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Old 05-02-2017, 10:29 AM
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Question Can Anyone diagnose this picture?

Hi. I am thinking about buying my first camper ever. I believe I want a TM and I think I want one of the larger models that has a slideout couch and a small dinette across from the kitchen. I have found such a unit for sale but it is about 500 miles away from me. I am a newbie but there is something in one of the pictures that makes me worry. I thought perhaps people on this forum could educate me a bit about what I'm seeing and maybe tell me to save myself a long drive or, perhaps, not to worry - it is just because someone didn't know what they were doing when they expanded the unit. Any other advice also would be appreciated. I would be towing with a Nissan Pathfinder rated to tow 5000 pounds. Anyway, here is the photo. Whatever is coming out between the top part and the bottom part does not look right to me.

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Old 05-02-2017, 10:37 AM
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No, this is not a problem (but it may be a negotiating tool!) If you have been inside a TM, you know that there are 3 white sorta-flexible panels that join the lower edge of the front shell to upper edge of the body (the "box"). There is one on the left, one on the right, and one in front above the back of the couch. As part of the setup, these panels are supposed to be lowered into place, and then held in place with velcro strips.

What you are seeing is the front panel of the three. Whoever set up the trailer lowered the panel into place, but then didn't secure it with the velcro. Since they didn't secure it, it simply fell through the opening below it - the opening that it is supposed to cover - and is hanging down.

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Old 05-02-2017, 10:46 AM
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Bill is correct. Also the horizontal propane tanks are missing. These are not that easy to locate if they are gone from the unit. They may be stored onsite with the seller site for some reason but that suggests the propane system is not in working order and has air in the lines? You can't test the refrigerator on gas mode, the furnace, stove/oven, or water heater.
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Old 05-02-2017, 11:40 AM
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Thanks Bill and rvcycleguy. I'm so glad that I posted to this forum!

I have not ever been inside a TM. Do you ever have trouble with flying insects getting inside? Those panels would have to fit pretty snuggly to keep them out, I would think.

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Old 05-02-2017, 12:02 PM
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The Velcro panels fit very tightly over the gaps created to allow the roofs to fold down for travel. It should not be a concern unless there is damaged areas.

It's a fair question from someone unfamiliar with the TM campers. The units are still using the same basic designs from more than 30 years ago. 99 percent air tight if set up properly and if the units are in good condition.

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Old 05-02-2017, 01:22 PM
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Because you have the notch in the dinette, I don't think you need the horizontal tanks. I saw horizontal tanks here in BC for about $300 each! Vertical tanks are much cheaper.
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Old 05-02-2017, 03:00 PM
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You do still need the horizontal tanks, they lay on top of the tongue instead of laying down between the A-frame rails like on the newer ones. The tanks are ~$185 each on Amazon. Rumor is they can be had cheaper elsewhere. I don't know where that would be...
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Right, sorry, my mistake!
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You do still need the horizontal tanks, they lay on top of the tongue instead of laying down between the A-frame rails like on the newer ones. The tanks are ~$185 each on Amazon. Rumor is they can be had cheaper elsewhere. I don't know where that would be...
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Old 05-03-2017, 07:14 AM
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Bill is right about the Vinyl panel hanging down. It simply wasn't in place for the photo. You might want to consider how big of a TM you want to tow with an SUV that is only rated at 5,000 lbs. towing capacity. This is just my opinion, but I personally wouldn't exceed 50% of my rated towing capacity with the "dry" weight of the camper.
In my case I'm towing a 2720 with an empty weight of about 2700# with a V6 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 that is rated for 6500#. I know from my experience that, by the time I am loaded up with everything in and on the camper and in and on the truck, that I will be near the limit of practicality.

Others will certainly have different opinions.

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