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Old 08-11-2016, 02:08 PM   #1
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Slides-in Functionality?

I am just curious:

Can you get to and use everything (toilet, stove, fridge, etc.) when the slides are closed on your motorhome or 5th wheel or TT? This was a key for us when we bought our latest one some four years ago.

But it looks as though all these opposing slides will preclude that. Since floor plans always show the slides extended, it is a bit difficult to be completely sure. Am I right or wrong?
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Whenever I had interest in a coach, I had them close the slides to know
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Old 08-11-2016, 02:21 PM   #3
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Whenever I had interest in a coach, I had them close the slides to know
I totally agree. We did the same, and the result is we can do it all but get get in some lower drawers in the bedroom when we are closed up.

I am just wondering how many units are out there today that are even worth looking at.
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That was definitely something we checked when shopping for a bigger trailer with a slide. We have full access in our Bullet 269RLS, although it's a tight squeeze for me to get into the bedroom (a bit too much belly). There are a couple of kitchen drawers we can't open, though.
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Lunch stop and on the road essentials must be accessible, else it's a no go. Most RV will provide such , but some may not. Check before buy is always prudent.
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a MUST to check... no guessing.. and YES, floor plans do not show slides IN...


check kitchen access, bathroom access, bedroom access..
and we do stop for Lunch... in the trailer.. COLD drinks, Milk, food. and stove if something needs heated. ( Soup / Stew )

a few cabinets is no big deal. we lose a few in the kitchen.. so we put little used items there.
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That is one thing I always tell people looking at motorhomes to look for... Check the unit out with the slides in. Ours we can get to everything except a few bedroom cabinets and one living room cabinet. You would have to crawl over the bed to get to the closet, but that I could live with... I've always worried about heavy winds and storms; I have spent a couple of nights thru thunderstorms with the slides pulled in.

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When we were picking our 5r for Full Timing access to kitchen sink/stove/fridge, bathroom and being able to crawl into bed where one of the priorities.

One of the other priorities was that I could walk from end to end w/o banging head or having to stoop....shower included.


So with mid kitchen, rear living room, mid entry and mid-profile Nuwa HitchHiker fit the bill.

Now ........not same priorities as we are no longer Full Timing so most any RV would fit the bill.

Different time.....different needs
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Not full timing. Makes no difference. If we cannot pull over and get lunch, use the bathroom and take a nap without putting out the slides the unit is not worth having at any price.
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We can get everywhere, some places easier than others. Even can open the drawers (slightly but enough to get stuff out) in the bedroom.
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That was definitely something we checked when shopping for a bigger trailer with a slide. We have full access in our Bullet 269RLS, although it's a tight squeeze for me to get into the bedroom (a bit too much belly). There are a couple of kitchen drawers we can't open, though.
On our 284rls you cannot go past the kitchen with it closed but with the second door you can come around from the outside to access the bathroom and bedroom. No storage areas are blocked.
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I agree with everyone's comments. I start looking with the slides in, then open them to really look around. With slides in I have access to full kitchen, sink, booth dinette and half bath. This access is very important if you can not open your slides overnight. We were traveling through Kansas with winds over 60 MPH. I didn't want to open the slides and have the toppers damaged so we went all night with the coach closed without an access problem.
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We have three slides and have full use of the coach with the slides in, it was a requirement when we were shopping. I was amazed at the number of coaches that are useless closed up, one and I don't remember the brand prevented access to the bathroom when closed.
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