Trailmanor

Discussion in 'Camper Pre-Purchase Questions' started by bobhcs, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. bobhcs

    bobhcs Colorado Springs

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    For any Trailmanor owners out there, how do you like them? What things do you like or dislike about them? Thanks.
     
  2. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    I'm a new TrailManor owner, having just bought one about a month ago. Unfortunately, I've not been able to use it yet because of the weather. I bought it for a faster, easier setup-tear down than a PUP (important on long touring trips) and for the hard-side protection. I can say that it tows like a dream. I bought it from a guy who lives about 150 miles from me and it was an easy pull.
     
  3. bobhcs

    bobhcs Colorado Springs

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    Tripod,

    Did you feel the need for an anti-sway bar?

    Thanks,

    Bob
     
  4. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    Absolutely not. TrailManors are specifically designed to avoid sway. Their axles are mounted farther to the rear than the axles of PUPs and many TTs. This does result in a heavier tongue weight though so weight distribution is usually advised. I will be fine-tuning my WDH for a loaded truck and trailer before my first camping trip. I initially set it up for the drive home when both were empty. As I said in my earlier post, it towed like a dream.
     
  5. bobhcs

    bobhcs Colorado Springs

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    Thanks for the reply.
     
  6. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    Are you considering the purchase of a TrailManor?
     
  7. bobhcs

    bobhcs Colorado Springs

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    Yea, we've thought about it even before we bought our last popup. We like the popup but the thought of faster setup sounds good. We like sleeping with the canvas but are going more places with bears and a hardsided is appealing for that reason. We've looked at them several times and are close to buying one. We live in Colorado Springs which has the number one Trailmanor dealer. The model that we like is the 2720 (standard) with swing away hitch because it will fit in our garage. I want one without A/C because our driveway is at an angle and I am concerned about clearance. We usually camp without electricity and at high enough elevations that it gets nice and cool at night. I put a 85W solar panel on our popup and that has worked out great. At first we were thinking about used but have had trouble finding one without A/C. Trailmanor dropped all their prices by $1200 in January and is offering an additional $2000 off plus $3000 more from the dealer. I've been reading the Trailmanor Owner's Forum for a few weeks and it seems like most people are pretty happy with them.

    I was glad to see your post about it towing so well. Have you noticed the extra tongue weight with the wheels farther back? I forgot to ask if you use a weight distribution hitch.
     
  8. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    We are really thinking alike. I got it for the same reasons. I actually would have preferred the standard 2720 but was willing to go with whichever I found first, that or a 2619 that was in top condition at a great price. It turned out to be the 2619.

    I also have a sharply angled driveway. Mine comes downhill from the street. Unfortunately, the TM I bought does have a "low profile" AC on the roof and it can't clear the top of the garage door because of it so I have to use an RV storage yard. If I had bought it new and was able to select the options I would not have added an AC. The Cascade Mountains and North Pacific beaches are cool and I never camp with hook-ups so the thing is just useless weight. It will probably cost me a bit of mileage too because of the air drag.

    Yes, the axle placement does cause in increased tongue weight and yes, I do have a WDH. That makes the trailer level and gets the truck very darn close to level.
     
  9. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    One point that I forgot to mention. I used to be able to see out the back window, right over the PUP. This was nice when driving and especially nice when backing up the PUP. The folded TrailManor is as high as the tow vehicle so I can no longer see out the back window or over the trailer and this makes backing up a bit more tricky. It also means that good mirrors are essential for safe driving, lane changing, etc.
     
  10. Twisty

    Twisty New Member

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    UT, are you going to take off that A/C so you can keep the TM at home? [?:~{]
     
  11. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    I'm not sure, Twisty. I don't know how much of a hassle it would be to get it off and redo the roof properly -- or what that would cost. I'd sure hate to end up dealing with a nagging leak problem. I'm also not enthusiastic about leaving a car outside all of the time either. On the other side of the equation, though, I have $47.50 going to the RV storage yard every month. I'm going to leave things as they are for the present and let the decision "percolate" in my subconscious for a while.
     
  12. bobhcs

    bobhcs Colorado Springs

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    We're going to take our popup into the dealer so that they cab look at it and we can look at the Trailmanor again.
     
  13. carolinacampers

    carolinacampers Nights camped: 2008-10, 2009-25, 2010-6.

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    Thanks for all of the info, guys! We want to upgrade from our PUP, too. NOT because we don't like it. In fact, I LOVE my PUP! It will be REAL hard for me to say goodbye.
    We are weekenders, and the set-up and take-down with the PUP is both time-consuming and more challenging physically as we are aging. We were looking at travel trailers and hybrids. But then there are the storage issue. So I started researching Trailmanors. We would need one with air, as we live in the southeast, and often take our small dogs along. They can't tolerate the heat. Looked at the 2720 w/swing hitch. Would you happen to know if one with air fit in my 7 1/2 foot tall garage?
     
  14. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    I think the best thing to do is call a TrailManor dealer and ask how high the 2720 is with a low profile AC on top. But, if your garage door is 7.5' (most are 7') I suspect it would fit if the driveway is level.
     
  15. bobhcs

    bobhcs Colorado Springs

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    UT, We ordered a 2720 today! It should be here in 4-6 weeks. Thanks for your help.
     
  16. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    Congratulations!
     
  17. GA Judy

    GA Judy Active Member

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    Congratulations and welcome to the world of TrailManors! We own an '09 2720 that we bought used last December. My DH is 75 (n May) and was having a very hard time without our NTU (in 2010) '96 Viking Legend -- cranking it up, the [damn] door taking forever to put in place, popping down, etc. Some was his fault, some not. During an Oct. '10 camping trip we watched a TrailManor "demo" by a neighboring camper and we were sold!! Since then, we cannot get out enough without giving up our home. lol We have camped 2x in Florida parks (Dec. '10, Mar. '11) and have plans in April to get up to KY to two different parks before heading home. In May or early June, we'll be in Alabama somewhere. The TM trails like a regular PUP, is really lightweight and uses no more gas than normal with our TV (company says 1 gallon more), and is so comfortable and more quiet than our Viking. For us older folks with more time available to travel, it is ideal. Of course, we couldn't afford new but found a good deal on a hardly-used one. Good luck with your purchase and we hope you enjoy your TM as much as we do ours. Hope to see you around! [:)C]
     
  18. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    I dearly want to get mine out but all we've had is rain, rain and more rain. The forecast for the nest week is... wait for it... rain!
     
  19. Agcflash

    Agcflash Lets Go Camping!!!

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    !!

    [:D] Sounds nice. I recently bought a Trail-Lite Bantam 21B It tows great as well. And if needed I can fold down the front bed without unhooking the TV. Really happy with it so far!!!
     
  20. bobhcs

    bobhcs Colorado Springs

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    Thanks Judy. We are really getting excited. I've been making campground reservations.
     

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