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Posted: 06/12/19 09:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As stated earlier, slide or no slide will depend on you, your plans and your method of camping. What you want matters the most.

We had a small trailer with a slide and I was amazed at the added space. They really open up a trailer and the big boys with 3 slides are amazing. Someone stated that they love their slides because they camp months at a time. If I were full timing I would get slides, the more the better. But, we don't camp full time and don't want to deal with the added cost, the added weight and the added potential for issues. We had issues with ours and while fixable, it wasn't fun.

We like to go down the road and stop without having to worry about putting out the slide. We also don't need the extra room to get around our kitchen island, or to extend our matching recliners so we can see our big screen tv. Don't forget the built in "fireplace" that we need to get in front of. Again, it comes down to camping style. If we had a big family that came with us in our trailer then space would be more important. Again, to each his own. Consider what you want and go that direction.

As far as resale goes, a well cared for trailer with a fair price will sell, with our without slides.


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Posted: 06/12/19 06:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For those that insist that a slide unit is less structurally sound.... You DO realize that they don't just put a hole in the side, right? The structure is beefed up for the hole.
I have had my slide TTs in places that no TT should be.... Never had a mechanical issue. The biggest maintainence issue just happened to my present TT. The AZ sun deteiorated some of the seals. It was an easy fix.



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To each their own. I am just a weekend camper. I know that my 20 foot TT is not Real Camping but, I got older and reached the point where sleeping in a tent on the ground is no longer comfortable. I don't need, or want a slide. The TT is for sleeping, a decent bathroom, a fridge, and a sink. On occasion I even use the stove and furnace. I don't want anything so fancy as to have a slide. I'm camping, that means being outside doing things. Not setting around inside the camper.

The reason I keep my 1993 TT around is for it's simplicity. It's getting kinda shot but, I can't find a newer one that fits my need so well. (In my price range)

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Truthfully. A slide can just be in the way. IF the slide keeps you from fully using the TT with the slide in. That is a deal breaker. Some places you can't get it out because of trees. And if you can't use it with the slide in. You can't camp there. My TT has a slide. But the TT is fully usable with the slide in.
If I had to choose between having a slide, and not be able to fully use the Tt with it in, or not have a slide. Then I would not have a slide. Not worth the hassle.


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Our last TT was a 2007 Forest River Rockwood, Model 2502. We ordered/received it in October 2006. Only just now giving it to our niece.

The reason we didn't want a slide at the time was the weight limitation on the 2005 Nissan Xterra. It was limited to 5000 lbs. The trailer was a tad under 4000, with all the factory ordered options. The SUV had no problems towing it. Finally traded the SUV at 90K miles for an F150, so we could take more gear.

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The downside of not having a slide really didn't bother us until we brought guests. When the couch is folded into a bed, the pathway to the bathroom almost disappears.

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Nothing like doing the "crab shuffle" down the hallway in the middle of the night. We made it work, but we typically don't take guests. If we did, a slide would be a must have for us if we go back to having a TT.


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It's amazing to read some of these comments. Good and bad. Here's how simple it is for us: It's only my wife and I and we are in our mid 40's. We started in 2010 with a 14 foot trailer with no slides and the dinette folded down to make the bed. A couple of years later we moved up to a 19 foot trailer with no slides but it had rear bunks. We occasionally had a niece and nephew who would go with us. In 2015 we moved up to a 28 foot trailer with an island sink and opposing slides. One slide contains the fridge and microwave, the other is the dinette and couch. When it is opened up, it has SPACE - WE LOVE IT. No more turning to walk past each other. We use our trailer for traveling, like a mobile condo or cabin. We have all the comforts of home and can pull that traveling home to the mountains, the lake, the beach and anywhere in between. We will never have another trailer without slides. We want to be comfortable when we travel. There are more advantages to having slides than disadvantages, in my opinion.

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No matter what the non slide proponents say.... They are in the minority. And it is getting more so every day. The market is going in that direction... You like your non slide TT for whatever reason... Great. Just don't act like it will resell as easy and for as much money as a slide TT... That just isn't reality.

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Huntindog wrote:

No matter what the non slide proponents say.... They are in the minority. And it is getting more so every day. The market is going in that direction... You like your non slide TT for whatever reason... Great. Just don't act like it will resell as easy and for as much money as a slide TT... That just isn't reality.


Thanks for schooling “US” on “reality and” our terrible decision to purchase non slide TT’s and also our challenges with resale values, appreciate it! My real question is, how do I make my print a dramatic blue?


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Huntindog wrote:

No matter what the non slide proponents say.... They are in the minority. And it is getting more so every day. The market is going in that direction... You like your non slide TT for whatever reason... Great. Just don't act like it will resell as easy and for as much money as a slide TT... That just isn't reality.


Pretty sure my non slide TT in 20 years will hold its value better and be worth much more than most TT's and 5'vrs with slides assuming most will even make it that long. Since you brought up resale and all.......

* This post was edited 06/13/19 07:04pm by NWnative *


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And then there is this timely post.....

http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/29909842.cfm

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