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Old 02-04-2010, 04:05 PM
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Default A working Trailmanor model made from wood

Every year our family picks names to do a gift exchange over Christmas, and every year, we all hope that our one brother picks our name. Why? Because he's quite a talented woodworker, and every year, the lucky recipient always seems to get a very cool personalized gift. One year it was a working John Deere Model M tractor in a wood box, locked with wooden screws and wooden nuts. Another year, it was a giant bench swing. This year, I was the lucky guy, and I got a functioning Trailmanor replica!

My brother and his wife were out visiting awhile back at our house, and while I was out for a beer run, he dutifully took measurements of our TM to make the model to scale. An untold number of hours later, some even making a CAD drawing, he crafted a masterpiece! It's made from various hardwoods -- including maple, oak, and beech -- thus the different colors, and finished with a light coat of danish oil.

Being that we have a 2720SL, he replicated that model. It has the front slideout, sunken propane tanks, and rear bed. Check out the link below for pictures, and a video of it in action.

As you're watching the video, you'll see the rear bed slides in first, then the front slideout, then the door folds in, and then the shells unlock and fold. It's not 100% true to function -- the shell locks are different, for example. But it's darn close, especially for a first copy.

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Comes complete with wheel chocks and wheel risers. Appliances and TV are extra.

Comments & criticisms welcome! Who knows...this may only be the first one! Who wants one?

2000 2720SL
2005 Toyota Sequoia
Twin Trojan T-125 6v batteries, Link 10, Lift kit, Maxxis 8008 225 75/R15 E tires (1 Goodyear and 2 Kumho blowouts)

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Old 02-04-2010, 04:44 PM
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That is SO COOL! A beautiful piece of woodwork!
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Old 02-04-2010, 04:48 PM
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That is absolutely amazing. At a min,he should make plans available. He even got the door configuration the same. Can I get in on your family drawing next year?

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Old 02-04-2010, 05:20 PM
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I am in awe. That is fantastic. I wonder if you will be fortunate enough to get the corresponding tow vehicle next year.

BTW, uhhhh, exactly where do you live? What times are you not home? What's the dog's name? What's the security code for the alarm system? Do you have nosy neighbors?
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Old 02-04-2010, 05:56 PM
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Absolutely the most amazing thing I have ever seen! Well, almost the most amazing!!! Your brother is very, very talented.
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:28 PM
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Default Amazing!

What a gift! What incredible talent!
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TV#1: 2008 Chrysler Town & Country (3.8L Touring w/ tow package, WDH)
TV#2: 2015 Nissan Pathfinder (w/ tow package, WDH)
TV#3: 2018 Ford F150 (w/ tow package, WDH)
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:51 PM
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Super cool!!!!

You have a great hat's off to him.
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Old 02-05-2010, 06:23 AM
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WOW! That is truly amazing! My brother is into woodworking.....hmmm. Wonder if he could make a Trailmini?

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2007 Buick Rendezvous
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Old 02-05-2010, 07:20 AM
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Very Talented, That Is Really Cool
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Old 02-05-2010, 08:36 AM
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Very neat, what a brother you have.
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