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Old 06-07-2011, 03:31 PM
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Default Elkmont tongue warning

Just wanted to warn everyone about problems to watch out for with the Elkmont. We have a 2009 & got home from North Carolina on Wednesday. When I got out I noticed the back end of the camper was about a foot higher than the front. Turns out the tongue is bent up about 5 degrees & the support under the front of the unit has broken welds & it has torn thru the a-frame tubes. The a-frame tubes are both twisted & the twist runs about 18" past the front of the unit. It's at our dealer now & he's contacting Trailmanor. I talked to another Michigan dealer & they've already repaired one & sent a second back to the factory to be repaired. Trailmanor is aware of it. Apparently they weld a piece to make it a true "A-frame" and add more gussets to fix it. I'm towing with a Trailblazer & Robin wdh with 800# bars.
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Old 06-07-2011, 04:40 PM
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Scary!
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:28 PM
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Reminds me of the cracked frame I reported here in either 2005 or 2006 for my 2005 TM 2720 with swing tongue.

Not exactly the same problem.

but I agree the failure is scary.
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Old 06-08-2011, 05:32 PM
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I think our 2010 Elkmont 24 has a cross bar at the joint at the bottom of the A and no cut-out that close to the joint as seen in the last photo.

But these frames are light-weight, only made of 0.125" steel with lots of weight reducing cut-outs. So they've gotta get the design right.
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Old 06-08-2011, 05:58 PM
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Well the good thing is that Trailmanor was aware of it & has parts on the way. They said they retrofitted a bunch on the way out but mine must have been one of the early ones. At least it didn't collapse or something going down the highway too.
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:00 PM
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Yours is one of the early ones, as it has the front access door to the front storage area as opposed to the two side doors, which I believe was instituted somewhere in the middle of the 2009 model year. You can see side access doors on my and Brulaz's avatar pictures.
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:18 PM
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Well the good thing is that Trailmanor was aware of it & has parts on the way. They said they retrofitted a bunch on the way out but mine must have been one of the early ones. At least it didn't collapse or something going down the highway too.
You would think they would contact everybody who purchased one of these early units. Good grief, do a recall and get it fixed.
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:56 PM
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I really was surprised they didn't do a recall once I heard they knew about it.
As far as the side access doors, I wish mine had those. Seems like it would be alot easier to get stuff in & out.
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Old 06-15-2011, 06:09 PM
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This is an 09 problem. The factory said they sent repair kits to dealer s who sold them but few actually repaired them
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Old 11-04-2011, 05:23 AM
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Default So is this limited to early 2009's?

I'm still on the fence about what to purchase. I've been looking for about 2 yrs now and time to get off the pot. I like the looks of the Elkmont and there is a good deal on a 2011 at a local dealer. I don't want to buy something that will give me problems off the bat since this will be my first TT. Then again, TM sounds like it about to open up shop again.

http://www.rvtraderonline.com/listin...nt-24-99301134

I do like the folding concept but after I saw a used 2720 set up at a different dealer, the gap between the top and bottom that is covered by a pad bothers me.

I'm half tempted to go all out on an Evergreen Element but is over twice what I want to pay for a first TT. My goal is a compromise that will be at least a 10 yr investment in fun and relaxation in the off time.
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