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Old 08-14-2004, 05:22 PM
CamperCoyle
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Default Ordering TM in a few days!

Hi All - Just joined the board. Have been researching for several months and found this group very useful. We'll be ordering a 2005 - 2720 in the next few days with the following options:

Extra cabinet
All vinyl flooring
Radio/CD player
Microwave
Lift

Any other recommendations or precautions?

Thanks.
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Old 08-14-2004, 06:09 PM
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Yes, get the AC, where you use it or not. It will almost be required for resale. Also the awning (sp?) will be welcomed by all.

Hope you enjoy it!
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Old 08-14-2004, 06:31 PM
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Default Thanks for the recommendations - Plu another ? about length.

Have another question I'm waiting for the dealer to call back so in the meantime - We doing our final measurements to make sure it fits in our garage. The website gives two measurements towing length (closed) and body -open. Is the closed length back of trailer to the coupler?

Is the 27' equivalent - just an estimate or is it really supposed to add up to that in which case is that the open body length plus the front of the trailer to the coupler?

Any guidance is always appreciated.

Sylvia
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Old 08-14-2004, 07:20 PM
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Originally Posted by CamperCoyle
Have another question I'm waiting for the dealer to call back so in the meantime - We doing our final measurements to make sure it fits in our garage. The website gives two measurements towing length (closed) and body -open. Is the closed length back of trailer to the coupler?
Yes, the closed length is back of the trailer to the coupler...the specified 20' 3" for a 2720 is very close to accurate (I have a 2002 2720SL). If you have any worries about garage length, get the swing-away tongue option...it really does cut the storage length by about 1.5 feet...for this model that is to about 18'6". My trailer (with the swing away tongue) does comfortably fit (with about a foot to spare) in my 19.5 foot garage!
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Is the 27' equivalent - just an estimate or is it really supposed to add up to that in which case is that the open body length plus the front of the trailer to the coupler?
The 27 is a "kinda" equivalent...the actual length of the open trailer's interior is about 23 feet from front wall to rear wall at its maximum (about a foot below the roof line). If you had a standard box trailer that was 27 feet (including tongue) from rear bumper to front of tongue, it would also have roughly the same 23 feet of interior length when a 4 foot tongue is subtracted...however (huge however), that 23 feet would also likely be at the floor level as well as at roof level. A regular 2720 (not SD or SL) actually has about 16 feet of interior length measured at floor level (The extra 7 feet (to get the 23 feet at just below roof level) comes from the slide out beds). Clearer?
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I use my TM as a base camp for hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, and climbing Colorado's 14ers


The Trailer: 2002 TM Model 2720SL ( Mods: Solar Panels (170 Watts), Dual T-105 Batteries, Electric Tongue Jack, Side AC, Programmable Thermostat, Doran TP Monitor System)

The Tow Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Tundra V8 SR5 4X4 w/Tow Package (Towing & Performance Mods: JBA Headers, Gibson Muffler, 4.30 gears, Michelin LTX M/S Tires, Prodigy Brake Controller, Transmission Temperature Gauge)


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Old 08-14-2004, 08:03 PM
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Thumbs up Thank You!

That is exactly what I thought and is a great relief. Our garage is 23' - but based on the group's advice we will opt for the swing around tongue - maybe we won't crack our knees on it as much!

We currently have a Chalet that we use year round - especially for skiing in the winter - but with all the extra clothing, boots, etc., it's getting a bit cramped with two growing children. We figure the TM with the permanent beds will let us spread out a bit - plus the girls can now bring friends with the extra dinette bed.

We are really getting excited about this.

Thanks again for the great advice.

Sylvia
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Old 08-14-2004, 09:01 PM
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If you want to garage it make sure you check the height with/without ac. I understand garages are split about 50/50 as to being able to clear the door with the ac.
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Old 08-15-2004, 09:21 AM
CamperCoyle
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Default Great Suggestions

We will be checking all the measurements first. Thanks again for reminding us about all the details!

Sylvia
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Old 08-15-2004, 11:23 AM
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Default Spare tire rack

If you order the spare tire rack make sure that the dealer shows you how to use it. see my post on the problems I had just last week.

Happy Camping

Rev Mr Bill
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Old 08-30-2004, 11:00 PM
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Campercoyle, you might consider the optional electric jack. I understand it helps a lot. I get winded pretty easy at altitude and you may notice that too. If you have equalizer hitch, it is used to lift the truck to tension the bars as well.

I'm looking for a TM, too!

Bob Rederick
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Old 08-31-2004, 09:54 AM
G-V_Driver G-V_Driver is offline
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The new units with bigger tires may not require a lift kit. Our old unit had a kit and didn't drag. Our newer unit has the bigger tires but no lift kit and it doesn't drag either. Since dragging isn't a problem until/unless it drags, I guess we won't know until it does. So far, so good. The Car Show (big dealer in COS) thinks dragging is no longer a problem with the bigger tires, and they no longer order the kits as standard equipment. Check with your dealer and other owners to get a better picture with respect to your model.

Some dealers specifiy low-profile air conditioners to minimize storage problems. It's an option you may want to consider if you think it's close.

Wayne
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