Last year we bought a used 2007 TT with a single large slide. First outing it was leaking but this was prior to our 30 day warranty expiring. While trying to find the cause for the leak, the slide also started exhibiting mechanical failure by jumping the track it was on after multiple attempts to move the slide in and out. 3 additional attempts by the dealer to fix the issues finally resolved our issues. I believe they only spent limited amount of time with minor adjustments trying to resolve the issue to where the third attempt, they finally spent the proper amount of time completely adjusting or re-seating the slide mounts (or whatever was required). It has been working fine for the last year with no signs of problems. All of these issues fixed under warranty.
Point is, if buying a used RV, make sure to move the slide(s) in/out multiple times (I would go in/out 10 times minimum) before deciding the slide functions properly and is not problematic. Also, put the slide(s) out and run a sprinkler/hose to simulate rain and make sure you aren't getting leaks. Yes this will take some added effort and time but will be well worth the trouble and expense of fixing these items. We had a used TT warranty because we bought from a reputable dealer...buying private party won't provide any warranty.
I don't believe that "everybody needs a slide", because to each their own.
Having said that, they make a HUGE difference in the roominess and IMHO the "homeyness" of a trailer.
BTW...so far we've never had any issues with leaks, mechanical failures/problems, etc. I hope it stays that way.
2000 Ford F350 XLT 7.3L PowerStroke Diesel CC 4x4 OffRoad SRW Long Bed
2008 Jayco Eagle 314BHDS (Momma Eagle)
Equalizer Hitch System (1400/14000lbs)
Prodigy Brake Controller
Curt XD Class V Receiver Hitch (1500/15000 lb)
Trailers 1 and 2 did not have a slide out and we were happy, until..
We joined a caravan of friends for a combined trip down to Baja California. Down there we played games together inside our friends rigs that had one and some times two slide outs.
All the way home, she who must be obeyed, discussed our soon to be new TT that will have a slide out.
Two weeks after getting home we were towing a 30 foot Jayco Eagle(TT #3) with slide.
Now we have another Jayco Eagle (#4) and it has both a rear lounge and slide out. Does make it comfortable on rainy days and when we have friends visiting for dinner.
2001 2500 Silverado LS 4x4 6.0, 4.10
2007 Jayco Eagle 288RLS
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I am in the "no slide" camp...but that is just my personal preference. But I do admire them from afar, I admit. The space is really nice.
For me, I don't want to have another moving part to deal with maintenance wise. I don't want the extra weight, though if I had a 3/4 ton TV that might help sway me. Every single TT w/slide owner I know personally has had at least one major, show stopping issue with them (motor failing, major leak, alignment issues, so on). We tend to like to stop on the way places, and I like just being able get in the TT with the family and have it be functional space to eat some dinner, rest, stretch out. Finally, the style of camping we do is more outdoor/woods centric. The trailer is a place to get in out of rain/bugs and to sleep. And we generally only camp 2-4 nights at a shot.
That is my main reasoning at the moment. With all of that being said, slides are a great way to go for more space. IF I had a bigger truck AND we camped for more extended periods (2 weeks + at a shot) or if we were touring the country on extended trips, or we tended to go to destinations that were more resort/ammenity centric, or we had more than 2 or 3 kids we brought with us at a shot, then I could be persuaded to do a slide. For now though, I steer clear of them and have no desire for one at the time.
We got a toy hauler - we don't carry a toy, but the wide open space/garage is our "stretch out" space. We love the versatility, so that is the direction we took.
I don't worry about re-sale value. I am not sure how legitimate of a concern that is really.
Last three RV’s had slides. Current tt has two slides and I would not want a trailer without one. So far no problem or leaks with any. IMO a slide makes a trailer far more comfortable, especially if you have kids.
I'll never own one WITH a slideout. For many of the reasons noted, but additionally I've lived the nightmare that can be hidden. Like a 1 year old camper that had a leak at the slideout that went undetected until the pulley system pulled from the slideout due to water damage. Repair bill was going to be $4K due to needing to take the entire slide out to be able to access the damage. Spare me the "shoulda done maintenance" babble, it was a one year old rig and showed zero signs of damage. Not everyone has that kind of money to blow for the extra 4x6 square feet of living space. I'll sooner buy a larger rig without one than a smaller one with a slideout. Not that I'm bitter....
First trailer without, kept it for 1 month and traded it in on our current TT with a slide. I would never buy one again without. We only camp about 30-40 nights a year but in that time have never had an issue with the slide. I just make sure that I keep it on my maintenance list of things to do every so often, really only twice a year. The difference in the feel inside the trailer on a day that we can't get out because of weather makes all the difference.
I think that re-sale is certainly an issue here in our neck of the woods.
Don & Alice
Camping in and around Utah
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2003 Ford F350 Lariat Super duty Crew Cab
6 kids 3 grand kids a dog a cat and Titan the killer Chiweenie
LIke them or not you SOON will probably be unable to find a unit without them other than the very small trailers. They are no more prone to leaking (when used properly) than any other part of the trailer and certainly not as prone as the bunk ends on expansibles. Whether they're "worth it" (whatever it is) would have to be a personal decision.
Good luck / Skip
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