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Old 03-14-2016, 12:57 PM   #1
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Wink Is it possible to extend slider partially?

We have a Coleman 15BH and are considering an upgrade to the Coleman 244BH which has a slider. Our current trailer does not have a slider so I have a couple of questions.

Where we park for tailgating isn't an actual campground and the space isn't conducive to having the slider extended all the way. Is it possible to slide it out just far enough (say 18 inches) to utilize the space (i.e. between the front sleeping and the back bathroom) without having any issues?

Is it recommended to get an awning for the slider?

Any other information or tips learned is greatly appreciated.

Thank you so very much!
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Old 03-14-2016, 01:37 PM   #2
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First of all, check with Coleman and see what they say. If you do use the slideout only partially open, it will not be sealed around the opening very well, which could be an issue with rain, bugs, and extreme cold or hot.

Personally, when on the road, we've had many occasions where we just open the slideout about 18 inches so we can access the bathroom and refrigerator and even eat lunch in the trailer.

But I've also read that with Schwintek slideouts, you shouldn't release the power button until the slide is fully extended or fully retracted. That may be important if you have a Schwintek slide out mechanism.
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When you say slider, assume you are talking about a slideout, not a sliding hitch or....

The slide seals only seal when fully closed or fully extended.

I don't really think you will run into ANY campground where that little bit of slide should cause you concern.... if it's THAT tight, I wouldn't want to stay there, your entry door may hit the next rv

but if you are talking about just tailgating,
My guess is that most parking spots are 9'Wx18'L and guessing your rv's slide being out would not be 9' ???

if so, then yes, you can do whatever, just knowing rain, bugs, heat, cold will/could get by the seals.
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