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SalAllison 09-18-2012 04:44 PM

slide outs with storage
I have been looking to buy a Class A and was wondering if anyone has had problems with slide outs which have the storage attached under them.

RickO 09-18-2012 04:48 PM

Hi and welcome to the forum.

I have the Frieghtliner Evolution with chassis and storage bays are attached to the two front slides. Like everything else, it's a matter of trade offs.

We certainly have had no problems with them mechanically and it's really nice not having to crawl under the slides and bang my head to access the bays. On the other hand, I don't have pass through storage. I don't think it would be a deal breaker for me either way.

Best of luck.


SalAllison 09-18-2012 05:09 PM

Thanks Rick. I had problems with the slides on my travel trailer, and that was with no weight under them. Needless to say I'm just a little apprehensive about spending that much money and having the same problems. I really appreciate your feedback.

no3putt 09-18-2012 05:13 PM

It's a trade off, we have pass thru storage. We have 3 pass thru and plenty of space even have two bikes in the storage area. And yes have hit my head a time or two but now take out what we are going to use for that stop before moving the slides out. Only take a few times of hitting head to learn.


RickO 09-18-2012 05:15 PM

Hopefully someone with both TT and HM experience will chime in but the slide mechs on a MH may well be much more stout than those in a TT.

Good luck.


Clifftall 09-18-2012 05:24 PM

My large ( 17') driver side slide has the basements attached on my Fleetwood Bounder. My Winnebago did as well. Not all mfg have figured out how to do this. I think it's great. I see others bending and twisting trying to get in their basements that are recessed under the slide. I have always tried to keep the weight down as to not put too much strain on the slide motor. However now that I've said that , I carry a lot in them. Hope this helps.


Lued 09-18-2012 05:38 PM

My 32 ft Bounder had a basement under the slide, If you have it to heavy it would have a hard time retracting it , the salesman told me it had a 300 pound limit. All that said I liked not having to get in under the slide. Denny

SalAllison 09-18-2012 05:41 PM

The Bounder is actually the RV we were looking at. Love everything else about it. The only other concern was that it didn't have a one piece fiberglass roof, but others told me the tpo is just as durable.

OldChief7155 09-18-2012 05:41 PM

I have the cargo bays attached to the left front slide out. Maybe a good idea, maybe not. If I had my choice I'd go with the pass thru compartments and the electrical BIG slide trays. Much more useable storage.

SalAllison 09-18-2012 07:29 PM

Thank you for all of your opinons!

wimberleyman 09-18-2012 08:02 PM

I have pass through storage. That was one of the features on my DP bucket list. I can either get stuff out of the other side or before I extend the slide. Wouldn't take for the full basement. I can store a lot of stuff.

Road Ranger 09-18-2012 08:16 PM

I had a Monaco Knight because of its full pass-through storage bays. I hit my head several times before learning to use the bays while the slides were in! I did NOT install a sliding tray because that would cost me some storage space. That may have been a concern only because I'm full-timing whereas it would not be such a concern for someone who is using their MoHo for vacation.

lmcgill 09-18-2012 08:21 PM

I have had both and would call it a wash. I wanted pass through slides but now that I have them I liked our Discovery with the storage that was in the slides. We have a bigger coach but less storage, go figure!

KIX 09-18-2012 08:24 PM

One of our slides has the basement compartments that slide out with it. We've not had any issues with this slide. We do keep lighter weight items in those compartments.

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