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WarrenS65

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Posted: 05/08/22 11:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've have an 8' Lance with no slides, a 9'6" Lance with a dinette slide (usable with the slide in), and a 40' DP with slides (usable with the slide in). I have a Host Everest on order (not usable with slides in).
Obviously, with a MH you want to be able to move around while driving, so it makes sense to get one that's usable with the slides in.
I've seen several people comment that they don't like campers that you need to deploy at least one slide for a quick bathroom stop. Even the big, slow, 36" deep slide on my DP took less than a minute. I feel like it would be a very rare occasion that deploying a single slide (2 in the case of my Everest) would be a hardship for a quick stop.

For those that believe it is a problem, is that your assumption from looking at them, or based on personal experience?


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What does it matter? If you are happy with your slides, then enjoy them. If someone else doesn't like them, then they can enjoy life without them.

Isn't it great we all have the option to choose for ourselves.


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I just looked at the Host floor plans on the website. It seems like you have to open at least two slides on all of them to use the bathroom. Maybe I'm wrong. But, they are sure are nice when they are all open.

My older Host has two opposing slides, but the wet bath is at the back just inside the door. I and DW can squeeze by the slide to get to the restroom or fridge if needed. It's more common for us to open it all of the way when we stop by the side of the road, but we also can barely open if wanted. Ours is also usable with the slides in. We've sampled like that before in extremely cold weather.

There are advantages and disadvantages of each floor plan. You just have to decide what you want to tradeoff.


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Let's face it, this question can never be answered because we all use our RVs differently. Some people drive to the local lake, set up camp, drink beer and don't move for a week. I tend to tour and visit a great many scenic areas on each trip. I rarely camp in the same place more than a few days and even then I typically drive at least a few miles every day. Other days it might be a few hundred miles. I tend to travel for many weeks or a few months and average 15,000 miles of driving. I live on the East coast and prefer the Western scenery. Driving a lot means I appreciate a smallish, lighter weight rig. I TC gives me a good compromise. Some people really want their comforts and a great many TCs are really big and really, really heavy. Personally if that is what I wanted, I would switch from a TC to a trailer or 5th wheeler.

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To each his/her own but I never want to open a slide for a potty break or quick lunch.


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It doesn't matter. Just idle curiosity on the actual experiences of others.

Yes. It's great we all have the option to choose for ourselves. Even greater that option is not restricted to which RV we want.

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What does it matter? If you are happy with your slides, then enjoy them. If someone else doesn't like them, then they can enjoy life without them.

Isn't it great we all have the option to choose for ourselves.


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I actually like reading threads like this because it offers perspectives from both people who have campers with slideouts, and those without.

Being a person who is going to buy a camper when the market calms down from the lunacy of last year, I have been leaning towards a non-slide to keep the weight down and for the ease of use while traveling, etc. I also like that it's a little more stealthy, especially when in a parking space.

That being said, I absolutely love the extra floor space and wide open feeling of, say, the Arctic Fox 990 with a slide. It feels so much bigger and more comfortable to me, and is ideal for spending a lot of time indoors.

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Posted: 05/09/22 06:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Functionally, it's not an issue to have to deploy one or more slides to use the rig, as you say they only take a minute to roll in or out.
Some folks like to "stealth camp", meaning overnighting various places while looking like you are just parked. Truck stop, etc. Seeing a TC with the slides out is a sure sign somebody's in there. Or maybe you want to stop somewhere for a quick lunch and there is no room to extend the slides.

When we fuel stop, DW goes inside an uses the facilities and gets the snacks and beverages, I use the lav in the camper while the truck is fueling. When the tank is full, we are ready to roll. No room to extend the slides at a fuel island.

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Posted: 05/09/22 07:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Turning a switch for three seconds should not be a factor in anyone's purchase. The weight of one to three slides is a more important issue. You want the space get the slides you don't, don't. Boon dockers are a different breed and are looking at completely different things than the run of the mill Truck Camper who wants to tow a boat/sled/whatever. Also, if your never going to take the camper off the truck why not get a motor home? Motor homes tow extremely well and come in all sizes and are dirt cheap compared to TC'rs.
I have utilized my truck camper with slide combo to the fullest extent. I have towed my small Bayliner "I still regret selling it" thousands of miles. Launched the boat, took the camper off and went for supper. I recommend the slides if this is what your interested in doing. If you want to go to the top of a mountain, I do not recommend the slides. JMHO

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Posted: 05/09/22 07:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's all fun and games until at some point, sooner or later, you get done doing your business, hit the button to retract the slide(s), and hear "CLICK-CLICK-CLICK-CLICK!" or something equally soul-crushing.


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