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Old 08-26-2018
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Default Jury Still Out-

Needing alittle help on the positive and negatives of a slide-
Family travels in a 73 silver eagle (non slide) coach now-
I have a 13 year old kid that barrel races about 20 weekends a year (yes she thinks money grows on trees)-
We travel in a horse trailer with a slide out when we race the 4 legged kids-

MY Plan:Sell the Silver Eagle and horse trailer , buy a XLI (non slide) and pull a horse trailer-

Wife Plan: Buy a 450 with SLIDES-(Thinks like the Kid sometimes)

Thanks for a great group -

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Either way you wind up going welcome to the WOG. We're glad your here. Call Randy Dupree for whatever coach you decide you need. He has the listings and leads.
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I understand your dilemma; my wife's passion is horses, too, and we take hers to Florida each winter. I know, that's nuts.

After several discussions with those who have used slides and no slides, the general conclusion was the following:

If your plans are to stay in one place most of the time, a slide is wonderful. If your plans are to travel a lot, a slide is a liability. You need to know that with a slide you accept (1) less storage space, (2) more weight, (3) added leak potential, (4) more maintenance, sometimes expensive. But, on the other side, a slide provides a much bigger area than one would expect for the 2' or so it extends, and that makes for much more pleasant living and entertaining if that is what you are doing.

However, Blue Bird, unlike so many other manufacturers, designed it so that you don't need to run the slide out to live comfortably in it, so you can have a slide, but only use it when you are staying a while. Many, when travelling, don't bother to run the slide out.

I suppose that just muddied the waters.
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buy that 450 in texas
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I understand your dilemma; my wife's passion is horses, too, and we take hers to Florida each winter. I know, that's nuts.

After several discussions with those who have used slides and no slides, the general conclusion was the following:

If your plans are to stay in one place most of the time, a slide is wonderful. If your plans are to travel a lot, a slide is a liability. You need to know that with a slide you accept (1) less storage space, (2) more weight, (3) added leak potential, (4) more maintenance, sometimes expensive. But, on the other side, a slide provides a much bigger area than one would expect for the 2' or so it extends, and that makes for much more pleasant living and entertaining if that is what you are doing.

However, Blue Bird, unlike so many other manufacturers, designed it so that you don't need to run the slide out to live comfortably in it, so you can have a slide, but only use it when you are staying a while. Many, when travelling, don't bother to run the slide out.

I suppose that just muddied the waters.

Ron is dead on.
But i will add this.
Last winter a wogger was at a rv park and the neighbor put his slides out and they covered his picnic talbe (sites were too small).
The camp host was called in and the new guy had to move.
And just last week i had a simuler situation.
New neighbor moved into the spot next door and with his slides out i could not get into my bays.
And,he had already moved my table so it was at the back of my coach.
I think i could watch his tv from my recliner!
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buy that 450 in texas
No! buy the 450 i have down in fl!!(big wink to Ernie!)


Matt,call me today.
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Ron made a great point above, you can use the coach with the slide in! He is exactly correct. I have a single slide LXI and it is perfectly comfortable and usable with the slide in. As a matter of fact that is how it is most times. I cannot testify for other models but is sounds like Ron has more experience than me.

Happy hunting and welcome to the club! Call Randy Dupree as an invaluable resource!
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Hate to disagree with Ron, but we bought our two-slide coach specifically to travel not sit. The M380’s slides allow for a smaller coach with extra inside room and that opens more places to stay, including National park/forest CG’s where no 43’-45’ couch would venture (we are NOT into “reach out and touch” camping!). With the slides our 38’ feels bigger but it has a much smaller and more maneuverable footprint. We do spend some nights enroute with the main slide in, though the bedroom almost always goes out - even at Wally Worlds, Cabela’s and Casinos. We both love our slides. Once you figure out their idiosyncrasies, the comfort and extra space they provide is worth the hassle. BTW all later BB models (LX, LXi, M450 and M380) were offered with at least one slide.

Why are you selling the Eagle? Presumably you have a need or want that’s not being met by it, which you think will be satisfied by either an LXi or M450. Since you’ll likely spend a chunk switching, would the results of an extensive Eagle rehab motivate you to keep it instead (assuming the savings of not changing coaches would pay for that rehab)? What are your plans for any coach 5 or 10 years out? Or do you care only about the short term and your current barrel racing travel? In 5 years the “money tree” person will likely be off to college (when you’ll need a forest not a tree). What happens then? Will you continue to travel and if so, how will that travel change? Get the bus you’ll need then now, if possible. You should attend a BB rally and look at each option during their Open House day. Lastly, all other factors being equal let the DW decide. Happy wife, happy life
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I looked specifically for an LXi without a slide. I don't like having a wall behind me when I drive. I want to able to converse with the other occupants. I also did not want to give up the extra room in the bays below. We travel more than staying in one spot so I guess it really does depend on how you use it.


My advice is to find the coach that is in the best overall condition. I'm sure you know after owning the Eagle that these older coaches all need continual upkeep and maintenance. Find one that has had that done on a regular basis.
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No! buy the 450 i have down in fl!!(big wink to Ernie!)


Matt,call me today.
HaHa- I have no dog in this hunt. I do know that this coach belonged to James and Lucille Hodges and when she passed, he sold it to this dealer
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