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DarkSkySeeker

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Posted: 06/07/19 08:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There was another topic in which a member here asked about the criteria for buying a trailer. He asked which internal features (fridge, etc) were covered by the slide when in. Some of the feedback was to just take the 15 seconds to extend the slide, even when at a rest stop, to access the fridge.

So I thought I'd see how long my Forest River Wildwood 27 foot trailer's slide would take to extend.

One thousand one, one thousand two, ... I did not use a stopwatch.

32 seconds. How about yours?


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Wow...that is slooowwww! I will check mine, but 15 seconds sounds about right to me.

You should plug into 240 while extending, and cut that time in half. [emoticon]

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DarkSkySeeker wrote:

There was another topic in which a member here asked about the criteria for buying a trailer. He asked which internal features (fridge, etc) were covered by the slide when in. Some of the feedback was to just take the 15 seconds to extend the slide, even when at a rest stop, to access the fridge.

So I thought I'd see how long my Forest River Wildwood 27 foot trailer's slide would take to extend.

One thousand one, one thousand two, ... I did not use a stopwatch.

32 seconds. How about yours?
Also be aware that depending on the setup some slides won't go out until the others are fully extended. So that 32 seconds could include the other slides too. Our living room slide won't go out until the bedroom slide and kitchen slide have stopped.


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MFL wrote:

Wow...that is slooowwww! I will check mine, but 15 seconds sounds about right to me.

You should plug into 240 while extending, and cut that time in half. [emoticon]

Jerry

never timed it but my guess is i get all 3 slides in and out in <30-seconds.


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One of our slides extends out 4 feet, the other extends 2 feet. Naturally the 4 feet takes longer than the 2 feet.

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Our ( 4 ) Hydraulic slides all work off the same switch.. The slide with the least restrictions comes in first.. While that one is moving the other 3 move ever so slightly and so on... Once there is 1 left, it is FAST!


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My 07 Cherokee super slide only took about 15 seconds.
Now out new MH with the hydraulic slides only takes about 5 seconds! Very fast.

But either way the argument for RV’s with slides that have to be partially extended is ridiculous. In the 12 years we had our Cherokee with the slide that blocked he bathroom I never found it inconvenient. Just put the slide out far enough to open the bathroom door and all was good.


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The most important point is to check inside and outside rig access with the slides in out BEFORE buying.

My outside storage contents are arranged considering ease of access with the slides out.

And a rig with no control of individual slides would be a deal breaker for me as in park in front of a friends house and have the street slides out??? Or all slides in and can't access critical areas?


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Our previous trailer were completely accessible while the slide was in and it was great. In our current trailer you can't access the bathroom or bedroom with the slide out in. At first I wasn't sure if I liked that but I'm glad it didn't prevent me from buying the trailer. Takes 10 seconds to put it out far enough to get buy and into the rest of the trailer. Not a big deal.


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CA Traveler wrote:

And a rig with no control of individual slides would be a deal breaker for me...

And that right there is why no topic on this forum can ever be reasonably debated (no offense CA Traveler). Every RV shopper/owner has a few things that matter to them which may mean absolutely nothing to the next person. I've never had a rig with more than one slide anyway LOL.

For example, there's a chance that you might read a raging thread on here where people talk about how you should know all the weights of your rig to make sure you're towing safely...but those of us with more than enough truck don't care about weights. I've had people on here in the past tell me that I should check my weights...a 10,000 lb 5er pulled by a 3500 Cummins DRW (previous arrangement). The exact weights of any part of that rig were of no concern to me because I usually haul around a 24K backhoe/trailer combo with the same truck...
(rant over)

It takes me less than 15 seconds to extend my single electric slide.


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