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JimK-NY

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My wife and I spent a couple of years as full timers in a truck camper. I am really happy we had: 1. a cassette toilet, 2., a wet bath, and especially 3., no slides.

A slide gives you mainly just some useless empty floor space. You will gain a lot of weight, may not be able to stop quickly and use the camper. You will not be able to camp in some places that do not have the room for a slide or where you want to be stealthy.

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We had probably the largest camper I could find and it had a slide but the wife is Claustrophobic so she did the camper for about 4-5 years and said she needs more room so now we have 3 slides (in signature...)


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"we were too far apart after they started adding in their 1K prep fee."

And the "prep" fee wasn't to fix the shower, was it? lol


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JimK-NY wrote:

My wife and I spent a couple of years as full timers in a truck camper. I am really happy we had: 1. a cassette toilet, 2., a wet bath, and especially 3., no slides.

A slide gives you mainly just some useless empty floor space. You will gain a lot of weight, may not be able to stop quickly and use the camper. You will not be able to camp in some places that do not have the room for a slide or where you want to be stealthy.


As these are all opinions and as such are typically certain to the author’s bias, I’ll counter your opinions a bit.
Floor space is only useless if you enjoy life in a submarine or on a sail boat. But that useless empty floor space also allows for a wider dinette.
A lot of weight is very subjective. What’s a single slide add? 200, 300 lbs? Again, truck is carrying it not you personally and it will not make a noticeable difference in the trucks performance. Especially in the OPs case.
May not be able to stop and use the camper quickly? Not sure where you got that from. Many are useable with the slide it, albeit tight. The rest take less than half a minute to extend. Heck I’m always in a hurry and I have 30 seconds to spare.
Lastly, I’ve yet to camp or see a place to camp where there wasn’t 2 extra feet to extend the slide. Maybe if you camp in narrow allies or a 1 car garage this is an issue. Same opinion of the stealth comment. Not applicable.


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JimK-NY wrote:

My wife and I spent a couple of years as full timers in a truck camper. I am really happy we had: 1. a cassette toilet, 2., a wet bath, and especially 3., no slides.

A slide gives you mainly just some useless empty floor space. You will gain a lot of weight, may not be able to stop quickly and use the camper. You will not be able to camp in some places that do not have the room for a slide or where you want to be stealthy.


And then there are those of us who much prefer a 43 gallon black tank which lasts over a month and is easy to empty vs a 5 gallon cassette toilet which you have to deal with every couple days and risk splashing feces all over. No thanks.

A slide offers more than "useless floor space," it increases the overall square footage and provides a much more comfortable environment with which to lounge in, and also room for large dogs which many of us have. My 120 lb pooch would have nowhere to even lay down in a Northern Lite. Even turning around would be difficult.

I've never in my life camped somewhere that a couple extra feet on one side was not available, so the idea that a slide-out on a camper will limit places to stay seems laughable.

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restlessways wrote:

A slide offers more than "useless floor space," it increases the overall square footage and provides a much more comfortable environment with which to lounge in, and also room for large dogs which many of us have. My 120 lb pooch would have nowhere to even lay down in a Northern Lite. Even turning around would be difficult.


x2. That space is noticed all the time when people pass by each other. It also works when the dinette is left as a bed and the kids sit on the edge of it, again not in the way of those passing through.

Our slide adds 200 lbs to a nearly 4k lb loaded camper so hardly worth worrying about.

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We haven’t had one of these slide vs noslide threads in a while. As normal, opinions are masquerading as facts.

Go pickout the best floor plan for you. Maybe it will include a slide or multiples or maybe no slides.

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Full time in a NL 8-11, wet bath,12,000 miles since November 1, 2019, wife, 65 lb dog and me. Sometimes it’s small for sure - but we’d not do it differently at this point. Everything is a compromise. The quality of the NL is absolutely fantastic and for the one issue we had with the furnace which was a Dometic issue - Keith stood behind us 110%.

We are boondocking quite a bit and are in a lot of the out of the way places, nights in the 20s quite frequently, we can go about a week and a half on one bottle of propane, I only keep the outer bottle online so I know when I run out on it so when it runs out I have another full one. We have 200 watts of solar and we are never wanting. We are careful with our usage and never use the TV but we both work so we use power for our computers and so on.

The fridge/freezer is huge and very efficient on propane, like others we opted no microwave, storage is fantastic. We have the U shaped dinette, the storage under there is great. The range and oven are great, we made some modifications as the sink is huge so we have a cutting board that goes across half or 3/4, makes more usable counter. Our friend put a bracket over the non-pass through window which makes more counter.

I put the heavier tools behind the drivers seat in the truck and am super aware of weight and distribution and we’ve had no problems. We have been driving in 50 mph winds, backcountry roads and city traffic, it handles very well.

The water - we carry extra but keep it low and forward when we are moving. We conserve water religiously as we have been in arid climates - limit the showers and waste and we have always done well. Taking a shower, for me is like a silverback gorilla in a phone booth so I tend to take showers elsewhere when able.

Sometimes it’s like that movie “The Life of Pi”, living with a tiger in a lifeboat, we take turns being the tiger. We are in a super small space but spend a lot of time outside. If I have a work call I go up and sit in the cab, we just negotiate our way through. We’ve been able to access a lot of places we never could have in a heavier or larger RV.

One more thing, hence the edit - I put a aftermarket OEM compatible backup camera on that I can mount on the camper or move to the truck when the camper is off. I also put a low profile hitch basket on that fits perfectly under the overhang of the camper where I store light stuff including a tub for the septic hose as it won’t fit in the NL back porch mounted one. I carry leveling blocks and a step stool that makes it easier for our old dog to get on the steps up to the camper. My thought is one could put gas cans for their generator there too.

Best of luck.

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We have had both non slide and slide TCs and will never go back to a TC with no slides. Like the extra room.

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billyray50 wrote:

We have had both non slide and slide TCs and will never go back to a TC with no slides. Like the extra room.


Yeah. I had a Lance 1030, but after looking at the slide-in campers I wouldn't want to go back. Just a single slide Arctic Fox 990 seemed humongous by comparison.

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