RV Slideouts — Information for Potential RV Buyers


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If you have been shopping for an RV, you may notice that RV slideouts are included in most manufacturers’ lines and feature prominently in many of the top models for both towable and motorized RVs. RV slideouts are becoming more and more popular in RV floor plans. Some models have 2 or more slideouts in the floor plan. The reason for this is obvious-people want more space in their recreational vehicle. Although some of the top tier RVs and especially diesel pushers have a great deal of space in them already, the additional open space provided by RV slideouts is appealing to many buyers.

But, you may hear some people who have older model RVs complain about the quality and reliability of slideouts. Should you be concerned? Maybe—but if you are educated and you do some research you can be very happy with your decision to have RV slideouts on your motorized or towable RV.

If you get slideouts on your RV, you are in good company-around 90 percent of RV models sold now have slideouts in the floor plan. Some RV slideouts can extend up to 3 feet out to give you that much more living space.

The key to a successful experience with RV slideouts is to choose an RV from a top quality manufacturer. In the past decade, in response to consumer concerns, the manufacturers have responded with better designed RV slideouts, chassis, frames, and even more powerful engines to address issues that a few RV owners have had in the past. Make sure that your tow vehicle or RV has a strong enough engine to move the added weight of the slideouts and you should be fine in that area. Also choose a model that has a custom-built chassis designed specifically to support the slideouts both when you are on the road and when you are parked.

Even one slideout on an RV can increase its appeal and resale value if you ever decide that you would like to sell, so it is a good way to protect your investment.

You should also make sure that you have both warranty and insurance coverage to protect your slideouts in the event that there is a mechanical problem or any damage to the slideout because they can be expensive to repair.

The added space that you get from slideouts is worth an extra look.

Julie Jacobs writes articles about Boats and RVs, and how to finance them. For more information about a RV slideouts visit rvinfoarena.com


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