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Old 07-10-2013, 07:55 PM   #1
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Default Staying hooked up when opening Trailmanor

If we stopped for a break and wanted to open up the Trailmanor for a short rest, is there enough room between the tow vehicle and the Trainmanor when fully opened without having to unhook?
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:10 PM   #2
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Yes. The front roof does not extend beyond the hitch when opened. The only time I was not able to open the roof when hitched up to my truck is when I had my motorcycle in the truck bed which required the tailgate to be down. The roof would run into the bikes rear fender. Again, but that was due to the tailgate was extended beyond the hitch ball.
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Old 07-11-2013, 05:53 AM   #3
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On the flip side, if you tow with a SUV and open the trailer, you won't be able to open the lift gate very far before it hits the trailer shell. Pack the vehicle so you can reach what you need from the back seat.
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:46 AM   #4
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Thanks for the input. I will be towing with a Highlander and will be looking at the smaller(2417) due to tongue weight.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:48 PM   #5
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Yes, we found that not having to unhook the trailer from the TV was great when we stopped for the night. We travel cross country and park overnight at RV friendly Wal-Marts and Sam's club. There is a listing we use from another group to find which one's we can stop at overnight. We also always ask permission and have never had a problem. They always tell us where to park. And it's almost always by the garden department. One thing we did need to do was move the 17' canoe forward on the TV the first time we stopped, but that was about it.
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:41 PM   #6
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Definitely YES, we have had it up many times while hooked up to our Land Rover.

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Old 07-11-2013, 08:43 PM   #7
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How far one can open the hatch or lift gate depends on the vehicle. On my Ody I could only open it a few inches. On my Venza I can open it much wider. Your Highlander may fall some where in between I'd guess.
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Definitely YES, we have had it up many times while hooked up to our Land Rover.
Please tell me your not watching the TM and LR going through a car wash?

Lol...
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:21 PM   #9
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It also depends on the length of the drawbar. Take a look at Dimension "A" in the first picture here to see what I am referring to.
http://www.easternmarine.com/Trailer...unts-Drawbars/

By chance but not by knowledge, we ended up with a long drawbar. Take a look at this photo of our setup
http://www.trailmanorowners.com/foru...&pictureid=468
On the right is a standard non-WDH short drawbar. On the left is our WDH, with a long drawbar. You can see that on the left, the hitch ball is a good 6 inches farther from the bumper than on the right. This puts the trailer farther away from the tow vehicle, increasing the amount we can raise the tailgate. In our case, we can open the liftgate (the upper half of the tailgate) completely, which is nice.

However, a long drawbar also changes how the hitch weight comes down on the tow vehicle, making the distribution worse in some ways. So it is a mixed blessing.

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Please tell me your not watching the TM and LR going through a car wash?

Lol...
Yes I am that was our first trip with brand new TM. After the drive it was very dirty so when we saw an RV Wash we went for it. They also do some extra scrubbing by hand.

It was really nice pulling into camp ground all clean LOL.

Don't laugh too hard but we still stop in when we see a RV wash.
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