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Old 07-01-2015, 11:39 AM   #1
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Slide Good or bad idea

Current Coachmen has no slide. Am looking at new RV and may have a side slide (driver side with dinette).
Am concerned about reliability. Seems to be LOTS of problems of not working and or leaks.
Any ideas on how to minimize problems or avoid them? Maybe only way to avoid problems is to not have a slide in the first place. Problem there is selection options are few.

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Old 07-01-2015, 11:48 AM   #2
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Here you go, just asked and many answered:

Help us feel better about slides

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Old 07-01-2015, 11:52 AM   #3
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I can only tell you that with the lite we have had no issues with the slide working or leaking.

And get the slide toppers that big slide is a pain to clean off with a towel an rope.
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Old 07-01-2015, 01:32 PM   #5
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We've had 3 campers with slides, total of 6 slides. I can say with confidence that we've run them in/out several hundred times over the years. I've had two malfunctions; one was a sheared bolt between the slide's motor and gearbox. The other was due to a cable on a wardrobe slide disconnecting. Considering the added living space, I'll continue to own campers with slides There's always a manual method to run them in or out in the unlikely event of a breakdown.
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Old 07-01-2015, 01:38 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by frozen View Post
There's almost always a manual method to run them in or out in the unlikely event of a breakdown.
Sadly, the Schwintek slides by Lippert don't have one other than "push like a mofo".
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Old 07-01-2015, 02:27 PM   #7
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Wouldn't have a RV without slideouts.
Those that have issues, are the vast minority.
Ours has worked perfectly since we bought the trailer nearly 9 years ago.
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Old 07-01-2015, 02:33 PM   #8
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Like any thing else a little PM goes a long way. I have had slides in my last four campers and love em. No issues. Later RJD
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Wouldn't have one without a slide.
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Old 07-01-2015, 03:39 PM   #10
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Our 2006 Hurricane didn't have any slides, but I think you'll have a very hard time finding anything new or even recent that doesn't have at least one slide in it. Some have problems, some don't - like everything else out there. Now that we have slides, we can't believe how much more room they give. One word of advice that I got from a friend and it works for us. Look for RV's with the large slide on the driver's side, not the passenger side. Our full length slide is on the driver's side with a much smaller bed width slide on the passenger side. Reason being that if the main slide is on the passenger side, it's going to eat up a great deal of your campsite when you get set up. Also tends to cause problems with awnings unless the awning is mounted on the slide itself. Just something to think about.

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