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Old 08-28-2016, 07:18 PM   #1
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Slide-out questions

Jo Ann has expressed interest in getting an Airstream with a slide. We're still looking at 34' coaches, and some of them have slides.

1. How large is the slide? It looks like they are about 6-7' long and maybe 18-24" deep on the pictures, but what are the real numbers?

2. It looks like solid-side coaches are 9800 pounds gross, and slide-out coaches are 10,500. I know that a SO is heavy, so is there a net loss of CCC on a SO coach, or does the increased GW account for the weight of the slide?

3. I know that slides are the #1 problem for most coaches, but haven't seen much about them on the forum. Are Airstream's slides that much better than others?

4. What else should we know before deciding on slide vs no slide?
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Old 08-28-2016, 07:28 PM   #2
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Water leaks are the #1 problems for most RVs. Slides that cause water leaks are probably a close 2nd. That said, I would get a slide if buying new today.
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Old 08-29-2016, 11:40 AM   #3
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There may not be a simple answer to your NCC question. I looked at the specs in the back of my manual. It seems that the answer, at least for my 2002 vintage trailer is that the slideout gains approximately 300# of cargo capacity in the dinette version and loses about the same in the lounge version. The Classic 34 without the slide has 1730# NCC; the lounge version has 1390 and the dinette version has 2080. You can investigate particular trailers with the specs in the back of the manuals on the Airstream site.

Another thing to watch is the tongue weight. The lounge version is 1250# and the dinette version is 1050.

We love our 30 slideout! We went from a 2001 Safari 25 to a 2002 Classic 30 slide. The additional room is only about 15 square feet, but it adds 2 feet to the width in a busy area and allows for an angled galley counter with more room.

Carefully inspect the wiper seal on the body that wipes the slide as it comes in and out. Mine was coming loose. The dealer "repaired" it but after a couple of ins and outs it was loose again. I reattached it with Gorilla Glue cyanoacrylate (super glue) and it hasn't budged.

Also check the gap between the slide and body to ensure that it is uniform all the way around. If not, have it adjusted before driving very far. Mine was not right and either before I bought it and didn't notice, or while I was towing it home the vibration cracked the skin of the slide at the fold on the top front corner. I adjusted mine myself after I got home, thanks to a thread on here. Search for "ready to tackle a slide adjustment" or something like that. Read and heed the warning about deploying the front stabilizers before moving the slide.

Folks have listed concerns about the mechanism, but when I opened up the cavity to check it out I was impressed. It seems very heavy duty and well done.

Good luck in your search.

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As an alternative, there's a nice Avion 34XB for sale in Atlanta. No slide, but rear bedroom. Can't see anything wrong.

These are big. Taller than the V and W 34's. Tons of storage. Twin AC and furnaces. Spray foam insulation and torsion axle.

A lot to admire.
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