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Peggyy

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Re: What older motor homes are the best?
« Reply #30 on: June 22, 2017, 12:27:23 PM »
I heard that slides leak and/or bring water into the camper.  Is this true?
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kdbgoat

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Re: What older motor homes are the best?
« Reply #31 on: June 22, 2017, 01:01:14 PM »
Yes, when they aren't properly maintained. The same for any other penetration into the RV, whether in the roof or sidewall.
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Mile High

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Re: What older motor homes are the best?
« Reply #32 on: June 23, 2017, 09:13:46 AM »
I heard that slides leak and/or bring water into the camper.  Is this true?
I've heard roofs leak too, skylights, vents, antenna's, etc.   I wouldn't call it a maintenance issue on the slides or the roof as the rule, rather more the exception.  Almost all the issues I have heard were from brand new units that have factory design or assembly issues. 

With that, you only hear of the failures, not the successes.  We have had 4 rigs with slides and never had a leak from a slide or a roof.  2 slides, 4 slides, full wall slides, toppers, no toppers, etc.  We have even owned some of the same models that others have had trouble with.   In general, slides are a great feature for those that like the expansive space and chance are good you won't have trouble with them.  If you do, get on the issue quick with the manufacturer.
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slcinwa

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Re: What older motor homes are the best?
« Reply #33 on: July 30, 2017, 09:48:02 AM »
And what do you think about slides vs non slides?

Since I don't plan to live in it full time, I am specifically NOT interested in a Class A with slides - especially after reading this article I linked at the end of my post.

There's enough to maintain on an older Class A - I just don't want to worry about leaks and safety. 

https://axleaddict.com/rvs/RV-Slide-Out-Dangers

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Re: What older motor homes are the best?
« Reply #34 on: July 30, 2017, 10:52:49 AM »
Everyone certainly has the right to prioritize what's most important to them when selecting an RV, however after owning motorhomes with and without slides, we wouldn't be without them. I detected a fair amount of a Chicken Little mentality in that article, and I'm quite sure that the sky isn't falling as much as the author would like others to believe.

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slcinwa

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Re: What older motor homes are the best?
« Reply #35 on: July 30, 2017, 10:56:54 AM »
Everyone certainly has the right to prioritize what's most important to them when selecting an RV, however after owning motorhomes with and without slides, we wouldn't be without them. I detected a fair amount of a Chicken Little mentality in that article, and I'm quite sure that the sky isn't falling as much as the author would like others to believe.

Kev

To each their own.

As a single woman who will be traveling alone most of the time (hopefully one of my adult sons or my best friend who wants to get time away from hubby) will join me occassionally, I don't want to worry about anything I don't have to.  And I'm focused on finding a very high end, older motorhome without slides. 


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Re: What older motor homes are the best?
« Reply #36 on: July 30, 2017, 11:25:47 AM »
As a single woman who will be traveling alone most of the time (hopefully one of my adult sons or my best friend who wants to get time away from hubby) will join me occassionally, I don't want to worry about anything I don't have to.

If you don't want to worry, then perhaps you want to re-think RVing... these things are wrought with maintenance projects, tire issues requiring constant inspection, wiring that can corrode/malfunction, appliances that can quit working, roof inspections and other potential leak areas, etc.

I'm being a bit sarcastic in that I don't think you should abandon the idea of RV'ing.  Just understand that everything has risks, and consider how likely those "worst case scenario" slide situations are to happen.  Since being crushed by a forward-moving slide in a 60mph front-end crash is probably the most serious, I'll address that with the following points:

- Driving a motorhome, you are quite unlikely to be involved in a serious crash.  Several factors reduce this risk (read on).
- RV's are driven much less than cars, to/from a destination and then you park there for days/weeks at a time.
- RV's are driven recreationally, often by folks who are retired or on vacation (or both).  Not as daily drivers.  "Hurry" is not usually a factor, which can cause vehicle crashes.
- RV's are driven more on highways/interstates (versus city traffic situations), where crashes are much less likely.
- RV's are driven most during the daytime hours in light traffic, not often during bad weather conditions or at night when visibility or impaired drivers are a risk.
- On average, RV's are driven slower than cars and with more space between vehicles.  If a crash risk does exist, you have more time to respond & avoid it.
- Even if you DO hit something head-on (such as a vehicle in traffic), you will be substantially higher, heavier, and moving slower.  I.E. you will "win" the crash battle.  Similar to how school buses are one of the safest vehicles to ride in.
- About the only roadside item that would cause a sudden 60mph stoppage would be slamming into a bridge abutment or similar.  Pretty unlikely unless you are impaired or asleep.

As Kevin mentioned, that article is quite fatalistic without sourcing a lot of data or discussing anything I mentioned.  Visit & inspect lots of RV's and talk with some more veteran RV'ers before you make a purchase decision.  If a non-slide RV is right for you, then go for it!  Even though it's got a 2013 date, that article sounds as if it was written 20 years ago when slides were not all that common and not well understood/used.

Learning how to inspect any used RV prior to purchasing, and educating yourself on care/maintenance of these rigs (as well as being a part of a forum like this for constant access to information/sharing) will greatly decrease your stress and increase your enjoyment of the RV lifestyle!  ;D
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slcinwa

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Re: What older motor homes are the best?
« Reply #37 on: July 30, 2017, 01:46:36 PM »
Thank you!

I bought a very old, remodeled used Apollo and drove it across country (after replacing the trans) while towing a little Nissan in 2000.  It was not without it's challenges, but it was a very memorable trip. 

I'm pretty handy myself (built my own garden shed and deck at my house) so am not afraid of tackling things. 

I appreciate the insight and knowledge of everyone here and am looking forward to learning lots more.

 :)

PS - I still don't want anything to do with a motorhome with a slide.  :P

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Re: What older motor homes are the best?
« Reply #38 on: July 30, 2017, 02:40:12 PM »
Going old to avoid reliability issues without slides is like buying a 68 Buick and expecting it to be trouble free because it doesn't have fuel injection and you read an article that fuel injection has issues and is expensive to repair.  You face more reliability issues with age than complicated technology.

That article just proves anybody can get published on the internet.  There are benefits to not having slides if you like your coach to be more usable while underway, but don't fear the slide.  They can make for a very pleasurable floor plan when parked.

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slcinwa

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Re: What older motor homes are the best?
« Reply #39 on: July 30, 2017, 04:46:54 PM »
I understand your opinion. 

I just disagree that buying a very high end older Class A is like buying an old Buick to avoid fuel injection.

  ::)

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kdbgoat

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Re: What older motor homes are the best?
« Reply #40 on: July 30, 2017, 05:48:13 PM »

That article just proves anybody can get published on the internet.  There are benefits to not having slides if you like your coach to be more usable while underway, but don't fear the slide.  They can make for a very pleasurable floor plan when parked.


And the site that the author referenced leaves a lot to be desired too.
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catblaster

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Re: What older motor homes are the best?
« Reply #41 on: July 30, 2017, 07:10:05 PM »
We have an older 1995 Winnebago Luxor, you might give one of them a look if you can find one. 37' dp with no slides. we didnt see the need for slides or the extra maintenance that accompanies them since there are only two of us, At the time these were made they were among the high end A's.  If you google them I think there is a sales brochure on line somewhere with a great description.
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