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Posted: 08/14/22 10:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

audiocam wrote:

We're looking at buying a new or slightly used TT. Is there any issues with RV's slides on both sides?

My wife thinks they may limit us because some parks may have restrictions on slides on both sides.

Do multiple slide owners have any insights?

Cheers, Scott


We have an outback with slides on both sides. There have been a few sites where we needed to be careful on placement to get both slides open but never a spot where we couldn't. Now that said our trailer is 35ft long so there are campgrounds we can't get into, older FS etc and many of those would have been an issue with opposing slides.

I have never been to a park that had restrictions on opposing slides.


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I have a Bounder 34T with opposing slides in the front and bed slide on the right side. Never have we been to park that we couldn't open them all, real close due to trees but knowing how much they extend before setup helps.

When the DD used to live at one place we could put out the two on the right and have room to function very well as couple of her kids would come sleep in the motorhome. When stopping for a quick lunch if I could park where slide on one side could open it was great. If not we could make do. Last two times we were at Wildlife Safari with the four grands we stopped near the elephant enclosure, opened one slide and had a nice lunch.

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As others have said, it's generally not a problem with slides on both sides; very few sites (if any) are that narrow to cause an issue. However, keep in mind that a passenger-side slide intrudes into your camping area.


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4x4van wrote:

As others have said, it's generally not a problem with slides on both sides; very few sites (if any) are that narrow to cause an issue. However, keep in mind that a passenger-side slide intrudes into your camping area.


True and depending on how the awning is mounted, may make the awning virtually useless.
- Many mount it to the main RV box, so it's mostly shading the slide out and eats up shaded space outside.
- Other designs mount it to the slide, so the slide doesn't eat up your shade.


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Last two rigs I've owned have had slide outs on both sides. Never has been a problem in terms of fitting in campsites, although you do have to keep in mind where your slides are when backing (or pulling) in, and where various things are on your site (like trees) that could get in the way.

Only concern I'd have with opposing slides would be 2 things:

1. Try and find out how tight it is inside the trailer when all slide on both sides are in. Can you still walk through it? Would that be a problem for you if could not? I guess with a towed RV that may not be an issue as much as it would be with a motorized, but is still something to consider.

2. For slideouts on the curb side (and this is a big one for me), how much will the slideouts cut in on your 'camping' space under the awning? For me personally, I don't want any RV where the slideout on the curb side cuts into your space under the awning. We tend to spend a lot of time outside when camping, and I like having as much shaded under awning space as I can get. I don't want a slideout cutting into that space, but thats just me.


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our 5 slides RV has never had an issue getting into the sites that we booked .... I LOVE the extra room inside, and the slides on the curb side really do not get in the way as I place my mat in front of the 1st one since that is where my awning is....

BUT, we do NOT boondock, or stay at Walmart

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our 5 slides RV has never had an issue getting into the sites that we booked .... I LOVE the extra room inside, and the slides on the curb side really do not get in the way as I place my mat in front of the 1st one since that is where my awning is....

BUT, we do NOT boondock, or stay at Walmart

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see and thats what I was talking about. the back half of the camp site is cut off, this may or may not be an issue depending on how you camp. if you go to big resorts and spend a lot of time indoors with ac running then no issues, if you are in forested sites you are at the mercy of the shape of the campground and slides on that side are taking away about a 3rd of your site, or more depending on the shape.


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It does NOT cut off the back 3rd... That is just not under the awning.. we set up camp and have never not been able to use that " ground" near the rear slides...

Just like anything else, IF you wanna find an issue with something, you probably will.... If you wanna adapt to something, you probably will . .

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ford truck guy wrote:

...Just like anything else, IF you wanna find an issue with something, you probably will.... If you wanna adapt to something, you probably will . .


...And that right there sums up probably 90% of the discussions/debates that come up on here. [emoticon]

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ford truck guy wrote:

our 5 slides RV has never had an issue getting into the sites that we booked .... I LOVE the extra room inside, and the slides on the curb side really do not get in the way as I place my mat in front of the 1st one since that is where my awning is....

BUT, we do NOT boondock, or stay at Walmart

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If you are in a 40+ ft rig, it's not going to be an issue because your length would prohibit you from getting into sites that might have width limitations.

Drop down below 30ft and go state/national/older wooded parks and it is occasionally an issue. Not often but it does happen.

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