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Old 12-05-2014, 05:54 PM   #1
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Advantages or disadvantages of an AS slide out

Recently the question of a slide out model came up in my search for a larger AS than my 25'. Although I have owned several ASs I know nothing about the Slide out models. Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-05-2014, 05:56 PM   #2
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I had 2 34's in a row, both had slides, both had frame failures!
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Old 12-05-2014, 06:09 PM   #3
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Old Chinese proverb......What slides out, may not slide back in (ever try to get a tent back in the bag ?). Who are you going to call on a Sunday, as you prepare to head home and the person that has booked your site is waiting to get in?

It's one of the reasons I have a classic motorhome.

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Ron,
We have an '02 30' classic w / slide. We love it! It only moves the dinette out by about 20" but that is enough to open the front area and make it comfy for extended periods. We have had no troubles with ours. I tow with a 2010 F150 and 5.4 w 6 spd tranny.

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http://www.airforums.com/forums/f483...ut-127941.html

Is this your question from a couple of weeks ago?
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Old 12-05-2014, 07:33 PM   #6
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I did not know that the Admiral posed that question on the forum. Sorry for the redundancy.

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Old 12-06-2014, 11:47 AM   #7
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Virtually everyone I know who has either the Airstream or other brand has had either leakage, dust infiltration, or operation issues. If you're willing to put up with that for 20" of questionable space, go for it.
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I had 2 34's in a row, both had slides, both had frame failures!

curious...where were the frame failures?
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Both developed cracks on the street side, right behind the a frame as it hits the frame rails.
I have seen others where the frame cracked behind the curbside axle mounting plate.
All on 34s
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Old 12-06-2014, 12:21 PM   #10
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I've talked to numerous "sliders" and none of them have expressed any problems at all. We personally have never had any leaks or dust and the slide has always worked perfectly. I guess it's possible that the 34' slide is just long enough to cause a frame issue, but not for my 2002 30'. We really love the extra width with the slide out and doubt we will ever go to a non-slide. Our slider always gets a crowd at any of the rallies. About the only complaint we had was the carpet in the kitchen and living room, which is being changed out to oak flooring this winter at the mother ship along with changing the couch to 2 recliners. I will pick it up this spring and send a few pictures.
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Old 12-06-2014, 12:30 PM   #11
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At one time we considered purchasing a used 2005 30' Classic slide. We sure liked the extra room and it was priced right, but we ultimately decided not to pursue it for three reasons: extra weight; challenges in using the slide in less than level setup situations; and feedback we received regarding reliability issues.
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Old 12-06-2014, 12:55 PM   #12
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If you read any of the RV magazines, the "Action Line" sections often highlight problems with slide outs. It seems that they slump, get out of alignment, leak and stick in place. A couple years ago, during a tour of the Airstream factory in Jackson Center, Ohio, the guide was asked about the AS units with slide outs and he said, "We tried them for a short time but, as you see, we no longer make them." I have noticed that if you put some time into preventative equipment, supplies and maintenance they have less problems. There is an entire aftermarket of covers, lubrications, supports, etc. for slide outs. Since you are looking for something larger than 30' I assume that access to remote campgrounds is not an issue. Using slide outs in the confined space of backcountry areas is sometimes discouraged or not possible.
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Before purchasing the FaN, looked at a really nice used fifth wheel with a slide-out. The slide-out was out when the salesman showed it to me. Yes, the interior roominess was impressive.

However, a few days later they moved the trailer and the slide was not out. When I took a closer look, noticed the slide was not flush with the side of the trailer. It was sticking out a good two inches. That turned me off all slides - although, I am glad to hear many AS slide owners are not experiencing issues.
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We have a 2003 Safari 28SO (slide out). We so far have had no issues. We don't run the slide out when traveling. Every thing is accessible with the slide in.
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