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Old 05-03-2016, 08:44 AM
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As always, I make my life more difficult than it probably needs to be. But here I am, I found a 2009 2720QB that is close by and I will be going to check it out this Saturday. You may be thinking "Hey Brad, didn't you just buy a 2006 from out of state?" Yes...yes I did. I am still waiting on a shipper to pick it up and bring it to me, but I already paid for it, so I can't "cancel" the deal. The 2009 has a lot of things going for it that make me prefer it over the 2006.

2009 is newer (duh), has electric tongue jack, solar, from one of the photos it LOOKS like it has a 5000# axle with 15" tires/wheels, the microwave box, both hanging cabinets (2006 only had the one above the sink), updated interior (vs 2006) and seems to be in just as good of condition.

Obviously all your comments from my previous 2006 thread will still apply but I'm hoping to get some tips on what to look for and how to test everything on Saturday (since I wasn't able to look at or test anything on the 2006). I've attached the few photos I have.

Here is the info I've gotten from the owner so far:

He is the 2nd owner. First owner (older couple) returned it 5 days after buying it because they didn't want to set it up every time. Bathroom never used, can't remember ever using the stove or oven (always cooked on a portable grill outside), everything works. He said he is selling it because he is doing a cross-country bike trip and his wife will be following him and he/she doesn't want to have to set up the TM every time she stops.

So my questions are, if I'm viewing it at his house, can he just run an extension cord to plug it in for power, or will he need to make sure he plugs it into a 30A fused outlet? Also, what is the "proper" way to check all the water stuff (tanks, pumps, water heater) since he doesn't have a dump area? Do I just open the outside drain and let the water run out into his driveway? Thanks all.

Also as a side note, if I do end up purchasing this 2009, that means I will have a 2006 2720QB available for anyone who wants it. Since we are all fellow TM lovers here, I would sell it for exactly what I paid with shipping, don't need to make anything on it. Thanks for all the help.
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Old 05-03-2016, 09:09 AM
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Should run fine on a 20A plug but AC may pop a 15A.

Does look like 6 bolt wheels (5k axle). Impression is that it has been stored outside so check rubber/tires very carefully.

Ask but plain water should not bother anything. When no dump is available I drain the toilet into kitty litter containers (small tote is on my list) but since there is one at the front of my house, I generally use that with a serpentine.

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Old 05-03-2016, 09:30 AM
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Impression is that it has been stored outside so check rubber/tires very carefully.
You are correct, he said he stored it covered outside. What gave you that impression from the photos?
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Old 05-03-2016, 09:54 AM
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Partly overall impression, partly the fender skirt. Plastic fades differently
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Old 05-03-2016, 10:13 AM
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Partly overall impression, partly the fender skirt. Plastic fades differently
Yes, you can tell by the fender skirts, but do you have concerns about the overall impression?
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Old 05-03-2016, 10:33 AM
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Also as a side note, if I do end up purchasing this 2009, that means I will have a 2006 2720QB available for anyone who wants it. Since we are all fellow TM lovers here, I would sell it for exactly what I paid with shipping, don't need to make anything on it. Thanks for all the help.
Congrats on finding a 2nd unit which may work for you. If I remember correctly, you are located somewhere in California, which is the prime area right now to get top dollar for your 2006 TM, so the price you paid plus shipping is a reasonable expectation; anywhere else my guess is you would only be able to recover the price you paid.

As for the 2009 TM, I would tend to agree with you it looks to be the better unit, but as you know they will both work and function the same way. If it was me, I'd stay the course with the 2006 TM and get some TM experience under my belt this camping season. If it turns out to be everything you want, great, then look to upgrade the unit to a newer TM (or bigger) down the road.

If on the other hand the TM experience is not what you anticipated, you can then sell the unit a year from now without losing much money and go find something you'd prefer in a more traditional trailer or other RV option.

Either way, it's nice to have a 2nd option ... good luck!
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Old 05-03-2016, 10:46 AM
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That's a mighty nice looking unit. I see there is an electric outlet and a TV cable outlet on the kitchen sink apron. Is that standard now, or did someone add it?

As Padgett says, everything electrical except the air conditioner can be run on an extension cord from a 15-amp outlet. If you have a 12-gauge extension cord, and can find a 20-amp outlet (there is sometimes one in the laundry area - one of the slots is T-shaped), you may be able to run the air conditioner if you start it up slowly. I know I can. Just be sure no one tries to plug the big cord into a dryer outlet (220 volts).

As for water, again I agree with Padgett. You don't need a lot of water to test things, and it will be relatively clean water. Dump it on the driveway, dump it on the lawn, dump it in a bucket and carry it inside.

Ask him to start the refrig at least three hours before you arrive. If the refrig area doesn't seem cold, put you hand on the floor of the freezer - that is the first place you will feel coldness.

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Old 05-03-2016, 11:19 AM
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If it was me, I'd stay the course with the 2006 TM and get some TM experience under my belt this camping season.
I'm wondering why you would stay with the 2006.

Condensed version of the mess in my head:

As of this moment, I have not seen either in person (2006 is shipping from Ohio today). Essentially price is a wash between the 2 (including the shipping on the 2006). The 2009 is newer and has more options. Right now I am going on the word of the RV guy who sold me the 2006 that everything is working and in good condition as I haven't seen it myself. I will be able to inspect the 2009 on Saturday (maybe even side-by-side with the 2006 if it gets delivered. If both units are in good working order and similar condition, why would you "stay the course" with the 2006?
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Old 05-03-2016, 11:25 AM
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That's a mighty nice looking unit. I see there is an electric outlet and a TV cable outlet on the kitchen sink apron. Is that standard now, or did someone add it?
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Thanks for the info Bill, I THINK the outlet and cable jack are standard now (outlet standard, cable standard if you get the antenna). That allows you to mount it on the bathroom wall to the left of the sink and have an outlet/cable hookup. I agree it LOOKS like a good unit, just like the 2006 LOOKS like a good unit. I may be in the nice position to compare the 2006 and 2009 side by side and have my pick between the two, and then sell the other.
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Old 05-03-2016, 11:31 AM
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WOW! The 2009 looks wonderful. I'm a bit envious.
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