I'm sorry to hear about your wife.
Don't give up on the conversion.
I think slide-outs are cool...on someone else's rig.
They do make a big difference on interior space. My friend full times and I can't believe how much bigger that couple of feet make. The main reason I wouldn't want one (besides the thought of driving off with it still extended
) is because it defeats the purpose of why I bought a bus, the safety of the school bus body. To put in a slide, you need to cut out structural supports. I'm sure it can be strengthened but I don't want to go through the hassle. If I wanted to look like a fancy pants RV, I would just buy the RV and be done...and broke...more broke than I am.
So when you boil it all down, I guess you can say I'm just lazy. I think I'll change my name to lazycal.