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Old 12-25-2010, 06:36 PM   #1
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I might find a TM before I get my brake controller and seven prong connector installed. I have a set of temporary tail lights which uses magnets to attach to the RV. Is the rear bumper steel? Is there any other steel on a TM?
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Old 12-25-2010, 07:24 PM   #2
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I might find a TM before I get my brake controller and seven prong connector installed. I have a set of temporary tail lights which uses magnets to attach to the RV. Is the rear bumper steel? Is there any other steel on a TM?
The frame and bumpers (such as they are) are steel. But, I'd recommend you get the brake controller working before you go to get the TM so that you'll be able to make sure the TM brakes are working, so that your tow vehicle can keep the charge up on the trailer battery for breakaway purposes (test and operation enroute), and (obviously) so that you'll have working trailer brakes on your trip home. When you're least experienced with the TM might not be the best time to be cutting corners on safety (brake controller, connectors, and the weight distributing hitch).

If you're buying from a dealer, you can negotiate your brake controller and weight distributing hitch install into the deal (they like this kind of while-you-wait business). Also, in about 2 weeks the RV show season will be starting, with some of the best prices of the year so don't be in too much of a rush. And, maybe you could borrow a good RV tow vehicle from an RV friend for the purpose, or have the RV seller deliver it to you (I saved the hassle of getting the TV ready in time for the purchase, an overnight on site, and 2 long travel days by having the seller deliver ours to us).
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Old 12-25-2010, 09:10 PM   #3
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I might find a TM before I get my brake controller and seven prong connector installed. I have a set of temporary tail lights which uses magnets to attach to the RV. Is the rear bumper steel? Is there any other steel on a TM?
There is no where to attach magnetic lights on the TM........

In the event that you need to tow a TM home, it would be easier to make a temporary connection to the lights on the trailer then to wire up your magnetic lights.

However, I would also encourage you to get the 7-pin connector wired properly and install a brake controller before towing...... especially a trailer that you're not familiar with.
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Old 12-26-2010, 06:32 AM   #4
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I might find a TM before I get my brake controller and seven prong connector installed. I have a set of temporary tail lights which uses magnets to attach to the RV. Is the rear bumper steel? Is there any other steel on a TM?
If you get a pre-2005, the rear bumper is steel, although it has an aluuminum facade around it....probably enough that magnets would not stick.

Like Wayne suggested, make sure you have a working brake controller before towing.
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Old 12-26-2010, 08:21 AM   #5
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California requires operational trailer brakes. Not sure where you live.

I towed once in an emergency situation using a 3/4 ton 1986 Suburban. It was 45 miles on a near empty freeway.

I would do it again under those circumstance. Traffic, a greater distance , or a smaller tow vehicle and I would not.
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