a 2009 Safari Cheetah, 40' Class A. When the front 2 slides are in I can access everything in the kitchen dining area except on cupboard. With the 2 rear slides in I can easily sleep in the queen size bed but cannot access the drawers only the upper cabinets and half of the closet. It's a matter of putting things you may need with the slides in in locations they can be reached.
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On our coach we can easily get to everything with the slides in. When we stop for lunch at a freeway rest stop everything is easily accessable, except the bedroom. If we are stopping for the night at a ...ummmmm Walmart for instance, after getting permission from the manager, we would park it next to a curb (grassy area) and put only the one bedroom slide out over the grass. With the one slide out over the grass we can get at everything easily.

Regarding the bed in a coach I think the easiest description of the disposition of the bed might be " side to side or front to back"

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