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Old 03-23-2019, 07:50 PM   #1
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Slide out trays.

We just ordered a Tiffin motor coach and were wondering if anyone has an opinion about slide out trays.

Someone mentioned to us that they prefer only one tray as you lose some height in the compartment and also cannot access all of the storage bay where the slide out trays are positioned.

Any suggestions or opinions are appreciated.
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My coach does't have slide out trays and I wanted to install a couple. After looking at the sizes and measuring my bays, I'd lose a lot of capacity with trays. I think I'm still going to install one in the bay that I store tools and parts since they are so heavy, but I've given up on installing them in the pass through bays. Think long and hard before installing one of the long drawers that goes all the way across the bay. It really limits the height of stuff you can store in it since it has to pass under the frame rails.
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That's exactly what I heard. I'm hoping we can amend the order and delete one of the trays.

Thanks for the information.
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Old 03-23-2019, 10:39 PM   #4
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You didn't indicate which Tiffin you are ordering but we're looking at a Phaeton 40IH on the PowerGlide chassis. It has 2 full across slide trays. I'm not gonna stack stuff high enough to hit the frame (see photo of bay with slide tray). I'm not worried.

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You didn't indicate which Tiffin you are ordering but we're looking at a Phaeton 40IH on the PowerGlide chassis. It has 2 full across slide trays. I'm not gonna stack stuff high enough to hit the frame (see photo of bay with slide tray). I'm not worried.

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The sliding tray for the full width compartment, while it does detract SOME from actual cubic feet of storage, is pretty valuable in obtaining access to way deeper packed/stored items. I don't know about many of you but, I for one, HATE to move 10 boxes to get to ONE, that's in the middle of the coach. So, the sliding tray to me, is the answer. One needs to learn to pack/store more efficiently. Organization is the key here. Elimination of items/components that haven't been used in months is also another key.

I used to build and install sliding trays in fire trucks and, our style of sliders/drawer glides provided for very low profile trays and drawers. We lost as little room in a compartment as possible, and yet sill had trays and drawers capable of severe weight. If I were the OP, I'd keep the trays, try them out, see how your loading/arrangine goes, THEN make a decision. I'd bet my house that, if you really didn't like those trays after a trial period, you could sell them in a heartbeat.
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I have a full width tray. The frame rails limit the height of all items if using a full width tray. I'd prefer two half trays, then the front area could be used to full height.
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I have sliders in all bays do I use them, not much.
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We have a 37PA and ordered it with a slide tray in the front bay only. Works very well for us as keeps my back in much better shape when getting to items we use all the time.

It would be even better with a raised rail (power glide) as there is an extra 6" or so in additional height.
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I considered the same when deciding on # & size of trays.
I decided that a single (pass) side about 2/3 depth was the best compromise. It let's me access frequently used items easily and maximize storage cube. I use the non slide (driver) side for less frequently used items and it's only 1/3 depth so not a problem reaching stuff.
Also consider xx% of travel for slide... usually around 70% has a lower rail ht (unusable ht) than a 100% extension slide that takes another set of rails and more unusable ht.
If you go with full W slide and want to use the full ht efficiently many add a shelf at the frame rail ht to provide some stationary storage above the moving slide.
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My coach came with one slide tray, passenger side rearward compartment and 2/3 length as on the opposite side is the electric cord reel. For my coach, it is perfect and the only one I would want because that is the bay with the most clearance.


IMO, however, trays would be very beneficial for compartments, below slide outs, that have top hinged doors. Don't know about the OPs coach design, but those low opening doors are not fun when trying to access when digging deep into the compartment. That's where a slide tray would shine.


And I agree 100% to get the trays as ordered, use them, and if not satisfied, sell them. They will go very quickly.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! I would definitely get the trays, preferably the fullwidth version that can be slid out either side! You only lose maybe 3-4 inches and the convenience FAR outweighs that! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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We are another one that ordered a single slide out try. It sure works well for the things we get out all the time like,chairs, table, and the grill. Saves a lot of back stress.
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You didn't indicate which Tiffin you are ordering but we're looking at a Phaeton 40IH on the PowerGlide chassis. It has 2 full across slide trays. I'm not gonna stack stuff high enough to hit the frame (see photo of bay with slide tray). I'm not worried.

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It's a 45OPP. I'm thinking if we were traveling for a month it would quickly fill up with things we pick up along the way. Not that I like to shop too much but those occasional "I have to have that" thing.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! I would definitely get the trays, preferably the fullwidth version that can be slid out either side! You only lose maybe 3-4 inches and the convenience FAR outweighs that! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
I'm considering doing just that and seeing how they work for us, if they become a problem just selling the second one.

Thanks for the comment and the warm welcome. God bless fellow traveler!
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