RV Slide outs – How To Information and Videos

 RV Slide outs – Extra living space at the push of a button!

For a really good introductory article on RV slide outs click here!. This article should help you get a better understanding of the slideout and help you enjoy the videos below.

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An RV slide out ( may also be shown as one word – RV slideout )  is a portion of the RV’s square footage that slides in and out of the RV. When the slide out is slid in, the space is not usable in the RV, but this is how the RV can be transported safely. When the RV is parked and in use, the slide out is slid out freeing up the space inside the RV that the slide out originally used AND then making the extra square footage in the slide out now available.

If you assume that the largest RV’s are 40 foot long by 8 feet wide, then the maximum square footage is 320 square feet. But with slide outs, the maximum allowable square footage ( by law ) is 400 square feet. So by using slide outs, you can get an additional 80 square feet. Eighty square feet may not seem like a lot, but when your available square feet is 320 square feet that is almost  a 20 percent increase.

Slide outs are not perfect. Because of that you might need to learn how to do any of the following :

  • Unstick a stuck slide out
  • Extend or Retract a slide out without any power – for example you battery is dead
  • Work with the slide out seals to get a better seal against the weather
  • Learn about slide outs in general
  • Learn about awnings over slideouts
  • You probably will learn basic slide out stuff like
    • When retracting, make sure nothing is inside that is in the way of the slideout ( Sheri and I completely broke a cabinet door off of our RV – twice )
    • When extending, make sure someone is outside watching so you don’t ram the slide out into something.

The following videos are a collection of different how-to videos about RV slide outs. If there is one video you particularly like, please let me know ( click here to send me a message )! Thanks ( Marlan ).

RV Slide out Assorted Users Manuals or Instruction Manuals

RV Slide out How To Videos:

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  1. Gary Smith says

    I have a 34 foot 5th wheel Arctic Fox, 2003, and have been living in it full time for one month and love it.
    1. I was wondering if the super slide out is supposed to be level. When it is out, which is all the time, it is obviously hanging down around 3 to 5 inches from level. While sitting at the kitchen table, one can easily see and feel the lean outwards. It was originally in PA, and the underneath is very, very rusty; but it slides in and out with no problem. The bedroom slide doesn’t lean down; however, it does have a slight, very slight angle down which is good I guess owing that the awnings are missing. Both awnings for the slide outs are gone. The aluminum rods and everything else is there but the cloth material. I can see where the cloth material was there but only strings are left.
    2. I was wondering where the best and least expensive place is to get that stuff. I know that the RV place I shop at think I’m rich just because I mention RV.
    Thanks for your help.


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