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Old 04-04-2016, 05:56 PM   #29
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I guess I see it differently. I bought a coach with large slides so I would have a spacious coach when I camp, NOT when I DRIVE! I probably have one of the tightest aisle ways on the market, yet I'm 6'2" 300 pounds and I can get to the sofa, refer and bathroom while driving.

I don't get the big deal about having space for something the coach was not designed to do, be lived in with the slides closed.
I had the occasion once before I owned this coach to close up everything possible because the wind was so bad it would have ripped off any of the slide toppers. I want to make sure I can hang out comfortably inside if I ever have this to go through again. Some people in the campground in their trailer were not so fortunate and it ended up on it's side.
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Old 04-04-2016, 09:00 PM   #30
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Took our Bounder to our dealer this past weekend for some repairs, so I decided to visit several of the new motorhomes they had on their lot. A few of them had the slides retracted.



All I could think of is how the heck are these things usable with the slides in? One in particular, I bruised my ankles on raised slide edges (no carpet) trying to shuffle my way down a little 8" path to the rear , I couldn't open the refrigerator or the microwave doors, DH couldn't get in the 1/2 bath with that pivot door (& he's not large by any means, just tall having the stature that goes with tall) he couldn't fit (unless sideways) his shoulders through the space to get to the bedroom, the end of the bed goes under the wardrobe doors about a foot rendering it a very short bed...even for me.



I realize the opposing slides make them very roomy when extended, but if I can't get to stuff when I'm at a rest stop or WM-docking overnight, even for the small % of time we do that, it makes these new floorplans impractical to own.



Is it just me?



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I love this post......it's just like new versus used. If you don't have it or cant afford it, it's not needed. I think many of you forget, that those with the larger coaches or multiple large slides started out with small RV's when they were younger. We started with an 8' cab over camper, went to an 11' cab over for 10 years. Owned a non slide 27' Class C for 14 years. Then we bought a Class A gasser with probably the largest living room we had to date, but hated the brake issue and some other bad designs. After that we had a DP with a shallow living room slide for 10 years. We wanted more room so we selected a coach with a large slide and tile floors.

If you like what you bought.....great.....but please don't tell me that you bought a certain design of coach just in case the wind blows, that just doesn't make sense. Mine is tight with the slides in and I've had to temporarily live in it with the slides closed, but I would NEVER make a motor home choice based on what might happen in the wind.

If you like your non slide/small slide coach.....that's fantastic, but PLEASE don't find SILLY reasons to criticize someone who likes large slides or larger coaches.
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Old 04-04-2016, 10:31 PM   #32
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Our previous Dutch Star was fine as is the present Magna. We looked at some 2015 Dutch Stars and found even I couldn't get to the back easily and had to turn sideways and walk sideways. (I'm 5'-9" and 180#'s with a 36" waist) My wife would have had even more trouble. The 4375 she liked would have been no problem though.
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Old 04-04-2016, 10:42 PM   #33
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I can get at everything except a few bedroom drawers, with all the slides in. Can walk normally thru the coach till I reach the bedroom.
Bed is still usable, but cant walk around it.
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Old 04-05-2016, 06:10 AM   #34
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That's why I love my Bounder, plenty of room with slides in.
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New Bay Star Sport with 3 slides is great when at least the FWS is deployed. When all three are in, not usable but then I don't plan on having to. Getting to the bathroom while on the road is doable, but tight.
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On our triple slide coach we don't have any problem walking down the aisle, opening fridge, using bathroom, etc, but one cabinet cannot be fully opened. It is a narrow aisle, though, and ok only for a brief stopover. The bedroom, however, needs to have the slide out to do most things. If we do a longer stop and want more usability, we deploy the galley slide, which takes about 15 seconds (we don't level - just run it out). The lounge area is easily usable that way, even overnight. Again, the bedroom slide must be deployed to use the bed or access the wardrobe closet and drawers.

Like Dutch Star Don, I don't consider this a problem. If I'm using it, we open up, If not, the access need is minimal. But I'll concede you still need to be able to walk through it, use the bathroom, etc. And in some designs that may not be all that practical.
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We found this to be true for a lot of units that's why it's important to look at the couch closed up before getting excited. We looked at many before we found the holiday vacationer 36 debt which is totally useful when closed. We drive a lot so this is important to us.
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.....I'll concede you still need to be able to walk through it, use the bathroom, etc. And in some designs that may not be all that practical.
That my position as well. I have seen some coaches where you have to limp down the center with one foot low and the other foot a couple of inches higher due to the slideout floor being in the way. Others where the bathroom door or refrigerator door only opens part way, and some where you can't walk to the rear without turning sideways. These floorplans are definately not acceptable to me. We once spent several hours looking at a brand new coach, loving everything we saw, and ready to buy. Then, when the slides came in, we totally abandoned the idea.
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We like RV's with slides. We also like RV's that allow easy and full access when the slides are in. We bought an RV that allowed us to have both concerns met. We thought that would always be our primary position on the topic.

We are now looking at an RV that we like very much but that has some kitchen cabinets and bedroom drawers blocked when the slides are in. We are wondering if the compromise of having to carefully choose what we use that storage for is worth the advantages of the other features of the vehicle we are attracted to.

There is no universal right or wrong answer about slides and access. Each owner must decide for themselves what they need and want. The perfect RV for you may be the worst choice for me, just as my dream machine could be your nightmare. Also your needs and wants may change over time.
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I love this post......it's just like new versus used. If you don't have it or cant afford it, it's not needed. I think many of you forget, that those with the larger coaches or multiple large slides started out with small RV's when they were younger. We started with an 8' cab over camper, went to an 11' cab over for 10 years. Owned a non slide 27' Class C for 14 years. Then we bought a Class A gasser with probably the largest living room we had to date, but hated the brake issue and some other bad designs. After that we had a DP with a shallow living room slide for 10 years. We wanted more room so we selected a coach with a large slide and tile floors.

If you like what you bought.....great.....but please don't tell me that you bought a certain design of coach just in case the wind blows, that just doesn't make sense. Mine is tight with the slides in and I've had to temporarily live in it with the slides closed, but I would NEVER make a motor home choice based on what might happen in the wind.

If you like your non slide/small slide coach.....that's fantastic, but PLEASE don't find SILLY reasons to criticize someone who likes large slides or larger coaches.
Don, I surly didn't take his post about the wind as criticism. I thought he brought up a valid point that others may not have considered, and found it helpful to think about!
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If you like what you bought.....great.....but please don't tell me that you bought a certain design of coach just in case the wind blows, that just doesn't make sense. Mine is tight with the slides in and I've had to temporarily live in it with the slides closed, but I would NEVER make a motor home choice based on what might happen in the wind.

If you like your non slide/small slide coach.....that's fantastic, but PLEASE don't find SILLY reasons to criticize someone who likes large slides or larger coaches.
You make more out of a post than you should and I never said I bought it for any of your reasoning. As far as criticizing, I have not read any other than yours.
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As our coach is also our full time home, we want maximum room and comfort while parked. That said, we must be able to access the fridge, kitchen sink, microwave and a bathroom when in travel mode. Access does not necessarily imply "easy", but that would be a plus.
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