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Al-n-Sue
03-19-2008, 05:02 PM
We signed the paperwork for our 2003 3214kb yesterday (3/18) and will take posession on April 1. We have a spring break to see kids and grandson in the way. I became a site sponser today and will likely join Trailblazers before the day is over. I've been a lurker on this forum for years and since we recently started getting serious about buying, I have devoured the information here. A big thanks to everyone who has contributed. I hope to be able to contribute some of my own experiences along the way.
I'm working on my very own Trailmanor page, where I plan to document the trailer, mods and fixes, and the places we use it so I will not wax eleoquent here. :D
For those who are trying to decide on a TM or some other trailer - decide what your needs are - a TM will not fit them all. But for me, after 5 years in a popup it boiled down to two critical issues - I had to be able to tow with my current TV, and we had to have hard sides! Bears in Colorado make tent camping or popup camping particularly taxing - all food must be stowed in the TV each night! TM is the only trailer that had the floor space combined with the towing ease that I needed. Besides, 3 of the couples we camp with regularly have TMs - so I am intimately familiar with them.
I'll write more after we take delivery and get some pictures. When my web page is ready I will certainly post the link here for critique and feedback.:new_argue
Thanks
Alan

mtnguy
03-19-2008, 05:12 PM
Congrats on your new purchase and for becoming a full fledged member !!

Chap

Buck Mills
03-19-2008, 05:54 PM
Congrats!

Yeah! I just picked up my 3124Ks Saturday and haven't slept in it yet. Friday begins my spring break, I'm a professor, and I'm heading to souther UT for my maiden trip.
;)

wmtire
03-19-2008, 06:38 PM
Congratz to Al & Sue, along with Buck on your trailmanor purchases. I look forward to reading your future comments and experience with your trailers.

markandanne
03-19-2008, 07:12 PM
Congrats, Al & Sue! We'll be picking up our 3124kb from the Car Show on Friday the 28th, just before you pick up yours on the 1st. Today we just traded in Mark's 2000 Sienna for a new-to-us Expedition so we would have the towing capability we wanted. Hopefully we'll run into you at one of the area rallies but the first couple days of camping over spring break will be done in our driveway! :) Maybe after that we'll take it up to Carter Lake or another relatively close campground for a couple days ... something close enough for Mark to still drive into work: the kids and I have spring break off but he's saving his vacation for our east coast trip this summer.

Congrats again!
Anne

ng2951
03-19-2008, 08:07 PM
Congrats on your new rig. I betcha can't wait to go camping in it. I hope you are patient enough with all the people who are going to want to look through it. We had 6 visitors in our 3326 the first time we set it up.

planner23899
03-19-2008, 09:36 PM
Congratulaitons folks...
My wife and I are making the switch from a prowler ultra lite travel trailer after owning several travel trailers and tent trailers. Due to the cost of gas, we can't wait to find our new TM and plan a long trip saving on gas and having more room in our traile.
Best Wishes,
Steve

Al-n-Sue
03-19-2008, 09:46 PM
Thanks Anne - where is Carter Lake? I assume you are around Colorado Springs or Denver, but I've not heard of that campground.
We are planning a break-in trip to Lathrop SP in April.
Alan

markandanne
03-19-2008, 10:32 PM
Hi Al -

We're in Longmont so closer to Boulder than Denver. Carter Lake is a Larimer County campground about 40 minutes northwest of us. We'll either go there or St. Vrain State Park which has the downside of being right off I-25 but on the plus side is only 15 minutes from home/work and since Mark has to work, well, that may just be good enough for a shake-down cruise ... :o We've got a multi-state cross-country adventure planned for June so we may have to hold off on the real adventures until then.

Anne

HappyTrails
03-20-2008, 10:58 AM
Congratulations to the new owners. My wife and I are also new owners - as of 2-2-08 with a 2008 3326. I've spent quit a lot of time researching this forum and have come away with lots of information to be learned. I based my decision to buy a TM on two factors: (a) that the TM is/will be the best decision for RV'ing now that diesel has hit $4 a gallon and (b) how knowledgeable the individuals on this forum are and how willing they are to share that information. Thanks for sharing all of your information....

We purchased our TM from The Car Show - as I see several others have as well. It appears that the people at The Car Show are serious about being number one again this year (which they have been 11 times out 12). The individuals that I worked with are very friendly without being high pressure.

I went to look at a 2720, but DW saw a 3124 and liked that better. However, they had a 3326 and once DW saw that, it was the end of looking. Since we have about a foot of snow on the ground, camping will have to wait a while.

And yes, I have sent in my monies to join. So, as soon as the paperwork catches up, I (read that as we) will be full fledged members.

Thanks again for all the information... (Sorry about the long message.)

Travler
03-20-2008, 12:55 PM
Welcome to one and all. Perhaps our trails will cross in the future

Bill
03-20-2008, 02:02 PM
Gayle and Tami -

Welcome aboard! We may run into you in Colorado at some point, although we tend to hang out more in the Estes Park area.

In the future, you may find yourself receiving some confusing PMs. Just by chance, you have chosen the username formerly held by one of our most prolific members. He left us in about 2003 (I think his wife was quite ill so he stopped TM'ing), but since he contributed so much, people still find his posts when using the Search tool on quite a number of topics. You will just have to inform them that you are not that HappyTrails.

Again, welcome aboard.

Bill

Al-n-Sue
03-20-2008, 03:48 PM
[quote=HappyTrails;46923]We purchased our TM from The Car Show - as I see several others have as well. It appears that the people at The Car Show are serious about being number one again this year (which they have been 11 times out 12). The individuals that I worked with are very friendly without being high pressure.

I went to look at a 2720, but DW saw a 3124 and liked that better. However, they had a 3326 and once DW saw that, it was the end of looking. Since we have about a foot of snow on the ground, camping will have to wait a while.
quote]

The Car Show certainly does a good job. They have been prepping my 2003 3124 for several days - I know because I've wanted to take a pre-delivery look at it and see how the Durango will handle the hitch weight - but it has been in the shop getting prepped every time I wnted to go by this week! Dave told me they would do a complete inspection of the trailer - not just look at things but actually fire up every appliance and system and let it run a while. They also set it up and hose it down to check for leaks! And I've heard from others that they do a great prep job. They also said they'd put new tires on if needed and new batteries if needed. I'll let you know how that comes out.

I've always felt that the 2720 was just a little small - even for just the two of us. We had enough small in the Starcraft popup we just sold! We've had our eye on the 3023 almost from the begining of our serach because of just a few more feet of space and not much difference in weight. But the king bed in the 3124 really drew us in. When this used one became available, we jumped on it. We have friends that we camp with and one has the 3023 and the other the 3124, so we know them well.

If you have a foot of snow, you must be in the mountians somewhere. Almost all the snow here in Monument is gone. we're having 60 degree days now - 66 today - so it is getting nice!:D

Hope to see you down the road
Alan

Al-n-Sue
03-20-2008, 05:39 PM
Duh - just noticed your "Location" tag - showing you live in Woodland Park! Had never noticed that before on the forum! Guess I should pay better attention.

Buck Mills
03-20-2008, 05:43 PM
Either the Car Show is a super place to deal, or TM's are extremely popular in CO or both.
They were more thorough in the run through of the trailer than another dealer was when I bought my Chalet, but the Chalet is simpler to set up and has less tech to deal with.

I'm leaving on Sun/Mon for 4-5 days in UT, can't wait!
Weather is looking good!

I'll be around Bluff if any of you are out there.

Buck

larsdennert
03-20-2008, 07:26 PM
We went from LA to Moab on our maiden voyage. A nice short shake down trip is a good idea. We were really lucky we had zero troubles on our first time out with a three year old trailer. Since then we've had some minor bugs but we are really happy with it. Congratulations!

TREXHUNTERS
03-20-2008, 08:08 PM
Well we brought our new 3124kb home yesterday as well. If we ever find batteries for the TM and tow mirrors for the Tundra we'll be off on our 6 month maiden voyage. No, We're not too smart, but we are adventurous?

cheers

Bill
03-20-2008, 09:41 PM
Trex -

Give serious consideration to McKesh mirrors. You can find a lot of discussion here by Searching on McKesh.

http://www.hensleymfg.com/mckeshmirrors.html

Bill

rarin2go
03-21-2008, 09:11 AM
We are also new owner of a 2720SL 2008 model.as of 2-25-2008.We have
been retired for 2 years.We have taken two cruises and now are ready
to camp the US.Currently live in Safety Harbor FL. My wife and I will
be travelling with two birds.A blue & gold Macaw and a small sun conure.
I hope this works out.I'm enjoying the forum very much.All the helpful
hints make it great.We are joining the trailblazers club.Hoping to meet
other owners during our travels.
rarin2go
Paul & Gerie

Bluegrass
03-21-2008, 12:10 PM
Just got back from ordering our new 3124kb at Motorsportsland in Salt Lake City. We would have made a lot of mistakes were it not for the great information and helpful people on this forum. Hope to meet some of you sometime.

Keith & Ellen

cmc211
03-21-2008, 12:39 PM
Congrats to all you new owners and perspective new owners. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

Bill & Lisa
03-26-2008, 12:43 PM
Congratulations to the new owners. My wife and I are also new owners - as of 2-2-08 with a 2008 3326.

Since we have about a foot of snow on the ground, camping will have to wait a while.



Don't wait! - You have a TM now. We had ours out in the snow several times- the handle it great. There are some simply things you can do to make it better, swim noddles, cube heater etc. but it will do just fine without those too. One of the things I missed most about this winter was not having to winterize the TM. We always just trained the water lines with the 4 pet cocks and that was it. No where near as easy with the beast we camp in now!