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Merrykalia

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Posted: 12/31/17 04:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'll add my $.02 to the mix and here is my opinion:

The slides add so much more space to the already limited space inside an RV. Mine now has 4 slides and until all of our kids are gone and not camping with us, we will continue to have them.

Get whichever RV YOUR WIFE wants as long as it is in good shape and has no known problems (get an RV tech to look it over well).

If you have been married long enough to have a 20 year old daughter, you already KNOW that you won't be happy if she's not happy.


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Merrykalia wrote:

If you have been married long enough to have a 20 year old daughter, you already KNOW that you won't be happy if she's not happy.


Amen to that [emoticon]!

thanks for all the replies, this is very helpful! yes, I do plan to have a tech inspect as the final move.

Any opinions on the two brands?

again, thanks all for responding, this is very helpful!

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Resale isn't going to differ on slide or not any more than original price does.

It's really just a personal preference as to the slides. For all the "technical" arguments against, there are just as many for. So, get the one you like the best.


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I like Forest River Rockwood. I'm sure that's similar. It's not the quality of Northwood but it's not the price or weight either.

What is the dry weight and GVWR of each TT? Tongue weight is an issue too. What is your cargo limit? Look in door jamb.


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Bird Freak wrote:

I see no slides as less room and lower resale.
..That's true..Lower cost. Lower resale.


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Slide outs are a nice way increase interior volume.
Slide outs add extra weight.
Slide outs add extra cost.

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OutdoorPhotographer wrote:

What is the dry weight and GVWR of each TT? Tongue weight is an issue too. What is your cargo limit? Look in door jamb.


1. Coachmen Catalina - dry weight is 4748, GVWR is 7000, hitch weight is 550.
2. Shasta Oasis - dry weight is 4694, GVWR is 7523, , hitch weight is 523.

Both very similar, and well within the specs of my truck, *I think*.

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Sanjeev wrote:

OutdoorPhotographer wrote:

What is the dry weight and GVWR of each TT? Tongue weight is an issue too. What is your cargo limit? Look in door jamb.


1. Coachmen Catalina - dry weight is 4748, GVWR is 7000, hitch weight is 550.
2. Shasta Oasis - dry weight is 4694, GVWR is 7523, , hitch weight is 523.

Both very similar, and well within the specs of my truck, *I think*.


The Shasta gives you more ccc (weight available for cargo) even keeping at 7000 total, and gives you less hitch weight so you have more available for stuff in the truck. Think about what you want to have on trips - bike for your son, etc. Stuff like that will eat up weight fast.

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When we were younger we liked not having a slide out,mainly because we partied more then and we liked being able to go home and go to bed when we wanted to not when everyone else thought they would. we are now in our 70's and have purchased a larger TT with two slides, we do like the room they provide and we have had this TT since 2009 and still no leaks. you take care of the seals and you will not have leaks. with the 10 yr old I would get the slide out model, just my 2 cents

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Except for a very select few, resale value and RV don't go together. Terrible validation to buy a slide.


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