Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > COMMUNITY FORUMS > General Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-06-2016, 08:57 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 26

Hello gang. I am new to rv life. This question is about slides. A friend of mine had said once not to get a coach with 4 slides. He said too many slides will compromise the structural integrity of the coach. I suppose it makes sense, but more slides, of course, more room that being said, he is ok with 3 slides. My thoughts are, how much different can 4 slides be than 3 for structural integrity?

Any thoughts from you guys would be appreciated.

collecter56 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free! RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 11-07-2016, 05:01 AM   #2
Moderator Emeritus
RV Wizard's Avatar

Country Coach Owners Club
Appalachian Campers
Gulf Streamers Club
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Chattanooga, Tn.
Posts: 12,060
Structural integrity will depend on the builder of the coach more than the number of slideouts
Mike, RVIA & RVSA Certified Master RV Technician
Amy, Dr. Assistant - Roxie & Mei Ling, four legs each
2000 Gulf Stream Scenic Cruiser 450 hp & 1330# torque
06 Saturn Vue, 06 Chevy Z71 4x4 & 2014 Corvette Z51 M7
RV Wizard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2016, 06:15 AM   #3
Senior Member
Cat320's Avatar
Fleetwood Owners Club
American Coach Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 6,768
Lots of MHs out there with four slides, I wouldn't worry about it.
2014 American Eagle 45T
DD 13, 500 HP
Pulling a Honda CRV
Cat320 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2016, 06:17 AM   #4
Senior Member
vsheetz's Avatar

Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: SoCal
Posts: 15,749
I have fours slides. Works fine. I have no concerns of integrity issues shirt or long term.
Vince and Susan
2011 Tiffin Phaeton 40QTH (Cummins ISC/Freightliner)
Flat towing a modified 2005 Jeep (Rubicon Wrangler)
Previously a 2002 Fleetwood Pace Arrow 37A and a 1995 Safari Trek 2830.
vsheetz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2016, 07:11 PM   #5
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Maine
Posts: 94
I have four slides on my fifth wheel and they are all stable. I wouldn't worry.

Neverhome is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2016, 05:38 AM   #6
Moderator Emeritus
Gary RVRoamer's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: West Palm Beach, FL. USA
Posts: 27,697
Slides have almost nothing to do with "structural integrity" in an RV anyway. It's not a monocoque structure, basically just 4 walls set on a frame and roofed over. Integrity comes from the stiffness of the chassis and how well the body is anchored to it.

The naysayers have decried the lack of "structural integrity" since the first single slide units were3 built, but there has been no evidence at all of any structural problems as a result of adding slides. I find it laughable that someone would now try to draw the line between 3-slide and 4-slide units.
Gary Brinck
Former owner of 2004 American Tradition and several other RVs
Home is West Palm Beach, FL
Gary RVRoamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2016, 03:10 PM   #7
Senior Member/RVM #90
MSHappyCampers's Avatar

Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Columbus, MS
Posts: 54,780
I don't see a problem with 3 or 4 slides, but I personally would not want a coach with a full-length slide. I understand that there is more potential for problems with a slide that large.

Last year we were in Maggie Valley, NC for the month of October. Someone there had a high-end coach, don't remember what make, that the full-length slide would not go in! They had three different techs work on it for several days before finally getting in to go in!
Joe & Annette
Sometimes I sits and thinks, sometimes I just sits.....
2002 Monaco Windsor 40PBT, 2013 Honda CRV AWD
MSHappyCampers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2016, 07:05 AM   #8
Moderator Emeritus
Gary RVRoamer's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: West Palm Beach, FL. USA
Posts: 27,697
The potential issue with very long slides is that they have multiple motors that both have to work and stay in sync. It is an additional complication. Usually a slide up to about 15 ft long will have a single motor driving a long shaft that moves all the gear tracks in unison. Much above that and its probably two or more motors.
Gary Brinck
Former owner of 2004 American Tradition and several other RVs
Home is West Palm Beach, FL
Gary RVRoamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2016, 09:27 AM   #9
Senior Member
Smitty77's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Over the next hill, around the next curve...
Posts: 5,663
Agree with all of the comments!!!!

I always recommend picking a coach slide wise, that fits what someone feel is important to them.

For use, we wanted two drivers side slides, but would have bought a coach with the 2nd bedroom slide if we had found a coach that we liked first. We did not want moving kitchen. Because of moving plumbing and more important to us, lost cabinet space at the top of the cabinets. (Though picking up on the comment much depends upon the manufacturer, as many have mastered and reduced greatly the risk of moving plumbing!). Another factor, is we wanted to have one side with easier access to the basement storage. Even with roll out trays, getting down and under the slides to reach a basement door, and then pull out a roll out tray, can be awkward.

A final consideration for us, a bit contradictory to my comment that we would have taken a coach with the 2nd bedroom slide, is that some of our favorite local campgrounds have 'skinny' sites, so with only one side having slides, it allows us to access some of our favorite sites in these campgrounds.

I also recall our factory tour of Rexhall when we were considering a UFO Gasser coach. They had a 40' DP with two full slides, they call these T-Rex slides as I recall, that the owners had run off the road in New Mexico to avoid a deer. Hit a tree on the front passenger side of the coach. (Gent giving us the tour, said they both were shaken and sore but both walked away from the crash.) The coach was flat bedded to the Rexhall factory for repairs. He said they decided to relook up power to the coach, and see if the slides would still work. Both came out/in, without a problem. Pretty impressive, as the front right corner was damaged pretty bad. Rexhall, Bill Rex, have had many innovation within the RV industry over the years. A few things they do for all of their coaches. Build a welded steel safety gauge around the house. One piece fiberglass roofs and caps (no seems between roof and caps). And others too.

My reason for sharing this, is that here is a large coach with two full wall slides - that structurally is sound.

I believe that most of the higher quality manufactures also build coaches that can handle from 0 up to 4 slides, safely.

One last comment. Remember that each slide adds extra weight, and removes inside storage options. So the number of slides that is right for a person/couple to choose in a coach, has many variables... That being said, if researching for a coach, do research the models you're interested in, and do check in with current owners of those models, for any items (Including potential problems with slides.) that may exist.

Happy hunting,
07 Country Coach Magna Rembrandt 45' ISX600
Roo II was our 04 Country Coach Allure 40'
OnDRoad for The JRNY! Enjoy life...
Smitty77 is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
HWH jacks & Slides - Slides work 5% of the time! 4x4van Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 20 09-23-2016 09:12 AM
Level,slides-slides level tagcat Monaco Owner's Forum 7 03-20-2014 08:56 PM
Slides or NO Slides?? Lincolnier Class A Motorhome Discussions 47 05-04-2013 08:01 AM
Jacks down then slides or slides then jacks down? Yolo72 Entegra Owner's Forum 10 01-29-2013 08:13 PM
Are Slides Under Coach or Chasis Wty? RickO Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 6 12-27-2008 04:23 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:12 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.