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Old 05-26-2011, 10:55 AM   #31
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Hey Kevin...thanks for the exact 2005 specs...that helps. I am leaning to getting the TM...need to discuss with the wife. If i can get into the double bay for the short term it will buy me time to sort out longterm storage either in the single bay or leave in double bay.

Was the lift and 15' standard?

Also are the 2005 2720 SL specs the same as the 2011 specs listed on the TM website?

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Old 05-26-2011, 11:28 AM   #32
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Was the lift and 15' standard?
>>I'm not the orginal owner. I suspect the lift was standard. Some units had a 2" lift, others had a different style axle. They all end up with the same result, which is that you want at least 3" clearance from the top of the wheel to the well. Mine had almost 4" clearance. The 15" wheels were not standard. I added them, and still had 3". Other TM owner's experience varies. If you dont' have the clearance, than you add the lift kit. All in all, with 3" clearance and 225/75/R15 tires you will be at a similar overall height.

Also are the 2005 2720 SL specs the same as the 2011 specs listed on the TM website?
>>They look the same. TM hasn't made any significant changes to the structure in years. There will be some minor variation in ride height based on axle, lift, tires, etc, but the width will probably be the same.
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:32 AM   #33
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There are 3 units for sale near me...

2005 2720sl $10500 local and very clean.
2002 2720sl $7000 about 2hrs away a little tired but sound.
2009 2720 $27000 or 'make offer' about 2hrs away ...brand new with the floor plan we prefer....maybe offer $20k?

The 2002 seems overpriced compared to the 2005. I think nada has the '02 worth 5k and the '05 worth 10k both w/o options. I know the sweet spot on used would be years '05-'09 but if i could get the 2002 for say $5-6k that would give me some $$ to spend on baselining the 2002 and still leave some $$ room for mods/upgrades etc....solar panels, lift /15' tires, maybe a 5k axle down the road, interior mods. Convert that front couch area on the 2002 SL to something more family friendly like the basic 2720 layout?

Any thoughts to this logic? I would wait for the right one to come along but the summers are short up here.

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Old 05-30-2011, 12:38 PM   #34
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The book is just a percentage rate by year applied to some starting value. In other words, it's very loosely based on real sales data, and it is therefore an unreliable way to estimate the value of a trailer. There are fairly wide seasonal and regional price ranges too.

Second, you expect the depreciation rate to decrease over time. Therefore the difference between a 2005 and a 2002 should be less than the difference between a 2008 and a 2005, for example.

And the most important thing, of course, is what kind of condition is each trailer in? Many older models are very lightly used and offer great values, considering that TrailManors hold up pretty well.

Let us know how you come out!
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Old 05-30-2011, 06:46 PM   #35
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It should also be noted that the NADA book does not reflect or capture the TM options very well. Not like pricing a car for example.
It is not unusual for the suggested price not to include a number of the options - I guess if this is done consistently then that does provide a loose base line for comparisions, but if one model has a significant number of options then that TM is worth more than a lesser equipped model and thus harder to make a fair comparison.

PS I'd think if you are lucky and talking to a seller who is really motivated to sell his TM, you could perhpas knock off 10% or so from an asking price, but not much more than that, if that.

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Old 07-06-2011, 04:04 PM   #36
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Hi Y'all, I'm new to this forum and searched "convert SL to DL" and have been reading these threads. I just bought a 2001 2720 SL 'cause I got a good deal and wanted no payments. My first choice would have been a 2720. My wife and I really like the idea of a dinette, so I'm thinking of a conversion. If no one else has tried it, I may be the Guinea pig. I'm going to contact TM tomorrow and investigate cost, etc.

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Old 07-07-2011, 06:41 AM   #37
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John -

I don't recall it being discussed here on the Forum, and I don't know anyone who has done it. Let us know how you progress.

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Old 07-07-2011, 08:20 AM   #38
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I'd imagine SL -> DL shouldn't be that big an issue, the only potential thing I'd see is the placement of the furnace if it was ill-suited to a dinette on that side...but it might be just right. I don't have a dinette so I can't take any measurements.
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Old 07-07-2011, 10:07 AM   #39
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We used to use these when using a tent to be able to sleep 4 and still have some room. they were comfortable and worked great!

http://www.amazon.com/Person-Portabl...0054615&sr=8-1

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