We frequently get requests to build tiny house shells with a slide-out. Slide-outs add some critical square footage to such a small living space, so we understand the desire!
Here are three things to think about before deciding if you want a slide-out, or not!
Water penetration into your Tiny Home
No matter what you do, you can’t avoid that you’re creating a place in your Tiny Home to allow water to penetrate into your home! If the wind is just right, or the slope of the slide-out isn’t done properly, there’s a very good chance that you’re going to get water penetration into your home. You don’t want this!
You can’t keep them insulated
There is a chance you can find a builder who will make sure that your slide-out is well insulated. But the gap between the slide-out and the exterior wall of your tiny home is a place where you will lose a ton of insulating value. This can mean you’re spending a lot more money in electricity or fuel to heat or cool your tiny home!
Having an extremely well-insulated slide-out also means that it might be very heavy. This can lead to reliability issues with your slide-out mechanisms
Yet another thing to break
We can tell you from personal experience that RV slide-out mechanisms aren’t super reliable. Not only that, but they aren’t cheap to repair or replace. Depending on how your home is finished and built with a slide-out, it might even be nearly impossible!
Do you have any experience with RV-style slide-outs?
What are your thoughts on having a Tiny home with a Slide-Out?
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