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TonyDtorch

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Full Wall Slides, and the first time I ever saw them.
« on: September 24, 2017, 10:45:03 PM »
I'm not sure when Full Wall Slides first showed in Motor homes, the mid 2000's or so... but I do remember the first time I ever saw them.

It was in 1971...  I was assigned to the 163rd M.I. bn.(C) and I working in a U.S. Army TIIF  (Tactical Imagery Interpretation Facility).   

It was this huge 10 ton 6 wheel drive camouflaged truck with a huge office box on it that had two full expanding wall slides and no windows, it had levelers and everything else, Water, air conditioning, Sat Com, blackout lighting etc. ...and they even told us it had bullet resistant walls !  :P

The inside of that office was about 20' x 20' (400 sq.ft) filled with all the photo equipment and 6 men.
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2kGeorgieBoy

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Re: Full Wall Slides, and the first time I ever saw them.
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2017, 10:57:03 AM »
Tony...TIIF....haven't heard that acronym since the mid seventies. During my enlisted career with the USAF, I remember when "they" brought one of those in and set it up at Langley AFB. I was fortunate not to be selected to "work" in it as they played with it. From what I remember, it was a series of "trailers" that were interconnected and designed to be air transportable. It was noisy, windowless, cold due to excessive A/C., and claustrophobic. I don't know if the system ever really became operational but after I was commissioned and changed career fields, I forgot about it until you just mentioned it.
2000 Georgie Boy Maverick
31' E450 V10  No slides
our toys:
'08 Polaris Touring LE ATV (mine)
'12 Polaris 550 XP ATV (wife's)
1968 AH Sprite (original owners, not on road at this time)
Gary, Jena, and Presley (our awesome yellow Lab).
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TonyDtorch

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Re: Full Wall Slides, and the first time I ever saw them.
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2017, 12:27:57 PM »
I'm so shocked anyone else in the world ever heard of a TIIF. !

 We were always at an airfield somewhere,  We were a tactical Intel unit on permanent alert status so within 24 hours were supposed to be operational somewhere else in the world,  and just for fun they only landed the "BlackBird" at night,  so we always had to sleep during the day, under lock down,  at an active airfield to the noise of massive whirling airconditioners and inconsiderate jet pilots.

Yes, there were 2 other mobile offices in our deal, one was a photo developing lap, and the other was for debriefing and stuff.

During operation Linebacker 2 were often used as a dog and pony show for Congressman so they could come and actually see for themselves how (bad) the war was going.

 All 3 trucks were put on a C5 and flown out,   they all had 2 full wall slides and interconnecting porches.

I would have never guessed 50 years later I'd be living in the civilian version of a TIIF.....   ;) 
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HueyPilotVN

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Re: Full Wall Slides, and the first time I ever saw them.
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2017, 01:29:03 PM »
Since the topic is Full Wall Slides, I thought I might show a different version of Full Wall Slides.

These are 37 feet long and 7 feet deep on a 53 foot Mobile Hospital Unit.

Each Unit when open is about 1,000 square feet of space.

I have been designing and building these units for over 20 years.

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Bill Waugh
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Bobtop46

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Re: Full Wall Slides, and the first time I ever saw them.
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2017, 01:56:48 PM »
http://www.rvt.com/Coachmen-Aurora-36FWS-2008-Creswell-OR-ID7572185-UX95325

I have one of these and we love the floor plan and the room afforded by the full wall slide 36 FWS
2007 Coachman Aurora 36FWS
2006 Mini Cooper S

TonyDtorch

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Re: Full Wall Slides, and the first time I ever saw them.
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2017, 02:16:51 PM »
Bill:
 Wow,  Nice Work.  Even the wooden handicap ramp is an amazing engineering accomplishment.   

Those trailers remind me if the inside of a TIIF.  And I think those are similar A/C units too.

TonyDtorch

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Re: Full Wall Slides, and the first time I ever saw them.
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2017, 04:24:24 PM »
http://www.rvt.com/Coachmen-Aurora-36FWS-2008-Creswell-OR-ID7572185-UX95325

I have one of these and we love the floor plan and the room afforded by the full wall slide 36 FWS
That has one of the best kitchens I've ever seen, a full oven, a corner sink and lots of counter space....nice.

The corner bed is cool too.
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aboatguy

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Re: Full Wall Slides, and the first time I ever saw them.
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2017, 04:40:49 PM »

TonyDtorch

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Re: Full Wall Slides, and the first time I ever saw them.
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2017, 07:46:22 PM »
I think that truck is it..      I don't remember and side doors or windows,   but that's got to be it.

Now I want one... :))
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