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Old 08-23-2013
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Default slides?

what are your opinion of slides on wanderlodges?
a couple of years back, I was looking at SOB motorhomes and found that they all come with them.

I also looked at a SOB prevost conversion without them.


my only concern are mechanical issues and seal lifetime...

it never hurts to ask, right?
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I have had several birds,but only one with a slide.
We kept it 3 years,and we really were not excited about the slide.
Its just the 2 of us and we only put the slide out when we were staying for 4 days or more.
So,we moved back a year to get a non-slide coach.
Lots of nights we camp at walmart,rest areas etc,and you really should not deploy a slide in those parking areas.

Of course,we traveled with other birders that put their slide out for lunch!
Its all a matter of choice.
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I really like my slide, but keep in mind that you cannot compare a BB slide with an SOB slide. It is just like the coaches themselves, there is no comparison in the quality.
I noticed someone had recently posted on another thread about how all SOB slides leak. That may be the case but if you ever looked at the differences in BB slides you would know that is not the case with these slides.
Do they add a layer of complexity to an already complex coach? of course they do, but IMO they are well worth it.
Most of the earlier slide coaches are getting to the point where they will need seals if they have not done so already, but mine is 13 years old and it is still fine.
Not bad life for a rubber seal if you ask me.
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i wish i can trade for a slide bus

my boss wants the room as her dad has 5 in is 5th wheel

but ================

more trouble but we are full timing so if mamma is happy so am i~!

kinda looking

in he Elpaso
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Old 08-23-2013
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Slides are like NYC real estate, except they do not appreciate.

The average 40' coach is 320 square feet. Add a couple slides that are 15x2 and you get 380 square feet for and additional 60K or so. If $1000 a square foot plus maintenance meets your expectations, by all means, step to the table.

Me. I will pass. The great outdoors is vast.
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If your use of the coach is to travel to a destination , where you will be out side exploring most of the day , only using the coach for sleep and eating , why would you need a slide ?

But, if you will be in your coach for extended periods of time other than sleeping , then the more slides the better IMHO.
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My progression has been
1-slide SOB
2-slide SOB
no-slide Bird
2-slide Bird

The move from 2 slides to none was heavily influenced by the leak issues with the SOB. Never could stop them, even with multiple factory "adjustments." My conclusion was that I liked the space from slides when they are out, but disliked everything else about slides. Failure points, leaks, less room when they are in, increased weight, decreased structural strength.

However after 6 years of no-slides my wife declared that she was tired of stepping over the dog, and around me when I was working at my desk, etc.

So, back to slides. No particular concerns about leaks, and the way Blue Bird overbuilt things the structural problems are minimal, but all of the other concerns remain. I will survive!
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However after 6 years of no-slides my wife declared that she was tired of stepping over the dog, and around me when I was working at my desk, etc.
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So Dad are you're saying that over the last six years you and the dawg have gained a little girth?
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Not so much the dog...
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I looked long and hard for a late model Bird with no slide. The main reason is the complication and cost of the elaborate air seal systems used on Birds, Prevosts and the like. If you don't mind adding the estimated $1000 per year per slide for budget increase in slide seal replacement, you're probably looking for a slide. I truly get why people like them though, they add a lot of space. But in the end, it's mostly hallway and I'd sooner spend that $1000/year on a piece of fitness equipment that allows me to not need extra hallway.

Another reason is simply the concept of cutting a giant hole in a structure, adding huge weight and mechanics, and requiring constant power to keep the seal inflated. I believe the SOB style flange seals make a lot more sense, but BB wanted to look "pretty" like the Prevosts and MCIs.

Finally, the first law of all things mechanical, if it can break - it will....and at the most inopportune time. Simplicity is a great peace of mind.

Yet, I can't help but be awed when I walk in these modern multi-slide units. They are like a small house space wise.
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