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Old 05-03-2012, 06:08 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm 65 and thinking of buying a travel trailer. I love pop up tent trailers, I've owned 3 over the years. However, I'm looking at Trail Manors. I like the solid walls, full set of features. They look great. I have yet to step foot in one.

My question is this, I'm 65, how physically demanding is it to set up by myself? I saw a video. It looks toooooo easy.

It certainly looks far less complicated than my big Jayco, crank forever, then so many other tasks to get it set up.
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:13 PM   #2
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I'm not 65 but I can tell you when I had 3 cracked ribs I was still able to set up our TM & only trouble I had was a stuck leveling jack before we left. Our TM is set up all the time so we have to take it down before travel.
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:18 PM   #3
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I'm 65 and find it quite easy with my 2619. It takes me about 45 min. for a complete set up by myself. But it would certainly depend on one's health and physical capabilities.
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:20 PM   #4
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I've sometimes cracked wise with my wife about getting too old for this but the difficulty is in the number of steps involved but not strength, necessarily.

If it is adjusted well, none of the movements are anything more than a person of average strength and height could handle.

Things that make it harder include:

Moving cabinets being too full of heavy items (fixable)
Hot days (or possibly rainy days)
Stabilizing jacks - use a lithium-based drill - too many cranks in an awkward position!
Tongue jack - I keep telling myself I will get an electric one.

At risk of sacrilege, since you are in buying mode, have you also considered the A frames? Chalet, Forest River, Aliner. If it were for a single person (or two), those are a great consideration but the TM definitely has more stretch room.
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:22 PM   #5
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In my mid 50's and I can set my TM up in 20 minutes to include water, shorepower, bathroom, and leveling jacks. In my opinion, it is that easy...
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:28 PM   #6
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I am 69 and can easily do it with one arm, but that has absolutely nothing to do with you. This is the sort of question that can be answered only by you trying it yourself. Everything else is a serious upgrade from a tent trailer, in fact many of us have made that move. Closing the TM IS easier and faster than a tent trailer.
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:39 PM   #7
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I am 67 with bad back and do it by myself. I do cheat, I have an 18 volt drill with a rod that hooks to my stabilizer jacks, no cranking, just hit the trigger. It is not hard if properly level, you can even cheat and lower the tongue to pull the front section, then raise it high for the back section, letting gravity help a little, then level your trailer front to back. Closing is the easiest, no problems at all. The secret is having the roof properly adjusted, and there is a terrific section that walks you through that, once you are a sponsor.

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Old 05-03-2012, 06:51 PM   #8
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WOW I feel young for some reason now.
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:14 PM   #9
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WOW I feel young for some reason now.
lol really , i do not get my aarp till aug,
i also have had popups over the yrs, the tm is a breeze next to them, most of time from unhooking from tv to first beer is less then 30 min. faster if dw does it
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:59 PM   #10
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Hillbilly, you are too funny! LOL!

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