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Old 08-23-2014, 12:00 PM   #1
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The first mfg to make a slide out

The dw and I were wondering which mfg was the first to put a slide out into a production model and what year was it done?

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Old 08-23-2014, 12:18 PM   #2
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Back in 1990, Mahlon Miller, Newmar's owner, invented the power slide-out, now a familiar feature of high-end coaches.

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Old 08-23-2014, 02:12 PM   #3
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:50 PM   #4
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I know that Newmar is the correct answer. However, in this months issue of FMCA magazine the article on the new Holiday Rambler Ambassador leads one to believe that HR was first in the industry with a slide.
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Old 08-30-2014, 04:25 AM   #5
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Newmar is not the first to hold patent nor manufacture a "slide-out". This was invented and patented in the 1920's in the UK and brought to the US and patented here by Chicago based Bob Rohne and his company Expando in 1930. There was an earlier patent application by Fred Follett in the early 20's but it took Bob Rohne/Expando's capital see it to fruition. In fact, their units used electric motors to power a rack and pinion system that would raise the roof and both lateral sides - a true triple slide. Newmar only holds the patent on the first flush floor slide-out.
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Old 08-30-2014, 04:36 AM   #6
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I can recall the Newmar did have a possible first flush floor slide out that are used today.
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Hi Everyone, Speaking of Newmar, we we in the market for the new King Aire and had heard that dealers regularly give 25-30% off MSRP purchase prices. Is that true of the Newmar products?

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