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Old 05-20-2014, 09:46 PM   #1
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How often have you camped and could not open your slides ?

I still don't own an RV yet but have been researching the RV just for the DW, two small dogs and myself. One of our requirements is to have a fold out bed (sofa) for adult guests. One of the rv's we've been looking at is the Tiffin 31SA. I really like the configuration. But I've been told (and it makes sense not actually experiencing it) that if you can't open up the slides you can't use the fold out. I suspect this is not an uncommon issue for RV's. But how often does this occur to people. (Not including stop overs like Walmart). And if it does occur what create ways do people use to handle this situation.

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It doesn't happen often but I try to position my rig to at least put the slide out if I have guest. If I had to guess it was only twice over a 9 year period. The one I do remember was a campground that screwed me on a reserved space which I had specifically reserved but someone liked it better than me and some how managed to pull in and set up camp. I think they new they were in the wrong spot but I got to stay free for a week because I had a paid and demanded compensation. It wasn't a big deal because the guest could just sleep on the couch. The other camper would not even make eye contact with me. He ran back in his rig when ever I cam out. And before I forget there was a tree that was blocking and preventing the slide from fully extending. Now you have the rest of the story.


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We avoided slides intentionally. No slides here so no issues. When shopping for our last purchase though we looked at one floor plan that you could not use the main queen bed unless the slide was extended as the mattress was folded when the slide was in. Now that to me was just plain crazy.
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It has happened to some. There usually is a manual method for bringing in a slide but that doesn't always work. It's a risk we ( those that have slides ) take.

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Your thread does not speak to malfunction, or at least that is how I read it. We had one occasion because of a last minute change we "camped" in a place we could not deploy the slide, or felt we should not.

A lot depends on where you choose to stay I would think. If you are selecting established resorts or campgrounds the need to keep your slides in would be nil.

If it were just myself and wife and the dog well no problem we sleep in the bed anyway. If it occurred with a guest then someone has to take "space available".
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Never has happen to me in the 12 years I have had a slide out.
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How often have you camped and could not open your slides ?

In 8 years of full-timing - never. We pull the slides in occasionally because of wind (we get tired of hearing the slide toppers flap); but no matter how cramped the site, there has always been a way to position our motorhome to make it possible to deploy the slides.
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Once, when we were in a hurricane up in Maine. Thought it best not to put the slides out in the high winds.
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We boondock alot, and never been an issue. When we park in WalMart, we park with our passenger side against the lawn or planted area and open those slides. When we can't open, it is tight but no problem, but wouldn't be able to open the hide-a-bed. We took out our original un-comfortable fold out bed and purchased a nice hide-a-bed from a company called Couch Potato in Santa Cruz, CA. Remember, you don't want to have company get too comfortable, lol.
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Sometimes depending where we are.

We bought a Coleman queen size air mattress. Works like a darn and way more comfortable than the old hide a bed. We ditched the hide a bed and put in Lazy Boys.

We dont tell many that we have the Coleman.
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Old 05-21-2014, 05:35 PM   #14
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We stay slide in when we Walmart or otherwise stealth. Could still open the couch but the aisle would disappear.

I suspect the real issue is what you have and how you use it. I doubt we will ever go bigger than 30 ft or so as we tend to go to parks and vacation places with driving stops at places like Walmart because we are arriving late and leaving early on our way somewhere. Folks with a bigger units who move resort to resort have a different lifestyle.

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