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Old 11-20-2009, 05:51 PM   #1
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Question No slides

Just thinking loud:
Would a MH (Class A) without a slide be a good seller these days? Let's say in the 28 to 36 ft range and gasser or DP.

We had 2 MH's in the past, that did not have slides and we were very happy with the floorplans we had. I see, that Manufacturer go to smaller models, maybe we see one day another one with "0" slides?

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Old 11-20-2009, 06:33 PM   #2
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Not many buyers want a no slide Class A. Even single slides get little attention from the majority of buyers. But if the price is right, there is always somebody who will buy.
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Old 11-20-2009, 06:34 PM   #3
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Hi TW,
Floor plans requirements are very unique to each person (buyer). A coach without slides has as much market value as any other coach. The problem remains to match a buyer and seller. Coaches without slides have fewer problems and less weight to carry down the road (more MPG).
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Old 11-21-2009, 12:16 AM   #4
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Just sold a 96 safari trek, 2830, gas, no slides, bed out of the ceiling, large rear bath, great condition. As soon as it went on the market, gone. I used it for 6 yrs, and sold it for 4K less than I paid for the rig.
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Old 11-21-2009, 06:22 AM   #5
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I have some recent statistics I have been accumulating on used motorhomes classified as 2-slide, 1-slide, no-slide (I don't do the 3 or more slides cause as a percentage it's quite small). Total units 359, 2-slide 101(28.1%) , 1-slide 133(37 %), no-slide 125(34.8%). Yes there is a market for them, they are cheaper to buy and to sell, but they also may have a lot less maintenance and more than a third of the folks like them.


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Old 11-21-2009, 08:42 AM   #6
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I think a floor plan with no couch might work with no slides.
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Old 11-21-2009, 08:44 PM   #7
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Just traded, straight across, my 36' 2002 HR Endeavor with 2 slides for a 40' 1997 Beaver Marquis with no slides. The NADA value on both unites was about the same.

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Old 11-21-2009, 08:56 PM   #8
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I was in an acquaintance's no slide Foretravel a couple of years ago and was surprised at how spacious it felt. I think it was a result of a combination of floor plan and large windows. Whatever the reason, I think a no slide coach could sell in today's market if well designed and laid out. The lighter weight and lower maintenance aspects might appeal to a significant market segment.
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:36 PM   #9
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I liked the unit Robin Williams had in the movie Rv. When he was driving there were no slides but when he parked the slide magically appeared.
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Old 11-21-2009, 10:02 PM   #10
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If I had $20 for every coach I've had to repair the slides on, I could afford a nice used (non-slide equipped) Class A...
That said, many people look for slide outs, and only get the ones without if there isn't a slide-equipped model in the size and price range they are looking for.
So, while you couldn't run fast enough to give me one with slides, that's only my personal preference based on my experience. Lots of people love 'em.
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We have been driving a 29' Hurricane with no slides for 5 years, from Maine to Yellowstone to Florida. Less weight, no problems at Walmart, plenty of room for the two of us. Just don't stand in the middle trying to decide which way to go. Move, or get out of the way.
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As always---to each his own.
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When we were looking at motor homes, my wife wouldn't get out of the golf cart for no slides.
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Old 11-30-2009, 09:43 PM   #14
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When we were looking at motor homes, my wife wouldn't get out of the golf cart for no slides.
I'm in a gasser rather than a DP because we had to have a slide and DP's in my $$$ range didn't. I looked at a bunch that didn't, and there's just no way, it would be like living in a hollowed out sausage.
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