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Copperhead

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Posted: 02/07/18 09:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Checked out a couple of videos on the 2500RL and it seems bedroom access not there when slide retracted. Looks like problem opening fridge due to kitchen counter when slide retracted. Agree on bath

Oops! My bad. Was looking at another model.

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SoundGuy wrote:

Lantley wrote:

The slide is not intended to be used when it is in. Yes there maybe times that force you to use slide while it is retracted. In those cases use slide gingerly as the floor is typically unsupported.
Pretending slide is fully functional whether it is in or out is foolish.
The manufacturer is not going to approve using the slide while it is retracted because it was not designed to be used that way.


As has been asked of others making this same claim where's the documentation to support your argument that a "slide is not intended to be used when it is in"? [emoticon] I use mine all the time and have for 5 seasons now, no issues at all. [emoticon] And as mentioned much earlier in this thread, there's NO caution of any kind in the owner's manual about doing so. [emoticon]

I'm not sure my manual says beware of stove "fire is hot".
But I know better than to stick my fingers in the fire.
Like wise if my flush floor slide is suspended in the air, I know better than to step on it. I don't need to let the manual supersede my common sense.
Beware coffee is hot. I already know the risk, I don't need McDonald's to tell me.


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Have you seen the Jayco 22RB? I think it's a new model this year, I saw one at a local RV show and really liked it. The only real drawback for me was lack of counter space but then again I do most of my cooking outside.

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We just picked up a 2018 White Hawk 28RL. Although the slide blocks access to the bedroom, this unit has two doors, one of which is for the bedroom.


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DutchmenSport wrote:

In this case, SoundGuy, it sounds like the OP's travel partner and himself are at odds, or having a disagreement in mind-sets regarding the issue of slide or no slide for their next camper. Correct me if I'm wrong, but sounds like they travel together (with one camper), so they have to reconcile their individual concerns.

I just presented both sides of the coin above. Like any "couple" that live together, they have to have an agreement. Either one has to realize slides are not all that threatening after all, or there has to be acceptance on both sides for a non-slide (longer trailer). I was just trying to give the OP some positive ammunition.


I am the female OP. LOL. My MALE travel partner and I may be getting married in a few years but we have logistical and family considerations to work out in the meantime.

He likes a slide for the space. We will be doing more extended travelling in the future since I am retiring in April. I agree that a slide certainly gives a lot of comfortable living space. I am the more technical/geeky of the 2 of us, and am more concerned about examining the details, pros and cons of the issue.

I do want the trailer to be usable with slide in, for quick stops. I've read a lot of reassuring information in this thread about the reliability of slides and the ability to manually move them if necessary. And like everything else RV, it seems that maintenance is the key.

We need to look at some trailers in person and see the pros/cons of the layouts. I am liking the Lance 2295 (although I would rather have storage space than the "fireplace") but it's difficult to visualize the interior from pictures. We just need to go look.

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GWolfe wrote:

Have you seen the Jayco 22RB? I think it's a new model this year, I saw one at a local RV show and really liked it. The only real drawback for me was lack of counter space but then again I do most of my cooking outside.

Jayco Jay Feather 22RB


I only do simple meals while travelling, and inside. But that is a TINY amount of counter space.

I also like the larger tank capacities of the Lance. Jayco is skimpy with their tanks.

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coolmom42 wrote:

We need to look at some trailers in person and see the pros/cons of the layouts. I am liking the Lance 2295 (although I would rather have storage space than the "fireplace") but it's difficult to visualize the interior from pictures. We just need to go look.


When you do go to look at slide models consider whether you prefer those flush to the floor or those like in the Lance that are elevated above the floor. Personally I intensely dislike the latter 'cause when sitting at the dinette I feel like a mannequin on display. Personal preference.

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we need to move the slide out 8 inches to get to the fridge and bathroom, none to get to the bed, it's really not a problem to push a button for 10 seconds, unless you are having one of those major bathroom atacks.......then 10 seconds can mean a fresh pair of paints.



our list of must haves was so long we had to move slideout access farther down toward the bottom, when we found all the things we wanted on the list except that we decided it was as good as we're going to get.

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Posted: 02/08/18 04:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

coolmom42 wrote:


I also like the larger tank capacities of the Lance. Jayco is skimpy with their tanks.
The Lance is a nice TT for sure - bu it doesn't have ducted AC - in case that matters to you.


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2012Coleman wrote:

The Lance is a nice TT for sure - bu it doesn't have ducted AC - in case that matters to you.


It should ... as one who has owned both trailers with ducted A/C and direct blow my own observation is that ducted doesn't seem to be as loud as a direct blow, though the question would be whether the larger trailer size in which one would more commonly find ducted A/C has something to do with this. Certainly the ducted system in our previous 24' K-Z Spree (Coleman Mach 3+) wasn't anywhere near as bothersome as the direct blow jet engine (Dometic Brisk II) we now have in our current 19' Coachmen Freedom Express. When it is running the noise is horrendous so we only run it when interior temps & humidity are intolerable, which here in S Ontario is thankfully not all that often. With the OP living where it can be consistently much hotter than here in Ontario during the summer I think I'd be looking for ducted A/C, which can be tricky finding in a shorter length trailer.


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