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Old 12-05-2017, 11:56 AM   #21
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Just a personal experience with the basement slideout--I was happy to get one with my '05 and had it for 10 years. Did not have one in the'15 when we bought it.

In using the slide, I found it very helpful to get to things in the middle, but most of the time, something on it would hang up on something not on the slide and it would not come out. Probably due to my excellent organizational skills.
Now, I don't have one--have to move things in front to get to things in the middle. Am using plastic tubs and trying to place most-used items near outside. Still not working well. Probably due to my excellent organizational skills.
The slide itself takes up storage room and has a gap under it that small items always find a way to get under. Again, probably due to my excellent organizational skills.
So, have had one, and not had one. Need to buy another trailer with or without the slide to see where 2 out of 3 tries takes me.....

But, my problem has been solved--had solar installed and the 4 AGM batteries are now located alongside the gen housing back and would preclude having the normal-sized slide installed. Now using the stock battery area for small item storage--spray cans, oil cans, etc.

To slide, or not to slide, that is the question....
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Old 12-05-2017, 12:35 PM   #22
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Mine has a dedicated compartment for only two batteries. Above compartment in the same door area has all the fuses and shut off! So you took your batteries out and moved them to the basement area? Id love to have 4 with a slide out to service them.

You have solar on your roof? I worry about breeching the roof and when I was young I was like a monkey crawling everywhere, not anymore at my age. I have a friend that travels to the Valley of Texas every year and he says there are folks that do maintenance on trailers at reasonable prices. He gets his trailer washed and waxed! We might try that once, but I'm not a big fan of the Valley. Many like to venture into Mexico for dental work and medicine. I used to daily in the old days, but no more!!
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Old 12-05-2017, 03:24 PM   #23
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Guess you are located in TX?

I did not attempt the solar install myself--had it done by AMSolar in Springfield, OR. If they made a hole that leaks, I'll see how they take care of it...

The 4 batteries had to go somewhere other than the OEM slide compartment, but they are not on a slide--just sitting on the basement floor held in by wood lathe strips and straps. Not visually great, but effective.
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Old 12-06-2017, 05:53 AM   #24
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you have any pictures? How many watts? I assume you can't run you ac? What cost?
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Old 12-06-2017, 08:38 AM   #25
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Can't supply pics, on job away from trailer for several months.
The cost is strictly tied in with how many panels you install and how sophisticated you want the controls. If you visit AMSolar.com there is a contact window to ask them about an install. Not cheap, but done right, that I could not do myself.
At this point, I just have the panels recharging the batteries and running the fridge.
Cannot run the air conditioners, no. Will be having all the interior wiring reworked to allow solar to all plugins thruout the trailer, but will also require upsizing the 1000w inverter to a 2800w unit. Could not schedule the time to do it with the earlier work.
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Old 12-06-2017, 06:38 PM   #26
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I have a friend that owns a place in Ellinger Texas. He is 100% off the grid. Sharp electronics wiz! His house is unique!
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