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Old 03-15-2015, 10:40 PM   #1
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Opinions please, 2300/2290S - to slide or not to slide

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DW and I are retiring and plan to visit friends, relatives and some national parks in the U.S. before shipping our coach to Europe for an extended multi-country tour. I like the simplicity and structural integrity of the 2300, but I'm wondering if the extra space provided by the single slide 2290S is worth considering. BTW, when I searched the forums for phrases such as "slide problem" or "slide trouble", I'm presented with a litany of woes that include broken cables, fried motors, hydraulic trouble or alignment problems. Not something that I'd want to encounter in some small village in Europe

Also, I think I'd like to order the coach without a dinette so that I could replace it with a couple of aftermarket recliners. I know there are several threads about FR's new recliner options (not available in the 2300), as well as some retrofitted theater type seats, but I'm interested in comfortable stand alone recliners. Any suggestions?

And for those who are wondering why we don't consider buying an RV in Europe, we can't. Well, we could buy it, but we can't *register* it. You have to have a permanent EU address to register a vehicle.

Thanks in advance,

Mark...
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Old 03-16-2015, 07:39 AM   #2
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We are two years in a 2300, it is just the DW and I. I was not willing to trade the additional floor space for the integrity of the box, but by the looks of the sales data most would. We have the curvy dinnete and would have got a couch instead if it was available. The primary shortage (pun) of the coach for us would be the lack of a walk around bed, but still not significant enough to us to warrent a moving wall.

I know I am different from the pack, I went with the chevy 4500 chassis and like the carry capacity. I wonder where you can get a ford aligned in Dusseldorf?

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Old 03-16-2015, 09:02 AM   #3
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When we bought our 2450 in 2013 it was basically a 2300 with a slide. I could not imagine buying a 2300 now. It was the top of our list until we saw the 2450S. We also have the Chevy 4500. No issues in two years with the slide. It opens up the area dramatically and you do not feel cramped in the center. They do not have the 2450 anymore. Not sure of the floor plan of the new model.


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Old 03-16-2015, 10:35 AM   #4
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If the reason why you don't want a slide is because of a potential failure in the future... Well there's always going to be SOMETHING that 'might' breakdown. These are (cheap) houses on wheels rolling down cobblestone streets ( in some places). Things are going to break and wear down. The horror story is not the equipment failures, it's the lack of having a plan for a failure.

BTW, We have a 2011 3170DS with both types of slide mechanisms. Not a single slide issue, yet.
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Old 03-16-2015, 11:31 AM   #5
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As I mentioned, I am different from the pack. Congrats on no failures, with no failures probably being the norm. Just not my cup of tea...
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Old 03-16-2015, 12:33 PM   #6
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I agree with the original poster that you need to consider the chance of failure AND the problems that said failure causes. Getting a slide repaired in Europe could be a big problem. However, if it fails extended, you can almost certainly get it back in, even if you have to remove the dinette to partially dismantle the drive and enlist some locals to help push it in. If it fails in, just leave it there. Either way, finish your trip with it closed. It will still be usable, just not as roomy.
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Old 03-16-2015, 12:43 PM   #7
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Can't some slides be cranked in with a special tool for that
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Old 03-16-2015, 12:45 PM   #8
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Since you are going to Europe with the RV I would avoid getting a slide just because of the fact that if you have a problem it may be hard to find some one to fix it (at a reasonable cost). And if parts are needed it will take a quite a while to get them. Caravans are smaller in Europe and camp sites may be a little more space limited also.
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We are two years in a 2300, it is just the DW and I. I was not willing to trade the additional floor space for the integrity of the box, but by the looks of the sales data most would. We have the curvy dinnete and would have got a couch instead if it was available. The primary shortage (pun) of the coach for us would be the lack of a walk around bed, but still not significant enough to us to warrent a moving wall.

I know I am different from the pack, I went with the chevy 4500 chassis and like the carry capacity. I wonder where you can get a ford aligned in Dusseldorf?

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Hoglou, have you had any troubles in the two years camping with your 2300? BTW, I'm going with the 2300C, the Chevy version. Also, I'm curious if you've taken any long trips in your rig ( > a month or so) since I'll effectively be full timing for a few years. Thanks.

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When we bought our 2450 in 2013 it was basically a 2300 with a slide. I could not imagine buying a 2300 now. It was the top of our list until we saw the 2450S. We also have the Chevy 4500. No issues in two years with the slide. It opens up the area dramatically and you do not feel cramped in the center. They do not have the 2450 anymore. Not sure of the floor plan of the new model.


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Hi Markangie24,

The new version of the Chevy 2300 with a slide is the 2290S - you can see it on the Sunseeker floor plan page on the FR web site. Also, as I mentioned in my original post, I'm thinking of replacing the dinette with a couple of recliners - where do you guys sit in the evening? Is the dinette comfortable enough to read or watch TV? Thanks.

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