Not having slides usually boils down to money and fear of leaks.
Or cargo capacity. We went slideless because we pull Hubby's drag race truck around with our 28' C (plus there's not a lot of room in pit spaces to open slides anyway). No slides on the E450 chassis gave us over 2500 lbs of capacity on the MH alone.....
On the other hand, with the 2 of us and 3 dogs, yes, it gets crowded. I took out the dinette table and replaced it with a smaller "cafe" table - that really helped! Our dogs have learned that if DH and I are in the front part, then they need to go lay on the bed in back to take a nap; and vice-versa.
Yes, you will be on top of each other even *with* slides.
I have never had a conversation with anyone who went back to no slides after having them. Not having slides usually boils down to money and fear of leaks.
Of course not. you have never talked to me.
We spent three years living in a triple slide fiver. Yeah, it was nice, especially the extra room.
I learned three things about slides during those three years:
1. Slides leak in heavy rainstorms
2. Slides are heavy.
3. Slide actuators break, and they are VERY expensive.
We went from the triple slide fiver to an 11.5 foot truck camper, no slides. Then I traded the camper for a Tioga 29H Class C, again no slides.
The reasons for the C?
1. No slides.
2. The price was right
3. Good trade in for the camper.
4. Less climbing than the camper.
5. More room than the camper.
6. I don't have to load and unload it.
Anyway, YES, there ARE some who had slides and went back to no slides. It is not an unknown scenario.
Our next rig (if there is a "next") may have slides. Perhaps by that time they will have a better idea of how to build them leakproof and reliable.
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Our next rig (if there is a "next") may have slides.
That's how I feel, too. Right now, we tend to use our MH for sightseeing/pull into an RV park for the night/hook up to the electric/sleep/leave in the AM. Having no slides sure makes all that easier, IMO; we don't worry about being close to trees or being level. Maybe some day, when we park, simply to spend a weekend camping - THEN a slide might be nice??
We ended up with a fifth wheel Forest River Cardinal. It has 3 slides, and we like all the room. When we were shopping for a camper, we were asked if we are squatters or riders. Haven't had it long enough for it to sink in. Anyhow, we like it fine and haven't had any issues with slides. Having a wonderful time.