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Old 02-04-2011, 02:10 AM   #1
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Question TrailManor - Looking for experience - both good and bad.

We're going to get back into RVing after 7 years of being away. A hurricane took our 25' Aerolite in 2004 and we've been "camping" by renting camping cabins ever since. We're thinking about a Trailmanor ... benefits of towing like a popup but no soft sides and a little more room. I'd love to have anyone's comments - both good and bad - regarding Trailmanor. We're spending the day Saturday looking at trailers and would love comments before the big tour.

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Old 02-04-2011, 08:27 PM   #2
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I have a 2006 Trailmanor, model 3124KS. It only weights 3,500 lbs. I pull it with a Forest River M B Cruiser class B motorhome. The motorhome is powered by a Mercedes 5 cylinder diesel that only has 154 hp. I pull it at the posted speed limit and average 17 miles per gallon.

The engineering in the TM is perfect. It takes 3 or 4 minutes to setup or take down. No canvas anywhere. All solid sided. The support from the factory is top notch. They are located Tennesse. I stopped by last year and had a tune up on the torsion bars. Before the tune up, it took two hand to open, now it takes only one.

I have owned 10 RV's in the last 30 years and this TM is one of the good ones. Remember that it is built light weight to pull easy. It does require tightning screws and regular maintenance stuff. I would not want to live in it full time, but it was OK living in it for 3 months while working Hurricane Ike in Galveston and 3 months working the ice storm in Kentucky a couple of years ago. With the temps in the low teens, it did take a extra small electric heater to stay cozy.

Now that I have bought a 40 Beaver diesel pusher, I will be selling the TM.

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Thanks, Mike ... that's great information and based upon my research, pretty much what I expected. It looks like we'll be TrailManor owners within the next 24 hours. Thanks again!!!
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We looked at some Trail Manors last year and one point I did not like was the general fit and finish of the interior trim. The trim corners were not neat and there were numerous air gaps around the gasketed areas when the tops were up.

Before you take delivery of one, make sure that ALL of the gaskets are in place and seal well. Also make sure all of the trim is attached and looks nice.

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Thanks for the head up, Ken. I read your just before looking at a 2006 TrailManor 3023 on Saturday afternoon. It is in really good condition, considering that it's 5 years old. I checked the trim and seal fit and it was satisfactory to me. I could find no air gaps and there are no signs of even minor leakage. After spending about 3 hours going over the trailer (stem to stern), we bought it, hitched up, and brought it home. I've spent my spare time the past 3 days working on it and getting it ready for it's inaugural trip next weekend. Thanks again for the input!
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