Saturday, December 9, 2023


Can you easily get to your kitchen with your slideouts in?

If you read Tony Barthel’s RV Reviews, you know he talks about slideouts a lot and whether or not you can access things such as the kitchen or bathroom with your slideouts in.

Tell us, please, if you can easily get to your RV’s kitchen with your slideouts in. After you vote, please leave a comment and tell us if you wish your answer were different or not and why. Thanks!

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T Hartman (@guest_192840)
1 year ago

Why would you buy an RV that you couldn’t get in all areas with the slides in?
We will even overnight occasionally with the slides in when there is a bad storm!!

You need to check EVERYTHING before you buy!!

Sharon B (@guest_192460)
1 year ago

When my kitchen slide is in I have no access to “nada”.

Sharon B (@guest_192462)
1 year ago
Reply to  Sharon B

I take that back. I can get into one side of my double door refrig.

Mitzi Agnew Giles and Ed Giles (@guest_190606)
1 year ago

I didn’t answer the questionnaire as there was no answer stating “deliberately chose a TT withOUT slides. It was part of why I decided the RPod was not going to be my final choice, so glad because that was when I stumbled across molded fiberglass trailers (which is the one we finally went with)! As I explained to hubby, it was just more space to heat and/or cool, more stuff that offered a possible escape route for the cats, more stuff that could break down and need repairs, and more weight to pull and drag down our mpg. He was very agreeable to all of the above. I LOVE our 17 foot LilSnoozy! and no slides is only part of it!

Randy (@guest_190343)
1 year ago

We can access the refrigerator, the bathroom and the bedroom with the slides in. Nothing else is accessible. In that situation, though, we eat out or eat cold food (sandwiches and salads). It only happened a couple of times where weather or traffic delayed us getting to our destination and we had to overnight at a rest stop.

Jerry (@guest_190242)
1 year ago

We purposely chose a winnebago 26he because you have access to bath and kitchen with slide in.

Neal Davis (@guest_190218)
1 year ago

Access to the kitchen is unaffected whether the slides are extended or retracted. However, access to the refrigerator is affected. The refrigerator is accessible, but awkward when the slides are retracted

Dale Gilbert (@guest_190215)
1 year ago

not only kitchen but stove and frig and bath

John the road again (@guest_190213)
1 year ago

Access to the bathroom, kitchen, dinette and even bed during transit are some of the best parts of traveling with an RV. The only thing we can’t do is watch TV. Would never own one where the bathroom and kitchen was not accessible.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_190193)
1 year ago

Luckily, our Arctic Fox 25Y is totally usable with the slide in. Everything is accessible. Our slide mechanism went south on our first night of the 2,000 mile trip back to the Reno area. We managed to get the slide in with the help of a McGiver guy in the RV park. It was over 100 degrees in all but one RV park on the way home, but we managed. Northwood has upgraded the slide mechanism and we had Thunder RV in LaGrande, OR install the upgrade. We are now “Happy Campers”.

Del W (@guest_190182)
1 year ago

Everything in our trailer is available, slide in or out. It is a main requirement when we look for a new trailer.

Paul (@guest_190175)
1 year ago

Tiffn Phaeton 2012 with 4 slides. Everything in the kitchen is accessible. We have some storage in cabinets that require a blind reach for access. I suppose we could change our storage plan to fix that – after 10 years it isn’t going to happen 🙂 Bedroom is a different issue with Queen E-W bed limited access to half the back closet and NO access to the other half (DS) of that closet as well as no access to drawer below the window totally blocked by the bed. We have lived with all of that and just open and close the appropriate slide as necessary. In 10 years you adjust to a lot.

Jesse Crouse (@guest_190205)
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul

Tiffin Phaeton 2006- one of the major reasons for buying was access to kitchen and bathroom without hopping over things. 40 QSH DP.

Tom (@guest_190169)
1 year ago

No slides

Mitzi Agnew Giles and Ed Giles (@guest_190595)
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

Good for you! Another non-slider!

Molly (@guest_190167)
1 year ago

We don’t have slideouts in our 5th wheel. While we could benefit from the extra room I don’t want the hassle of a slideout or the inability to access all of my 5th wheel with the slideouts in.

Mitzi Agnew Giles and Ed Giles (@guest_190597)
1 year ago
Reply to  Molly

Good 4 u! another non-slider!

Left Coast Geek (@guest_190166)
1 year ago

I refuse to own a trailer with slideouts. Don’t need the extra room (its just the two of us), don’t need the extra stuff to break and extra places to leak.

Mitzi Agnew Giles and Ed Giles (@guest_190598)
1 year ago

Good for u! Another non-slider here!

Gary Holt (@guest_190165)
1 year ago

We really like our Redwood. But we have to extend the slides before accessing either the kitchen or the bathroom.

Diane Mc (@guest_190163)
1 year ago

Why we love our motorhome a 2002 Newmar Dutchstar. In a pinch don’t even have to put out the bedroom slide. Bed is north/south. Slide is up against bed…husband’s side…lol…so no issue for me. We’ve kept slide in for various reasons; strong winds/rain, one less step in am if we are getting an especially early start, long ago staying at Walmarts & parked with slide to traffic, etc. When just doing overnights to get to destination we never put out main slide. Plenty of room to use everything.

Bob M (@guest_190155)
1 year ago

I have a Jayflight 29RKS and I put the dangerous table sideways with pipe insulation on the wall side and cabinet side of table. Experimenting with also using bungee cords. This way I can move thru enough to use kitchen or open fridge enough to grab something within reach. If the {bleeped} engineers would only put a different 6” shorter dinette or cabinet it would make it easier to get around. RV manufactures must hire flunkies for engineers. Designing is so much easier with Cad Cam.

Rosalie Magistro (@guest_190154)
1 year ago

We have a toyhauler so I can use the back door and have full access to my kitchen/living area.

Jeff Abrams (@guest_190152)
1 year ago

Only the refrigerator.

Fred (@guest_190150)
1 year ago

In our triple slide 5th wheel, we can easily get to any area of the kitchen, bathroom, & dinette. We can also get to the living area, but not to sit & relax. We’ve now parked the 5th wheel on a lease lot as a home base & added a triple slide truck camper for our travels. With the truck camper, we can’t get in the door without opening up the slides, but they only take 10 seconds to open.

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