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Old 08-25-2015, 09:42 PM   #1
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Use slide out when not out?

Our new 23IKSS has a slide out on each side. Kitchen on one side, dinette/sofa on the other. People talk about staying a night at a Walmart but that you shouldn't extend your slide outs or put your bed ends down. So can you use the dinette or sofa bed even though the slide it "in"?
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Old 08-25-2015, 09:48 PM   #2
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Sure can, it won't hurt anything
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Old 08-25-2015, 10:30 PM   #3
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Not sure you will have much room to walk around with the slides in.


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Old 08-25-2015, 10:40 PM   #4
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If at a Walmart I would leave them "in" just in case a tired trucker decides to park next to you, or worse, another tired camper, and takes out the slide FOR you...Capiche? Unless
nobody can't maneuver near it, wouldn't take the chance. You are not losing "that" much room are you?? ;}
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Park next to a curb way away from everything slides on the curb side and your safe.
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Old 08-25-2015, 11:08 PM   #6
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^^ This is how we do it too. I will find a median or grassy area in the parking lot where I can pull up to it on the driver's side. When overnighting in a parking lot, you will need to deploy one slide on your 23IKSS so you can get back to the bathroom. My preference is to deploy the dinette slide. By doing that, we have more room for the sofa bed and kitchen table bed. I've also deployed the front bunk on occasion since we can fold it down while still hitched up to the Expedition.
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Old 08-26-2015, 06:08 AM   #7
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^^ This is how we do it too. I will find a median or grassy area in the parking lot where I can pull up to it on the driver's side. When overnighting in a parking lot, you will need to deploy one slide on your 23IKSS so you can get back to the bathroom. My preference is to deploy the dinette slide. By doing that, we have more room for the sofa bed and kitchen table bed. I've also deployed the front bunk on occasion since we can fold it down while still hitched up to the Expedition.
OK. We can certainly do that. I just thought that it Walmart strongly discouraged putting slides out or deploying beds as it gave the appearance that you were planning to stay put for a while. If it is more a matter of not "being in the way" or getting hit by someone I can work around that.
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I believe if you use common sense when picking where to setup you will be ok. Asking the manager for permission always seems to be appreciated and they will often tell you where they prefer you park. I've read that using your stabilizers (especially the levelers on big RVs) can damage the pavement so that is frowned upon for sure. When we overnight in a parking lot we are usually pulling in after 11pm and are back on the road by 8am so it is a short visit.

One last thing to mention. Although some corporations like Walmart, Cracker Barrel, Gander Mountain, etc. allow overnight parking, there may be local town ordinances that will trump any corporate policies. I have found this website very helpful for finding places to park for a few hours of sleep:

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Our dealer told us to not use the slideout when it was in during our PDI. I asked here and the general consensus was to not step on the edge of the SO when it was retracted.
No weight when SO is in closed position?
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Our dealer told us to not use the slideout when it was in during our PDI. I asked here and the general consensus was to not step on the edge of the SO when it was retracted.
No weight when SO is in closed position?
Good thread. Thanks, Karrun! It all makes sense. Stepping on the SS when it is in if you don't step on the edge is probably better than my wife climbing over the island - which is what she did - 4 times.
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