RV Slides – Types – Pros, Cons – Maintenance Discussion | Mondays with the Mortons S2E4



In this episode we discuss RV slides, our thoughts, types, pros and cons and some maintenance requirements.

As all of our Mondays this is just an off the cuff discussion sharing our knowledge of the subject. Slides are somewhat complicated and there is a lot to them. Some of the things we discussed here are as follows.
What are RV slides or popouts, what are the pro’s and cons,
What are the different types, electric vs hydraulic.
Pros and Cons of Electrical Slides, Pros and Cons of Hydraulic Slides
How to properly open and close slides and avoid damage
Slide Toppers or awning toppers, what they are good for and pros and cons.
Maintenance items including, lubrication, slide alignment, hydraulic flush, keeping them clean, repair roof, and keep slides from pinching electrical wires, propane or water lines that are on the slides.

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27 thoughts on “RV Slides – Types – Pros, Cons – Maintenance Discussion | Mondays with the Mortons S2E4

  • February 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm
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    This confirms for me, the decision that I'll never own a slide. I don't like extra hassle.

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  • February 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm
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    Thanks for the video and opening up the discussion about slides. The more I think of it I think I want a travel trailer without slides. Watching your video further reinforced my leanings. I'm towing with a half-ton truck so weight is a consideration. it seems like I can get an equivalent weight trailer without a slide that also includes a sofa in addition to the dinette table. If I chose to get one with a slide I would have to settle for just a dinette table because of the weight. I have two toddlers as well so a bunkhouse model is a necessity in my case. Some things to think about for sure…

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  • February 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm
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    I have a 18 Heritage Glen 5 wheel, how I tell if electric or hydraulic

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  • February 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm
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    Thinking of going RV Full Time but getting an RV WITHOUT a slide, I will sacrifice a bit of comfort for reliability and to not have to deal with as much maintenance, no out of alignment, failing slider motors, rubber seal replacement. I will instead look for an rv with couch one side, dinner table on the other, scrap the dinner table and put in the skinniest Tv entertainment stand I can find to use for a Flatscreen and computer, then use a foldout table for the couch for the lack of the scrapped dinner table .

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  • February 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm
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    I have the original Power Gear slide system on my 07 Sea Breeze Class A, super reliable very well built hardly any issues in 8 years of heavy full time use. Schwinteck forget about it!! I would never get a full wall slide RV had a Cameo 5th wheel with one nothing but problems too much weight only a matter of time when failures will occur. ..safe travels.

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  • February 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm
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    I suggest using dry slide out spray as opposed to silicone or anything else which attracts dirt and debri. The same with conditioning the seals on the slide and around the rv. 🙂

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  • February 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm
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    Slide Toppers— I've heard of putting a blowup beach ball or pool noodle between the slide and topper to "prop it" to help rain from pooling. I wonder if that helps with the wind flapping too?

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  • February 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm
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    There's another electrical system that is very reliable and that's the Rack and Pinon that our 2004 Jayco has that's never failed. I would stay away from the cable system they're junk. We saw 2 high end trailer in the park we were in break and they were both less than 6 months old. The weak link is the gear reduction box they have on them way undersized for the task and crap quality.

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  • February 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm
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    Mortons, Being an RV'er myself I know what kind of frustration you went thru with those stolen bikes. At least you got one back in serviceable condition. I don't really think it was another RV'er that took your bikes, I find that 99.9% of RV'ers are very honest folks. I'm thinking it must have been some punk, gang-banger kids that did the deed. It's really a shame that in these enlightened days we live in that there are still people who resort to stealing. I follow your videos and truly enjoy everything up put out. Have a good one Mortons.

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  • February 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm
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    Great information! We just looked at two dealers today and they didn't know nearly as much as y'all! I don't like slides, but looks like except for Airstream, BigFoot, Oliver, the really high end trailers, every company uses slides. Oh well, we haven't decided on our next rig yet, so I'll see whether we go with slides or not.

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  • February 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm
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    70's and 80's? I believe Newmar invented the slide out in 1996. Not sure what you are referring to in the 70's and 80's. Most slides that fail to extend or retract can be closed manually without having to get it fixed first.

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  • February 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm
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    just found your channel from social blade. really cool and motivating! love your concept and that you get to live off the grid! subscribed 🙂 I'm also from California!

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  • February 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm
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    The entire length of my motor home is a slide. Therr was a problem with pne of its motors where a wire bundle hot pinched and the slide was stuck in the open position. I was alone so I disengaged both motors, used the levelling system to slant the RV in order to help close the slide, then put some shoilder to the 25 ft slide. But the worst problem was as I drove off was finding something to brace the slide shut.

    Moral of the story is one should always carry slide locks. Even if you are able to get the slide in doesn't necessarily mean that you are able to get the RV moving down the road.

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  • February 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm
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    Thanks for this informative video. We're relative newbies to RVing and since we don't have any slides in our Class B, it's interesting to learn about the different types and the considerations to keep in mind, plus the pros and cons of each type.

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  • February 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm
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    Thanks for a great video! Ours is in its third year now and we haven't done a thing. This is a good reminder that I need to!

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  • February 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm
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    I looked at a lot of long fifth wheels with multi-slides at Quartzsite. I kept asking myself "So why do people buy (and love) Airstreams?" I think the RV interior designers have a special coin they flip to decide if any given slide will be two lounge chairs, or a sofa. Some of it is design without function.

    The big downside of a lot of space is the cost of the tow vehicle. I like the deal you seem to have gotten on your used fiver, but I know what big dual diesels run. I'm sure it works when you full time.

    It's an interesting exercise to ask what you get at each level. What do I get with a 15 foot RPod? What do I get with a 20 foot TT with or without a slide? What do I get with 25 feet in a TT, still something a standard truck can tow. And then you are over 30 feet and fifth wheels come into play. That's a lot of other issues. What is the most efficient RV by some exacting standard? Too personal? Sure.

    When you get to 30 feet, you need bigger trucks, and anything over 10k pounds really wants a diesel. So how much does space cost with the tow vehicle?

    I have a 20 foot standard TT with a basic GMC gas truck. It's a pleasant enough experience, towing. It's not a lot of space, but that's got some upsides. One slide makes a huge difference because there is room to put a table, that sort of thing, and then fold it up.

    I looked at lots of RV's in Quartzsite, over two months. The one thing I never want to do is to be hauling that big utility trailer for stuff that apparently won't fit in the RV. I admire the minimalism that an Airstream breeds, but you really pay for less.

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  • February 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm
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    Great subject to discuss.. Informative and helpful..
    Maybe a follow up video with examples shown would be good too. ala the types of systems used and the cables and hoses etc that move etc..

    That said thanks for sharing an important to know subject.

    BTW how is Lone Pine for getting larger "coach" style rigs into? Looks like a great location to boondock. I heard from somewhere really only god for smaller rigs and vehicles with 4×4 capability..

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  • February 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm
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    Been nice if you guys actually got out of your chairs and actually show (for more than 1 second) the different gear types and seal styles.

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  • February 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm
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    Cable stretches with time, seals will fail plus they can slow up in cold weather, my 2000 Jayco with 2 slides has gear and ratchet system like shown in your video works like a charm. Lone Pine is a favorite of mine. New sub.

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  • February 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm
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    Look up LIPPERT Schwintek slides and find out about a repeating problem with those slides locking up. These are on my lance trailer. There is a YouTube video about how to disengage the motor and pop it off the slide drive shaft. Then you can manual push the slide in. MUST VIEW that to make sue you know how to get the slide back in regardless of motor or power issues.

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  • February 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm
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    We have seen many people struggle with the gears not syncing.

    We agree. We love our toppers but they are very loud in wind. If the wind is blowing I can't even film videos. Lol Sometimes I feel like we may fly away.

    Great video. Don't see people talking about this and it is so important to consider!!

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