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Old 11-14-2014, 01:34 PM   #1
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Opinion of 30' slide out?

Hey guys,

What are you opinions of the 30' slide out that was built several years ago. Pluses and minuses please.

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Old 11-14-2014, 02:08 PM   #2
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Don't have a 31, but a 34' slide out, and we love it. The plus is of course more room, and when inside it feels rather significant. The minus is some extra weight, and more cost. There is more complexity, and the possibility of mechanical problems, and more chance for leaks, but we have not had a problem with ours.

There is a thread on here titled "sliders unite", and I'm sure will give you more info and will be easy to find with a search.
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Old 11-14-2014, 02:10 PM   #3
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Here's the thread for you to research: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...te-118408.html
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Old 11-14-2014, 02:28 PM   #4
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Hard to find a slider no matter the year. We have a 2002 and wouldn't trade it for a new one. Love the slide. The only issue is the early ones all had carpet in the living/kitchen. we are having the mother ship change the carpet out to a wood floor.
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Old 11-14-2014, 03:11 PM   #5
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IIRC, slide out trailers were built from about 2000 to 2009, and were built in 34' and 30' Classics, and there were also some 28' FC slides.
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Old 11-14-2014, 03:18 PM   #6
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Married?
Wives generally want a slide/more room.
Husbands generally enjoy the trouble free factor of no slides.
If they still made them I would have one.
My wife likes our previous sob trailer with a slide better.
I like the Airstream better.
An Airstream with a slide seems like the best compromise.
One thing I don't like about the Airstream slide floor plans is the kitchen sink is angled out into the wide open space created by the slide, but I guess that makes more counter space.
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Old 11-14-2014, 03:33 PM   #7
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They are very heavy and the trailers with it sometimes have too high a tongue weight. They sometimes leak. Do you put the slide out when you stop for lunch and a break?
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Old 11-14-2014, 04:01 PM   #8
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They are very heavy and the trailers with it sometimes have too high a tongue weight. They sometimes leak. Do you put the slide out when you stop for lunch and a break?

Not all that much heavier than a non-slider. Mine has never leaked. Yes, it only takes a few seconds to have more room.
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Old 11-14-2014, 04:08 PM   #9
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They are very heavy and the trailers with it sometimes have too high a tongue weight. They sometimes leak. Do you put the slide out when you stop for lunch and a break?
Good point(s) I have seen SOBs that were so tight inside with the slide in that it was imposible to move around. I didn't like that at all.

Friends with SOB sliders seem to have a lot of trouble with them. (Yeah, I would expect an AS to be better built.)

Bringing them in after a rain means water on the top is now inside, and has to be carefully mopped up.

No, I have not seen an AS with a slide out. However, unless I were going south for the winter, my 31' has plenty of room inside without the slider. Just sayin'
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Which is why I wanted to get away from the slide-
Been there, done that. That sob slide was constant trouble. The Airstream has been much more reliable/trouble free.
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Old 11-14-2014, 04:42 PM   #11
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We love our 30' w / slide. It gives us plenty of room for our 3 month stay in FL. DW says it doesn't have as much storage room as the 25' Excella. Of course, she's right. The slide area has no overhead cabinets that you may have in the same length non-slider AS. As usual there are trade-offs. Bottom line is we like ours!

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Old 11-14-2014, 06:14 PM   #12
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The slide was what sold me on the '07 that we have. You can use the rig w/o putting the slide out, easy access but when you do open it up its pretty special. Like already mentioned, extra system, extra weight on hitch but a darn good feature.
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Having owned two motorhomes with slides, I can say mine were 100% trouble free. But, when RV shopping it would be mandatory that I could use everything with the slides retracted.
A friend has a fifth wheel where he can't open the bathroom door with the slide retracted. There are times when that would have caused real problems if I was the owner.
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:31 AM   #14
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There is a very nice early 2000s slide out for sale at out of doors mart in Greensboro NC. I saw it a couple weeks ago. If it wasnt so heavy I probably would have gone for it
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